SMALL GROUP EPHESUS TOUR
DEPARTURES FROM KUSADASI - SELCUK OR IZMIR
EPHESUS - THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – CHURCH OF ST JOHN AND ARTEMIS TEMPLE (MAXIMUM 10 PASSENGERS)
We will start our tour by visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey – the ancient site of Ephesus, which was one of the 12 cities of Ionian League on the western coast of Asia Minor. As a port city, it was a major departure point for ancient trade routes. We will walk along marble streets lined with impressive stone edifices such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater which could hold up to 24.000 spectators. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. After our visit to Ephesus, we will have a stop for a traditional Turkish Lunch in a local restaurant. Our next stop is The House of Virgin Mary located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there. After House of Virgin Mary, drive to the Basilica of St. John, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus. Finally, we make a stop at the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Transfer back to your hotel in late afternoon. L.
PRICE PER PERSON: 70 EUROS (FROM KUSADASI OR SELCUK) 8:15 DEPARTURE
PRICE PER PERSON: 85 EUROS (FROM IZMIR) 7:40 DEPARTURE
Lunch and main entry fees.
Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk. An extra fee is due for pick up/drop off from Izmir or other areas.
Transportation in an air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle with professional English speaking guide.
Note that if the entire group is interested a stop may be made at a leather and/or ceramic manufacturer.
NOT INCLUDED: Drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.