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Ephesus Archaeological Museum

Ephesus Archaeological Museum

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Private Ephesus Tour For CRUISE CUSTOMER

1. Private Ephesus Tour For CRUISE CUSTOMER

Ephesus is an ancient city located in modern-day Turkey, near the town of Selçuk. It was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire and is considered one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Visitors to Ephesus can explore its well-preserved ruins, including the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Great Theater, and the Terrace Houses. The House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John are also located near Ephesus and are popular pilgrimage sites for Christians. The best examples of mosaics, excellent frescos ( wall paintings ), one of the first examples of central heating system can be visibled in Terrace Houses.  The Temple of Artemis, also known as the Artemision, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was located in the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey and was dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. The temple was considered to be one of the largest and most impressive structures in the ancient world and was known for its grand size and luxurious decoration. Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed in a fire and its ruins were later rediscovered in the 19th century. Despite its destruction, the Temple of Artemis remains a significant part of ancient history and is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Turkey. The Basilica of St. John was built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century over the tomb of St. John the Apostle. It was once considered one of the largest basilicas in the world, rivaling the size of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Although it is now in ruins, visitors can still admire its architectural features, including a nave and two aisles separated by columns. The basilica is located in Ephesus, a famous ancient city in Turkey, and is considered one of the main pilgrimage sites for Christians. The Ephesus Archaeological Museum is a museum located in Selçuk, near the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts and exhibits related to the history and archaeology of Ephesus, including ancient coins, mosaics, sculptures, ceramics, and inscriptions. The museum is a must-visit for those interested in the rich history of Ephesus and the surrounding area, and provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the ancient city's culture, architecture, and daily life. Some of the most important pieces on display at the museum include the remains of the Temple of Artemis, the ancient city's theater, and the historic Library of Celsus.

Kusadasi Cruise Port: Antique Ephesus Tour (Skip-The-Line)

2. Kusadasi Cruise Port: Antique Ephesus Tour (Skip-The-Line)

Upon your arrival at Kusadasi Port, you will be greeted by your private guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. The first stop on our itinerary is the House of the Virgin Mary. The House of Virgin Mary is where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967. The visit to the House (church) takes about 45 minutes and after our visit; there will be a 5 min drive to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. Ephesus is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven churches of revelation. Apostle Paul probably spent two and half years in Ephesus during his third missionary journey.It will take about 2 hours to discover Ephesus ancient city by walking on the marble streets, so it is useful to wear comfortable shoes like sneakers. accompanied by our tour guide. The site has two entrances; as it is slightly downhill, it is better to start from the upper gate. On our tour, we will be seeing Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbour Road). Terrace Houses in Ephesus on Curetes street belonged to prominent people of the city. They are dated back to 1C AD; some were inhabited up to 7C AD. They were luxurious private houses with mosaic floors, fountains, and central heating. We will carry on with the Ephesus Museum, which consists of six chambers exhibiting collections from the ruins. Especially, the marble statues of the Goddess of Artemis are to be seen; one from the 1st century AD and the other from the 2nd century AD. After the tour, we will make sure to drop you off at Kusadasi Port promptly, ensuring that you are returned to your desired location on time. Your convenience and satisfaction are our top priorities throughout the tour.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

3. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

Discover the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis on this two-day trip from Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus where you can see the Temple of Artemis. Experience the beauty of the natural white terraces created by mineral deposits at the hot springs in Pamukkale. Stay overnight in the town of Selcuk or Kusadasi. Treat yourself to breakfast at the hotel. Try authentic Turkish food with lunch at two local restaurants during your tours. Day 1: Be picked from your accommodation in Istanbul and relax on the drive to the airport. Enjoy a comfortable flight to the city of Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to the tour provider's office in the town of Selcuk. Take a break with lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the archeological site at Ephesus to start your guided tour. Walk through the ancient streets and see one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. View the façade of one of the largest libraries from Roman times at the Library of Celsus. Stop at the House of the Virgin Mary where the religious figure is said to have spend her last days. See the remains of an old Roman Amphitheater. Learn about these ruins from your local guide. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi where you can rest for the evening. Day 2: In the morning, be picked up by your guide from your hotel. Enjoy the scenic Turkish countryside on the drive to Pamukkale. Hear about area and culture from your guide. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before starting your tour of the ruins of Hierapolis. Stroll to the remains of a massive Roman amphitheater that once held an audience of 15,000. Admire the marble staircase at the Greek Temple of Apollo. Watch as your guide points out all the significant structures in the archeological site of Hierapolis. Take off your shoes and walk along the white terraces of Pamukkale. Dip your feet in the natural hot springs. Swim amid the ruins of a temple in Cleopatra's Pool. Have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Take it easy on the ride back to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive in Istanbul, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your accommodation in Istanbul.

From Kusadasi Port: Ephesus Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

4. From Kusadasi Port: Ephesus Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

You will meet your private guide at the port from Kusadasi. We will start by driving to the House of the virgin mary.. The House of Virgin Mary is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967. The visit to the House (church) takes about 45 minutes and after our visit; there will be a 5 min drive to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. Ephesus is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven churches of revelation. Apostle Paul probably spent two and half years in Ephesus during his third missionary journey. It will take about 2 hours to discover Ephesus ancient city by walking on the marble streets, so it is useful to wear comfortable shoes like sneakers. accompanied by our English-speaking tour guide. The site has two entrances; as it is slightly downhill, it is a better idea to start from the upper gate. On our tour, we will be seeing Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, Latriens and Private House (so-called Brothel, 'Terrace Houses') Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbour Road). We will visit Temple of Artemis, one of the seven world wonders of antiquity. there will be a good chance to shoot photos of the Church of St. John and the Mosque of Isa Bey from the best angle as well. We will carry on with the Ephesus Museum, which consists of six chambers exhibiting collections from the ruins. Especially, the marble statues of the Goddess of Artemis are to be seen; one from the 1st century AD and the other from the 2nd century AD.

From Kusadasi Port: Best of Ephesus Tour (Skip-the-line)

5. From Kusadasi Port: Best of Ephesus Tour (Skip-the-line)

When your cruise ship, docks at Kusadasi Port, your guide will be waiting with your name. We will start by driving to the house of virgin mary.. House of Virgin Mary is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. This place was offically declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Pope Paul VI visited shrine in 1967. The visit to the House (church) takes about 45 minutes and after our visit; there will be a 5 min drive to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial and early Christian periods. Ephesus is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven churches of revelation. Apostle Paul probably spent two and half years in Ephesus during his third missionary journey.It will take about 2 hours to discover Ephesus ancient city by walking on the marble streets, so it is usefull to wear comfortable shoes like sneakers.accompanied by our English speaking tour guide. The site has two entrances; as it is slightly downhill, it is a better idea to start from the upper gate.In our tour, we will be seeing Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, Latriens and Private House (so called Brothel, 'Terrace Houses') Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbour Road). We will visit to Temple of Artemis; which is one of the seven world wonders of antiquity. there will be good chance to shoot photos of Church of St. John and Mosque of Isa Bey from the best angle as well. We will carry on with Ephesus Museum, which consists of six chambers exhibiting collections from the ruins. Especially, the marble statues of Goddess of Artemis are to be seen; one from 1st century AD and the other from the 2nd century AD. At the end of the tour, we will return you to Kusadasi port on time

From Kusadasi Port: PRIVATE Highlights of Ephesus Tour

6. From Kusadasi Port: PRIVATE Highlights of Ephesus Tour

Starting and ending in Kusadasi Port, step back in time to ancient Ephesus on this private guided tour and explore historic sights including Hercules Gate, Marble Road, and Ephesus Museum. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and more. Meet your guide at the port, then drive toward your first stop, the House of Virgin Mary. Explore and learn about the house (church) for approximately 45 minutes before taking a 5-minute drive to Ephesus. Take about 2 hours to discover Ephesus by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by your tour guide. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods, and it is also an important site for Christianity as one of the seven churches of revelation. See the Odeon, State Agora, prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, latrines, Library of Celsus, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbor Road). Carry on to Ephesus Museum, which consists of six chambers exhibiting collections from the ruins. Marvel at the marble statues of Goddess of Artemis, one from 1st century A.D. and the other from the 2nd century A.D. Before returning to Kusadasi Port, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Shoot photos of the Church of St. John and Mosque of Isa Bey from the best angles.

From Kusadasi or Selçuk: Ephesus Private Tour

7. From Kusadasi or Selçuk: Ephesus Private Tour

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and explore Ephesus-Kusadasi independently with a full-day private vehicle and driver service. Visit the sights that you want to see in air-conditioned comfort and benefit from the local knowledge of your guide. A private tour gives you a chance to ask questions and enjoy a two-way conversation with an informed and knowledgeable guide. It also allows more flexibility to the agenda. After a scenic short drive, arrive in Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It is home to over a quarter of a million people, from slave traders to saints, at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD. 150 years of excavations at Ephesus have revealed the most comprehensive Greco-Roman classical city on Earth. Your next stop will be Ephesus Archaeology Museum. A large part of the museum’s excavations at Ephesus, St. Jean Church, Artemision, and Belevi Grave Memorial consists of works brought from other nearby ruins. The museum houses important works of Ephesus and Anatolian archaeology. In the House of Mother Mary and in accordance with the predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting days here. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27). St. John Basilica, In the opening vision of the book of Revelation, seven letters are addressed to seven churches of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. These cities stood along with one of the well-traveled Roman roads of that day and, beginning at Ephesus, might well have been visited in the order in which they are named. The distances between them averaged about 5 to 15 miles. Beyond the temple site, we approach the massive remains of the Church of St. John, crowning the highest point of Seljuk Hill. Here in the fourth century, a church was built over the site believed to be the resting place of the beloved apostle. Justinian crowned the height with a much larger edifice. The wide central nave was covered with six large domes and the narthex with five smaller ones. The tomb of the apostle was on the floor beneath the main dome. At the site of the tomb, the base of the original high altar is still visible. The authenticity of the site is maintained by Eusebius, who quotes Polycrates, a disciple of John and bishop of Ephesus. According to tradition, Timothy became the first bishop of the church. John probably came there about A.D. 67 or earlier. Not far from the tomb in the church enclosure is the ancient baptistry. Stone steps lead down into the cross-shaped font, which provided ample room for baptism by immersion, the standard practice until well into the twelfth century. While on the cross, Jesus entrusted to John the care of His mother. So Mary must also have been a resident of Ephesus.

Kusadasi Cruise Port: Best of Ephesus Tour | Skip-The-Line

8. Kusadasi Cruise Port: Best of Ephesus Tour | Skip-The-Line

Upon your arrival at Kusadasi Port, you will be greeted by your private guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. The first stop on our itinerary is the House of the Virgin Mary. The House of Virgin Mary is where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967. The visit to the House (church) takes about 45 minutes and after our visit; there will be a 5 min drive to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. Ephesus is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven churches of revelation. Apostle Paul probably spent two and half years in Ephesus during his third missionary journey.It will take about 2 hours to discover Ephesus ancient city by walking on the marble streets, so it is useful to wear comfortable shoes like sneakers. accompanied by our tour guide. The site has two entrances; as it is slightly downhill, it is better to start from the upper gate. On our tour, we will be seeing Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbour Road). Terrace Houses in Ephesus on Curetes street belonged to prominent people of the city. They are dated back to 1C AD; some were inhabited up to 7C AD. They were luxurious private houses with mosaic floors, fountains, and central heating. We will carry on with the Ephesus Museum, which consists of six chambers exhibiting collections from the ruins. Especially, the marble statues of the Goddess of Artemis are to be seen; one from the 1st century AD and the other from the 2nd century AD. After the tour, we will make sure to drop you off at Kusadasi Port promptly, ensuring that you are returned to your desired location on time. Your convenience and satisfaction are our top priorities throughout the tour.

Mother Goddess Tour: Discovering the goddesses of Ephesus

9. Mother Goddess Tour: Discovering the goddesses of Ephesus

What sets this tour apart is the presence of an expert guide specializing in the Mother Goddess cult and Ephesus, who will narrate the traces of the goddess cult in daily life, social, cultural, and artistic dimensions with astonishing stories. Ephesus, from Meter to Cybele, from Artemis to Demeter, and to Hestia, was a city where many goddesses were worshipped. With striking archaeological findings, we can still understand how important the Mother Goddess cult was for the Ephesians today. The Ephesians performed their cult activities at special temples and altars for their goddesses. The Meter altars on the hills surrounding Ephesus, the Prytaneion where the sacred fire of Hestia burned day and night, the magnificent Artemision, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World are the special places where cult activities took place. We can still see the reflection of the goddess in breathtaking sculptures, figurines, and inscriptions even today. This tour is led by our tour guide Begum Hazal who is a specialist in mother goddess history. Participants benefit from expert knowledge and interpretation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and historical texts related to the subject matter. The tour offers participants the opportunity to delve into the ancient beliefs and practices surrounding mother goddess worship in Ephesus, providing insights into the religious rituals, symbols, and traditions of the time.

Ephesus Excursion For Cruisers

10. Ephesus Excursion For Cruisers

Depart from Izmir for a site and history-filled day in Ephesus with a private guide and vehicle. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the Ephesus ruins. Get a real feel for this unique area and its history. Get picked up at the Izmir Harbor, Izmir airport, or your hotel in Izmir and head off to Ephesus on an approximately 1 hour and 20-minute drive. En route, hear about the locations you'll visit. Arrive at the House Of Virgin Mary and tour the fascinating and spiritual location. Head on to the next destination which will be the Ancient City of Ephesus. Take a walking tour through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world. Marvel at the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, Scholastica Baths, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course the very impressive library of Ephesus. Return to the van through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, take an hour for lunch. Continue to the next stop, the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in honor of the Greek Goddess and deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will describe the significance of this massive structure, which was the largest marble temple in the Ancient Greek world and of which today little remains. After your full-day private tour of Ephesus, relax on a comfortable drive back to your preferred drop-off location in Izmir.

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Loved this tour! We booked the private tour option (by accident but would do it again in a heatbeat). This was a fantastic tour from start to finish! We were picked up from the airport the first evening based on our flight itinerary by the most courteous and professional driver, Mehmet. He was our driver throughout the tour. The ancient ruins we visited were amazing and the countryside and farmlands were beautiful! Our tour guide, Huseyin, was professional, very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the area and history. We learned so much. He knew all the great local eateries to stop for lunch and introduced us to some delicious foods, snacks and beverages to have the full travel experience. He's also a great photographer taking a lot of great shots of us! As for the hotels, they were very nice, clean and had delicious full dinner and breakfast buffets. We are so happy we booked this tour! No regrets! Thank you, Huseyin and Mehmet! David & Carol

A wonderful experience and everything organized down to the smallest detail. The transfers were very punctual, the guides were very knowledgeable and always available, we were even given a room in a superior hotel with a hydromassage instead of a standard one. The sites visited are wonderful and deserve these two days of travel. Visiting Pamukkale was a dream of mine that came true!!! I recommend this wonderful tour to everyone.

Both places amazed me totally, they are a must for anybody who comes to Turkey. The complaint has planned everything so that one doesn't need to worry about anything. They provide magnificent service throughout the whole tour.

Perfect!! Our guide Esen was just very nice and gave us great information. We had plenty of time for photos. The driver Hüseyin was also very professional and very friendly. Overall it was a perfect day

It was great, we highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. He also spoke German very, very well.