See the best of Turkey’s history and culture in one day with this private day tour of Ephesus and Selcuk from Izmir. Spend time exploring the ancient city of Ephesus and touring the House of the Virgin Mary, and enjoy a shopping break in the village of Selcuk. Visit the famous Terrace Houses, the Temple of Artemis and the Saint John Church. A private guide will accompany you throughout the day and provide roundtrip transportation from your hotel or port.
Meet up with a private guide at your hotel or port and take off for an exciting historical immersion. Head 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. Visit the famous Terrace Houses, one of the first examples of a central heating system and home to magnificent mosaics and frescoes. Next, head to the 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. Then visit 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. Then stop by the Saint John Church to see the key biblical figure’s tomb. 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. At the end of the day your guide will drop you off back at your hotel or port.