Best of Ephesus Tour from Izmir is the most preferred tour by our guests among our Izmir Airport, Hotel, and Cruise Port departure tours due to its flexibility. Since the standard of the tour is private, it is organized entirely according to your time limit, interests, and preferences. If you wish, you can change the tour program even during the tour and get suggestions from your tour guide. We do not ask for any pre-payment or deposit before the tour as we are sure to give you the best tour experience.
You can make your payment in cash to our tour guide. Best of Ephesus Tour from Izmir includes all the must-visit places in the area such as Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace Houses, House of the Virgin Mary & The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and its surroundings. However, the program will be organized according to your time limit and preferences. There will be no price difference for the surrounding sights mentioned below and we will be in charge of your journey back to the cruise port or airport on time.
Brief Information About Places to Visit Around Ephesus
Ephesus is the highlight of our Best of Ephesus Tour from Izmir. It was a major hub for trade and commerce in the ancient world. Our guests can explore the well-preserved ruins of this once-thriving metropolis and discover its many wonders, including the Library of Celsus, which held over 12,000 scrolls, the Great Theater of Ephesus which could seat up to 25,000 people, the Temple of Hadrian, Latrines (Public Toilets), Fountain of Trajan, Relief of Nike and more. No doubt, with its rich history and cultural significance, Ephesus is a fascinating destination that offers something for our guests of all interests.
The House of the Virgin Mary is situated on Bulbul Mountain, with a commanding view of the ancient city of Ephesus. It is believed to have been the last residence of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and has received visits from three Popes (Pope John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Benedict XVI) and many other spiritual leaders. The house exudes a sense of simplicity and tranquility and is a pilgrimage center for Catholics.
The Terrace Houses in Ephesus also known as the houses of the rich consist of a series of well-preserved residences built on a hillside in Ephesus. These houses belonged to wealthy citizens of Ephesus and were known for their luxurious decorations and amenities such as frescoes, mosaics, and indoor plumbing systems. Those who visit the Terrace Houses can learn about how the wealthy elite of Ephesus lived. The Terrace Houses, which offer a unique perspective on daily life in Ephesus, are a fascinating destination for any of our guests who are interested in history and archeology.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus that one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was constructed in the 6th century B.C and completed in its final form in the 2nd century during the period of Roman Imperial. It was the largest pagan worship center of its time. Although only the basic structure and a few ruins remain today, our guests can still experience the atmosphere of the temple.
Please note that places to visit such as Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Basilica of St. John, Sirince Village, and Isa Bey Mosque can be added to the itinerary according to your time limit and interests. However, Best of Ephesus Tours guests mostly prefer to visit highlights of Ephesus including Ephesus Ancient City, The House of the Mother Mary, and the Temple of Artemis.