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A visit to St. John’s Basilica allows a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. It is believed that the church sits on the burial grounds of John the Apostle and was designed in the shape of a cross. At its completion, it was covered by six domes, with many of the walls presumably once covered in frescoes.

As nearby Ephesus began to lose significance, the Basilica of St. John was converted into a mosque, hit by an earthquake and completely destroyed by a Mongol army in 1402. All that remains today are various bricks and stones alongside the marble columns that once held up the structure, but recent restoration gives visitors the context to visualize and understand its former status and significance.

Many combine their visit with a walk to the nearby Ayasuluk Fortress atop Ayasuluk Hill, where St. John is said to have written his gospel. A climb up offers great views of the surrounding area.

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8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer
Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selçuk & Ephesus, Turkey
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus on this Ephesus shore excursion from Kusadasi. On this Ephesus Turkey tour, depart from your cruise ship in Kusadasi and meet your expert guide, then venture to one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. During Roman and Greek times, Ephesus was an important religious and commercial center. Explore the ruins and learn about this fascinating slice of Turkish history, including the Temple of Hadrian, Fountains of Trajan, the Library of Celsius and the Great Theater, then return to your ship for an on-time departure. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Small Group Ephesus Tour

Small Group Ephesus Tour

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Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. Follow the trail of the Virgin Mary to her mountainside house, then trace a route through the ancient city’s ruins, temples, theatre and the great Celsus Library. See an iconic mosque made of brick, marble and tiles, then see the ruined foundations of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.68
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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul
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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

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Travel back in time nearly two millennia and discover the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus during this guided day trip from Istanbul. With round-trip flights to Izmir included, you'll fly to the best preserved ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean for an epic trip. Stroll along roads once roamed by toga-clothed Romans; enjoy visits to the Library of Celsus, the stunning Great Theatre; gaze at temples and walk along shop-lined streets. You'll then explore the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, have lunch, and highlight your day with a tour of the stone home where it’s believed the Virgin Mary spent her final days. Numbers limited to 14 on this small-group tour.
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  • 15 hours
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$325.00
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$325.00

Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Venture back in time and experience Christian history during a guided sightseeing tour of Ephesus from Kusadesi. Travel to the Mediterranean’s ancient city and discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis. Admire the immensity of the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. You will have a traditional Turkish lunch and then be inspired by the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary eternally rests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi

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Uncover the rich history and biblical importance of Ephesus on this private half-day shore excursion, including lunch. Meet your driver at Kusadasi cruise port and make your way to Ephesus, where you’ll see the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Celsius library and Temple of Hadrian. Be sure to visit the Grand Theater, where Saint Paul preached, and perhaps include a visit to sacred sites like the St John’s Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.00
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$77.00

5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included

5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included

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Journey back to ancient Rome on this half-day shore excursion to Ephesus from Kusadasi. Marvel over the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, including the Grand Theater, Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus, then explore the Terrace Houses, where the city’s wealthiest residents once lived. That’s not all: you also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$44.00
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All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH

All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH

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Travel back to Ancient Greek and Roman times as you explore the ruins of UNESCO-listed Ephesus, make a pilgrimage to the House of Virgin Mary and view the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This all-inclusive private day tour includes round-trip air-conditioned transport from Kusadasi, lunch, and admission fees, plus a guided walking tour of Ephesus, including the Great Theater, Odeon, Celsius library and an optional visit to the Terrace Houses.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$89.00
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis

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Discover the ancient wonders of Ephesus on this private shore excursion, departing from the port of Kusadasi. Your expert local guide will ensure you maximize your sightseeing time at port, catering an immersive experience and taking you to the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (Temple of Diana). Learn about this ancient city at the Ephesus Museum and admire historic excavations and the renowned Artemis of Ephesus statue.
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  • 6 hours
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$178.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica

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Combine visits to some of Turkey's most important highlights in this 8-hour guided shore excursion from Kusadasi. With a dedicated guide, visit Ephesus (Efeze), St. Mary's House, the Terrace Houses, and St. John's Basilica. This private shore excursion ensures personalized attention from your guide and includes lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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$45.00
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Get Your Guide and Explore Ephesus

Get Your Guide and Explore Ephesus

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Visit > Ephesus Ruins, Terrace Houses, Virgin Mary Hose, Basilica of St John, The Temple of Artemis SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, Guiding in your own language, Luxury transportation. Enjoy a tour with a private, professional tour guide and together decide the places you would like to see, focusing on the sights that matter to you. Discover the Unesco sight of Turkey in a unique, personal way, spend your time in the sites as much as you wish.
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  • 7 hours
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$195.00
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Small Group: Best of Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi

Small Group: Best of Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi

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Visit > Ephesus Ruins, Terrace Houses, Virgin Mary House, St John Basilica, Temple of Artemis SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, Lunch in a local restaurant, Transportation This is a Best Seller Small-Group tour (max 12 people) to Ephesus with an expert local guide. Visit Ancient Ephesus; walk on the ancient roads where Mother Mary, St. John, and St Paul walked, see the monuments among such as Great Theater, Celsus Library, Trajan Fountain, Odeon Temple and more, See Terrace Houses where rich Ephesians used to live, Visit Mary House; where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica; where John wrote his gospel. Learn history about early Christians and Romans from your local guide, take a photo from the best photoshoot points, enjoy typical Turkish food in a local restaurant
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.00
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Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

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Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, and the 6th-century Basilica of St. John on a private, 7-hour tour from Kusadasi. This guided tour makes it possible to visit all three sites in a single day, with flexibility to customize the duration and order of each stop, lunch, and round-trip transfer from your hotel or cruise port.
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  • 7 hours
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$85.72
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5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

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5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

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Watch ancient history take shape before you on this five-day tour, featuring historic churches that date back to Biblical times. Departing from Izmir, combine the early history of Christianity with pre-Christian heritage, including a visit to an Acropolis and Temple of Apollo. This tour takes you to a huge variety of distinct and antique sites. Avoid the hassle of planning a complex itinerary; on this tour, your itinerary is taken care of.
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  • 5 days
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$436.00
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Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

Cruise Passengers: Small-Group Ephesus Tour

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SMALL-GROUP TOURS UP TO 15 PEOPLE Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world and the House of Virgin Mary is one of the most important religious sites, visited by many Popes. Planning a visit to the famous ruins takes serious time. During this hassle-free, all-inclusive day trip, you can settle back and relax while someone else handles the logistics and all others. Explore the ancient ruins and religious sites of Ephesus on a full-day, small-group tour with lunch and an experienced guide. • Starting from your Hotel/Cruise Port and return to your Hotel/Cruise Port • Guaranteed on-time return to ship for the Cruise passengers • Entrance Fees, Lunch and Licensed Tour Guide Included • Even you have a chance to explore local handicrafts besides visiting historical & cultural destinations • Small-group tour limited up to 15 people; ensures a more personalized experience
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$57.45
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, but many tours only include a whistle-stop visit. This full-day tour from Izmir takes in all the highlights of the archeological site; visits St. John Basilica, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary; and includes a delicious Turkish lunch and wine tasting in Sirince village. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.17
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$93.17

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

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Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus on a private full-day tour when your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi. Your private guide shows you the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, including the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus. Continue to the nearby site where the Temple of Artemis once stood, plus other highlights like the Basilica of Saint John. Includes private guide and driver, and transportation from Kusadasi port.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$80.43
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Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

Shore Excursions: Best of Ephesus Private Tour

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This is a Private Tour only for you. Enjoy your private guided tour that combined ancient Roman and Greek history in the Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Walk on the streets that Apostle Paul and John walked, see the Grand Theatre of Ephesus that St. Paul preached to Ephesians, take great pictures in front of Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Public Toilets, Marble Street, etc. Feel the very peaceful atmosphere of House of the Virgin Mary, visit the Temple of Artemis. It is a private tour, so you can spend your time in the sites as much as you wish and ask your questions to your private guide who will be with your entire day. As a family-based & educated (5 years of University education for Tourism Industry and 15 years of Experience in Tourism Industry) licensed Travel Agency we do our job with love and we try to do our best to represent our Country. We offer you; • 100 % Satisfaction • Exploring Local Life not the Touristic Designed Travel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$87.66
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House from Bodrum

Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House from Bodrum

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Step into antiquity on a full-day trip from Bodrum to the Ancient City of Ephesus that explores the ruins of a thriving Roman port and Meryemana, the Virgin Mary’s House. With an experienced guide to lead the way through the historic sites you’ll learn about daily life, religion, and culture in ancient Ephesus, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This full-day Ephesus tour includes round-trip transport from the Bodrum Peninsula, lunch, and entrance fees at the Ancient City of Ephesus.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
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$48.44
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$48.44

12 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

12 Days Private Turkey Tour From Istanbul

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Upon arrival at The Istanbul International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sultanahmet. You will meet your guide and other tour participants for a cocktail and a briefing on your trip before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
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  • 12 days
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$2,345.00
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Ephesus Essentials | Private Shore Excursion

Ephesus Essentials | Private Shore Excursion

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Explore the ancient city of Ephesus during this half-day private tour from Kusadasi. Visit the area’s key landmarks such as the Temple of Artemis, the Roman Baths, the Terrace Houses, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich trade and religious history stretching as you explore the UNESCO-listed ancient ruins.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.87
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Best of Ephesus Guided Tour from - to Izmir

Best of Ephesus Guided Tour from - to Izmir

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Visit > Ancient Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Virgin Mary House, Basilica of St. John, The Temple of Artemis SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, Guiding in your own language, Luxury Transportation provided. Explore Ephesus in a unique and personal way. Together with your guide, decide the places you would like to see such as museums, local markets and local restaurants and then start your full-day tour. Discover the places in Ephesus that interest you, as the customer most, and learn about these spots from your own private guide. Take the tour at your own pace, stopping as frequently and for as long as you like without the hassle and pressure of waiting or being rushed by other tourers. The tour is designed as a full day, by private van, walking tour.
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  • 9 hours
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$251.68
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Izmir Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

Izmir Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis

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Make a beeline for UNESCO-listed Ephesus with this private 6-hour shore excursion from Izmir and marvel over one of Turkey’s most remarkably preserved ancient cities. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you discover highlights like the Celsus Library, the Great Theater and the Odeon. Then, visit the House of Virgin Mary and see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Best of all: this tour is covered by Viator's worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
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  • 6 hours
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$175.83
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Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with Traditional lunch

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Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with Traditional lunch

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Discover Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, and more on a private tour from Kusadasi.  Relax in comfortable round trip transportation from your hotel or port. Enjoy an immersive and interactive experience as your guide narrates the ancient sights. The tour can also be customized to have a Biblical theme at no extra cost. Later, avoid tourist traps with a complimentary lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. 
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$51.75
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What are Basilica of St. John hours of operation?
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Basilica of St. John hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Basilica of St. John can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica of St. John costs USD 40.00. Guided Basilica of St. John tours start around USD 40.00 per person.
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