Ephesus Ancient City Tour and Our Tour Organization.
Best Of Ephesus Tourincludes the visits to House of Virgin Mary, Ancient city of Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Ephesus Museum and Temple of Artemis.
The tour starts with your pick up from your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk an our first stop is 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, 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')
Terrace Houses in Ephesus on the Curetes street belonged to prominent people of the city. They are dated back to 1C AD and some were inhabited up to 7C AD. They were luxirious private houses with mosaic floors, fountains and central heating.
After Terrace Houses, we will continue our tour with Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadine (Harbour Road).
After lunch; 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.
We will carry on with Temple of Artemis; which is one of the Seven Wonders of antiquity. In our visit, you will have a chance to take good photographs of Church of St. John and Mosque of Isa Bey from the best angle.
Our Private Tour will be finalised around 4:30 pm and you will be dropped back to your hotel.