Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
Take a day trip to the ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's House from Izmir
Visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary
Explore the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
What To Expect
After you meet your guide at your Izmir hotel, start your Ephesus and St. Mary’s House day trip. Hop in your air-conditioned coach and head to Ephesus. Along the way take a brief break on Ayasuluk Hill and admire St Johns Basilica built as a tribute to the Saint who composed gospels here. Then, visit his 4th century tomb where he rests eternally. Continue to Ephesus and learn why Christianity was so influential in this ancient city. Listen as your guide tells the story of Christ’s vision of Ephesus as one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Next, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis. Enjoy more discoveries such as the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, and several temples. Afterwards, take a break for lunch and savor some delicious Turkish fare. Finally, explore the House of the Virgin Mary and gain insight into how she devoted her final days before passing. Hear how after Pope Paul VI validated this cottage in 1967 it became a center of pilgrimage to many Christians. Then, return to your coach and voyage back to your Izmir hotel where your tour concludes.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
More time for pictures rather than tourist traps (shops)
, Jun 2019
Very good tour. It was intimate. Although, would have wanted to spend more time in the site taking more pictures rather than visiting shops (leather factory and carpet school). More time for pictures next time.
Fantastic tour! We were picked up at a central hotel on time and we boarded on a spacious coach, which made the travel very comfortable. There were only 5 of us, which made the tour a bit more private. The guide Zeynep was extremely friendly and has a stock full of knowledge about the culture and history of Turkey. She is very accommodating too. Although we were following a schedule, we did not feel rushed and we were given enough time to explore the sites by ourselves and plenty of opportunity to take photos. During mid-day, we went to this very quaint and quiet small restaurant. There were only 7 of us in the whole restaurant including the driver and guide, which made the dining experience more private. The lunch itself was an absolute delight! We were treated with different kinds of Turkish dishes, in which everything was so delicious, the servings were more than enough to fill our empty stomachs. Overall, this was an amazing experience from a first time visitor, exceptionally friendly and warm people and great food! I could greatly recommend this tour!
We appreciated our guide Ismail's knowledge of Ephesus and the surrounding sites. The visit to a rug weaver and show room was especially
interesting. We enjoyed our day and the door to door service. We recommend this tour highly.
Amazing place, excellent tour pickup and very friendly guide. The actual tour gets over by lunch - again food was delicious. But for rest of the afternoon its just visiting Carpet Weaving, Pottery and Lokum Shops.
The guide took us to a supposed free included meal and had a hard sales pitch for high priced turkish rugs, pressured sales tactics! I hated the idea personally and my wife and I did not like how the guide kept telling us that the rugs are an investment and a 5000USD rug is a very normal purchase! Ridiculous. I was on vacation. Its not right to try pressure sales pitches on a paid tour!
The Ephesus and the sights were excellent, though.