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Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

4.6 / 5

17 reviews

Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

From US$ 301.95 per person

Walk the streets of Ephesus on an 8-hour tour with flights from Istanbul, and see monuments to Greek, Roman, and Byzantine civilizations. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, admire the façade of the Celsus Library, see the Temple of Artemis, and more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Istanbul
Private group


  • Tour the ancient ruins of Ephesus in the company an expert guide
  • See the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Visit the final home of the Virgin Mary
  • Stand on the stage of the Great Theater
  • Marvel at the Library of Celsus
Full description
Explore an historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house where she spent her final days, as authenticated by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. End your day at the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Today there are only a series of columns and scattered ruins of this marvelous Hellenistic construction, though the grandeur of the colossal structure once exceeded that of the Parthenon.
  • Round trip flights from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Pick-up and drop off at Izmir Airport by air-conditioned van
  • Professional licensed guidance service
  • Pickup and drop-off for centrally located hotels on the European side of Istanbul
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional activity costs
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul for your domestic flight to Izmir. After your flight land to Izmir your tour guide will meet you at the arrival gate of Izmir airport and you will be driven to Ephesus.
  • After your tour finishes your guide will assist you to Izmir airport and you will fly to Istanbul. A driver will meet you at the arrival gate of Istanbul airport and drive you to your hotel.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 17 reviews

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What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

November 27, 2020

Punctuality and comfort in the round trip transportation from the hotel to the airport, personalized service, local guide in Spanish with a lot of empathy and good historical data, we were more than satisfied with Gonja (which means Rosita in Spanish), enough time to get to know Ephesus and Mother Mary's house, lunch included very good. We were very happy with the service provided

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October 17, 2019

Amazing Tour, couldn’t be better

We had the most perfect logistic and service by our operator. A wonderful private shuttle took us to Sabiha Gökçen Airport and as soon as we got to Izmir our guide there Askin , a Turkish guide with a perfect Spanish made our day there, we went to Virgin Mary house and an incredible visit to the Greek city of Ephesus, is a must for a visit to Turkey Thanks a lot

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August 30, 2019

Product ID: 33184