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A visit to St. John’s Basilica allows a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. It is believed that the church sits on the burial grounds of John the Apostle and was designed in the shape of a cross. At its completion, it was covered by six domes, with many of the walls presumably once covered in frescoes.

As nearby Ephesus began to lose significance, the Basilica of St. John was converted into a mosque, hit by an earthquake and completely destroyed by a Mongol army in 1402. All that remains today are various bricks and stones alongside the marble columns that once held up the structure, but recent restoration gives visitors the context to visualize and understand its former status and significance.

Many combine their visit with a walk to the nearby Ayasuluk Fortress atop Ayasuluk Hill, where St. John is said to have written his gospel. A climb up offers great views of the surrounding area.

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8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer
Selçuk & Ephesus, Turkey
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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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Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.50
$85.00
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Izmir takes in all the highlights of the archeological site; visits St. John Basilica, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary; and includes a delicious Turkish lunch and wine tasting in Sirince village. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.87
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.50
$85.00
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5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

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Watch ancient history take shape before you on this five-day tour, featuring historic churches that date back to Biblical times. Departing from Izmir, combine the early history of Christianity with pre-Christian heritage, including a visit to an Acropolis and Temple of Apollo. This tour takes you to a huge variety of distinct and antique sites. Avoid the hassle of planning a complex itinerary; on this tour, your itinerary is taken care of.
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  • 5 days
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$545.00
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Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

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Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, and the 6th-century Basilica of St. John on a private, 7-hour tour from Kusadasi. This guided tour makes it possible to visit all three sites in a single day, with flexibility to customize the duration and order of each stop, lunch, and round-trip transfer from your hotel or cruise port.
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  • 7 hours
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5 Days : Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis...

5 Days : Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis...

This 5-day, bible-inspired journey through Asia Minor is truly of biblical proportion. Departing Izmir, guests are taken on an epic tour encompassing stunning sights and several sites of historic and religious significance. With all accommodation at least four-star rated, guests can explore the ancient wonders of Pergamum, Sardis, Ephesus, and more, with all the comforts and conveniences of modernity.
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  • 5 days
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$545.00
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Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

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Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus on a private full-day tour when your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi. Your private guide shows you the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, including the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus. Continue to the nearby site where the Temple of Artemis once stood, plus other highlights like the Basilica of Saint John. Includes private guide and driver, and transportation from Kusadasi port.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.35
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Small Group Ephesus Tour

Small Group Ephesus Tour

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Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre and the great Celsus Library. See an iconic mosque made of brick, marble and tiles, then see the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World.
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  • 8 hours
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$52.43
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Izmir Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

Izmir Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

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Make a beeline for UNESCO-listed Ephesus with this private 6-hour shore excursion from Izmir and marvel over one of Turkey’s most remarkably preserved ancient cities. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you discover highlights like the Celsus Library, the Great Theater and the Odeon. Then, visit the House of Virgin Mary and see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Best of all: this tour is covered by Viator's worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$186.58
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Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.01
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Private Ephesus Tour from Cesme

Private Ephesus Tour from Cesme

This is a private tour, designed for guests who want to explore Ephesus and it surroundings, from Cesme. 

Explore the ancient city of Ephesus during this half-day private tour from Cesme. Visit the area’s key landmarks such as the Temple of Artemis, the Roman Baths, the Terrace Houses, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich trade and religious history stretching as you explore the UNESCO-listed ancient ruins. 
Once you meet your guide at your hotel, you can head to Ephesus (approx. 1h 45min) , in a private air conditioned minibus. 
Visit Ephesus and see highlights with a small group tour with an English speaking professional guide. You will visit Oden, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Baths, the fountain of Trajan, the Celsius Library, Theater, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis, House of the Virgin Mary. 
Your knowledgeable guide will share historical facts and stories with you and take you at a comfortable pace to see all the sites.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.60
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Private Ephesus Tours from Izmir Port

Private Ephesus Tours from Izmir Port

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Benefit from traveling with your own private guide to Ephesus when your cruise ship docks in Izmir. Take time to walk around the ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and significant cultural center from the ancient world. Continue to Temple of Artemis, then have some free time for shopping before returning to Izmir. Admission fees are included, along with port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

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SMALL-GROUP TOURS UP TO 15 PEOPLE Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world and the House of Virgin Mary is one of the most important religious sites, visited by many Popes. Planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time. During this hassle-free, all-inclusive day trip, you can settle back and relax while someone else handles the logistics and all others. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small-group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. • Starting from your Hotel/Cruise Port and return to your Hotel/Cruise Port • Guaranteed on-time return to ship for the Cruise passengers • Entrance Fees, Lunch and Licensed Tour Guide Included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Small-group tour limited up to 15 people; ensures a more personalized experience
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.87
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Seven Churches of Revelation

Seven Churches of Revelation

While the rest of the New Testament is comprised of narratives and instructional letters, the last book (The Book of Revelation) is an apocalyptic work consisting of visions and predictions of future dramatic events. It also uses a great deal of symbolic language. Interpreting The Book of Revelation is a task that has occupied biblical scholars for centuries. This unforgettable tour offers you the opportunity to visit the locations of all seven “Churches of Revelation” that are mentioned in the The Book of Revelation’s, opening chapters.
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  • 3 days
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3 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation

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3 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation

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Visit > Pergamum, Philadelphia, Thyatira, Smyrna (Izmir), Sardis, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Laodicea, Ancient Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica. Skip-The-Line tickets, Bible Oriented guide, Accommadation, Luxury transportation, lunch at tours provided. Discover seven churches in revelation refer to seven literal churches described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. At the time these were the seven cities with major Christian congregations in Anatolia. The archeological remains of all seven locations still exist today.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$575.00
$18.80 savings
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Cruise Passengers: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Cruise Passengers: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

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A private tour only for your party! . Ephesus is the largest open-air museum of Turkey and one of the largest of the world, planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time . Cruise passengers have a limited time in Kusadasi and in your limited time, you can settle back & relax while our team handles all arrangements for you. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on this private tour which is specially designed for cruise passengers. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre, and the great Celsus Library. • Starts from Cruise Port and returns to Cruise Port • Professional Licensed Tour Guide & A/C new model vehicle included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Private Tour only for your party • Satisfaction Guaranteed • Ensures the on-time return to your ship
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.35
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4-Days Seven Churches of Revelation

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4-Days Seven Churches of Revelation

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Visit > Pergamum, Thyatira, Smyrna (Izmir), Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Ancient Ephesus, The Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St John. SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, 4* accommodation, Bible oriented guide, Lunch at tours. This is a customized 4-day package with Professional bible oriented guides. The seven churches in revelation refer to seven literal churches described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. At the time these were the seven cities with major Christian congregations in Anatolia. The archeological remains of all seven locations stıll exıst today.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$609.07
$2.02 savings
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$609.07
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5 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation

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5 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation

Visit > Pergamum, Red Basilica, Thyatira, Smyrna (Izmir), Philadelphia, Sardis, Laodicea, Ancient Ephesus, The Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica. SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, Accommodation, Bible oriented Guide, Lunch at tours, luxury transportation provided. This is a customized 5 days package with Professional bible oriented guides. The seven churches in revelation refer to seven literal churches described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. At the time these were the seven cities with major Christian congregations in Anatolia. The archeological remains of all seven locations still exist today.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$730.88
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Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

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Explore Ephesus with a dedicated guide during this full-day tour from Izmir. Stop at Ephesus area highlights, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This private tour guarantees personalized attention from your guide for you and your party. Traditional Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from your accommodations in Izmir are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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$179.00

Cruise Passengers: Highlights of Ephesus Tour

Cruise Passengers: Highlights of Ephesus Tour

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A private tour only for your party! . Ephesus is the largest open-air museum of Turkey and one of the largest of the world, planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time. Cruise passengers have a limited time in Kusadasi and in your limited time, you can settle back & relax while our team handles all arrangements for you. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on this private tour which is specially designed for cruise passengers. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre, and the great Celsus Library. • Starts from Cruise Port and returns to Cruise Port • Professional Licensed Tour Guide & A/C new model vehicle included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Private Tour only for your party • Satisfaction Guaranteed • Ensures the on-time return to your ship
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.35
Price varies by group size
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$85.35
Price varies by group size
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Shore Excursions: Biblical Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Biblical Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.01
Price varies by group size
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$93.01
Price varies by group size

Private Full Day Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, St John, Artemission Temple

Private Full Day Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, St John, Artemission Temple

Private : Full Day tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary . Private Licenced tour guide,  A/C transportation, parking fees and lunch are included in the price. Terrace houses can be added into the program (own expense). If requested ,  Bible Oriented Guide can be organised without any extra. Entrance fees are not included in this program. Our guide will have pre-paid tickets to the sites.Total entrance fees are around 18-USD which can be paid to our guide at the end of the tour in cash . If you want to pay by visa or master card, our guide will stop for a few minutes in our office where is on the way to port.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Full-Day Private Tour of Ephesus St John From Izmir

Full-Day Private Tour of Ephesus St John From Izmir

Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace during this full-day private tour of Ephesus. Stops include the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, the House of the Virgin Mary, and the ancient city of Ephesus itself. Learn much more through guided commentary than you would simply exploring on your own.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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$179.00

For Cruise Guests : Biblical Ephesus Tour / Kusadasi Tours

For Cruise Guests : Biblical Ephesus Tour / Kusadasi Tours

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See the major Biblical sites in Ephesus. This tour is ideally suited for cruise ship passengers, this exclusive private tour takes you on an enriching off-shore excursion to some of the world’s most famous ruins. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman site, and visit locations considered sacred in Christianity, like the House of the Virgin Mary and St. John Basilica. Tours include dock-side pickup, and you’ll travel between stops in a luxury Mercedes.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.06
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What are Basilica of St. John hours of operation?
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Basilica of St. John hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Basilica of St. John can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 69 Basilica of St. John tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica of St. John costs USD 30.00. Guided Basilica of St. John tours start around USD 30.00 per person. See all 69 Basilica of St. John tickets and tours on Viator.
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