Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed.

The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples.

After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey

Virgin Mary's House

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey


Duration: 2 hours

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  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
5 | 2019-09-13

It is considered one of the great discovery of the Roman glory time coupled with the Virgin Mary hidding location after Jesus crucification. It is a must visit back in critical time in history

George C
1 | 2019-09-10

The driver was late more than 30 minutes for pick up without notice. The tour guide took us to the Turkish rugs and ceramic shops which is not included in the program. I did not expect we have to spend more that 2 hours in there. I will not recommend anyone to join this tour.

Ather N
4 | 2019-04-10

A very well organized trip. The guide was abreast with history and eloquently narrated the same. It was a great learning.

5 | 2018-04-19

Fantastic tour! We were picked up at a central hotel on time and we boarded on a spacious coach, which made the travel very comfortable. There were only 5 of us, which made the tour a bit more private. The guide Zeynep was extremely friendly and has a stock full of knowledge about the culture and history of Turkey. She is very accommodating too. Although we were following a schedule, we did not feel rushed and we were given enough time to explore the sites by ourselves and plenty of opportunity to take photos. During mid-day, we went to this very quaint and quiet small restaurant. There were only 7 of us in the whole restaurant including the driver and guide, which made the dining experience more private. The lunch itself was an absolute delight! We were treated with different kinds of Turkish dishes, in which everything was so delicious, the servings were more than enough to fill our empty stomachs. Overall, this was an amazing experience from a first time visitor, exceptionally friendly and warm people and great food! I could greatly recommend this tour!

Patrick S
5 | 2018-04-09

Historians, tourists and the pious will live this tour to walk in the steps of the ancients.

Dennis K
5 | 2018-03-25

absolutely spectacular

Susan G
5 | 2018-01-01

We appreciated our guide Ismail's knowledge of Ephesus and the surrounding sites. The visit to a rug weaver and show room was especially interesting. We enjoyed our day and the door to door service. We recommend this tour highly.

Senthilvel K
4 | 2017-12-27

Amazing place, excellent tour pickup and very friendly guide. The actual tour gets over by lunch - again food was delicious. But for rest of the afternoon its just visiting Carpet Weaving, Pottery and Lokum Shops.

1 | 2017-11-10

The guide took us to a supposed free included meal and had a hard sales pitch for high priced turkish rugs, pressured sales tactics! I hated the idea personally and my wife and I did not like how the guide kept telling us that the rugs are an investment and a 5000USD rug is a very normal purchase! Ridiculous. I was on vacation. Its not right to try pressure sales pitches on a paid tour! The Ephesus and the sights were excellent, though.

5 | 2017-10-26

FAntastic visit with a fantastic guide! Top car and top meal in local business craft association. Must do!

Sadna B
5 | 2017-09-26

This tour was excellent, our tour guide Ismail was highly informative and knowledgeable. He allowed us enough time to explore on our own and provided us with very interesting information about the sites we visited. St Marys House was peaceful and an absolute must- PS take a piece of paper and a pen to leave your message in the wall. The walk in Ephasus was like walking through history - I just wish that I could remember every story. It was a really hot day so I am sure this is an event better experience in good weather. The lunch was amazing and even though I am allergic to carpets, the visit to the carpet factory was very interesting.

Arianna O
5 | 2017-09-21

The visit to Ephesus was great. It was a very hot day, so if going during summer time bring a hat and water with you cause there is little shade in the ruins. Car was new and travel was very flexible and accommodating of everyone needs. Both driver and guide were very professional. Worth the money. I would definitively recommend this, as the city is very well preserved and a unique mix of history and cultures.

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