See the sights of Christian importance in and around the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus.
After meeting up with your guide in front of the Kusadasi port passenger terminal, you will begin your drive out to Ancient Ephesus, just 1/2 hour away.
Begin this day with a drive up Mt. Pagus to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Christian shrine in the vicinity of Ephesus. Some Christians and Muslims believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John following the crucifixion of Jesus. Roman Catholics believe that she lived there until her assumption into heaven. Other denominations of Christians recognize this spot as her burial place.
Now continue on to Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best preserved ancient sites in the world. Historians originally believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now it is more commonly thought to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. The Virgin Mary is said to have visited the site between 37 and 45 A.D. With your guide, you will see the Odeion, where the advisory council held its meetings; the Market Basilica; Curetes Street; baths; Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces; Marble Street; and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 24,000 people.
Next, we'll make a stop at the picturesque Çamlik Village for a tasty lunch, followed by an interesting lecture about Turkish weavings.
After lunch, we'll visit the Basilica of St. John, built in the 6th century to house St. John's tomb chamber, and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, which Alexander the Great visited while it was being constructed in 335 B.C.
- The price of this trip includes a driver and air-conditioned vehicle, all transportation costs, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and entrance and parking fees to all sites.
- Ephesus gets very crowded and extremely hot in the summer months, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and head covers.
Days offered: 7 days a week