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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Ephesus

From Istanbul: Ephesus Full-Day Trip with Flight Tickets

Product ID: 175755
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A full-day excursion with return flights from Istanbul covering the most exciting sites of the region, including the House of Virgin Mary, the Ancient City of Ephesus, and the most important archaeological site in Turkey.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Free Pick up Services from Sultanahmet or Taksim Hotels
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Save money with all entrance fees included
  • See highlights from both Greek and Roman periods
  • Avoid the crowds by taking a small group tour
  • Enjoy an open buffet lunch
Full description
Start your tour with an early pick up from your hotel in Istanbul around 4:30AM, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, your local tour operator will welcome you at the exit gate inside the domestic terminal in the Izmir Airport, where you will see the crew holding a sign with your name. From here your tour begins after meeting with the rest of your tour group., and you will drive for approximately one hour to Ephesus.

Visit the Virgin Mary House, a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos. Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that the virgin mother was brought there by St. John, and lived there until her assumption. Following this you will have about 2 hours in the ancient city of Ephesus. Built in the 10th century B.C. on the site of the former Arzawan capital, it flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 B.C. Some of the main sites you will see are the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian. You will spend about an hour enjoying a typical local open buffet lunch, before heading to the İsabey Mosque, one of the oldest architectural works left from the Anatolian beyliks, with principalities that existed from the 11th to the 13th century.

Afterwards, travel to the ruins of the Artemis Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was completely rebuilt three times before its eventual destruction in 401 A.D.
Following this you will have chance to stop and see local and traditional goods which are under control of the ministry of culture and tourism of the Turkish Republic. At the conclusion of your tour at around 4:00PM, you will make your way back to the airport and you will board your flight back to the Istanbul. When you arrive at the Istanbul Airport, you will be met at the exit gate inside the domestic terminal, before being transferred back to your Istanbul accommodation.
  • Return flight tickets from/to Istanbul
  • All airport transfers
  • Small-group tour
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Transportation during your tour
  • Open buffet lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks at lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
Know before you go
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces
During the summer please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat