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Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary

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Istanbul, Turkey

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Visit three of Turkey’s most important historic and spiritual sites on this full-day tour from Istanbul and travel in style with a private guide, round-trip flights and luxury transfers by Mercedes-Benz. Explore the ancient ruins of UNESCO-listed Ephesus and stand in awe before the Grand Theater and Celsus Library, then pay a visit to the House of Virgin Mary, where the Mother of Jesus spent her final days. Finally, see the sparse ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Round-trip airfares
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Transport by private vehicle
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Sarayburnu
  • Salipazari
  • Istanbul Port


Departure Time

5:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY City of Sultans

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • 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 Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary?
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 Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary?
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 Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary?
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 Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary.

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The best part of my trip to Turkey
Aura_M
, Nov 2020
This was the highlight of my trip to Turkey. I am very happy with the whole experience. There was great communication from the beginning. My driver in Istanbul, Osque, picked me up on time at my hostel and was very professional. The process to catch the flight was easy and my tour guide, Riza, and driver in Izmir, Okan, were there waiting with a sign on time. Riza was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. He asked my opinion on which extra stops I’d like to make. The lunch recommendation was spot on. I would let Riza lead the way on selecting the food. It was delicious. Seeing Ephesus was an amazing experience beyond what I thought it would be. And being in a small, private tour is much easier to be flexible and ask questions. Definitely worth the expense.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you very much for choosing our services and for the review. It was our great pleasure to serve you. We hope to see you again in Turkey with a longer trip.
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Awesome
Jonathan_B
, Oct 2020
Excellent!! Incredible! A must if you in the area at all . Tour guide ( Riza) and driver (Burak) were amazing !!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you very much for your rewiew. It was our great pleasure to serve you in Turkey. We hope to see again in near future..
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Private tour of Ephesus
Kim_M_China
, Oct 2019
Booking through Viator was simple and exactly as they stated. Transportation was coordinated for me, including purchasing plane tickets, and local transportation in Ephesus. Since I was traveling alone, and only had 1 day for the tour, I really appreciated that Viator handled all of the logistics. My tour guide was so professional, knowledgeable, and genuinely helpful. He knew exactly how to pace the tour and adjust for my personal interests, including the perfect spot for the best photos. His knowledge of the history of Ephesus was overwhelming at times but very helpful to learn in a real and authentic way as we walked and talked along the streets of this ancient city. It was truly an amazing experience that I couldn't have had if I tried to manage the tour alone. Thankyou Viator and to may amazing tour guide for this great experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you very much for your great review. It was our pleasure to serve you in Turkey. We hope to see you again soon with a longer trip..
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Informative Tour with Excellent Guide (Emre)
KarlChew
, Sep 2019
A short-hop day-tour from Istanbul, this tour’s highlight is the visit to the ruins of Ephesus. The visit to House of Mary is also meaningful for the religious, but the Temple of Artemis was a complete let-down as there is only a remnant of an ancient pillar to see... The tour was made fun and informative due to the excellent guide assigned to us: Emre. He was so knowledgeable about the site, history as well as the socio-economic facts of the ancient times. He was able to interweave morsels of information across religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) as well as multi-era facts (across the Roman and Ottaman Empires) which made his explanations so much more educative. Even better, he delivered all of those with a good dose of humour, making learning that much more fun, even for our teenage daughter . Would recommend anyone signing up for this tour to ask for Emre
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you very much for choosing our services. It was our great pleasure to serve you. We are all looking forward to see you again in Turkey with a longer Trip :)
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Ephesus
FarAway11943773233
, Jun 2019
I was a bit scared going to Istanbul but upon landing , the country was beyond my expectation. It is very safe and beautiful country. Our tour guide Riza has a very good command of English , very professional and well versed about the history .
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much for your review. It was our great pleasure to serve you in Turkey. We hope to see you again in Turkey with a longer trip..
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I enjoyed the tour very much and my...
Brent G
, Dec 2017
I enjoyed the tour very much and my guide was very kind and knowledgeable, but I think it would be better to have fewer commercial excursions and a little more time in Ephesus proper.
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City of Sultans are the best of the...
Asim Ali S
, Oct 2017
City of Sultans are the best of the best in Turkey when it comes to executing tours with precision. The private tour from Istanbul to ephesus cant be more organised and perfect than this. Ozgur is supreme planner and Iskender our tour guide was so knowledgeable that he made the tour perfect.
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The tour to Ephesus was awesome...
Ricardo Portela
, May 2017
The tour to Ephesus was awesome, everything was perfect. The transfers in Istanbul and Izmir, the tour guide, the locations, the lunch, the flight tickets, everything worked pretty well. The tour guide in Ephesus was excellent, made a complete travel to the history of the place and Turkey, explained every little detail, and had a perfect spoken English. I truly recommend City of Sultans as a travel agency in Instabul.
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Excelente tour
Juan Manuel F
, Jul 2019
Excelente visita a Efeso Excelente guía Gonca siempre pendiente de nuestras inquietudes y dudas Recorrido excelente El único punto a mejorar es la linea aérea Pegasus es de bajo costo y el Avión muy incómodo en asientos y en retraso de salidas
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you very much for your review. It was our great pleasure to serve you in Turkey. We hope to see you again in Turkey with a longer trip.
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simplesmente espectacular. recomendo...
Jorge M
, Aug 2015
simplesmente espectacular. recomendo. tudo muito bem organizado.
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