1. Kusadasi: Highlights of Ephesus Tour from Cruise Port
Start the day with pickup from the cruise port and meet your professional licensed local tour guide who will share with you their in-depth knowledge of all the sights on the tour. Visit the Ancient City of Ephesus, which dates back to the 10th century BC, this UNESCO listed heritage site is one of the best-kept Greco-Roman cities in the world. Here, see the Domitian Temple, one of the first temples dedicated to humans, the Celcus Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient times, and one of the biggest Ampitheaters in the world which seated 24,000 at capacity. Other sights to see at Ephesus include Marble Street, the Roman baths, fountains, temples, and the love house, all famed for their gorgeous mosaics and wall paintings. Whilst at Ephesus, explore the museum to uncover the life of the Ancient Greeks and Romans and see the statues, coins and many more artifacts found here by archeologists. Next, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where the mother of Jesus Christ spent her final years, unofficially confirmed by Pope Paul VI on his visit to the shrine in 1967. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2006, they both left gifts at the shrine which you can see during your trip. Travel to the Temple of Artemis next, Artemis was a Greek goddess known as the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, she replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon. The ancient temple was built around 650 BC and was constructed on a site already sacred to the Anatolian Mother Goddess, Cybele. At the end of the tour enjoy some free time to explore the local areas before returning to Kudasi Cruise Port.