Experience an astonishing day at one of Turkey’s most visited archaeological sites. Ephesus was one of the most magnificent cities of the Roman Empire and it still portrays magnificence. Your expert guide will reveal the history, stories and people and their forward thinking and intelligence. The ancient ruins of Ephesus should be on everyone’s bucket list.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer you to the airport for your early morning flight to Izmir. Your driver and guide will meet you at the Izmir airport and transport you to Ephesus. Our first stop is the Virgin Mary’s House, where any believe she spent her final days.
Ephesus is one of the most magnificent and preserved excavations in the world. You will see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian and the incredible library of Celsus. Also, the Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, with its 24,000 seating capacity. It was the largest theatre in the ancient world. You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession.
After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although today little remains of this magnificent structure it was four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens. The Temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution. It grew so wealthy, thanks to offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year, that it became the world’s first bank.
At the end of the tour, we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival we’ll transfer you to your hotel, arriving at about 8 or 9 PM.
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