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

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
from USD $93.50
No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Izmir.
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In Brief

Izmir, Turkey
8 hours
April to November
Important InfoInfo
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Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey

On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed.

The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples.

After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey

Virgin Mary's House

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey


Duration: 2 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
It is considered one of the great discovery of the Roman glory time coupled with the Virgin Mary hidding location after Jesus crucification. It is a must visit back in critical time in history
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
Highly recommended, will definitely recommend Ceyla as a tour guide, she is passionate, knowledgable and a great photographer as well.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
What a pleasant surprise. I had expected to join a tour bus but instead it was just a small van. It was not like a tour at all but a group of friends. Ephesus! Wow what a place We all had a terrific time. Very personal service. Many thanks!
• Submitted 24 Jul 2019
Fantastic tour! We were picked up at a central hotel on time and we boarded on a spacious coach, which made the travel very comfortable. There were only 5 of us, which made the tour a bit more private. The guide Zeynep was extremely friendly and has a stock full of knowledge about the culture and history of Turkey. She is very accommodating too. Although we were following a schedule, we did not feel rushed and we were given enough time to explore the sites by ourselves and plenty of opportunity to take photos. During mid-day, we went to this very quaint and quiet small restaurant. There were only 7 of us in the whole restaurant including the driver and guide, which made the dining experience more private. The lunch itself was an absolute delight! We were treated with different kinds of Turkish dishes, in which everything was so delicious, the servings were more than enough to fill our empty stomachs. Overall, this was an amazing experience from a first time visitor, exceptionally friendly and warm people and great food! I could greatly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 19 Apr 2018
Historians, tourists and the pious will live this tour to walk in the steps of the ancients.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
absolutely spectacular
• Submitted 25 Mar 2018
We really enjoyed our tour. The guide was amazing, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a fabulous and fascinating day.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
We appreciated our guide Ismail's knowledge of Ephesus and the surrounding sites. The visit to a rug weaver and show room was especially interesting. We enjoyed our day and the door to door service. We recommend this tour highly.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2018
FAntastic visit with a fantastic guide! Top car and top meal in local business craft association. Must do!
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
This tour was excellent, our tour guide Ismail was highly informative and knowledgeable. He allowed us enough time to explore on our own and provided us with very interesting information about the sites we visited. St Marys House was peaceful and an absolute must- PS take a piece of paper and a pen to leave your message in the wall. The walk in Ephasus was like walking through history - I just wish that I could remember every story. It was a really hot day so I am sure this is an event better experience in good weather. The lunch was amazing and even though I am allergic to carpets, the visit to the carpet factory was very interesting.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
The visit to Ephesus was great. It was a very hot day, so if going during summer time bring a hat and water with you cause there is little shade in the ruins. Car was new and travel was very flexible and accommodating of everyone needs. Both driver and guide were very professional. Worth the money. I would definitively recommend this, as the city is very well preserved and a unique mix of history and cultures.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2017
An amazing place to visit an absolute must Tour guide was ok Take lots of water and a hat. No shade and on a hot day can be extremely hot. The reflection of the marble and stone make it much hotter. Lunch provided was amazing. Only disappointment was being harnessed to buy a Turkish carpet. Salesman gather around like flies amd don't take no easily.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2017
Fantastic trip. Our guide Orkan was knowledgable and personable. A great guide through the history of ancient Ephesus. I highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2017
Great tour. A lot of great historical and religious places are placed inside 8 hours of the tour. Majestic ruins of Efes, sacred place of the Virgin Mary's House, lesson of the Turkish carpets manufacturing and two more ruined temples - Saint John's and ancient temple of Artemis - all these places leave great impression. Tour coach has 10 places but we have only 5 people and that's great to have a tour for such a small group. Gokce was our guide and she's great. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who wants to visit Ephesus
• Submitted 22 Jul 2017
Orkan was our guide and he was fantastic. The limo van had a table and comfortable seats so the ride was enjoyable. Orkan was personable and knowledgeable. His English was good so it was a pleasure to visit on this tour. This visit was beyond our expectations. We had plenty of time to go on our own and while we shopped they all waited until we were ready to depart. You must take this trip on the sites were amazing and if you are religious this is one of the wonders of the world. I would highly recommend it.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2016
great guide and location
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
It was a very smooth and pleasant trip. We booked the group tour, and it turned out to be only us 2. The guide Orkan is very nice and speaks good English, and the vehicle is new and comfortable. The tour to the carpet school was also interesting, though I found the price there is a bit high.
• Submitted 25 May 2016
Wonderful tour. A must if in Turkey. If you are coming from Istanbul, book your own air and sign up for the tour from Izmir, it will save you a lot of money.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2016
Visiting Ephesus was breath taking , the time there was perfect and the guide was very knowledgable . St. Mary's house was located in such peaceful surroundings . Seeing St. John's Basilica and his tomb was a perfect way to end the day. This is where he wrote his gospel . There is also a castle in the background to view from afar . The Turkish lunch we had was delicious , and I also enjoyed watching the ladies making the rugs . The beautiful rug viewing ,while sipping on apple tea was delightful as well. I really enjoyed the whole day !
• Submitted 19 Mar 2016
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and had a great sense of humor
• Submitted 12 Nov 2015
My guide was lovely and knowledgeable, and the entire tour was well-planned, educational, and at a pace and with the flexibility that was much appreciated by our small group of 4. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends --from Kristin, Washington, D.C., USA, visited August 2015.
• Submitted 10 Nov 2015
Pick up was prompt, everyone was very polite. Tour guide was thorough and made sure we each covered the things we wanted and offered many options of other places to see and allowed the time we needed to do what we wanted. Lunch was fantastic and the trip was worth every penny.
• Submitted 09 Nov 2015

In Brief

Izmir, Turkey
8 hours
April to November