• Location: Selçuk, Turkey
  • Duration: 1 day (approx.)
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Explore Turkey's remarkable history on a full-day, small-group tour of Ephesus and surrounding sites from Selcuk, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Greeks, Roman republicans, Goth warriors and early Christians. See archeological excavations that uncovered bright mosaics, an ancient library, carved goddesses and private homes, and explore the remains of the Temple of Artemis. Visit the mountainside House of Virgin Mary then step into the world of the Seljuq dynasty at the 14th-century Isa Bey mosque.

Highlights

  • Full-day small-group tour of Ephesus from Selcuk
  • Learn about the ancient history of this swath of antiquity
  • Visit the Temple of Artemus, once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
  • Stop by the last residence of the Virgin Mary
  • Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Selcuk
  • Small-group tour ensures plenty of personalized attention from the guide

What You Can Expect

Meet your small group and guide at your Selcuk hotel, then make the short trip to Ephesus in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Trace a route through the ruin’s highlights and hidden gems, with plenty of time to explore sites like the Celsus Library, the Great Theater and the Temple of Hadrian, a 2nd-century structure built to honor the visiting Emperor.

Hear about daily life in the ancient city, and learn how local beliefs, politics and religion have changed through the centuries. See the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World that was damaged by earthquakes, Goths and passing time.

Take in an important Catholic pilgrimage site at Bulbul Mountain, where some believe that the Virgin Mary lived her final years in a small, stone house. Discover Isa Bay mosque, a jewel of Seljukian architecture, whose brick minarets tower above Iznik-tiled domes and 12 columns, then finish the day with return transfer to your Selcuk hotel. This tour includes lunch.

Customer Reviews

Bethany C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The Selcuk Ephesus day tour was a fantastic experience. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to see the sights around Selcuk, we stopped at a pleasant local restaurant for lunch then continued to the incredible ruins of Ephesus. The tour was well organised with a knowledge and friendly, English speaking guide. With just a small group we had a more personal experience with plenty of time to take photos and ask questions.

Mazdak K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My parents were very happy with this tour and Begum was the best possible tour guide!

Rachel H

4 star rating: Recommended June 2017

I was advised to go with a guide to visit Ephesus which is what led me to choose this tour. The guide I ended up with was pleasant and knowledgeable. The site itself is magnificent. In retrospect, I also would like to have had more time to explore on my own, and also to visit the Terrace Houses. The inclusion of two children in the group that day made it so that we rushed perhaps more than other days, and that did not allow time for those who wished to buy the extra ticket and take time to view the terrace houses.
The other perhaps unavoidable extra was visiting a leather shop for a fashion show. The items for sale were beautiful, but it takes time out of a day that I wanted to just spent visiting Ephesus.

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