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The story surrounding the Cave of the Seven Sleepers recalls the story of a several young men who sought refuge in a cave out outside Ephesus to escape persecution under Decius, roughly around year 250. Indeed, this courageous group refused to obey the greedy king, which had forced his entire kingdom to worship idols he himself selected, and chose to flee their homeland and pursue their faith in God instead. They woke up some odd 200 years later, only to find out the world had completely changed and Ephesus had become a place of freedom for all Christians. They all died a natural death many years later and were all buried in the cave in which they had slept for so long. The grotto was quick to become a major pilgrimage site, and several people asked to be buried there along with the Sleepers over the following centuries.

Today, the area surrounding the Cave of the Seven Sleepers is technically fenced off but most visitors take advantage of the poor state of the structure to climb over and get full access to the cave, where they can visit the church in which the sleepers were buried; there also are numerous 5th-century terracotta lamps, which depict scenes from the Old Testament and various pagan scenes from Greek and Roman mythology and prove the existence of paganism in the region.

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For Cruisers: Biblical Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port / Hotels

For Cruisers: Biblical Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port / Hotels

In the morning, our tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi Port. And, we go to Ephesus. Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. The House of Virgin Mary, is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last years of her life. Terraced Houses, are located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called as “the houses of rich”, they are important for the reason that they give us an idea about the family life during the Roman period. St. John Basilica, was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th Century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. In Christian tradition, the Seven Sleepers is the story of a group of youths who hid inside a cave outside the city of Ephesus around AD 250 to escape one of the Roman persecutions of Christians and emerged some 300 years later. In the end of the tour, you go back to the Kusadasi Port.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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$89.00
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5-Hour Private Trip to Ephesus with Lunch

5-Hour Private Trip to Ephesus with Lunch

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See the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and other highlights of the area on a private half-day tour from Kusadasi. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site then stop at the Temple of Artemis, the Meryemana (Virgin Mary's House), and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers. Your tour includes skip-the-line admission, lunch, private guide and driver, and hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.72
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$85.72

Biblical Jewels of Ephesus

Biblical Jewels of Ephesus

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Don’t worry about any entrance fees on this all-inclusive excursion to the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus. Guided through the rich culture and history of this region, guests have a chance to see the Temple of Hadrian, House of the Mother Mary, Seven Sleeper’s Cave, and more. Enjoy a fresh lunch to stay energized for an afternoon of epic sightseeing (in the biblical sense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

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Explore Ephesus with a dedicated guide during this full-day tour from Izmir. Stop at Ephesus area highlights, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This private tour guarantees personalized attention from your guide for you and your party. Traditional Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from your accommodations in Izmir are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
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$179.00
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For Cruisers: Splendor of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

For Cruisers: Splendor of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

In the morning, your tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi Port. And, we reach to Ephesus. Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. Ephesus was also a harbour city. And, this giant city was built only with marbel. The House of Virgin Mary, is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last years of her life. Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek Temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. It was located in Ephesus and it was one the seven wonders of the world. St. John Basilica, was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th Century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modeled after the now last Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the Kusadasi Port.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
Price varies by group size
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$99.00
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Private Guide and AC Transportation from Kusadasi to Ephesus Full day

Private Guide and AC Transportation from Kusadasi to Ephesus Full day

PRIVATE GUIDE and AC MERCEDES VAN FOR YOUR GROUP.  YOU DECIDE WHERE TO GO. You do not have to decide on your program before you come to Ephesus. Your private tour guide and driver will meet you at at Your hotel Lobby or Kusadasi port with your name sign. Please let us know requested pick up time. After greeting, we will drive to Ephesus . You may visit all historical sites, including Ephesus Ancient city, Terrace Houses, Artemission Temple, Basilica of St. John, Selcuk Museum, Sirince Village, Isa bey Mosque, Seven Sleepers or the ones you want to see. You can plan your day with your professional tour guide on the day of arrival. You will have personalized service up to nine hours. You may stop for a traditional Turkish lunch in a local restaurant. You may return back to Kusadasi port.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Ephesus-Virgin Mary's Shrine-St.John Basilica-Seven Sleepers-Sirince Village

Ephesus-Virgin Mary's Shrine-St.John Basilica-Seven Sleepers-Sirince Village

Lunch,Bevareges,Museum Tickets,Insurance and Luxury car(5 seats available) are all included. Prices of the tours are always for maximum 4 adult visitors children up 7 are all free. Cotul Tourism Company As an experienced agency both in International and Domestic Tourism for 29 years,we have been trying to give best services with most reasonable prices.We are a family who mainly focuses on customer satisfaction. As “Group A” licensed Travel Agency through the Ministery of Culture and Tourism, we are allowed to organize and provide all of tourism activities. We invite you to try our services and make a comparision. Our experience is the source of our confidence. Our tour guides are specialists on their subjects.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Customizable Private Ephesus Tour (Recommended for group of 6 and more)

Customizable Private Ephesus Tour (Recommended for group of 6 and more)

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Customizable Private Ephesus Tour. You and Your group members will decide on your itinerary . Your private guide will meet you at Kusadasi port or hotel with a sign written “Your Name“ on it, anytime you want. After greeted by your guide, you are going to customize your private tour with recommendations of your guide Ephesus area where all attractions are located is 20 mins. driving from Kusadasi port and town center. You can kindly find the list of places where you can add to your private tour. Ephesus, Terrace Houses, The House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica, Ephesus Museum, Sirince Village, The Temple of Artemis TRADITIONAL TURKISH LUNCH in a Local Restaurant and many more You can decide where to visit with your guide’s recommendations.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.00
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$74.00
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Highlights of Ephesus Shore Excursion From Kusadasi Port

Highlights of Ephesus Shore Excursion From Kusadasi Port

In the morning, our tour guide will meet with you at the Kusadasi port. And, we reach to Ephesus, Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. The House of Virgin Mary, is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption or Dormition. Ephesus Museum, this fascinating Ephesus Museum houses the statues of Ephesian Artemis which are found from the Temple of Artemis, Eros Statues, Hall of the Roman Empires, the Carvings of Hadrian Temple, biblical inscriptions statue of Dormition and the statues of Augustus and Livia. The Seven Sleepers, otherwise known as the Sleepers of Ephesus and Companions of the Cave. In the end of the tour, you go back to Kusadasi Port.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.79
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$117.79
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Cave of the Seven Sleepers can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Cave of the Seven Sleepers 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Cave of the Seven Sleepers costs USD 65.00. Guided Cave of the Seven Sleepers tours start around USD 65.00 per person.
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