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Ephesus Holy Tour (Half day)

Starting from Kusadasi; (Duration: 4.5 Hours)

Tour Rates
Min. 2 - 3 pax $85 USD Per Person
Min. 4 - 8 pax $75 USD Per Person
Min. 9 - 15 pax $55 USD Per Person
Min 16 or more Please ask a group price

This tour starts from Kusadasi port / your hotel. Our guide will meet you there with your name sign on the day of the tour at your pick-up time.

Half day Ephesus Tour includes a visit to the ancient city Ephesus, which was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. One of the greatest of the Ionian cities, it became the leading seaport of the region. Its wealth was proverbial. The Greek city was near an old center of worship of a native nature goddess, who was equated with the Greek Artemis, and c.550 B.C. a large temple was built. Ephesus was the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity and today. It was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. There you will be able to see the Hadrian’s, Trajan’s and the Domitian’s Temples, the huge Roman bath, Harbour Street, the Marble Street, The Gate of Mazeus and Mythridates, Commercial Agora, Latrine, the Scholastica Baths, Curetes Street, Pollio Fountain, Memmius Monument, the Prytaneion, Odeon, the State Agora, the Celcus Library and The Great Theater, which is the largest in Anatolia.

The Seven Sleepers (companions of the  cave) of Ephesus were a group of Christian youths who hid inside a cave outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD, to escape a persucation of Christian being conducted during the  reign of the Roman emperor Decius . Another version is that Decius ordered them imprisoned in a closed cave  to  die there as punishment for being Christians. Having  fallen asleep inside the cave, they purportedly awoke approximately 180 years later during the  reign of  Theodosius II, following which there  were reportedly seen by the  people of the now-Christian-city before dying.

The House of Virgin Mary is the place, where she spent the last years of her life. It 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. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes. Another interesting place is the “Water of Mary”, a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where water with curative properties can be drunk.

The Artemis Temple is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today one 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 remains of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum.

The tour includes demonstration of tradational Turkish handicraft at the carpet weaving center. Shopping there is optional.

The tour ends at the Kusadasi port/hotel.

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RATES INCLUDED:

 

  • Private non-smoking A/C vehicle
  • Children 0-6 ages free
  • Lunch (Turkish village style lunch – different daily vegetable starter plates, salads, grilled beef, meatballs and chicken served with Turkish rice, fruits, cold water. On your request vegetarian food can be provided)
  • Private professional English-speaking guide (Spanish, Japanese, Russian, French, German-speaking guides can be provided at your request)
  • All entrance fees
  • Parking
Additional Information: Comfortable shoes, hat and camera are advised.

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