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Ephesus Tour with St John Basilica Tour (Kusadasi & Selcuk)

Tour Code: TDPKU197 | Private Tours | Duration: 7 hours | Departure: Everyday

Highlights: Ancient city of Ephesus - The House of Virgin Mary - The Temple of Artemis - St. John Basilica

itinerary

The House Of Virgin Mary : Visit the House of Mary  will take about 40 minutes.
We will start a full day Ephesus tour by visiting Virgin Mary’s House. The house was discovered in the 19th century. Catherine Emmerich (1775-1824), an invalid German nun, who had never visited Ephesus, described in great detail the house and its situation which she had seen in a vision. It iis believed that St. John brought Mary (the mother of Jesus) to Ephesus sometime between AD 37-48 and she spent her last years of her life there. Virgin Mary spent last years here with St. John and lived there until her Assumption . Virgin Mary’s House of pilgrimage for Christians. So far, Virgin Mary’s House has been visited by popes .Virgin Mary’s House has remarkable energy, say your prayers and leave your wishes there.

Ephesus Ancient City : Visit the Ephesus Ancient City will take about 3 hours.
If you are on the west coast of Turkey, Ephesus has to be on your to do list. Even if you are not that fascinated by old bricks & carved stone, there is so much there that you will be by the time you leave. Ephesus was a famous Greek city, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League. The famous Temple of Artemis was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is also mentioned in the Revelation, in St.John's Gospel. It was one of the 7 Churches of Asia and a lot of religious conferences took place here. Virgin Mary, Jesus' Mother, is supposed to have spent her last days in Ephesus and there is a chapel dedicated to Her. Ephesus is also the place of the Seven Sleepers, considered saints by Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Later it became a major Roman city, because of its harbour that helped the local trade market. Wandering around the ruins of this ancient city, we imagine the wealth of the Ephesians, their taste, their everyday life. Several strong earthquakes have partly destroyed the original buildings and for their reconstruction, material from different areas was used. Today Ephesus attracts a lot of visitors every year.

Visit to Ephesus is an experience, imagine walking where some of the apostles of Jesus walked thousands of years ago. The ruins are a sight to behold. it feels like the vehicle you turned up in is a real time machine. If archaeological sites are your thing, then you should definitely visit Ephesus. And if traveling back in different historical eras in the same place is something that thrills you, then this huge complex will meet your expectations. It's one of the few ancient cities in the world where you will take in an amalgam of Ancient Greek,  Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Among alleys and paths in the valley, you will get to enjoy sights such as the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, Temple of Handrian, Gate of Augustus, the Theater (It is easy to imagine the apostle Paul wandering around here and teaching in the market place and the theater, where the riot (remember "Great is Diana of the Ephesians?") occurred is still there. Other BIblical characters who spent time in Ephesus include Peter, Agora, baths, the Basilica of St. John, the House of  Virgin Mary, well-preserved parts of the city. Allow yourself to get lost in this ancient city; you will feel its vibes and reach ecstasy. At least this is inspiring and magical place.Great to go off-season and avoid the crowds.

The Temple of Artemis:Visit the Temple of Artemis will take about 15 minute.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana), Temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis in Ephesus was completed 550 years before Christ. The temple was built entirely of marble. The temple is considered one of the seven wonders of the world but today there are only the ruins of the Temple of Artemis .And then our tour ends in the Mosque of Isa Bey.

St.John Basilica : Visit the St.John Basilica will take about 45 Minutes
Ephesus is the star attraction in this area, but combine Ephesus with a visit to the Basilica of St John for a memorable tour. There's not a huge amount to see here, but it is important from a historical perspective for the tomb of St John. 30 - 45 minutes should be enough time, but you will get more out of the site on a guided tour.  Basilica of Saint John, which stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It is interesting hear There has been a lot of restoration work here and the site is well worth a visit if you are planning to see the main site of Ephesus anyway. The Basilica offers lovely views of the surrounding area including the one standing pillar of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Regardless of whether you are religious or not, the site is very interesting and the history and legends ensure your visit is memorable.

After you have taken in the sights your Ephesus Tour, your tour guide will give you approx 30 minute time to stroll at your leisure or relax have some refreshments in the parking area of St. John Basilica, When the tour has finished your tour guide will return you to your pick up point. Your guide will drop off you Kusadasi Harbour, Izmir airport or your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk.

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What is included

WHAT TO BRING

Camera
Hat
Comfortable Shoes or Sneakers (dusty that it's easy to slip)
Soft Drinks (Take plenty of water with you! A few shaded areas and crowds)
Umbrella
Hair Scarf

INCLUDED IN PRICE

Private Professional Licensed English Speaking Tour Guide.
(You can ask for other language options for groups).
Private Deluxe A/C VIP Vehicle.
Parking Fees of vehicle.
Local Taxes.
Pick up From Kusadasi Harbour, Kusadasi or Selcuk centered hotels.
Drop off to Kusadasi Harbour, Kusadasi or Selcuk centered hotels

EXCLUDED IN PRICE

Gratuities to the guide and driver (Optional).
Lunch & Drink.
Personal expenses.
Terrace Houses inside of Ephesus ancient city.
Entrance fees to various sites.

No extra hidden cost !

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