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From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

1. From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide.  See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost.  After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Artemisa and take pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting.  End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

2. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

Spend the day exploring the most memorable places in Ephesus and Şirince on this guided full-day tour from Istanbul, lunch included. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, see the Temple of Artemis, and taste local wine at a vineyard. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Istanbul. Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, meet your driver to head to Ephesus to start the tour. First, stop at the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. The visit to the House of Virgin Mary takes about 45 minutes. After, take a 5-minute drive to Ephesus to continue the tour. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. The city is an important site for Christianity as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk along the city’s marble streets accompanied by a tour guide. See the Ephesus Odeon, Ephesus Prytaneion, State Agora, Memmius Monument, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, and Ephesus Latrines. Next, optionally visit The Private House (so-called “Terrace Houses” brothel). Afterward, carry on to the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, the great theater, and Arcadian Street (Harbor Road). Later, head to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get a chance to take memorable photos of the Church of St. John and İsa Bey Mosque. Before the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, head to Şirince, an old village of Rûm (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selçuk, 7 km from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production. Complete your experience with free time for a wine tasting. At the end of your trip, get transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

3. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus on this full-day guided tour. Step into the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore archaeological treasures. Your guide will also reveal the secrets of this mesmerizing city, once considered the most important Greek city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy Ephesus top sights, from the Library of Celsus to the theater, the Odeon, and the Trajan Fountain. Did you know Cleopatra and Mark Anthony had their honeymoon in this city? That’s right, as you walk around this city you will feel like you have traveled back in time. Next, taste some classic Turkish food at an authentic restaurant. After lunch, discover the charming village of Sirince. This cute village is famous for its fruity wines and olive oil. Thirsty? No worries enjoy sampling some of the region's tasty handmade wines. Finish the tour tipsy as you head to your departure point.

Private Ephesus Tour with Lunch at a Local Villager's Home

4. Private Ephesus Tour with Lunch at a Local Villager's Home

You will meet your guide in Kusadasi (port or hotel). After a 20-minute drive, you will arrive in Ephesus, one of Turkey's highlights. You will spend about 2 hours in Ephesus. If you decide to visit any other site in the area (Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis, Virgin Mary`s house, Ephesus indoor Museum, Basilica of St. John), you can expect to spend 30-45 minutes in each additional site. Of course, as this is a private tour, you can spend more or less time in each site. Flexibility is one of advantages of this kind of tour! After sightseeing, you will be taken to one of the nearest villages, where you can enjoy local food in the house of one of the villagers who has been welcoming guests for many years.

Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Tour and Turkish Cooking Class

5. Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Tour and Turkish Cooking Class

Make a journey between History and food culture of Turkey as you discover the ancient city of Ephesus. Buy fresh ingredients at a local market and learn and cook Turkish Cuisine in a cooking class. Be picked up from your hotel, in a comfortable air-conditioned van and drive to Ephesus Greco-Roman city. Admire one of the best preserved ancient cities and see the Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Trajan, the Theater and the Library of Celsus. Go to a local market or a grocery to buy fresh vegetables and fruits from Selcuk/ Kusadasi. Join the cooking class and learn how to cook 3 delicious dishes from the Turkish cuisine. Take the opportunity to taste the mouth-watering results of your hard work on a beautiful terrace, as you judge your culinary abilities. Taste classic Turkish dishes and learn how they differ from the present day. Return back to Kusadasi Port or Hotel at the end.

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A really wonderful tour, where the first point to highlight was the fantastic guide Nizam, who all the time was very fun, informative, knowledgeable, polite and very attentive. Our first stop was to visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! Then we visited the house where the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, lived her last days, with the privilege of getting some holy water. Then we went to visit the main attraction of the fantastic ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. This amazing site is really huge and very much impressive from what has been excavated so far, taking us back to the time when it was inhabited and the magnitude of this historic marvel of civilization. To finish, we visit the picturesque town of Şirince, which included a local wine tasting.

The tour was excellent! We were picked up on time at our hotel (they contacted us earlier to confirm). Nisam, our guide joined us in Selcuk. He gave excellent explanations and the tour was really well organised. We visited Selcuk, Epehsos and Sirince. We also had time for shopping. Lunch was also offered and very nice.

The tour guide Nizam was excellent and so was our driver. The pick up was exactly on time and everything was very well arranged. I highly recommend this tour company and the trip to Ephesus!

Well organised tour. Lunch was included and it was very nice. Both the driver and tour guide were good. The tour guide gave a lot of information which was great

Very good guide ! Volkan is very knowledgeable person and very pleasant to be around . Ephesus is a must see experience