On this private van tour, see the highlights of Ephesus and visit the House of Mother Mary and the Archaeology Museum.
What to Expect
After a scenic short drive, arrive in Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor, and 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 complete Greco-Roman classical city on Earth. Terraced houses, containing handsome frescoes from the 2nd century CE, which extend up the hill. They once housed the wealthier and more prominent families of the city, who lavished the interiors with superbly preserved frescoes and mosaics. The decor and furnishings of the houses have provided some interesting informations about the lifestyle of the Ephesian elite during the Roman and early Byzantine periods. Inevitably, the houses have been compared with smilar buildings found in parts of the Roman Empire, particularly with the villas of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The consensus is that the Ephesians houses are in no way inferior to these.
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 consist of works brought from other nearby ruins. The museum houses important works for Ephesus and Anatolian archaeology.
The House of Mother Mary and in accordance to 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).
- Transportation by AC deluxe van
- Guiding services
- Parking fees
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Lunch and beverages
- Personal expenditures