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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Ada Vegas Travel, IstanbulEphesus ancient ruins, Temple of Artemis

$140 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.

$850 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jewels of Turkey -8 Days and 7Nights

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)One of the greatest marvels of architecture,hagia Sophia was founded as basilica in the 6th century.Built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinianus,St Sophia was largest cathedral in the world for nearly thousand years;it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople,it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet ll. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Topkapi PalaceThis extra ordinarary and full of secrets,palace was the residance of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and center of the Ottoman Ampire for nearly 400 yeras.The building is a typcial example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibits rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armours, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewelleryDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Blue MosqueFacing Hagia Sophia,famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets,the Blue Mosque was built in the same of Sultan Ahmet.This is the last great imperial mosque of the classic period.The name for which is commonly now known.Blue Mosque,comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior wallsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kapali CarsiFacing Hagia Sophia,famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets,the Blue Mosque was built in the same of Sultan Ahmet.This is the last great imperial mosque of the classic period.The name for which is commonly now known.Blue Mosque,comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior wallsDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Sultanahmet DistrictIts a former center of sportive events(chariot races for example) and political activities of the old city.The obelisk of Theodosius,the serpentine Column,and the German Fountain of Wilhelm ll are the monuments that you can find and leran more about while visiting the HipodromeStop At: Ancient City of EphesusThe best preseved classic city in Eastern Mediterranean.The largest Open-Air Museum in Turkey. Ephesus contains more then 30 buildings and structures linked together by stres that still have the Marks of Ancient Chariot wheels. Great Theatre: St Paul preached against the Pegans and Gladiators once engaded in battle.Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. Library of Celsus:The faced which has been remarkably restored and probably most photographed place in Ephesus.Originally built in 115-25. Also you might see Odeon Temple, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, Stream baths of scholastic, Marble road, Agora, Temple of Domition.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)Mary was brought to ephesus by the apostle john after the resurection of christ and lived her final days here.This church was Erected on the Foundations of that house and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope lV and Pope John Poul ll.Many visitors Describe this as an uplifting or Spiritual Experience. Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Temple of ArtemisConsidered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus’ Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the goddess of the hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet long, 220 feet long.Paul’s successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this very temple.The city reached the "Golden Age" and became a good model to the Antic World in culture and art, as wellDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pamukkale Thermal PoolsPamukkale, which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site (entrance 35 TL pp extra). There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneathDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Mevlana Museumthe museum of 13th century Philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. Mevlana was a philosepher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance,positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Goreme National ParkToday you will visit Devrent Valleywhere the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you will take a stroll between the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there, driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over CappadociaDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Kaymakli Underground Cityonce a place of refuge for 15000 christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Bosphorus CruiseEnjoy Bosphorus Cruise, ere you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europesector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in IstanbulDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Egyptian Bazaarit was called Egyptian Market because it was famous for selling goods shipped in from cairo. After tour transfer you to your hotel.Duration: 2 hours

$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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