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Highlights of Ephesus Tour - Ephesus Ancient City, House of Mother Mary, Temple of Artemis(Diana), Isa Bey Mosque

a cruise excursion in Ephesus

Duration: 6 hours
Languages: EN, FR, NL, IT, ES, DE
  • Local prices from local partners
  • Timely return to your cruise ship
  • Cruise friendly cancellation policy

When your cruise ship docks your professional tour guide will be awaiting you with a board where your name is written at the arrival gate of the Port. Then you will join your guide to get to the van. After 30 min. driving you will be arrived to Selcuk town where Ephesus ruins stand. Firstly, you will stop at the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, although there is one single column left today, magnificient temple had been built for the goddess of fertility and hunters, Artemis, known as Diana after city passed under the rule of Romans. Then drive to Ephesus. The extensive ruins which include Varius Bath Complex, The Odeon, State Agora, The Temples of Dea Roma, Prytaneion, Domitian Square, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, The Fountain of Trajan, The Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, Celsius Library, The Gymnasium, Great Theatre.. And much more monuments stand in the special atmosphere of Ephesus, charming each one. Once it was a commerce and trade center of the ancient world, later on became a sacred religious place of the early Christianity and today, a famous and unique tourism center proving all its perfects to the visitors as one of the biggest open air museum in the world. Next stop is to visit The House of Virgin Mary, the place where it is believed that she had spent last years of her life. It is considered that St. John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and that a small house was built for her on Bulbul Mountain. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited The House of Virgin Mary and declared one of the pilgrimage center. Then drive to the Isa Bey Mosque which was constructed in 14th AD as a first mosque of turkish people in Asia Minor. Then we are going to visit one of the oldest mosques of Turkey, Isa Bey Mosque was built by order of the leader of Turks(Mr. Isa) in 1375. It is the first example among all mosques which was constructed with a courtyard in Turkey. You can see transitional differences from Seljuks to Ottoman architecture. Today, it is not only used as a museum but also is actively used as a mosque. To the end of your tour you are going to have chance to see a cooperative where turkish hand-made rugs carpets and klimms are weaven by ladies who comes from different villages around ephesus ancient city. Drive back to the port.

Why this excursion?

*You will be welcomed at the port gate by your professional &  licensed tour guide (holding up the sign with your name on.)
*Our tour guide and A/C deluxe vehicle will be at your service from the arrival until departure time.
*You have the flexibility to spend as much time you wish at each site and make small changes on the itinerary.
*You do not have to wait for the other group members or rush around the crowds in each site to follow up the tight schedule,
*You have the chance to make stops along the itinerary wherever you wish to have pictures taken or enjoy the spot for longer.
*Our private excursions on V.I.P standards are cheaper than cruise company's excursion rates which are designed for the big crowded groups.
*You may ask any questions & interview your private guide for the social & political facts for which you may not have a chance within the big crowds.
*You may decide where & what to eat for lunch out of the many different options which your guide will offer instead of being herded into the crowded fabrication restaurants.
*You may decide on departure time.
*You will have a relaxing, individually respected, enjoyable tour instead of being rushed & pushed around.

Passengers aged between 0 and 12 years old, a valid proof of age (National ID, Passport etc.) is required to get the reduced rates for the historical sites.

Important remarks

Ancient city of Ephesus it's an open air museum and includes 2 km. walking. Sun-cream-umbrella or hat is really recommended.
Program order: The order in which visits are mentioned might be changed and/or adjusted, according to circumstances.

Included

Private Professional Licenced Guide;
Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles;
Private Professional Driver;
Entrance fees to the sights mentioned above the itinerary

Not included

Any tips for Guide & Driver;
Any drinks (unless specifically mentioned);
Any kind of other personal expenses

Start location

Kusadasi Port

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Highlights Ephesus Tour from €70 per person