• Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus

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.

Customer Reviews

Christine United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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!

Patrick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Historians, tourists and the pious will live this tour to walk in the steps of the ancients.

Dennis K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

absolutely spectacular

Audra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We really enjoyed our tour. The guide was amazing, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a fabulous and fascinating day.

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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.

ANTONIO M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

FAntastic visit with a fantastic guide! Top car and top meal in local business craft association.
Must do!

Sadna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was excellent, our tour guide Ismail was highly informative and knowledgeable. He allowed us enough time to explore on our own and provided us with very interesting information about the sites we visited. St Marys House was peaceful and an absolute must- PS take a piece of paper and a pen to leave your message in the wall. The walk in Ephasus was like walking through history - I just wish that I could remember every story. It was a really hot day so I am sure this is an event better experience in good weather. The lunch was amazing and even though I am allergic to carpets, the visit to the carpet factory was very interesting.

Arianna O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The visit to Ephesus was great. It was a very hot day, so if going during summer time bring a hat and water with you cause there is little shade in the ruins. Car was new and travel was very flexible and accommodating of everyone needs. Both driver and guide were very professional. Worth the money. I would definitively recommend this, as the city is very well preserved and a unique mix of history and cultures.

emilonas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

An amazing place to visit an absolute must
Tour guide was ok
Take lots of water and a hat. No shade and on a hot day can be extremely hot. The reflection of the marble and stone make it much hotter.
Lunch provided was amazing. Only disappointment was being harnessed to buy a Turkish carpet. Salesman gather around like flies amd don't take no easily.

Douglas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fantastic trip. Our guide Orkan was knowledgable and personable. A great guide through the history of ancient Ephesus. I highly recommend this trip.

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