On this tour, visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Mother Mary, Archaeology Museum, St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque.
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.
Afterwards, visit the House of Mother Mary which 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). Ephesus Archaeology Museum is a great opportunity to see artifacts and finds mainly uncovered from excavations of ancient Ephesus and its environs.
After a lunch break to taste the local flavors of a rich Turkish cuisine, continue to St John’s Basilica, once the second largest church of Byzantine architecture and the burial of Apostle John, one of the four Gospel writers. After a short walk downword to Isa Bey Mosque, one of the oldest mosques of western Turkey, from the Seljukian Turks who were famous for their handmade rugs and tiles. The final stop is at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Ephesus and the above mentioned sites were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015.
- Transportation by AC Deluxe van
- Guiding services
- Parking fees
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Lunch & beverages
- Personal expenditures