Private tour

Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

4.7 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company
Private tour

Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

From US$ 366.06 per person


Explore ancient Ephesus on a tour with flights from Istanbul, and see monuments of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine civilizations. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Celsus Library, and the Temple of Artemis.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Istanbul
Private group


  • Tour the ancient ruins of Ephesus in the company an expert guide
  • See the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Visit the final home of the Virgin Mary
  • Stand on the stage of the Great Theater
  • Marvel at the Library of Celsus
Full description
Explore a historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house where she spent her final days, as authenticated by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. End your day at the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvelous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of the colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.
  • Professional licensed guidance service
  • All transfers, including:
  • Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Pickup and drop-off at Izmir Airport by air-conditioned van
  • Pickup and drop-off for centrally located hotels on the European side of Istanbul
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Keep in mind you must send the activity provider your passport information in order for them to book your domestic flights.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

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This trip was very well organized. Everything went as planned and on time. Our guide Fatih was so knowledgeable and very experienced at navigating the crowds. He gave us free time to explore the various sites for photos as well as pointed out a few great locations for the best photos. Our son, age 16 was engaged the entire trip. The driver was very good and navigated the narrow road to Mary’s House safely. We would highly recommend this trip.

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March 28, 2023

What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

March 28, 2023

We had the most perfect logistic and service by our operator. A wonderful private shuttle took us to Sabiha Gökçen Airport and as soon as we got to Izmir our guide there Askin , a Turkish guide with a perfect Spanish made our day there, we went to Virgin Mary house and an incredible visit to the Greek city of Ephesus, is a must for a visit to Turkey Thanks a lot

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 33184