Your best-of-Izmir shore excursion kicks off as you disembark your boat and leave the port to meet your local guide. En route to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, make time for a pit stop at Johns Basilica. This historic building was erected to celebrate the saint who wrote his gospel atop the hill where the basilica stands. Inside the basilica, see the 4th century tomb where Saint John is said to be buried.
Next, stroll toward the historic Christian ruins of Ephesus, a highlight of Izmir. Ephesus has much historic importance in the Book of Revelation and as a city significant in the early days of Christianity. Once in Ephesus, explore the enchanting Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Follow your guide to the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and fascinating temples.
Stop for a lunch break at a local Turkish restaurant, where you can indulge in local specialties and learn about cuisine in Turkey. Then, continue exploring Izmir with your expert guide. At the House of the Virgin Mary, see the building where this historical figure spent the remaining days of her life. After, make your way back along the scenic waterfront to your ship, where you’ll board in time for your departure.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This trip ensures your on-time return to Izmir's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Izmir is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.