Welcome to Ephesus


As capital of Roman Asia Minor, Ephesus was a vibrant city of over 250,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest in the empire after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. Adding in traders, sailors and pilgrims to the Temple of Artemis, these numbers were even higher, meaning that in Ephesus one could encounter the full diversity of the Mediterranean world and its peoples. So important and wealthy was Ephesus that its Temple of Artemis, on the western edge of present-day Selçuk, was the biggest on earth, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


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$64 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi

One of the main appeals of Kusadasi is its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle once walked its streets. This half-day guided tour from Kusadasi takes you to explore what is unquestionably one of the greatest sites of antiquity.The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the mark of ancient chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus - the facade of which has been remarkably restored. You will also visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and many other remarkable ruins.End your day at the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvellous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of this colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.At the end of the tour, you can choose to see a rug art demonstration, to watch a leather fashion show or a pottery shop visit. Shopping facilities are always optional and all should be requested by some part of group.

$109 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

Visit the glorious Greco-Roman and Christian ruins of Ephesus, which is known to be Commercial, the Religious and Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in ancient Ephesus. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House (Brothel), the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Prepare the be amazed. After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana and St. John's Basilica where according to legend, he was buried.

$60 Private & Custom Tours

Private Ephesus Tour Including Terrace House and Temple of Artemis from Kusadasi Port

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$110 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle.The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port.Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins.Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary.After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last days of her life in the Bulbul Mountains. The house where she lived has recently been transformed into a site of pilgrimage, and has become a sought after destination for Christians from all over the world.

$1150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jewels of Turkey -8 Days and 7Nights

Day 1 Arrive to IstanbulUpon arrival Istanbul greeted and transferred to hotel, check inn and leisure day. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 2 Istanbul Old City Tour (B,L)Upon breakfast, depart for İstanbul city tour, visit the blue mosque, also known as Mosque of Sultan Ahmet. View its glorious interiors and distinctive blue tiles and proceed to the only remains of Hippodrome of Constantinople, Visit Topkapi Palace,once the seat of the Ottoman Empire. Presently. Next;proceed to Hagia Sophia, the church of Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 3 Flight to Izmir-Ancient Ephesus(B,L)Upon breakfast transferred to airport, flight to Izmir. Upon arrival Izmir meet with your guide,visit Ancient Ephesus The best preserved classic city in western  Mediterranean.The  largest open air museum  in Turkey,Next-Temple of Artemis. Ephesus is also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation and holds the House of Virgin Mary. Overnight in KusadasiDay 4 Pamukkale-Hierapolis(B,L)Upon breakfast travel to Pamukkale World heritage site,made of fascinating white terraces and pools created by calcareous, Cotton Castle, Hot Spring waters flowing down the mountains Visit antique pool of Cleopatra and ancient Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.Day 5 Pamukkale-Konya-Cappadocia(B,L)Upon breakfast,travel to Konya Visit the museum of r Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. Mevlana  was a philosepher and mystic of Islam but not a  Muslim of the orthodox type. Then visit 700-years-old  Caravanserai. Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 6 Cappadocia Fullday Tour (B,L)Upon breakfast, depart for fullday tour and visit Underground city of Kaymakli, once place of refuge for 15000 christians. Fallowing this visit to the Pigeon valley and the fascinating frescoed roch churches and chapels at Goreme open-air museum. Photo stop will be made at Uchisar castle village, Then stop to Avanos Pottery Village, Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 7 Flight to Istanbul-Bosphorus Cruise (B,L)Pick up from hotel transfer to Kayseri Airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival depart for Bosphorus Cruise, will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sectors.Then proceed to Spice Market it was called Egyptian Market because it was famous for selling goods shipped in from Cairo. Overnigh in Istanbul. Day 8 Departure day(B)According your flight time transferred to Airport. End of the service.

$99 Private & Custom Tours

Private Ephesus Shore Excursion

Ephesus is a city created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle.We collect you from Kusadasi port or your city hotel, and drive you to the Ephesus region to begin our tour.Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.Next you will explore the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. See the magnificent Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of the former Roman provincial capital.The route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins.Visit the Odeon, Bouleterion, Temple of Hadrian, Serapis and Domitian. Continue to the Great Theatre, the Double Church and Arcadian Way. Walk along Marble Street and get fantastic views, whichever way you look.Keep your eyes and ears open for gladiators! It is easy to get carried away by the atmosphere…After your tour, Your tour guide will take you back to the port .

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