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From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

1. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

Spend the day exploring the most memorable places in Ephesus and Şirince on this guided full-day tour from Istanbul, lunch included. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, see the Temple of Artemis, and taste local wine at a vineyard. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Istanbul. Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, meet your driver to head to Ephesus to start the tour. First, stop at the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. The visit to the House of Virgin Mary takes about 45 minutes. After, take a 5-minute drive to Ephesus to continue the tour. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. The city is an important site for Christianity as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk along the city’s marble streets accompanied by a tour guide. See the Ephesus Odeon, Ephesus Prytaneion, State Agora, Memmius Monument, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, and Ephesus Latrines. Next, optionally visit The Private House (so-called “Terrace Houses” brothel). Afterward, carry on to the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, the great theater, and Arcadian Street (Harbor Road). Later, head to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get a chance to take memorable photos of the Church of St. John and İsa Bey Mosque. Before the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, head to Şirince, an old village of Rûm (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selçuk, 7 km from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production. Complete your experience with free time for a wine tasting. At the end of your trip, get transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.

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

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

A professional licenced tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi port or your hotel at a given pickup time. After meeting your guide, you will drive to the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. 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 17 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.

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Turkey Package Tour - 4 Days

3. Turkey Package Tour - 4 Days

Start your trip at 18:30 to transfer to the bus station for an 8:30 PM overnight bus to Cappadocia. When you arrive to the bus station we transfer your to the starting point of this tour. At 09:30 AM start the day by visiting Devrent Valley. Your next stop will be Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos (Venessa), the pottery centre of Cappadocia. This village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The Göreme Open Air Museum is most important. Here Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. From the panoramic view point Esentepe you will be able to experience a complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. End your day with a visit to Uchisar Castle. Afterwards you will be taken to your hotel. On this day Lunch is included. On the second day of this tour start with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where you will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. Visit Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many underground settlements. End the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley where you will enjoy a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar. When the tour finishes you will be transferred to the bus station, where you can enjoy some free time until your overnight bus departure to Denizli. On this day breakfast and lunch are included. Upon arriving at Denizli in the morning, your will start your tour at 09.00 AM. Visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis, the Domitian Gate, the Colannaded Gate, a Cathedral, the Red Waters of Karahayit, Pamukkale Museum and the Travertines of Pamukkale. After the tour ends at 7:00 PM, enjoy a bus transfer to Selcuk or Kusadasi, where you will arrive around 7:30 PM at your hotel. On this day lunch is included. On your fourth and last day you will enjoy breakfast and then start your tour of Ephesus, one of the world's finest examples of an ancient classical city. Visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; the house of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the final years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, an impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D., unlike any other you will see in this country. At 5 PM our tour finishes and you are free until 21.00 PM, when your overnight bus departs for Istanbul. On this day breakfast and lunch are included.  

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7 Churches of Asia Minor: 5 Days/4 Nights in 4-Star Hotels

4. 7 Churches of Asia Minor: 5 Days/4 Nights in 4-Star Hotels

Day 1: Izmir Arrival Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at the Izmir airport and driven directly to your hotel where dinner will be served. Day 2: Pergamon, Thyatira, and Izmir After breakfast, drive to Pergamum, now known as Bergama, mentioned in the New Testament as one of the 7 Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Visit the Acropolis of Pergamum, an amphitheater perched dramatically atop a steep hill. Stop at the Asklepion, a famous medical center during the classical era. See the Altar of Zeus, which John the Apostle referred to as the “Throne of Satan.” Walk among the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan, which once housed a library of 200,000 texts, rivaling the Library of Alexandria. Admire the immense walls of the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church). Continue to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. Known in ancient times for its purple dyes, Thyatira is also the city where St. Lydia once lived. As you make your way through the city, you’ll have the chance to see ruins from Roman times. Enjoy a panoramic ride through Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Ascend Mount Pagus and visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great. See the famous Izmir Clock. Return to the hotel for dinner and some rest. Day 3: Izmir, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, and Hierapolis Depart early in the morning to reach one of the most picturesque of the Seven Churches of Asia, Sardis [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4]. Sardis, now known as Sart was portrayed in the Book of Revelations as a dying church. Visit the Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became churches under the Byzantine empire. See the restored gymnasium and the reconstructed Synagogue. Walk the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great. Lay your eyes on the "Golden" river Pactolus. Enjoy lunch en route. Your journey continues once you reach Philadelphia, now known as Alasehir, another of the Churches of Asia, and the only church not censured. Unlike the other 6 churches, they remained steadfast in their faith. Visit the remains of a Byzantine basilica that features 11th-century frescoes. Drive to Hierapolis, a city known for its therapeutic springs. See the Pamukkale, or “Cotton Fortress,” where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels, and stalactites. Visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during persecutions ordered by Domitian. Journey on to Laodicea (now called Denizil), another of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16]. See the ancient theatre, the remains of a basilica and ancient stone water pipes. Visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, a 2nd-century theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. After a full day of site-seeing, check in at a Thermal hotel and enjoy dinner before having a good night’s rest. Day 4: Ephesus Drive to Kusadasi and visit the ancient city of Ephesus. See the Basilica of St. John, which received an epistle from the apostle Paul who lived in Ephesus for 3 years. Tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city founded over 2 millennia ago. Take a trip back in time as your walk along the marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a house said to have been the Virgin Mary’s home in her final years. Afterward, enjoy dinner at your hotel in Kusadasi. Day 5: Izmir Your tour comes to a close, as you are picked up from your hotel in Kusadasi and then transferred to the Izmir airport.

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Selçuk: Ephesus & Terrace Houses Guided Walking Tour

5. Selçuk: Ephesus & Terrace Houses Guided Walking Tour

Explore the most famous Roman site in Turkey with its Terrace Houses in the company of an expert guide. The ancient city of Ephesus is one of the oldest sites being excavated in Turkey. Learn about its history and archaeological studies. Visit the Terrace Houses to understand the daily lives of ordinary Roman citizens. Experience the glamour of Rome as you gain an insight into the days of its zenith. Walk with your guide on the ancient roads of Ephesus. Discover Ephesus’s ancient walls scattered throughout the site as you learn how layered this city’s history is. See the famous Theatre at Ephesus and the reconstructed marvel of the Library of Celsus. Stroll past massive Roman pillars, city walls, and towers down to the harbor. Explore the vast remains of Ephesus as your guide talks about Greek mythology on the western coast of present-day modern Turkey. Understand the value of Greek culture shared between the shores of the Aegean Sea on the development of European civilization, arts, and literature. Stop at the theatre and dive into the history of this picturesque coastline to gain an understanding of the role of these little cities in Christianity. Learn how the locals reacted to St. Paul’s journey and how Virgin Mary ended up at this site traveling through the Middle East. End your tour after a detailed brief that completes the journey of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus. Learn about the spread of Christianity starting with the original inhabitants of this scenic and strategically-placed ancient city. Return with a deep knowledge of the Roman and Christian history of modern Turkey.

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Turkey: 7-Nights Tour of 5 Cities Starting from Istanbul

6. Turkey: 7-Nights Tour of 5 Cities Starting from Istanbul

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Welcome to Turkey! Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport and/or Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you will be assisted with your luggage and transferred in a private vehicle to your Hotel. Stay overnight and get an evening of rest before your adventure starts in the morning. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour  Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Your journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. For the duration of the day, you will sightsee through some of this fascinating and ancient city's most significant landmarks. Marvel at the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon you will visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping before enjoying an overnight stay in Istanbul at your hotel.  Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight & Cappadocia Tour Start your day bright and early at your hotel with a transfer service to Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia you will meet with your guide. After a short meet and greet with your friendly guide/driver you will commence your sightseeing. Visit places like Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup and the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest craters out of 200 others in Cappadocia. After your tour of these monumental places, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy an evening of rest. Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour Start your morning with a view of the lunar landscape of Cappadocia - rock formations beyond belief in the Devrent Valley. Whilst making your way through this magical place, witness its troglodyte houses and visit the fairy chimneys where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Stop in Avanos for a delicious lunch and the chance to marvel at some of the terracotta artwork it is famous for. Whilst here you will get to stop by a traditional pottery workshop.  In the afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th-century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. After the tour program transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in Cappadocia. Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale Start your day with a bright and early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, you will visit the 13th-century masterpiece, Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving in Konya. After your visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, enjoy a scenic drive to Pamukkale and spend an overnight stay in a Thermal Hotel where you can relax and go for a refreshing swim. Day 6: Pamukkale – Kusadasi In the morning, go on a visit to the ancient Hierapolis and marvel at the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, and graveyard. You will then enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive to Kusadasi where you will enjoy an overnight stay. Day 7: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight Start your day with a visit to Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue on to Ephesus and walk through history along marble streets lined with fascinating landmarks such as the The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater - two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. After your trip to Ephesus, you will drive to Izmir airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Arrive back in Istanbul where you will be met by a guide who will transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay.  Day 8: Home After your delicious breakfast, check out from your hotel and relax in a private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.

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Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

7. Ephesus: Small-Group Shore Excursion with Terrace Houses

Visit Ephesus and its attractions on a small-group excursion. See the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, and Artemission Temple with entrance fees covered and a licensed tour guide. Meet your tour guide at Kusadasi Cruise Port at the pre-arranged time and begin your 20-minute drive to Ephesus. Once there, begin touring the city, which is one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. As a port city, this was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them discover the Baths of Scholastica and the Library of Celsus. Encounter the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater, which are 2 of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Visit the Terrace Houses, located on the skirt of Pion Mountain. See the 6 residential units which were built on 3 man-made terraces. These houses are decorated with wall frescoes and floor mosaics, settled by the wealthy citizens of Ephesus. See the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus, and learn about its connection to when Mary came to Ephesus in 431 A.D. and why this area became a place of pilgrimage in 1892. Stop at the Artemission Temple, where one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world used to be. This will be the final stop on your tour before your return drive to your point of origin.

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Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

8. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days.

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Private Ephesus Tour for Cruise Travelers

9. Private Ephesus Tour for Cruise Travelers

Ephesus is a city created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. After a pick up from Kusadasi port or your city hotel, you will be driven to the Ephesus region to start your tour. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Next you will explore the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. See the magnificent Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of the former Roman provincial capital. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Visit the Odeon, Bouleterion, Temple of Hadrian, Serapis and Domitian. Continue to the Great Theater, the Double Church and Arcadian Way. Walk along Marble Street and get fantastic views, whichever way you look. Keep your eyes and ears open for gladiators! By the end of the tour, some of you may feel like a true Greek, and some like an Ancient Roman… Our private excursions on V.I.P standards are cheaper than cruise company's excursion rates which are designed for the big crowded groups.

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Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Izmir Province

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We really enjoyed our walking tour with Ozgur. He met us at the entrance on time, and he was very knowledge about the site. We felt that if we had gone on our own, the experience would have been enjoyable, but it would have been definitely lacking. He showed us many things we would never have noticed on our own. He pointed out many details of the different monuments and it truly made Ephesus incredible. His English was not perfect, but it nearly was. He gave us a detailed history of the area, and it felt like he really enjoyed speaking about Ephesus. He was kind and humorous through the tour. We both highly recommend him to anyone who wants a detailed tour of the site and a clear understanding of how Ephesus came to be and the events that led to its eventual end.

I really liked the trip, the experience and the cities through which I did the tour, all the people from the agency and hotel staff, guides, and buses, were very friendly, they tried to make me always comfortable and happy with the service I definitely recommend it. The only thing they must take into account is the waiting time at the bus terminals to travel to each city.

This tour was really awesome. Super great guide and driver. Before you were driven to any manufactory, you were asked whether you wanted to go shopping or see something beyond the tour. We decided against it and were then driven to the hotel. The guide was very well trained and you got a lot of valuable information. You also got enough free time.

The team that took care of us was impeccable even before starting. Eyüp contacted me before starting the trip, followed each step, gave me the necessary information and was concerned to know if everything was going well during the tour. Nizam, our tour guide, was equally impeccable. The best guide of all the trips I've ever been on.

The experience is unique, our guide Nizam is a wonderful person with a unique sense of humor, and he helps you with all your doubts, it would be a trip that I would do in every way again, I enjoyed it too much.