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PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour

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icon5 to 7 hours  (approx.)
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Start the day with pickup in Kusadasi between 7:30am and 11am—if you’re traveling by cruise ship, we suggest departing 30-minutes after docking time. Travel by private vehicle to the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll leave the car behind to tour the site on foot.

Follow the pillar-lined Harbor Street to an open-air theater, then continue to Marble Street, the Celcius Library, and the imposing gate of Mithridates and Mazeus. Get a glimpse of ancient Roman life at the commercial agora and a series of well-preserved temples, baths, fountains, and monuments.

Leave the archeological site for Mt. Koressos, where a small stone house of the Virgin Mary has become a pilgrimage place for Catholics from around the world. Pause for lunch at a nearby restaurant then visit the Basilica of St. John, built to honor the tomb of John the Apostle. Make a final stop at the Temple of Artemis, whose foundation stones and chipped pillars are the only remnants of a ‘Wonder of the Ancient World.’ This tour concludes with drop-off at your Kusadasi hotel or cruise port.  

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Ancient City of Ephesus
This enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibility for visitors. The site of a succession of great ancient civilizations, Ephesus, on the south-west coast of modern Turkey, embodied a peculiarly fertile synthesis of architecture and culture. In 356BC the Greeks built the Artemesium (a colossal Ionic temple dedicated to Artemis the fertility goddess) which was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. During the 2nd century BC, Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the eastern Roman Empire, famous for its Artemesium, the Library of Celsus and its medical school..
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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The Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp. If you visit Ephesus today, you can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns' capitals and shafts. The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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The Basilica of Saint John
It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church of St John was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD). The second half of the first century was full of persecution for the early Christians.Apostle James and Stephen were killed in Jerusalem.Paul was sent to Rome and executed. According to tradition John took The Mother Mary and came to Ephesus.He wrote his Gospel in Ephesus and the Revelation in Greece Island, Patmos in 96AD.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place. The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims).
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • According to the new regulations in Turkey, the ministry of transport requires all passengers' full names as on passport, passport numbers and nationality
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Unexpected surprises in Turkey
, Jul 2022
I have to admit, I was hesitant on booking and doing a tour in Turkey. Coming from the western world, you have 'heard' things and therefore are unsure about traveling here. We decided to take this tour, because my husband was excited about reserving a tour, having so many biblical and historical references in this area. Our family of six (my husband, four kids ages 11-16 & myself) met our guide, Aycha, right outside the cruise port terminal, who walked us (very short walk through port shops) to the tour van parking area. We didn't have to wait for her at all, outside the port terminal. In fact, she was early to meet us, which made it more tolerable crowds at the House of Virgin Mary. We instantly knew this tour was the right decision, because our guide was very knowledgeable, having an archaeological background, but also personable and wanted to also create an authentic experience for our visit. She talked respectfully to our kids, one-on-one, and answered their questions, which gave them confidence to ask even more. From the House of Virgin Mary & the prayer wall, turkish coffee, the ancient city of Ephesus, St John's basilica & local lunch, there's no way we could pick our favorite. Aycha made the top favorites list for our two week trip, along with Turkey being one of our "must see again" places! Kusadasi & Ephesus (Selcuk) is such a beautiful place with a mix of cultures and friendly people. I'm still amazed at the surprises you'll find, when traveling & seeking out new, unfamiliar places. Do not hesitate on booking this tour. The guide and driver will make your time in Turkey worthwhile!
Amazing History and Fantastic Tour Guide
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Banu was fantastic! We honestly had no understanding of what Ephesus was and Banu gave us quite an education. We were absolutely amazed by the history and Banu really knows her stuff. After Ephesus, Banu took us to a Turkish Rug Factory where we were educated even more. We had no idea how time consuming it is to make these gorgeous rugs. We also visited the temple of Artemis and a leather outlet where I scored a gorgeous leather coat. If you take this tour I hope you are lucky enough to have Banu as your tour guide.
, Jun 2022
I’m so happy I booked this trip. Our guide Sardar met us at the port. He was kind and funny and very knowledgeable about history and architecture. The most important part, this trip was private so Sardar made sure to accommodate our needs and wants and also put a lot of interesting information in our heads. Also, I would like to mention that the car was very nice and comfortable.
Excellent tour.
, Jun 2022
Our guide was incredible. We learned so much on this tour in a very comfortable way. Everything was top drawer, from the van to the driver, to our guide and so much more. If you want to see and learn slot, while being thoroughly entertained, this is the tour for you.
Best part of our Turkey trip!
, Nov 2019
Our private guide (Begum) was absolutely excellent. She new all the facts plus more. She was friendly and funny and her English was excellent too. The tour was well-paced and we saw everything we wanted. The tour was completely flexible and we were able to stay as long or as little at each location depending on what we wanted. The lunch was great too. Highly recommend!