The Ancient City of Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & The Temple of Artemis & The Basilica St. John
Duration of the tour approximately 6,5 hrs
After your cruise docked to Izmir port, on your meeting time, your guide will be waiting you in the arrival guest terminal with a sign that your booking name indicated. After he/she welcomes you and after getting on your luxury private van, your unforgetable day in Turkey stop starts.
The distance from Izmir to Ephesus is 50 miles (80 km) which takes around an hour drive.
Your first stop will be The House of Virgin Mary which is located up on a mountain that it is beleived to have been the place where she lived and spent the last years of her life close by to the Ancient City of Ephesus whereas St.John the apostale lived and passed away in this city.
After that your next visit will be to the Ancient City of Ephesus. Ephesus was inhabited from the end of the Bronze Age, but the location of the city was changed owing to the silting up process of the river Cayster and because of various rulers. The ancient city that we visit today is the 3rd location of Ephesus from the 3rd C BC. As you enter the site with your guide you are going to see lots of impressive monumental structures in this Greko-Roman city such as starting from the Gate of Magnesia ; Agoras including the Commercial Agora, Roman Baths, Basilica, Odeon(Buleterion), Domitian Square containing more ruins spread around including Nike Relief, Gate of Heracles, Three main collonaded streets of Ephesus including the Marble street, Trajan Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, Latrines(ancient public toilets), Teracce Houses(from outside), Library of Celsus, Grand Theatre, Gymnasium and more…
After your visit in the ancient city of Ephesus your next stop will be to the Basilica of St.John which is the place where the Apostale John was buried after his death and the place where we see the ruins of a basilica from the 6th C AD which was built at the same place where the tomb of St.John exists.
Your last stop in the historical part of your tour will be the Temple of Artemis that Atemis herself was the protector mother godess of the city and the area of the temple was the 2nd location for Ephesus. Even from the temple itself not much ruins left, this site is something not to miss as being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will also facing an impressive view from the location of the temple with some other impressive historical buildings such as The Isa Bey Mosque, The Basilica of St.john and the Ayasuluk Castle…
After you finish your visits in your program, the same way you drive back to Izmir where the port is. Ending our services as saying goodbye to our guests with unforgetable memories and with the wishes to welcome them back again…