Explore one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive ancient cities on a day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul. Wander the marble-paved streets where Romans once walked and marvel at the architecture of the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and the Fountain of Trajan. Led by a specialist, English-speaking guide, you will tour the ruins of the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Mother of Jesus was believed to have lived out her final days. Our Ephesus Day Tour from Istanbul includes lunch at a local Turkish restaurant and transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
Explore the grand ruins of Ephesus, including one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis
Witness the Fountains of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theatre
Visit the House of the Virgin Mary in the Solmissos Mountains
Be guided by a specialist, English-speaking local guide
Feast on a traditional Turkish lunch
Relax on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
You will be picked up from your Istanbul hotel in the early morning and transferred to the airport for the flight to Izmir. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the ancient city of Ephesus, beginning your tour at the Magnesia Gate. Slowly walk downhill as you follow your specialist guide through the ruins of this former Roman city, exploring the Odem, the Celsius Library, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theatre. The Great Theater had a capacity for 25,000 people and was where St. Paul preached to the citizens of the city.
Your Ephesus tour will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a little house in the Solmissos Mountains which is renowned as her final known residence, as well as the Temple of Artemis – one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today only the structural foundations and a few sculptural fragments remain, but you can still sense the glory of this Hellenistic Age construction. At the end of day’s sightseeing, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadası or Selcuk.
Available days: Everyday
Available from: Istanbul
Duration: 15 Hours