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  1. Turkey
  2. Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
  3. Kusadasi
  4. Ephesus

Ephesus: House of Virgin Mary & Artemis Temple Private Tour

Product ID: 20852
Join a full-day guided tour from Kusadasi and explore the remarkable ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the last documented residence of the Virgin Mary, and see the remains of the Temple of Artemis.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese

Pickup included

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or cruise ship terminal in Kusadasi.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Ephesus in the company an expert guide
  • See the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit the final home of the Virgin Mary
  • Marvel at the Library of Celsus
  • Stand on the stage of the Great Theater
Full description
One of the main appeals of Kusadasi is its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle once walked its streets. This full-day guided tour from Kusadasi takes you to explore what is unquestionably one of the greatest sites of antiquity.

The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the mark of ancient chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus - the facade of which has been remarkably restored. You will also visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and many other remarkable ruins.

The Church of the Virgin Mary lies just beyond Ephesus. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived her final days here. This church was erected on the foundation of that house, and its authenticity has been confirmed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.

End your day at the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvelous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of this colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • Transportation
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Audioguide

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Please remember to bring a camera, a sunhat, and comfortable walking shoes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.9 / 5
  • Organization
    3.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Fantastic!

Our visit to Ephesus could not have gone better. Everything perfect. The fabulous guide Augusto, attentive to every detail (traveling with a baby) and knowledgeable of the region. I highly recommend the services. Thank you Augusto and our driver for all your care. If we ever come back, we want to count on you again!

August 23, 2018

Unforgettable and very emotional and our guide Ilker was fantastic!

Do not miss this tour and guide! We will never forget it, it was very emotional and actually mind-blowing to be able to visit the House of the Virgin Mary - what an honour and a privilege. This tour and guide was excellent and really good value for money. It was the highlight of our cruise and I would urge everyone to go there. Ephesus was awesome also. We left a piece of our hearts there at the House of the Virgin Mary .....

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November 24, 2016

Excellent

The guide very attentive and ready to answer our questions. The visit to the spectacular carpet workshop, it hurts that we did not know that we would go to this place and not be prepared to acquire one of them

April 15, 2017

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Ephesus Tour Company

Product ID: 20852