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Private Ephesus, Artemission Temple, The House of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica from Izmir

a cruise excursion in Ephesus

Duration: 6 hours, 30 minutes
Languages: EN, FR, NL, IT, ES, DE
  • Local prices from local partners
  • Timely return to your cruise ship
  • Cruise friendly cancellation policy

Together with a private guide you will visit 4 stunning sites from the cruise port of Izmir: The archeaological site of Ephesus, The Artemission Temple, The house of Virgin Mary and St. John Basilica.

Your excursion starts at the cruise port of Izmir where the guide will welcome you in Turkey.

All day you will travel by comfortable A/C transport. First stop on the tour is Epehsus, one of the most important Turkish archeological sites dating back to Greek times. You will follow your guide along monuments such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theatre. These monuments still reflect the great Greek and Roman times.

Next you will visit The House of Virgin Mary. It is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD 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 as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.

After The House of Virgin Mary,  you drive to St. John’s Basilica. It is believed that the evangelist St. John has spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and is buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.

Before returning to Kusadasi you will make a stop at The Artemission Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nowadays you can see the remnants of what was discovered during the 19th century.

During the day your guide will provide you with anecdotes and historical facts at the different sites to get a better understanding of what you see.

If you want you can book a tour extension to visit the nearby Terrace Houses. After your visit you get back to Izmir town or cruise port by A/C transportation.

Why this excursion?

  • DISCOUNT FOR CHILDREN: children under 12 years old get 50% discount on the excursion price, children under 5 years old travel for free
  • Ephesus is one of the main highlights and is considered one the great outdoor museums of Turkey
  • See the Artemission Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Times
  • Visit The House of Virgin Mary, a pelgrimage located on the Aladag Mountains
  • See Saint John Basilica

Important remarks

  • The starting time of your excursion always corresponds with your cruise schedule
  • After your booking is confirmed you'll receive a confirmation voucher with all practical details (starting time, meeting point, how you'll recognize your guide etc)
  • You can visit the nearby and famous Terrace Houses for an additional €10 per person (please tell us upon booking)
  • Since this shore excursion involves some walking, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable low-heeled shoes and casual clothes.
  • Sun glasses and hats are recommended
  • Cameras are recommended
  • Visit to holy places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques, synagogues bare shoulders and shorts are not permitted, nor shoes in mosques
  • The Standard ShoreBee Cancellation Policy applies

Included

  • Entrance fees to the sites
  • Professional Tour Guide from start till end
  • A/C transportation
  • Parking fees

Not included

  • Meals
  • Personal expenses, tips etc.

Start location

Your excursion starts at the cruise port of Izmir where the guide will welcome you in Turkey

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