General

The ancient city of Ephesus which has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List following a vote in Bonn on July 5 in 2015, is one of the worlds greatest classical sites located in the Western coasts of Turkey. As being the best preserved ancient city in Anatolia so far discovered, each year this place hosts to millions of tourists who come to Turkey.

Today where the ancient city of Ephesus exists is called as Selçuk town, 50 miles South to Izmir city which is known as the 3rd biggest city in Turkey and 15 miles North to Kusadasi which used to be a small fishing town but today a well known resort area and the most popular cruise port in Turkey. So a daily trip departing from Istanbul to Ephesus something not to miss for you…

To join this tour, you are going to be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and be transferred to Istanbul airport by our agency.

After having an hour easy flight to Izmir airport, you meet with your private tour guide who will be waiting for you with a sign that your name written on. After an hour driving with your guide and private driver, you reach to the Ancient City of Ephesus and your magical experience through a history starts.

The House of Virgin Mary; Your first stop will be The House of Virgin Mary. The House of Virgin Mary is located up on a mountain that it is believed to have been the place where she lived and spent the last years of her life close by to the Ancient City of Ephesus whereas St.John the Apostle lived and passed away in this city.

At the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Jeruselam, he entrusted mother Mary to St.John who was one of the beloved apostates of himself. After that, as the tradition says, St.John the Apostle wanted to take Mary to safer place and he chose to come to the region of Ephesus in between 42 -48 AD back than. They both spent their last years in this area.

This place was officially declared a pilgrimage site of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, Pope Jean Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

Even mainly a pilgrimage site for the Catholics, with its wonderful spot and peaceful energy up on the mountain in a forest areas, became a respectful place for the millions of people all around the world in which religion they belong to it does not matter…

After the visit in the House of Virgin Mary, your next stop will be The Ancient City of Ephesus.

The ancient city of Ephesus Ephesus (also Ephesus) was founded by the tribe of the Amazons, great female warriors. The name of the city is thought to have been derived from “Apasas”, the name of a city in the “Kingdom of Arzawa” meaning the “city of the Mother Goddess”.

Ephesus was inhabited from the end of the Bronze Age onwards, but the location was changed owing to floods and the whims of various rulers. While Carians and Lelegians were among the city’s first inhabitants, Ionian migrations began around 1200 BCE and Ephesus is chiefly known as an Ionian Greek city. Although there had been a lot of civilizations passed through the region of Ephesus even with its different settlement areas(4 times changing the location of their city), the city that we visit today with all the ruins as being the best preserved ancient city in Anatolia so far discovered is the 3rd location of Ephesus which is going to be a Greko-Roman city starts from the 3rd C BC.

Starting from the upper gate of the city you are going to be following the impressive marble streets of Ephesus with the explanations of your guide who makes you feel like having a journey back to the antiquity and especially to the Roman times as like taking a time machine back into those days…

First of all you start with the administrative part of the city where you see the ruins of The State Agora, Roman Baths, Basilica, Buleterion(Odeon),Prytaneion buildings. After ending the Administrative part of the city you reach to the Domitian Square and then the ordinary life of Ephesus starts where the massive buildings keeps welcoming you as well.

One of the most well known main Street in the city “The Street of Curettes” where you face the jewel of Ephesus which is “The famous Library of Celsus” comes with a panaromic unbelievable view.

This amazing view is going to be a “Wow!” for you. Then you start walking on the Street of Curettes on a collonaded marble street as following the ruins of Gate of Hercules, ruins of the shops which were located behind the columns, The Trajan Fountain, The Scholastika Bath Complex, The Teracce Houses(the residential of the wealthy families who lived in the city- Has an extra enterance fee), The Temple of Hadrian, Latrines(public toilets of the Romans), Brothel, famous Library of Celsus.

The Library of Celsus will be the ending of the first main Street and then the second main Street for the city comes as the Marble Street. The Street extends from the Library of Celsus till the famous big Grand Theater of Ephesus which is known as one of the largest example with its seating capacity in Anatolia so far discovered. On the way to the big grand Theater, you are going to get shocked seeing the first advertising in Ephesus on a marble peace on the floor showing the direction of… (?) Wait to learn from your guide about the funny story of it…

The impressive Commercial Agora(Market Place) which used to be the heart of the city as being the trade center of the Asia Minor for the Ephesians comes with an impressive view from a terrace on the Marble Street.

The last highlight comes as the big grand Theater of Ephesus with the capacity of 25.000 people which firstly was built as a Greek theater then later coverted into a Roman style. The Theater of Ephesus was the place where St. Paul the Apostale preached to the Ephesians(mentions in the bible Acts.).

You are going to feel the amazing acoustics inside the theater and you are going to be able to imagine that once there used to be the gladiator fights and wild animal fights were being held in the spot where you are standing today.

After the Theater one last main Street comes as the Harbour Streeet(the Arcadiane).The end of this Street was the location of the ancient port of Ephesus which is today about 7 km away from the city itself. Here is another shock for you that after imagining Ephesus was used to be port city and that much silted up by the River Cayster in thousands of years…

Following the way through the Harbour streert, some more ruins will be pointed out by your guide as the Theater Gymnasion, some examples of the Sarcophagi(tombs),Church of Mary and the Harbour Baths…

As ending your tour with impressive informations and wonderful pictures that you had inside the ancient city, you are not going to being taken to the upper gate back again to exit; you are going to exit the ancient city togather with your guide from the lower gate and meet with your private van in the parking area.

After having your traditional Turkish lunch, your next stop comes as visiting The Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Artemis was the Greek name of the goddess in mythology that in Rome she was called as Diana. Artemis was the protector mother godess fort he Ephesians sos he was also totally different than the classical mythology. The.The goddess of fertility,birth and the nature…

Even from the temple itself not much ruins left, this site is something not to miss as being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as being the house of the protector mother goddess of the people back in the paganism times, as being the 2nd settlement area for the Ephesians and as facing an impressive view from the location of the temple with some other impressive historical buildings such as The Isa Bey Mosque, The Basilica of St. john and the Ayasuluk Castle…

After finishing the visit in the Temple of Artemis, the same way you are going to be transferred back to Izmir airport for your return flight back to Istanbul, and ending our services as saying goodbye to our guests with unforgettable memories and with the wishes to welcome them back again…

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