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Biblical Ephesus, Mother Mary House, St John Basilica and Temple of Artemis Tour from Izmir with Private Guide

Biblical Ephesus, Mother Mary House, St John Basilica and Temple of Artemis Tour from Izmir with Private Guide

Izmir, Turkey
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Ephesus is best known as a Roman capital and UNESCO World heritage site, but the ancient city is also an important biblical site. This full-day tour from Izmir visits the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; St John’s Basilica, where John the Apostle is buried; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the remarkably preserved ruins of Ephesus.
  • Full-day private tour of biblical Ephesus from Izmir, including the House of the Virgin Mary and St John’s Basilica
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent her final years
  • See St John’s Basilica, where John the Apostle is buried
  • Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures personalized attention from your guide
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Transport by private vehicle
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fees
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from Izmir port, airport or your located Izmir hotel

Airports

  • Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir Turkey


Ports

  • izmir port


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your tour begins with pick-up from your Izmir hotel or cruise port by private vehicle. As you drive south to Ephesus, listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand Arcadian Way.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Pause for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant and tuck into some delicious Turkish cuisine, before continuing to St John’s Basilica, famed as the burial site for the Apostle John. Next, pay a visit to a local carpet-making cooperative, where you’ll have chance to witness the age-old Turkish craft, and see examples of how Christian influences have been woven into the intricate designs.

There’s just time for one more stop before the return journey – to the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s biblical past, return to Izmir, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or cruise port.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
After a scenic drive, arrive in Ephesus was the Roman capital of Asia Minor, and home to over a quarter of a million people—from slave traders to saints—at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD. 150 years of excavations at Ephesus have revealed the most complete Greco-Roman classical city on Earth. Then the House of Mother Mary where she is supposed to spent last years of her life. After a lunch break to taste the local flavors of rich Turkish cuisine, continue to St John’s Basilica, was the second largest church of Byzantine Architecture and the burial of Apostle John, one of The Four Gospel  Writers. We will also visit local cooperative and viewing center for a presentation that shows the influence of Christianity on a traditional Turkish rug design. The final stop is at site of Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus  and the above mentioned sites were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats available on request if advised at the time of booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Fez Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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