When your cruise ship docks in Izmir, spend a day taking in the highlights of Ephesus and neighboring sites on an informative guided tour. Visit the ancient Roman city of Ephesus, the revered House of Mother Mary, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, and have traditional Turkish fare for lunch. Includes pickup and drop-off at the port in Izmir.
Full-day shore excursion to Ephesus, from Izmir
Visit three top attractions in one day
Explore the well-preserved ancient ruins of Ephesus
Learn about the story behind the House of Mother Mary and the remains of the Temple of Artemis
Taste traditional Turkish dishes and see carpet weavers at work
Includes entrance fees, buffet lunch, guide and transportation, and port pickup and drop-off
Your guide meets you at the cruise ship port in Izmir to start your tour. Travel in a comfortable climate-controlled vehicle for a little less than one hour to reach the House of Mother Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have lived out her final years. Designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope, the site includes a small sanctuary, wishing wall, and lush gardens. After about 45 minutes, continue to Ephesus, the ancient Roman city that was at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD and home to more than 250,000 people. Your guide takes you on a walking tour of the ancient site, which is considered the most complete Greco-Roman classical city excavation in the world. Have a few hours to take in the wonders of Ephesus, have a lunch of traditional Turkish cuisine in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Then learn about carpet weaving before continuing to your final stop, the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your tour ends with return to the Izmir cruise port in the late afternoon.