Private Ephesus and Sirince Tour with Shopping Time

Day Trips & Excursions in Selçuk

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Get the best of Turkey’s history and culture with this private tour to Ephesus and Sirince. Follow a private guide through one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world, Ephesus, and explore the ruins at your own pace. See the House of the Virgin Mary, where the biblical heroine is believed to have spend her last days, and shop for handicrafts in the city of Selcuk. Then visit the traditional village of Sirince, surrounded by olive groves, tangerine and fig gardens, and vineyards.
Meet up with a private guide at your hotel or port and head off for a historical adventure through some of the oldest places in the world. Travel first to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-kept ruins of a Roman city. Once the capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus was the most important commercial center of western Anatolia. Then visit the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. See 3 different places of religious worship as a Temple, Mosque and Church are all visible from the same angle. Head to the famous House of Virgin Mary, the place where the biblical heroine is thought to have spent her final days. It is estimated that Mary came in the area together with Saint John who spent several years in Ephesus to spread the Christianity. In Selcuk, shop for a variety of souvenirs at handicrafts factories that are supported by Turkish Government and serve as schools for their employees. Shop for locally-made rugs, ceramics, and leather. Spend the end of the day in the village of Sirince, referred to in ancient sources as the Ephesus on the mountain. The town has a rich history, which you can learn about as you explore its streets, admiring the traditional houses and signs of village life. Admire the picturesque olive groves, tangerine and fig gardens, and vineyards that surround the town. At the end of the tour your guide will return you to your hotel or port.

What’s included

  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Professional guide an driver
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
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