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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary air-conditioned bus tour
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Ephesus was once a bustling metropolis, four times the size of the Parthenon and one of the largest seaports of the ancient world. The archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now one of Turkey’s top attractions. Get an in-depth look at the mesmerizing ruins on this comprehensive tour, which also includes a stop at the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.

What to Expect

After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle.

Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre.

After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.

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1 - 5 of 6 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Ephesus, St Mary’s house and St John basilica tour

It was very informative and a ‘must’ tour! The transportation was very clean and on time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the places visited and history.

Thank Victoria F
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Only 3 off us

We were the first to join and expected he coach to be full however only one person joined us and we were off. It was a blessing as the guide Mesut ( I think that was his name ) had time to explain everything to...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 7 June 2018
Just ruins

If you are interested in hustorical places and ruins that is not bad. It is far from izmir about an hour, moreover it is a big place which may be sunny and hot

1  Thank mohammad hossei... F
Reviewed 28 May 2018
Nice spiritual tour

we've been introduced to The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Selçuk in Turkey. it was really great

1  Thank Malik-jones
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile
Great 1 day tour

This tour was perfect for me, I was in Izmir and I only had one day to see something touristic around the city. The tour takes you to Different ruins including Virgin Mary’s house and Ephesus ruins, the tour guide was very knowledgeable of the...More

2  Thank Neto_almaguer
NeonToursIstanbul, Genel Müdür at Neon Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Dear Neto, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. We will absolutely share your valued comments / thoughts with Neon Tours Team & Crew. Delighted to hear that you had great time and enjoyed the tour with our services....More

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Victoria F
7 July 2018|
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Response from mohammad hossei... F | Reviewed this property |
HI There. It is not necessary to take any tour, you can use train from Izmir to selcuk for about 14 Tl. in Selcuk city there is a bus station which is full of buses for any destinations like Ephsus, Sirince and return to... More
29 June 2018|
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Response from Mary Josette M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it was a whole package. Ephesus is far from Izmir and I think they all do it as a package but if you are ready to pay more as a private tour, am sure you will find what you want but the price will be more.