1. Turkey
  2. Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
  3. Selcuk
  4. Ephesus

Ephesus: The House of Virgin Mary and Grand Theater Tours

Product ID: 34146
Explore the ancient city of Ephesus on a 5-hour tour and see monuments to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations, including the stunning Celsus Library and Great Theatre. Continue to the last documented residence of the Virgin Mary.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, French

Pickup included

Pick-up is available at the port, airport, or your hotel. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus
  • See the spectacular Celsus Library and impressive Grand Theatre
  • Pay homage to the Virgin Mary and her last house
  • Learn the history of a great Greek-Roman city and civilization
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Kusadasi
Full description
Combine a guided tour of the extraordinary ruins of Ephesus with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, with round-trip transfers from Izmir or Kusadasi. Ephesus is located about a 1-hour drive from the coast, and on arrival you will journey back in time to the days of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations.

Your guide will tell stories of the ruins as you explore the Trajan Fountain, where all that remains of a statue of an emperor is a single foot. Visit the Temples of Domition and Hadrian, the latter boasting beautiful friezes and a head of Medusa.

Walk down the central Marble Street to the stunning Celcus Library, once capable of holding up to 12,000 scrolls. Other highlights include the Scolastica Baths, and the steeply pitched Great Theatre, with a capacity for up to 24,000 spectators.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on the Solimissos Mountains, and sense the serenity of a sacred place that is believed to be the last residence of the mother of Jesus, and is a site of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims. Visit the small shrine dedicated to St. Mary, found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide (or other preferred language)
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop off service
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the itinerary
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Video recording
Know before you go
• Please bring a sun hat, wear comfortable shoes for walking, and remember your camera

From US$ 120 Per group up to 2

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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This was by far the best tour we did in Turkey. It is really worth doing a private tour and our guide Ahu was amazing. Nothing was a bother and all our wishes were answered. This is such an informative tour and it needs a great guide to bring Ephesus alive.

March 10, 2020

Perfect

They Never dissappoint.. Will book again via this app..

June 2, 2019

Spectacular guide !!

Very good tour, Hazan speaks perfect Spanish and is very professional and gives details about the sites and really admirable culture, he recommended the local lunch site that turned out to be an extremely simple place but with the most delicious food of the trip.

May 17, 2019

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OKEANOS TRAVEL

Product ID: 34146