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From Izmir, Kusadasi, & Selcuk: Day Trip to Explore Ephesus

1. From Izmir, Kusadasi, & Selcuk: Day Trip to Explore Ephesus

Enjoy a memorable day seeing the historic sights in the ancient city of Ephesus on this day trip. Select from options to leave from your hotel in Izmir, Kusadasi, or Selcuk. Stop at highlights like Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, and Domitian Square. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. Sit back and relax on the drive to Ephesus. Follow your local guide to the House of Virgin Mary, where the religious figure is thought to have spent her last days. Head to upper Agora which was the seat of political power in the past. Continue to the 2nd century A.D. Odeon theater. Head to Domitian Square and view the engravings on the old columns at the Temple of Domitian. Pass by the Fountain of Pollio. Admire the relief of Hercules at Hercules Gate before going to the temple and fountain of Emperor Trajan.  Marvel at the elaborately carved arch at the Temple of Hadrian. Stroll by the Roman baths, public latrine, marketplace, and brothel. See the stunning remains of the third-largest library in the Roman world at the Library of Celsus. Go to The Great Theater, a massive Hellenistic structure. Gaze upon one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. Return to your accommodation. During the tour, you'll have the chance to have a look at the traditional Turkish handcrafts.

Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

2. Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

Journey off the beaten tracks in a buggy safari adventure. Enjoy driving along dirt paths, rivers and on the beach. Follow your guide along a meander river and spot the bright birds that nest alongside the water, then enjoy sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. Be ready to see lizards and snakes, while burning up the sandy parkour and passing through the marshes and forest. Ride along clouds of dust in the dusty roads. Take some perfect shots for your Instagram. When you get dirty enough, take a break at the Pamucak Beach for a refreshing swim, or test the limit of the buggies. Enjoy a stable, comfortable, and easy to steer vehicle.

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

3. Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

A professional licenced tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi port. After meeting your guide, you will drive to the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. You will then visit one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor), located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through its historic marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them: the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Grand Theater. You will then stop at Artemission Temple, which used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as your last stop before driving back to Kusadasi town center and port. Entrance fees are not included in this program; in total they are around 20 USD which can be paid to your guide at the end of the tour in cash. If you want to pay by visa or master card, your guide will stop for a few minutes in the office on your way back to Kusadasi town center.

From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

4. From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning region of Pamukkale and its hot springs on a day trip from Selcuk, Kusadasi, or Izmir. Begin by meeting your driver/guide at the reception of your hotel in the morning and a transfer to Pamukkale. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, built on solid limestone layers formed by mineral-rich waters that flowed for millennia over a raised level plateau. See the most significant sites of the sacred city including the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Necropolis. Admire the Necropolis (Cemetery) of Hierapolis, one of the largest ancient burial sites in Anatolia. See a Roman bath, the Gate of Domitian, the main street of the ancient city, and the Byzantium Gate. Walk to the natural warm water terraces, formed by running warm water rich in calcium and temperatures of 35 Celsius all year-round. Get the chance to see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis.  Enjoy optional free time to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool before ending the tour with a transfer back to your hotel. And during the tour you'll have the chance to have a look at the Turkish traditional handcrafts.

Kusadasi: Quad Safari Adventure

5. Kusadasi: Quad Safari Adventure

Explore the unspoiled, rugged landscape of Kusadasi on a quad bike along Pamucak Beach. See the jagged peaks of the mountains that divide the coastal region from the plateau of Anatolia. Begin your 2-hour activity with a pick-up at your hotel. Be driven to the forest camping site. Once at the camping site, the starting point for the quad safari, receive information about the tour and course from a professional guide. Take your quad for a test drive before you head out. Drive along paths by rivers and through woodland areas during the safari. Arrive at Pamucak Beach and enjoy a drive along the sand. Stop for a short break at the café (refreshments at your own expense). After the short rest, drive the quad back to the starting point. At the end of the thrilling quad safari adventure, begin the ride back to your hotel.

From Samos: Full Day Tour to Ephesus and Kusadasi

6. From Samos: Full Day Tour to Ephesus and Kusadasi

The tour departs at 07:30 AM from the port of Pythagorio or Samos Town and the boat takes you towards the east. Arrive at Kusadasi after a 1 hour and 15 minute boat journey. On arrival, take a tour of the ancient site of Ephesus, famous for the temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then you have time for lunch before returning to Kusadasi. In Kusadasi you will have time to enjoy the Turkish bazaars where you can find oriental carpets, leathers, jewelry, brass and alabaster. Later at 05:00 PM, board the boat and return to Samos at 06:15 PM.

Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

7. Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Join this 2-hour walking tour of Ephesus with an expert guide. Meet your guide at the upper gate of Ephesus. After you get some general information about this spectacular ancient city, enjoy walking in its marble streets. Visit the parliament building. You can even sit there and feel like a Roman senator. Walk in the upper agora and see the temple of the cruel Roman emperor Domitian. Walk through the Hercules gate and enjoy the magnificent view of the lower city. See the beautiful Roman shops with mosaics and enter the best preserved ancient library in the world. Visit the Grand Theater with a capacity of 25,000 seats. Please not that Entrance fee to Ephesus is NOT including.

From Izmir: Pamukkale Guided Tour with Lunch

8. From Izmir: Pamukkale Guided Tour with Lunch

Discover the natural wonders of Pamukkale on this guided tour with lunch. Marvel at formations of travertine and explore Hierapolis to learn the history of the ancient city. Get the chance to also visit jewelry, leather, carpet, or ceramic centers. Begin at the ancient city of Hierapolis, established in 200 B.C. and one of the most important settlements during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Walk around the recently restored theater and the city’s majestic buildings and monuments. Later, see why Pamukkale means “cotton castle.” Step into a world of wonders as you witness spectacular formations of travertine and the natural hot spring pool. Learn more about the area and spend some relaxation time in the spring pool.

Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

9. Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

Founded by the Greeks and conquered by the Romans, Ephesus was once a city of proverbial wealth. It was a bustling port which over time developed into an important center for Christianity. On this self-guided tour, benefit from skip-the-line entry then explore using your smartphone to travel back in time to the city’s former life. The tour is the perfect way to experience the site in a fun and insightful way, and gain valuable insight into one of the most popular places in Turkey. The first stop of the day is to the State Agora, which was once the political heart of the city boasting a lavish square. Continue on to Bouleuterion, and discover the meeting point of the city council which perhaps was also a space for artistic performances. As you stroll around the colonnades, stoas, and other buildings, listen to fascinating stories about what life was like here for locals. Arrive at the Temple of Domitian and find out the rather unusual architectural layout of the U-shaped altar. Next, wander down the Curetes which connected the political and commercial hearts of Ephesus. Uncover the legend of the emperor’s fountain, then explore the large complex of baths at the Scolastica including the lavish marble latrines. Head to the grave of the Egyptian princess Arsinoe, then marvel at the mesmerizing Celsus Library, which is probably the most famous landmark of Ephesus. From here the road leads you to the gate of Mazeus and Mithridates, and onto at the Grand Theatre where performances and gladiatorial games took place. Last but not least, walk through the crossroads of the Arcadiane and follow a small path that leads you to the spectacular ruins of the enormous Church of Mary.

From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

10. From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide. See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost. After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Artemis. Here, there will be a good chance to take gorgeous pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting. End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

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What people are saying about Izmir Province

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 563 reviews

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.

Ephesus is a must. Great tour with guide Nizam. Had a lot of background knowledge. Lunch at a nice facility, were the only group and the food was great. After that, however, annoying carpet sales show. All in all a nice trip.

Fantastic day adapted to their own interests. Professional explanation of every item we encountered during our visit. Stops to drink if kids got thirsty, real custom made. Wonderful relaxing and educational day.

Having a guide is the best way to experience Ephesus. We would have missed a LOT without a knowledgeable guide

The tour was very nice and gave a lot of knowledge, highly recommended. Thank you Dervis :)