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Basilica of St. John Tours and Activities

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Basilica of St. John
A visit to St. John’s Basilica allows a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. It is believed that the church sits on the burial grounds of John the Apostle and was designed in the shape of a cross. At its completion, it was covered by six domes, with many of the walls presumably once covered in frescoes. 

As nearby Ephesus began to lose significance, the Basilica of St. John was converted into a mosque, hit by an earthquake and completely destroyed by a Mongol army in 1402. All that remains today are various bricks and stones alongside the marble columns that once held up the structure, but recent restoration gives visitors the context to visualize and understand its former status and significance. 

Many combine their visit with a walk to the nearby Ayasuluk Fortress atop Ayasuluk Hill, where St. John is said to have written his gospel. A climb up offers great views of the surrounding area.

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The Basilica of St. John is located about two miles from the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and it is within walking distance from the nearby town of Selçuk. The site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter and until 6:30 p.m. in the summer. Admission costs 5 Turkish Lira.
Address: Selçuk & Ephesus, Turkey
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer
Admission: 5 Turkish Lira
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Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.87
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$92.87
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Small Group Ephesus Tour

Small Group Ephesus Tour

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Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre and the great Celsus Library. See an iconic mosque made of brick, marble and tiles, then see the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.35
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$52.35
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

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Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus on a private full-day tour when your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi. Your private guide shows you the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, including the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus. Continue to the nearby site where the Temple of Artemis once stood, plus other highlights like the Basilica of Saint John. Includes private guide and driver, and transportation from Kusadasi port.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.22
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Private Shore Excursion of Ephesus City from Kusadasi Port

Private Shore Excursion of Ephesus City from Kusadasi Port

For those that have limited time in port, but don’t want to miss anything, this private full-day shore excursion is for you. Tailor your itinerary to your interests and explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St John, Ephesus Museum and the Temple or Artemis all on one trip. Maximise your time with pick-up and drop-off from Kusadasi port, and travel in style in a private luxury vehicle.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Private Tour to Ancient Churches Around Ephesus Including Lunch & Entrance Fees

Private Tour to Ancient Churches Around Ephesus Including Lunch & Entrance Fees

Explore the deep, rich, Christian heritages of Ephesus and the people who founded it such as St. Paul, St. John the Apostle and Virgin Mary.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$186.26
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Private Tour from Kusadasi to Churches around Ephesus, and Gazibegendi Hill

Private Tour from Kusadasi to Churches around Ephesus, and Gazibegendi Hill

If walls could talk, the ruins of Ephesus would have some stories to tell. Back in the 1st century BC, this city was one of powerhouses of the Mediterranean. Drive to the Virgin Mary Monument to get a snapshot of the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus that glimmers in the distance. Next, carry on to the House of Virgin Mary. Historians believe Mary spent her last days in the area around this place of pilgrimage. And then continue to St.John church where St John lived with the Virgin Mary after being cast out of Jerusalem in 37 to 42AD. Legend has it that St John wrote his Gospel here, and was buried here in accordance with his dying wishes. Also, You can take amazing photos on best view point of Kusadasi before turn back to port or your hotel in Kusadasi.
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  • 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.13
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$107.13
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Shore Ex. for couples F/D Private Ephesus Tour

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Shore Ex. for couples F/D Private Ephesus Tour

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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From Kusadasi Port: Private Religious Ephesus Tour

From Kusadasi Port: Private Religious Ephesus Tour

Private Religious Ephesus tour; Today's programm will bring you to the house of virgin Mary where we believe she spent the last days from her live. After the house of virgin Mary we will see the ancıent city off Ephesus a must see if you are in Turkey. After Ephesus we go to visit the ruins of the temple of Artemis, the basilic of Saint John and the İsabey mosque -Our tour provides a professional english guide -Travel in comfort by air-conditioned busses. -Including private transportation from the Kuşadası port
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.74
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Shore Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John low cost

Shore Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John low cost

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are NOT INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, Selcuk Town
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Private Tour from Izmir Port

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Private Tour from Izmir Port

Take a glance back to envision the traditional Greco-Roman world come alive within the historic ruins of an Ephesus tour and learn the secrets of this once Aegean metropolis.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$312.16
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$312.16
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion F/D Private Ephesus Tour

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion F/D Private Ephesus Tour

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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From
$88.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Ephesus with Entrance Fees

Full-Day Private Tour to Ephesus with Entrance Fees

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world. Learn about its historic and archaeological significance through its major sights. Take a step back in time on this excursion. You will have the opportunity to see Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis and Selcuk Town
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

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SMALL-GROUP TOURS UP TO 15 PEOPLE Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world and the House of Virgin Mary is one of the most important religious sites, visited by many Popes. Planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time. During this hassle-free, all-inclusive day trip, you can settle back and relax while someone else handles the logistics and all others. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small-group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. • Starting from your Hotel/Cruise Port and return to your Hotel/Cruise Port • Guaranteed on-time return to ship for the Cruise passengers • Entrance Fees, Lunch and Licensed Tour Guide Included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Small-group tour limited up to 15 people; ensures a more personalized experience
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.78
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$54.78
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Private Tour of ''The Apostle Paul in Ephesus''

Private Tour of ''The Apostle Paul in Ephesus''

Let me offer you a very spiritual day in the city of Ephesus, the chief of the seven churches of Asia Minor, where two apostles Paul and John came. It is a biblical city where St. Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians and where St. John addressed one of his 7 letters to. The Virgin Mary came and spent her last years here as well. While walking the streets of this ruined city today, we will imagine that Paul also once walked these same stones. While seating in the great theater, we also might hear the shouts of the Ephesians and the silversmith Demetrius ''Great is Artemis of Ephesus''.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00
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Shore Excursions: Biblical Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Biblical Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.87
Price varies by group size
From
$92.87
Price varies by group size

Private Tour : Kusadasi Cruise Port to Ephesus

Private Tour : Kusadasi Cruise Port to Ephesus

THIS IS A PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS Welcome to Ephesus during this amazing full day tour. You will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a local tour guide. This is a big chance for you to discover fascinating sites around the town with an expert local tour guide on this private shore excursion departing from the Port of Kusadasi / Ephesus. You will be met at port and guaranteed on-time return to your ship. As you will have a private tour guide, you can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. When you booked this private Ephesus tour; Ancient City of Ephesus & Artemis Temple visits are already included. However you can add these optional places during your tour as well; House of the Virgin Mary ; Terrace Houses ; Basilica of Saint John; Village of Sirince; Archaeological Museum of Ephesus and Shopping Options in Carpet weaving centre, Leather Outlet, Pottery Factory and Jewellery.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$65.39
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$65.39
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Best of Ephesus Private Tour for Cruisers

Best of Ephesus Private Tour for Cruisers

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This tour contains the most popular attractions in Ephesus and surroundings. You will be met by your private tour guide at harbor or hotel and start to excellent tour. This tour covers;
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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From
$55.00
Price varies by group size

Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Cruise Port

Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Cruise Port

THIS IS A PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS Welcome to Ephesus during this amazing full day tour. You will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a local tour guide. This is a big chance for you to discover fascinating sites around the town with an expert local tour guide on this private shore excursion departing from the Port of Kusadasi / Ephesus. You will be met at port and guaranteed on-time return to your ship. As you will have a private tour guide, you can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. When you booked this private Ephesus tour; Ancient City of Ephesus & Artemis Temple visits are already included. However you can add these optional places during your tour as well; House of the Virgin Mary ; Terrace Houses ; Basilica of Saint John; Village of Sirince; Archaeological Museum of Ephesus and Shopping Options in Carpet weaving centre, Leather Outlet, Pottery Factory and Jewellery.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$82.06
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$82.06
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Cruise Passengers: Highlights of Ephesus Tour

Cruise Passengers: Highlights of Ephesus Tour

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A private tour only for your party! . Ephesus is the largest open-air museum of Turkey and one of the largest of the world, planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time. Cruise passengers have a limited time in Kusadasi and in your limited time, you can settle back & relax while our team handles all arrangements for you. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on this private tour which is specially designed for cruise passengers. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre, and the great Celsus Library. • Starts from Cruise Port and returns to Cruise Port • Professional Licensed Tour Guide & A/C new model vehicle included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Private Tour only for your party • Satisfaction Guaranteed • Ensures the on-time return to your ship
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.22
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$85.22
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Private Full Day Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, St John, Artemission Temple

Private Full Day Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, St John, Artemission Temple

Private : Full Day tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary with lunch. Private Licenced tour guide,  A/C transportation, parking fees and lunch are included in the price. Terrace houses can be added into the program (own expense). If requested ,  Bible Oriented Guide can be organised without any extra. Entrance fees are not included in this program. Our guide will have pre-paid tickets to the sites.Total entrance fees are around 18-USD which can be paid to our guide at the end of the tour in cash . If you want to pay by visa or master card, our guide will stop for a few minutes in our office where is on the way to port.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
Price varies by group size
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$79.00
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion Private Biblical Ephesus

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion Private Biblical Ephesus

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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From
$116.00
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Tour to Ancient Churches in Ephesus - From Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir

Tour to Ancient Churches in Ephesus - From Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir

Private tour for visit to Christian heritages of Ephesus and the people who founded it such as St. Paul, St. John the Apostle and Virgin Mary. Pick-up & drop-off services are available for hotels in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir. Also, you can start this tour from Izmir airport. The pick-up & drop-off points depends your prefer about the booking options.
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  • 6 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.22
Price varies by group size
From
$113.22
Price varies by group size
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, Selcuk Town
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
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What are Basilica of St. John hours of operation?
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Basilica of St. John hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. 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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