NO HIDDEN COSTS : Private guided tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary with lunch. Entrance fees, A/C transportation,and lunch are included in the price. Terrace houses can be added into the program for an additional fee.
Your tour guide will be ready at your hotel lobby ( for guests who wants to be picked up from their hotel in Kusadasi ) or at your cruise arrival time to Kusadasi port and will meet you with your name. Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary approximately 30 minutes from Kusadasi. The House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage center of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her recently time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, and ‘unofficially’ confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI has visited this shrine After House of Virgin Mary. We drive to Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Artemus during the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. You will start your Ephesus excursion at the upper Magnesia Gate, and work your way down through the city, ending near the ancient Harbor. Along the way you will see the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period. It has played host to programs as varied as Paul and his sermons to the Ephesians, to concerts by Sting, in part due to its remarkable acoustics. You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Antony and Cleopatra rode in procession. You will hear stories of Alexander the Great, the Virgin Mary, and many other famous visitors who walked the same marble streets that you are walking. After Ephesus, we will visit Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of Ancient time After exploring all the fascinating sites, your private Ephesus shore excursion includes lunch at a nearby small rug weaving village. Delicious homemade Turkish lunch will be served. After lunch you will be given information about this dying work of art as well as time for shopping. Returning to the town of Kusadasi. Arrival to Kusadasi / Your hotel in Kusadasi and the end of our tour.