Private tour

From Izmir: Private Ephesus Day Trip and Shore Excursion

Activity provider: Castle Travel

From Izmir: Private Ephesus Day Trip and Shore Excursion

Activity provider: Castle Travel

From US$ 218.90 per group up to 15

Enjoy independence and comfort while discovering some highlights of Ephesus and Turkey. Explore Ephesus on a private tour with a licensed, professional guide and in a luxury vehicle.

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Duration 10 hours
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English, Spanish, Greek, Japanese, Hebrew, German, Russian
Pickup included
Izmir Cruise Ship Port, Izmir Hotels, Izmir Airport
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Ephesus, the most impressive archeological site in Turkey
  • Go to the House of Mother Mary, a spiritual site for Catholics & Muslims
  • Visit the Archeology Museum of Ephesus
  • Discover the amazing Temple of Artemis and St. John Basilica
Full description

After a one hour drive, arrive in Ephesus, which was the Roman capital of Asia Minor, and home to over a quarter of a million people —from slave traders to saints— at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD. 150 years of excavations at Ephesus have revealed the most complete Greco-Roman classical city on Earth. There are terraced Houses, containing handsome frescoes from the 2nd century CE, which extend up the hill. They once housed the wealthier and more prominent families of the city, who lavished the interiors with superbly preserved frescoes and mosaics. The decor and furnishings of the houses have provided some interesting informations about the life style of the Ephesian elite during the Roman and early Byzantine periods. Inevitably, the houses have been compared with similar buildings found in the parts of the Roman Empire, particularly with the 1C villas of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The consensus is that the Ephesians houses are in no way inferior to these. The next stop will be the Ephesus Archeology Museum. A large part of the museum’s excavations at Ephesus, St. Jean Church, Artemision, and Belevi Grave Memorial  consists of works brought from other nearby ruins. The House of Mother Mary is where Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting days here in accordance to the Predominant Christian belief. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27). Discover the Temple of Artemis (Diana), an outstanding temple built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Hear about its significance and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries from your private guide.

Includes
  • Transportation by AC Deluxe van
  • Guiding services
  • Parking fees
  • Gratiuties to tour guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenditures
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Product ID: 69999