Spend a day traveling back in history during this day-trip to Ephesus from Istanbul. Tread in the footsteps of one of the most important biblical figures at the House of the Virgin Mary and tour famous landmarks including the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus and the Basilica of St. John. Enjoy the company of a well-informed guide as well as roundtrip transportation from your hotel to the airport, where you will fly to Izmir.
Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and head straight to the airport for a quick trip to Izmir (flight not included in price of tour). Upon arrival, take off for the ancient city of Ephesus to begin your whirlwind tour through history. Begin by exploring the site and remains of the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana. Once considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, this grand temple was destroyed in the 5th century. See pieces of impressive ancient Greek architecture before continuing on to the House of the Virgin Mary. Believed to be the stone house that Mary was taken to by Saint John, the House of the Virgin Mary is though to be the place the biblical heroine lived until her death. Finish the tour by exploring the magnificent remains of the Library of Celsus and the 6th-century Basilica of St. John. Then enjoy a comfortable ride to the airport and fly back to Istanbul. A guide will drop you off at your hotel.