Daily Ephesus Tour from Istanbul by Plane
Ephesus is of the best historic treasures Turkey has. Ephesus is the one of the oldest and best preserved places in the world in which you will find ancient ruins. During your Ephesus tour, you will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven world wonders). The tour ends with a visit to the House of the Virgin Marry.
To enroll the tour you will be transferred to Istanbul’s airport for a 7 am flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir’s airport, you will be picked up (search for a sign with your name) and then connected to Selcuk to join the Ephesus Tour.
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Airport in Istanbul.
Fly to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
Our driver will meet you at Izmir Airport and Transfer to Selcuk where you will meet with your guide and rest of the group.
The tour starts from the proceed to the House of the Virgin Mary includes scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. A long and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St. Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you’ll pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight such sights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-five thousand and, although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.
Although in ruins, the Basilica of St. John is still a majestic sight to behold. Among the remains, large columns, frescos and mosaics still stand, paying homage to the monumental basilica built during Emperor Justinian’s reign. The structure was created in the shape of a cross and covered with six individual domes, the central one of which is thought to lie directly above the burial site of St. John. at the end we will have carpet demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand.
At the end of the tour transfer to the airport in Izmir.
Fly back to Istanbul.
Meet & Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
End of our Services:
Inclusions – Exclusions
- All the transfers in Istanbul and Izmir as specified
- Round Trip airfare to/from Izmir
- Guided by licensed guides at Ephesus.
- Personal expenses
- Drinks during Lunch
- Customary tip to driver and tour guide
- Architecture / History / Archaeology / Religion / Art
- You can combine the Ephesus tour with the other tours such as Cappadocia, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Istanbul, Antalya…
- Please inform us in enquiry form if you want go get this tour as private only for your family/group.