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Kusadasi, Turkey
Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Full Day Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
  • Explore the majestic ruins of Ephesus including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Marvel at the Fountains of Trojan and The Temples of Hadrian and Domition
  • Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch
  • Visit the home of the Virgin Mary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Lunch
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located Kusadasi hotels

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your Kusadasi hotel for a guided sightseeing tour of Ephesus. Your expedition into ancient Christian times begins with a drive aboard an air-conditioned coach to St John's Basilica at the summit of Ayasuluk Hill. Inside the basilica, observe the 4th century grave that is believed to keep the remains of the saint.

Continue to Ephesus, an ancient city famous for its early Christian roots. Hear about Christ’s vision, in the book of Revelation, that shed light onto seven churches including Ephesus. Then, explore the Great Theater and Library of Celsus with your guide. Afterward, uncover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis, as well as other well maintained ancient temples.

Stop along the way at a local eatery and savor Turkish delicacies for lunch. Listen as your guide delves deeper into the history of Ephesus and the surrounding region.

Next, experience a place that has been a host to pilgrims for centuries - the House of the Virgin Mary. Hear about Mary’s final moments alive before embracing eternal rest. Then, learn how Pope Paul VI certified the site in 1967.

After leaving the historic site of the House of the Virgin Mary, return by coach to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Temple of Hadrian
Enjoy pickup from your Kusadasi hotel and relax on the drive to Ephesus. When you arrive, stop at St John's Basilica on the top of Ayasuluk Hill. Visit the basilica and see the 4th-century tomb where the remains of the saint are said to be housed. Next, travel to the ancient city of Ephesus, an important center of early Christianity. Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision, according to the book of Revelation. With your guide, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then see the Great Theater, the Library of Celsus and many other well-preserved ancient temples. Take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant, while your local guide explains interesting facts about Ephesus and its surroundings. After lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. The cottage has been a pilgrimage place for many centuries, and was authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Next, relax on your comfortable coach on the drive back to your hotel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
The Basilica of St. John
Duration: 20 minutes
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Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Virgin Mary's House
Duration: 45 minutes
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Stop At:  
Temple of Domitian
temple of domitian
Duration: 10 minutes
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Stop At:  
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Duration: 2 hours 
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Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis
Duration: 30 minutes
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Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Sightseeing Tour?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Ephesus Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Ephesus Tour
Ruthie T
, Jun 2018
Tour guide was great, very informative. Lots of outdoor walking. Make sure to bring water, comfortable walking shoes, hat or umbrella to shade from the sun. Lunch provided was traditional Turkish food and delicious. Lunch was at a Turkish Rug Center where we were shown a demonstration on how rugs are made and had the chance to purchase a rug. Prices were a bit high but I only have one carpet buying experience from a couple years ago to compare to. Still overall a great experience and was one of the highlights of the trip.
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I called and also emailed twice the...
WES L
, Feb 2018
I called and also emailed twice the day before to confirm hotel arrangements for pickup. Day of the tour, they did not show up or reply. The day after I was supposed to tour, they emailed and said they did not have enough people the prior day to conduct the tour. I waited an hour at the hotel for them for no reason. Turkey is not open for tourists' business.
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Tour guide was nice, but many times...
Kimmo S
, Jun 2016
Tour guide was nice, but many times just left us to our own and told he'll wait by the car.
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The tour guide was really fantastic...
Christine S
, Jun 2016
The tour guide was really fantastic. He took us to all the sightseeing spots as mentioned. He would give you the history of the places and then also allow you free time to explore which I liked, it didn't feel too rushed. Our transportation driver was very sweet and accommodating as well.
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The tour was good, I appreciated the...
Ming-Gia H
, Jun 2016
The tour was good, I appreciated the tour guide's knowledge and the excellent lunch. The bad part was the carpet sale pitch after lunch. It should not include that promotional sale in this tour.
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Highlight of my trip to Turkey! If...
Deana J
, Nov 2015
Highlight of my trip to Turkey! If you make it to this area, you must stop by Ephesus. And this is a fantastic way to do it! While the sites were amazing, I have to first talk about the incredible guide I had. She was one of the best I've ever had anywhere! Incredibly knowledgeable in history, politics and culture, she has been doing this for decades and it shows. The tidbits and different points of view I learned from her were some of the things I remember most about the trip. We also had a very mixed group with different needs and interests and she did a fantastic job making sure everyone got the most out of their experience. St. John's: Neat to see this but even better to hear all the explanations from the guide. I would have not known what I was looking at if it wasn't for her! Ephesus: Incredible. The guide makes a big difference telling neat antidotes and explaining things you'd never know otherwise. Plus, free time is included to get to explore on your own. Lunch: Some of the best food I had on the trip and I love that it was at a rug center that helped support local women. Yes, they tried to sell us stuff of course like you'll find on EVERY excursion but I actually learned a lot here about the silk and rug making process. In fact, while the rest of the group was shopping, I found myself outside with one of the women actually teaching me how to weave. I weaved a whole section and it was another highlight of the trip. House of the Virgin Mary: I'm not Catholic but am Christian so I had some context. The guide helped explain so much more and I was surprised how much I enjoyed and was intrigued by this stop.
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Polite and knowledgable guide...
Jayne S
, Oct 2015
Polite and knowledgable guide. Excellent transport. Visit to carpet cooperative was very interesting but ultimately a sales excercise which is unfair to customers.
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Wonderful tour with so much to take...
Laraemwill
, Jul 2014
Wonderful tour with so much to take in . Our guide was informative , interesting and humorous which made and ancient city come alive . Well done and thank you
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What a great historical site! Really...
Michelle H
, Nov 2013
What a great historical site! Really enjoyed the tour.
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The tour was okay. Transportation...
Maria D
, Jul 2013
The tour was okay. Transportation was an old van. Lunch was a buffet and the food was awful. The tour guide was very nice.
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