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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Turkish Aegean Coast, Turkey
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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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
  • Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking local guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Centrally located Izmir hotels

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
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.

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Great tour, perfect guide
, Jun 2019
Very informative tour. Nice and knowledgeable guide. Had some good time visiting Ephesus and learning more about the ancient ruins.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear our valuable guest, We're glad yo hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
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.
Trip to Izmir
, Apr 2019
A very well organized trip. The guide was abreast with history and eloquently narrated the same. It was a great learning.
Response from Host , Apr 2019
Dear our valued guests, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our services and were happy with our staff. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Fantastic tour! We were picked up at...
, Apr 2018
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!
Historians, tourists and the pious will...
Patrick S
, Apr 2018
Historians, tourists and the pious will live this tour to walk in the steps of the ancients.
We really enjoyed our tour. The...
Audra D
, Feb 2018
We really enjoyed our tour. The guide was amazing, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a fabulous and fascinating day.
We appreciated our guide Ismail's...
Susan G
, Dec 2017
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...
Senthilvel K
, Dec 2017
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...
, Nov 2017
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.
FAntastic visit with a fantastic...
, Oct 2017
FAntastic visit with a fantastic guide! Top car and top meal in local business craft association. Must do!

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