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Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

Istanbul to Ephesus Private Day Trip

From US$ 309 per person

An Ephesus day trip from Istanbul including domestic flights and a professional licensed guide. Together with your guide you will explore Ephesus, with a barbecue lunch included to break up your day.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Meet your driver at your hotel in Istanbul.
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  • Tale a day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul
  • Enjoy a private tour of Ephesus including a domestic return flight
  • Walk the charismatic streets of Ephesus
Full description
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning, before being transferred to Istanbul Airport for a morning flight to Izmir. After arriving in Izmir Airport, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Ephesus (a 45-minute drive). Your tour will begin with a visit to the Artemission Temple, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continuing to Ephesus, you will walk through history along the marble streets which are lined with wonderful public buildings. Among these buildings are the State Agora, Odeon, the Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, the Polio Fountain, and Curetes Street. You will also encounter the Grand Theater which was built in the 3rd century B.C., before being later expanded to a 24,000 spectator arena by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used, and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. Following lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, located on the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 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 it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here. Following this sacred place, you will drive back to to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Once having landed at Istanbul you will be met by your representative and transferred back to your point of origin.
  • Professional licensed English speaking guide (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese speaking guides can be organized upon request)
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Transportation with a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All entrance fees to the sites stated above in the itinerary
  • All domestic flights and associated taxes
  • Lunch in Ephesus
  • Personal expenses
  • Any drinks and the meals not mentioned above

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I loved visiting Ephesus. My guide Melih was knowledgeable and contributed some very interesting snippets of information. I also enjoyed the lunch at the handmade carpet community workshop. It was fascinating. This vitally important craft is being supported and maintained in co-operatives such as this. I could have done without the visit to the alleged house of Mary, the mother of Jesus. There's no factual evidence to support its existence, and it's been turned into a Mary-worshipping shrine. So probably only suitable for people who like that sort of thing. I loved the visit to the handmade handpainted pottery workshop and store. They offered very beautiful works of art for sale. Overall, I would choose to spend more time at Ephesus, perhaps visit a leather shop as well as the other cultural pursuits, and eliminate the Mary house.

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March 5, 2022

Product ID: 203173