Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 15 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795IZM02AIR

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Rewind 2,000 years on this day trip to incredible Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary from Istanbul, including round-trip flights. Fly to Izmir and drive to the eastern Mediterranean’s finest preserved ancient city for an enthralling tour. Walk pavements once strutted by toga-clad Romans; admire the spectacular Great Theatre and Library of Celsus, and see shops, streets, temples and more. View the remnants of the Temple of Artemis and after a complimentary lunch, visit the stone-built house standing on the site many believe to be Mary’s last home.

Highlights

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Leave your centrally located Istanbul hotel in an air-conditioned coach and drive to Istanbul airport. Board your 45-minute flight to Izmir and on arrival, hop on to another air-conditioned coach to Ephesus.

During your 1-hour journey, stop at St John’s Basilica, an ornate church at the top of Ayasuluk Hill. See its tomb of St John, who is believed to have written his gospel on the hill.

Continue to Ephesus, the eastern Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city. An important hub of early Christianity and thriving Greco-Roman port, this spectacular place boasts streets, shops and temples that make it easy to imagine those who lived here 2,000 years ago.

Hear the history of the city as you explore with your guide. View the remains of the nearby, immense Temple of Artemis, once an Ancient Wonder of the World, and wander the streets that formed Ephesus’s heart. Marvel at the 25,000-seater Great Theatre, ogle the façade of the Library of Celsus, and see well-preserved shops and temples. On route, see captivating details such as the chariot wheel grooves and brothel signposts carved in the sidewalks.

Leave Ephesus and after lunch at a local restaurant, visit the nearby House of Virgin Mary, said to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. See inside the tiny house, whose foundations may date from Mary’s time in the 1st century AD, as your guide explains why it’s believed to sit where her last residence stood.

Then, return to your coach and Izmir airport. Fly back to Istanbul and enjoy a hotel drop-off at around 8:30pm.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
Departure Time:
5:15-5:30am; you must contact your local supplier for exact pickup time and location (contact details will be provided on your voucher)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:30pm

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Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Entrance fees to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • 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
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Christine T, September 2014

Great experience and our tour guide's English was awesome. Her knowledge of history was remarkable and very impressive. We learned so much due to her ability to communicate and her enthusiasm of the job at hand. The one draw back was the oriental rug pitch at the end of the day. Lousy way to end a perfectly good tour.

Reviewed by: KOIL DOSS D, September 2014

A nice tour. Even though it was slightly a hot day, we really enjoyed it. The tour guide was very adjustable and informative.

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