Ephesus is one of the greatest treasures Turkey holds. These ancient ruins are one of the oldest and best preserved in the world. So if you wish to learn and feel how Romans lived and their incredible power of construction and engineering, this is the place to go.
In this tour you will get to visit three of the most well-known historical places in Turkey. Starting by the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the world and continuing to Ephesus: one of the greatest cities of the Roman times, you will have a great time. The tour ends with a visit to the House of the Virgin Marry.
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Architecture / History & Archaeology / Religion / Art
* You can combine the Ephesus tour with our other tours: Cappadocia, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Istanbul, Antalya...
Temple of Artemis
The tour starts with our driver picking you up from the hotel and driving you to Istanbul’s airport for a morning flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival at Izmir’s airport, you will be met by your new driver and connected to Selcuk to join the Ephesus Tour.
The Tour’s first stop is the Temple of Artemis, once known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World is, nowadays, a place with stories to tell. Let your guide take you through the legends that involve one of the most important places of worship of the goddess Artemis (or Diana).
We proceed to visit Ephesus: The city of Ephesus, as you can visit today, was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals, Lysimachus, in about 300 BC. Ephesus had its best periods during the Hellenistic and Roman eras, and as the capital of the Asian province and a big port, its population was of 200,000 habitants. The Celsus’ library is one of the most impressive ancient constructions that you will ever see and strolling in these streets will make you feel like a roman yourself.
Our last stop is the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary chose to settle to spend her last days. In 1980, by the John Paul Pope, the site was declared has a pilgrimage place for Christians.
After the tour ends we will drive back to Izmir’s airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival you will be dropped off to your hotel.