ABOUT THE TOUR
This is the best tour if you have one day at Ephesus. We can meet you at your hotel or if you are coming by a cruise ship we can meet you at the harbor as well. After visiting the sites you will be transferred back to the cruise ship on time. Unlike most of the tour compnanies we will include Terrace Houses at Ephesus to the tour.
THE TOUR COVERS: Ephesus, Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House, Sirince Village, St. John Basilica and Temple of Artemis.
INCLUDED: Hotel pick up and drop back, Entrance fees to the sites, Guiding by Professional Tourist Guide, Full Day Private Van (Mercedes Vito or Mercedes Sprinter), Lunch at at a local restaurant.
You will be met by your guide in your hotel reception. Our first stop will be the The House of the Virgin Mary. This house loated in the hills above Ephesus is reported to be the final resting plae of the Virgin Mary. Seen as a Christian pilgrimage site it has been visited by Popes, Kings and paupers alike. We will continue to Ephesus, the best preserved Greco Roman Hellenistic site. Still to this day less than 25% has been excavated. It’s highlights include the 25,000 seat ampitheatre, the marble road, the Library of Celsus, Terrace Houses, even the public lavatories and the house of ill repute.
After all this anient history we soothe ourselves in the cool climate of the surrounding hills at the old Greek village of Sirince. Involved in the population exhange between Greece and Turkey. Nowadays it’s pleasant architecture and houses are pleasing to the eye. The locals these days specialise in making tasty fruit wines, of which you will have the opportunity to taste. We’ll stop for lunch in Sirince.
From here we will drive back into the ancient past to Selcuk to visit the site of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis. Not much remains of the one largest and most beautiful temples of ancient times, in fact most of it was dismantled and shipped bak to England. Your guide can offer a vivid description of the site as if it still stood where it was built.
Our final site of the day is the St John Basilica. Built on the site of a very early Christian church, Justinian dediated a large church and basilica which is apparently built above the grave of the Apostle John the ‘Theologian’. The Basilica lies in the shadow of an imposing Seljuki fortress.
Selcuk is a great town so after the Basilica the tour ends and your guide will allow you explore independently.
Ephesus and Around
SO WHAT'S THE REST OF THE DEAL?
Hotel pick up
You will be met at your hotel by your guide and your private A/C van. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel by the van as well.
No ticket line
Since you will be assisted by a profesional tourist guide during the tour you will not need to wait at the ticket lines.
Be a traveller
Your guide will inform you about the sites, Turkish culture, all religions in these lands and more so when you finish the tour you will know about the places you've been.
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Our aim is not just to take you to the sites and give you information about them but also by telling you stories we will try to make you travel back in time and learn the facts behind the historical events. We believe seeing and listening will not be enough so we will encourage you to try the local tastes to experience Turkey better. We will also encourage you to mingle with the locals to know Turkey better as well. Shortly we will do our best to be sure that you will leave Turkey with best memories and with a better understanding of these lands.