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  • Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

    1. Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

    Founded by the Greeks and conquered by the Romans, Ephesus was once a city of proverbial wealth. It was a bustling port which over time developed into an important center for Christianity. On this self-guided tour, benefit from skip-the-line entry then explore using your smartphone to travel back in time to the city’s former life. The tour is the perfect way to experience the site in a fun and insightful way, and gain valuable insight into one of the most popular places in Turkey. The first stop of the day is to the State Agora, which was once the political heart of the city boasting a lavish square. Continue on to Bouleuterion, and discover the meeting point of the city council which perhaps was also a space for artistic performances. As you stroll around the colonnades, stoas, and other buildings, listen to fascinating stories about what life was like here for locals. Arrive at the Te...

    I had a great time with this. It was easy and it helped me a lot to get around the site and learn some things.

  • Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    2. Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    Following a pickup from your hotel in Selcuk, enjoy a short drive to Ephesus in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Start by visiting the extensive ruins in the ancient city. Admire the fascinating ancient structures surrounding you, including the spectacular Temple of Hadrian, the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus, and the vast Great Theater.     Continue the tour to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then, stop by the house of Virgin Mary, a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics, where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent the remainder of her life. Located on top of Bulbul Mountain, it offers visitors a panoramic view of the town.   Finally, explore the Isa Bey Mosque and marvel at its crown-like doors, a jewel of Seljukian architecture combined with decorative elements from the Ottoman Empire.

    Our guide, Marcy is a warm-hearted passionate woman. She is a great storyteller, so as we were touring, we could envision the ancient places. Ephesus is really worth going with a great guide.

  • Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    3. Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    Enjoy a full-day package trip that takes you on a guided tour from Istanbul to 2 of Turkey’s most fascinating attractions: the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. You’ll start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, bright and early at 5:15 AM for a transfer to the airport for your 7:30 AM flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to Ephesus to meet with your guide and take your Ancient City Tour. Ephesus is an iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Explore the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine mar...

  • Ephesus: House of Virgin Mary & Artemis Temple Private Tour

    4. Ephesus: House of Virgin Mary & Artemis Temple Private Tour

    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...

    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 .....

  • 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.

  • From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    6. From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Walk along marble streets, and see the Temple of Artemis, the Baths of Scholastica, and the Library of Celsus, built by Gaius Julius Aquila. Marvel at the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater, two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Stand at the House of the Virgin Mary, where she lived until her death. Learn the history of this sacred location and place of pilgrimage that was once visited by Pope Paul VI. Next, travel to the mountain village of Sirince, and pass the picturesque vineyards and peach trees. Discover the synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture as you admire the mosque and Orthodox church. Finally, spend some time exploring the narrow streets of Sirince, filled with handmade crafts, olive oil, and local wine.

  • From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

    7. From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

    You'll explore the cultural and natural heritage of Turkey on this 7-day, 6-night guided tour. DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul The local partner will meet you at the airport and provide private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon, visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar where you can enjoy some shopping time. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, your first stop for the day will be at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Strait which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, visit the Underground Cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 4: Istanbul – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfa...

  • From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

    8. From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

    Explore the most iconic Roman archaeological sites in Turkey on an all-inclusive trip. Learn about the history of Ephesus and Hierapolis from an expert guide. Enjoy the natural hot springs and unique landscape at Pamukkale. Day 1: Meet your driver at your hotel reception for airport transfer. Catch a flight to Izmir. Be greeted by a representative upon your arrival at Izmir Airport. Be transferred to your hotel in Ephesus and get a good night's sleep. Day 2: Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Get ready for a day of exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a hotel pickup. Visit the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Open Air Theatre, Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, and Artemis Temple. Stroll past massive Roman pillars, city walls, and towers. Conclude the tour at around 5 PM and be whisked away to your ne...

  • Selçuk: Ephesus & Terrace Houses Guided Walking Tour

    9. Selçuk: Ephesus & Terrace Houses Guided Walking Tour

    Explore the most famous Roman site in Turkey with its Terrace Houses in the company of an expert guide. The ancient city of Ephesus is one of the oldest sites being excavated in Turkey. Learn about its history and archaeological studies. Visit the Terrace Houses to understand the daily lives of ordinary Roman citizens. Experience the glamour of Rome as you gain an insight into the days of its zenith. Walk with your guide on the ancient roads of Ephesus. Discover Ephesus’s ancient walls scattered throughout the site as you learn how layered this city’s history is. See the famous Theatre at Ephesus and the reconstructed marvel of the Library of Celsus. Stroll past massive Roman pillars, city walls, and towers down to the harbor. Explore the vast remains of Ephesus as your guide talks about Greek mythology on the western coast of present-day modern Turkey. Understand the value of Greek c...

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What people are saying about Library of Celsus

I did not receive the ticket codes to get in immediately by email but Muse was very reactive on WhatsApp and I receive them within a few minutes. Comments on the audio guide were very interesting. I recommend.

Our guide, Marcy is a warm-hearted passionate woman. She is a great storyteller, so as we were touring, we could envision the ancient places. Ephesus is really worth going with a great guide.

Alright, we didn't line up for the ticket office. Very nice experience to do. Small problem the audio is only in English so no use we just read the posters.

This is probably the best tour I had during my stay in Turkey. Our guide Marsy was so informative and entertaining, made the whole tour a great experience.

I had a great time with this. It was easy and it helped me a lot to get around the site and learn some things.