Duration: 8 hrs.
Pick-up and Drop-off: Kusadasi Port or Hotel
Destinations: the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, the Terrace Houses, and Sirince Village
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Greek, and Japanese
The visit to Ephesus, which included the Terrace Houses, the House of the Virgin Mary, and Sirince Village, is a good reason to take this tour.
After meeting your private guide at the Kusadasi Port or Hotel, you will take a beautiful 40-minute drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, which Pope Paul VI declared a pilgrimage center in 1967. The Pope said, “She might have spent her last days here.”
When you spend almost an hour at the spot, you can feel the holy time.
After you have seen the House of the Virgin Mary, it will take you 5 minutes to get to the upper gate of Ephesus. From there, the plan is to go to the old city. Your private driver will wait for you at the lower gate while you and your guide walk down the hill.
The ancient city, including the terrace houses, will take 3 hours to see.
You will have a chance to spend a short time in the top souvenir area before going to the ancient site. At the lower gift area, you will have a lot more time.
As an expert scholar leads you through the main streets of Ephesus, you will see buildings made of marble that were built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.
The Great Theatre is the only ruin from the 3rd century BC, and it is also very important for Christians. Because Saint Paul the Apostle preached to the Ephesians there.
As you go through the Magnesian Gate, you will see businesses, government buildings, and a pillared Augustus Basilica at the State Agora.
As you walk down the main streets, your guide will tell you basic facts and history about fountain decorations, statues, and the famous temples of Emperors Domitian, Trajan, and Hadrian.
When you go through the Hercules Gate, you will see the Celsus Library. It was the third-largest library in ancient times, after Alexandria and Pergamum. It had more than 12,000 scroll books.
The Terrace Houses are a unique old place on the slopes of Bülbül (Coressus) Mountain. They are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They were where the rich people of Ephesus lived. Every corner of the Terrace Houses shows how rich the people of Ephesus were. There are frescoes, mosaics, and private heating systems. From the front door to the upper exit, there are 80 steps. There is a different fee to get into Terrace Houses, which is part of the archaeological site. (And this tour takes you there.)
As you get close to leaving the old city, there is a souvenir area with restrooms and shops.
The schedule will move on to Sirince Village, which is 15 minutes from Ephesus. It is a well-known place for tourists to visit because of its Greek and Ottoman-era homes, shopping streets, and wineries. (It takes 1 hour.)
Your guide will also suggest a local place for lunch and tell you about traditional things to see and do while you are there.
Kusadasi and the area around it are seasonal and laid-back. And each site is only about 5 minutes away by car.
So, people have a good time when they go to places like a weaving school or a ceramic art center.
The tour comes to an end in Kusadasi.
A licensed guide who speaks English or another language of your choice
A luxury car with air conditioning and a driver
Service to pick up and drop off
Costs to get into the museums and places on the above schedule
Gratuities to the guide and driver
Anything not specifically listed as included
It is a good idea to bring a camera, a hat, and shoes that are good for walking.
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A Day Tour of Ephesus offers an unforgettable exploration of one of the greatest ancient cities in the Mediterranean region. Located in what is now modern-day Turkey, Ephesus is an archaeological wonder filled with well-preserved ruins that date back to the Classical Greek era. A day tour of this remarkable site provides a full immersion into the city’s rich history, offering a chance to see famous landmarks such as the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Great Theatre.
Most day tours begin in the early morning and provide transportation, professional guides, and sometimes meals, giving visitors the opportunity to fully appreciate this UNESCO World Heritage Site in a single day.
Ephesus Port Tours are specially designed for cruise ship passengers who dock at nearby port cities like Kusadasi and Izmir. These tours make the wonders of Ephesus accessible to those on a cruise journey, providing quick and convenient transportation to and from the ancient site. Ephesus Port Tours usually include guided visits to essential historical landmarks and allow enough time to explore the ruins while ensuring passengers return to their cruise ships in time.
Many packages include professional guides who speak various languages, entrance fees to sites, and even meals, allowing cruise ship passengers to make the most of their limited time in the area.
The Guided Ephesus Tour offers a more personalized and detailed experience for those looking to delve deep into the history and significance of Ephesus. Led by professional and often licensed guides who have extensive knowledge about the city and its past, this tour gives a unique perspective on life in ancient Ephesus. The guides typically narrate the fascinating stories behind the ruins, bringing to life the history, culture, and mythology of this once-great city.
Guided tours often have options for small group sizes, allowing for more interactive and engaging experiences, and can include transportation, entrance fees, and meals, catering to the specific interests and needs of the travelers.
An Ephesus Tour is a broad category that encompasses various types of visits to this ancient city. Ephesus Tours can range from half-day to multi-day experiences, from private to group tours, or focus on specific interests such as photography, archaeology, or even the culinary delights of the region.
These tours generally offer a comprehensive look at the main attractions, including the Terrace Houses, Marble Street, and the Odeon. Depending on the specific package chosen, an Ephesus Tour can be customized to the preferences and schedules of individual travelers, providing flexibility and opportunities to explore one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world.
Whether for history enthusiasts, families, or solo travelers, an Ephesus Tour can be a gateway to the rich heritage of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.
Ephesus Tours encompass a wide variety of options for exploring the ancient city of Ephesus, one of Turkey’s most famous archaeological sites. From guided tours that offer a deep historical perspective to self-guided explorations for independent travelers, Ephesus Tours caters to various preferences and budgets.
The offerings may include visits to notable landmarks such as the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Great Theatre. Many of these tours include convenient features like transportation, meals, and expert guides, providing a comprehensive and satisfying experience of this must-see destination.
Private Ephesus Tours offer an exclusive and personalized way to explore the treasures of Ephesus. Tailored to the individual interests and needs of travelers, these tours often include a private vehicle and a personal guide who can provide detailed insights into the rich history and culture of this ancient city.
Ideal for those seeking a more intimate and flexible experience, Private Ephesus Tours allows travelers to set their pace, ask questions, and even customize the itinerary to include specific sites or themes of interest.
Whether a family outing, a romantic adventure, or a specialized academic exploration, private tours offer an enriched experience of Ephesus.
Ephesus Private Tours is an extension of the private touring experience, offering an even more specialized and curated way to explore Ephesus. These tours are often designed to cater to very specific interests, such as art, architecture, or ancient history, and are led by guides with expert knowledge in these fields.
Ephesus Private Tours can include exclusive access to areas not typically open to the general public, personalized arrangements such as private lunches or dinners, and the ability to explore at a leisurely pace.
These tours often appeal to discerning travelers who seek a deeper connection with Ephesus’s rich heritage.
Ephesus is one of the most renowned ancient cities of the Aegean region, located near the modern town of Selçuk in Turkey. Once a thriving port city, Ephesus is now an archaeological marvel, showcasing a blend of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine influences.
Famous for its monumental structures like the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and the Great Theatre, Ephesus attracts millions of tourists annually.
Its well-preserved ruins tell the story of a city that was a significant center of commerce, religion, and intellectual life in antiquity, and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site underscores its enduring importance in the global cultural landscape.
Sirince Village is a charming village near Ephesus, known for its traditional 19th-century Ottoman architecture, cobbled streets, and lush vineyards. Often included as a part of tours to Ephesus or as a separate day trip, Sirince offers a delightful contrast to the ancient ruins, providing a glimpse of rural Turkish life.
Famous for its wine, particularly fruit wines, Sirince has a thriving local craft scene, with many shops selling homemade products and traditional Turkish crafts. The village’s warm hospitality, panoramic views, and unique cultural offerings make it a favored destination for those looking to experience a more authentic and serene side of Turkey.
Whether sipping wine at a local vineyard or wandering through the narrow, winding streets, visitors to Sirince Village are transported to a simpler and enchantingly beautiful time and place.