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Ephesus Trip from Istanbul

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icon14 to 18 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Recall the days of ancient Rome on this full-day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air. With a professional guide, explore spectacular Greco-Roman Ephesus, Turkey’s archaeological showpiece. Stroll the ancient streets to marvel at the 2nd-century Celsus Library, the Great Theater and crumbled shops, bathhouses and temples. Bookend your trip with visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Isabey Mosque and the ruined Artemis Temple. Opt to return to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off in Kusadasi after your tour. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
  • Day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air, with round-trip or one-way flights
  • Fly to Izmir and travel to UNESCO-listed Ephesus, Turkey’s well-preserved Greco-Roman city
  • Stroll Ephesus’ timeworn streets to see the Celsus Library, Great Theater, temples and shops
  • View the crumbled Temple of Artemis, House of the Virgin Mary and medieval Isabey Mosque
  • Recharge with an included buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Fly back to Istanbul or enjoy a hotel drop-off in Kusadasi or Selcuk (depending on option selected)
  • Numbers limited to a maximum of 15 people to ensure more personalized attention from a guide
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Lunch
Return flight ticket from/to Istanbul
Gratuities
Drinks during Lunch (if preferred)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up and Drop off services available from the Hotels which is located in the Sultanahmet and Taksim Regions. While booking this package, please indicate your Istanbul Hotel. The travelers who stay out of the pick-up & drop off zone may handle their own transportation to/from the Airport.

Departure Time

5:00 AM
After early pickup at your Istanbul hotel, transfer to the airport and relax during your short flight to Izmir.

On arrival, meet your professional local guide and others in your tour group for your journey to Ephesus. Settle aboard your air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the views of rural Turkey as you travel south to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stop at the House of the Mary, a stone cottage believed to mark where the Virgin Mary spent her last years. Peek inside the atmospheric house-turned-chapel, and learn why the site is so heavily linked to Mary and St John.

Continue to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city that rose to prominence as a Roman seaport from the 2nd century AD. With your guide, stroll around the semi-intact streets past the shells of long-ago shops and houses, and learn fascinating facts about life in the city during its Roman golden age.

Awe at highlights such as the façade of the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Temple and gaze at the massive Great Theater, where St Paul once preached.

Having explored the main Ephesus ruins, move on to the nearby remains of the Basilica of St. John, a 6th-century church built on the apostle’s believed burial site. Then, after a tasty buffet lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the Isabey Mosque, a lovely example of medieval Anatolian religious architecture.

Lastly, stop by at the site of the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you inspect the temple’s remnants, learn how it was rebuilt three times before its final destruction in 401 AD.

Transfer to Izmir airport for your return flight to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk (if option selected).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Istanbul
We will meet you at your Istanbul Hotel at around 04:00 - 05:00 am then transfer you to Istanbul Airport. When you arrive to the airport, you make your self-check-in and take your flight to Izmir(Ephesus). Upon arrival to Izmir Airport, our team will be waiting for you at the exit gate of the domestic terminal. They will be holding a board which is your name written on it. After an hour transfer, you will met the rest of the group and start your Full-Day Tour.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
During the day, you are going to visit places below; • Ephesus Ruins (Approx. 2 hours) • House of Virgin Mary (Approx. 1 hour) • Temple of Artemis (Approx. 20 minutes) • Isabey Mosque (Panoramic View in a distance) • Basilica of St. John (Panoramic View in a distance) • Selcuk Castle (Panoramic View in a distance) Midday, we will have our Lunch and during the tour, you will also have a chance to explore local handicrafts made by the villager ladies.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Istanbul
At the end of the Tour, we will make our way back to Airport for an hour drive and you will have your flight back to Istanbul. When you arrive to the Istanbul Airport, we will meet you at the exit gate of the domestic terminal in Istanbul Airport where you will see our team holding a sign. Then transfer back to your Hotel in Istanbul.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Pick up and Drop off services available from the Hotels which is located in the Sultanahmet and Taksim Regions. While booking this package, please indicate your Istanbul Hotel. The travelers who stay out of the pick-up & drop off zone may handle their own transportation to/from the Airport.
  • After we received your booking, our team will contact you to request copies of your passports in order to book your domestic flights. Please send us the copies of your passports as soon as possible to complete your reservation, this is very important to have a smooth-running operation. Your reservation may be canceled or operational disruptions may occur due to information not sent on time. Our company is not responsible for such situations.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY BEST TURKEY TOUR
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ephesus Trip from Istanbul?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Ephesus Trip from Istanbul.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Ephesus Trip from Istanbul?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Ephesus Trip from Istanbul.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Ephesus Trip from Istanbul?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Ephesus Trip from Istanbul.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ephesus Trip from Istanbul?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Ephesus Trip from Istanbul.

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    star-5
    Perfect Trip
    Iman_Z
    , Jul 2021
    This tour was amazing, everything was organized perfectly from the minute i left my hotel in Istanbul and until i got back to it, it all went according to plan without any glitches. My tour guide Ismail was very professional and knowledgeable, he was very passionate about his work and it showed. I will recommend this trip to all my family and friends and I will definitely utilize their services again.
    star-5
    You will love Ephesus and this tour
    Amy_J
    , Jun 2021
    Ephesus is incredible, and this tour helped us to understand the significance of what we were seeing. Our guide, Ismail, was great and we appreciate that we’re able to experience the area like a local based on his guidance.
    star-5
    Not to miss Ephesus excursion
    rangmd
    , Feb 2020
    We highly recommend this excursion. Fatima, our guide, was amazing. She adjusted the tour to meet our interests, was very knowledgeable, and very friendly and helpful. Saw some amazing sights, ate great food, and learned a lot. Timing was military-like in precision, so we never worried about making our flight.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
    Dear Guest, It was a pleasure to greet you and thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are pleased to see that you had a good experience in Turkey. Because our goal is to always provide to our customers a memorable & comfortable experience as well to show them Turkish life, traditions and how warm the Turkish people. We are very happy to see that you are the one we did this. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Turkey Tours - Team
    star-5
    Ephesus trip from Istanbul
    kerrypoulton99
    , Nov 2019
    A brilliant trip. Tour company were very professional and accommodating especially as my flight was delayed from Istanbul due to bad weather. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    Dear Guest, Thank you very much for sharing travel experience you had with us. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We look forward to serving you again. Best Wishes Ismail & Fatima
    star-3
    Interesting, but then comes the sell...........
    eajeeaje
    , Oct 2019
    Ephesus and the house of the Virgin Mary were interesting, but the rest of the tour consisted of a drive by of the Temple of Artemis, now a single column in a field, lunch, and then about 2.5 hours devoted to visiting a rug and ceramic shop that applied the cruise ship sales technique. We did get a chance to spend about an hour in a local port city to kill time as well. The tour could have visited museums or taken us to other sites, but wasted time on rugs and pottery. The guide was visibly annoyed when my wife asked her why we were visiting the rug factory (commission ?). Overall, a bit light on antiquity but an interesting trip.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Perfect
    Dinah A
    , Sep 2019
    Ismael was an excellent guide. Very detailed and really knowledgeable. Hope we can have as our guide.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    Dear Guest, Thank you very much for sharing travel experience you had with us. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We look forward to serving you again. Best Wishes Ismail & Fatima
    star-5
    Rain did not stop me
    Culture31933273045
    , May 2019
    It rained while we were there but it was worth it! Tons of things to see and lots of stories to be heard. I had business in Istanbul but made it out there and back in a single day. Our tour guide arranged everything from hotel pick up to end of day hotel drop off. I was worry free and really enjoyed the trip. It's a must visit if you are in Turkey
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    Ephesus tour
    Magicrancher
    , May 2019
    The entire trip from Istanbul to Izmir and back was smooth with people meeting us at each stage. While the one day trip made for a long day, it was definitely worth it. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided glimpses into the history and the setting of the places that we visited. We found the trip balanced in the level of detail - which was appropriate for our tour group. I would recommend this to trip.
    star-5
    Perfect Day Trip from Istanbul!
    Stephanie Z
    , Oct 2018
    Everything about this day trip was easy and perfect! We were greeted at the airport in Izmir by a very careful and professional driver and after a short drive, we met up with our guide. Fatima was an excellent source of knowledge, and honestly, one of the best guides we have had on an excursion. We were traveling with our 3 young children, and they learned so much from this trip in just one day. This is the first time we have done a day tour by flight with our kids, but we actually did not find it any more difficult than if we had been driving in a car all day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, including those traveling with families. We plan to use this company again when in Turkey.
    star-5
    The tour was well-organised. Our...
    Edward C
    , Jan 2018
    The tour was well-organised. Our guide Fatimah is knowlegable and explaned about the history and evidence behind Ephesus. Overall is fruitful and enjoyable.

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