Ephesus Day Trip from Istanbul


per person

Embark on a fascinating day trip from Istanbul to Ephesus, where history and mythology come alive. Visit the revered House of Virgin Mary, believed to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting iconic landmarks like the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. Discover the ancient wonder of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Conclude your journey with a visit to the picturesque village of Sirince, known for its charming streets and local wines. With expert guides and seamless transportation, this day trip offers a rich tapestry of cultural and historical experiences in Ephesus.

  • 1 Day
  • Max People :12
  • Price Includes
    • Flight tickets (Istanbul-Izmir-Istanbul)
    • All Airport transfers
    • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • Lunch in a local restaurant
    • Transfers with a non smoking and air conditioned vehicle
    • Local Taxes
  • Price Excludes
    • Personal expenses
    • Drinks
    • Entrance fee for the Terrace Houses

Tour Plan

You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the airport. Arrive at the Istanbul airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Fly from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon your arrival at Izmir Airport, you will be meeting our driver and will be transferred to Ephesus to join the daily Ephesus full-day tour.

The House of Virgin Mary is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come to 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 shrine in 1967. The visit to the House (church) takes about 45 minutes and after our visit; there will be a 5-minute 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. In two hours, you will be exploring the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by our English-speaking tour guide. On our tour, we will be seeing Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and Latriens. The visit to The Private House (So-called brothel, ‘Terrace Houses’) is an optional visit for an extra 15€ /person and your guide should be informed beforehand. After Terrace Houses, we will carry on with our exploration of Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theather, and Arcadine (Harbour Road).

We will carry on with the visit to the Temple of Artemis; which is one of the Seven Wonders of antiquity. Here, there will be a good chance to shoot photos of the Church of St.John and the Mosque of İsa Bey from the best angle as well.

Sirince is an old village of ‘Rum’ (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selcuk and 7 km from Ephesus. As part of the peace treaty after the Turkish National War (1919-1922), a formal exchange of Turkish and Greeks, was agreed upon and Sirince is inhabited by Turkish now. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production, and you will have free time for some wine tasting.

Our Daily Tour will be finalized around 4:30 pm and you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.


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