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Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, a Wonder of the Ancient World, and an important pilgrimage site on this private full-day tour from Izmir. Accompanied by a private guide, explore the ancient Roman city of Ephesus; visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; and see the site of the legendary Artemis temple.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary from Izmir
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent her final years
  • Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch and round-trip transport
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Your tour begins with pick-up from your Izmir hotel or cruise port by private vehicle. As you drive south to Ephesus, listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand Arcadian Avenue.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Pause for lunch (included) at a local restaurant and tuck into some delicious Turkish cuisine, then make one last stop before the return journey – to the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s ancient past, return to Izmir, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or cruise port.

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