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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
Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selçuk & Ephesus, Turkey
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$545.00
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$545.00
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with Traditional lunch

Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with Traditional lunch

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Discover Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, and more on a private tour from Kusadasi.  Relax in comfortable round trip transportation from your hotel or port. Enjoy an immersive and interactive experience as your guide narrates the ancient sights. The tour can also be customized to have a Biblical theme at no extra cost. Later, avoid tourist traps with a complimentary lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. 
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.01
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$98.01
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$545.00
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$545.00
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.56
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$78.56
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3 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$575.00
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$575.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.72
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$85.72

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

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.61
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$84.61
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion Biblical Ephesus

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED / Shore Excursion Biblical Ephesus

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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$116.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$163.17
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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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$92.21
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$92.21
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Biblical Ephesus Tour from-to Izmir

Biblical Ephesus Tour from-to Izmir

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Visit > Ancient Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica, The Temple of Artemis >Luxury transportation, Bible oriented guide, Skip-The-Line tickets, lunch in a local restaurant provided> Explore Ephesus; one of the Seven Chruch mentioned in the book of revelation, Learn the story of the first Christians from your bible oriented guide walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Theatre. Later we drive to the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days and the assumption took place. After that, you visit the Basilica of St. John and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$166.11
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$166.11
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Tailor-Made Ephesus Tour

Tailor-Made Ephesus Tour

With our experienced and licensed tour guides you will enjoy every second of your day. And with the best price guarantee, you may choose the places where you wish to see. We offer you 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.51
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$110.51
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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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$30.00

Private Shore Excursion of Ephesus City from Kusadasi Port

Private Shore Excursion of Ephesus City from Kusadasi Port

For those that have limited time in port, but don’t want to miss anything, this private full-day shore excursion is for you. Tailor your itinerary to your interests and explore the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St John, Ephesus Museum and the Temple or Artemis all on one trip. Maximise your time with pick-up and drop-off from Kusadasi port, and travel in style in a private luxury vehicle.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.00
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$143.00
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Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John

Entrance Fees are INCLUDED/ Excursion Ephesus and Basilica of St. John

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, Selcuk Town
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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4-Days Seven Churches of Revelation

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$609.07
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$609.07
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Small Group Guided Biblical Tour of Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

Small Group Guided Biblical Tour of Ephesus & Virgin Mary Shrine

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights.Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit includes Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis and Selcuk Town.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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From
$116.00
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Full Day Private Ephesus Trip From Kusadasi and Selcuk

Full Day Private Ephesus Trip From Kusadasi and Selcuk

Strolling on the streets of one of the most important Roman cities and visiting the important sites for Chrisitianity and the world history. St. John the real diciple of Christ and St. Paul was there and following their footsteps and seeing the biggest gladiator arena of Asia Minor.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$190.00
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$190.00
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5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Revelation Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

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

Izmir departure Mini Group ( Max 10 pax ) 4 NIGHT & 5 DAYS. 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. * Bible Oriented Tour Guide * Selected centrally Located 4 star Hotels * Small group ensures personal service * Informative, friendly and professional guide * Small-group tour by minibus * Option with Private Tour for your family
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  • Taking safety measures
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$545.00
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$545.00
Price varies by group size
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Full Day Ephesus Shore Excursion - ENTRANCE FEES ARE INCLUDED

Full Day Ephesus Shore Excursion - ENTRANCE FEES ARE INCLUDED

An in-depth guided walking tour of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world, reveals its historic and archeological significance through its major sights. Entrance Fees are INCLUDED in the price. Take a step back in time on this excursion. Visit Ephesus ancient city , Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary , Temple of Artemis , Selcuk Town
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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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 68 Basilica of St. John tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Basilica of St. John 2021?
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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 68 Basilica of St. John tickets and tours on Viator.
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