Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
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On this privately guided tour, journey to ancient Ephesus with such sites as the ruins of the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsius and the Temple of Hadrian, you'll want to explore as much as you can. Continue to the House of Virgin Mary and St John's Basilica.
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In Brief

Location:
Izmir, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April to November
Daily
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Stop At: Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, Selcuk Turkey

Visit the glorious Greco-Roman and Christian ruins of Ephesus, which is known to be Commercial, the Religious and Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations.

With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in ancient Ephesus. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House (Brothel), the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Prepare the be amazed.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana and St. John's Basilica where according to legend, he was buried.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

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 4.13 out of 5 based on the last 8 recent reviews

This is one of the most incredible days spent seeing sites that had such an impact on history. Ismail, our guide, was masterful in his knowledge of the areas and his desire to make the day so memorable--he is a true asset to the company. Ephesus in many ways exceeds the Forum in Rome in splendor and majesty---so much history over so many civilizations in one place. St Mary's tomb was moving. Whether you belive in a religion or not, the power of the location and simplicity cannot do anything other than to move you. What a day!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2015
We had a wonderful time in izmir our guide Philis was very patient and professional. There is a lot too learn
• Submitted 06 Oct 2013
Gülar was wonderful, very knowledgable and personable. The tour ran like clockwork and we all had a terrific time. Thanks!
• Submitted 15 Aug 2013
Friendly driver. Very knowledgable and open guide. Both were flexible and worked to make certain that we were able to see all of the highlights in a very short period of time. Of course, there was the obligatory lunch (which was excellant) coupled with a factory "tour" and sales pitch. (Rugs and jewelry.)
• Submitted 07 Mar 2012
Our tour guide was wonderful. He was intelligent and extremely kind. We would recommend him again in a minute. Last year our daughter went on the same tour and she felt the same way about him.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2008
Our guide was great and the transportation was very good. We had bad weather, but the experience was fantastic in spite of it. It's a trip I would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
The Ephesus tour was fantastic, and we were done by noon. That would have been fine. However, we were then taken to a ceramic place where we had a demonstration of how traditional ceramics were made, and then we were taken to the store, where we felt compelled to buy something. After that, our lunch was at a carpet-making store. Apparently lunch was offered by the store. Then we were put in a room with closed doors and submitted to an hour and a half long presentation of carpets, and once again felt compelled to buy. We did not buy anything. The problem is that we were sold a full-day tour of Ephesus with a typical lunch, not a shopping trip for half a day.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
The pickup was confirmed at 7:00 am but the driver did not arrive until 7:30 with a dirty van, and went through 2 other pickups around Izmir. Finally the van seated a total of 10 passengers uncomfortably to Ephesus, we were seatd in a seat designated for 3 adults but 4 adults occupied the seat. We raised our concern with the driver who did not speak English, and was explained that we have to deal with his company upon arrival into Ephesus. Eventually, we were being dropped off in a local tour company around 10 am in Ephesus. When we questioned the person in charge at the tour operator. He told us that the tour guide assigned to us, could not work as there was a death in his family. Instead this tour agency decided without our consultation or offer of reimbursement to put us into a group tour. Until we voiced our discontent, this tour agency had no intentions of honouring our private tour of Ephesus. As well, Neon made no attempts to intervene on our behalf when we phoned them and explained the situation. If I were to visit any area in Turkey other than Istanbul, I would not use this tour operator again. I hope Viator takes note of what we are reporting so a similar situation does not occur to other travelers who are willing to pay extra for private tours.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2012

In Brief

Location:
Izmir, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April to November
Daily