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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites but with over 2 million annual visitors it can get crowded. Ensure a more personalized experience with this small-group tour from Izmir and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that includes UNESCO-listed Ephesus; the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Isabey Mosque.

Highlights

  • Full-day small-group tour of Ephesus from Izmir
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary and Isabey Mosque
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Your tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Izmir hotel by air-conditioned coach. As you drive south to Ephesus, listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide and small-group of no more than 15 people around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand marble-paved Arcadian Way.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Pause for lunch (included) at a local restaurant and tuck into some delicious Turkish cuisine, before continuing to nearby Selçuk to admire the Isabey Mosque, an exquisite example of Seljukian architecture. There’s just time for one more stop before the return journey – to the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s ancient past, return to Izmir, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

cherry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was only 5 people in this tour. The guide was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the sites. I wished to go to Ephesus museum instead of leather shop or carpet shop in the tour, though.

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