Experience the wonders of Ephesus with Ephesus day trip from Istanbul. Your private vip vehicle will come to pick you from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. You will be taking an early flight to Izmir (around 1 hour flight). Up on landing our professional licenced tour guide will meet you and transfer to Ephesus Ancient City (apprx 50 min drive). And your Private Ephesus tour from Istanbul starts.
First you will be visiting the famous Ephesus Ancient City which is one of the best-preserved ancient city in the world. Along the tour, you will have the chance to see the featured structures of the city such as the Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus Amphitheater, Library of Ephesus, The Gate of Hercules, The Odeon at the upper city, Agora, Trajan’s fountain, The Temple of Domitian and more.
After the tour in ruins of Ephesus you will drive to House of the Virgin Mary (apprx 15 min). The House of Virgin Mary on the Bulbul Mountain is rumored that the Virgin Mary spent her last days and died. Location of house is a peacefull spot on the hillside that you will love to spent time. The house currently become a pilgrimage center for Christians accordingly the most visited side for Biblical Ephesus Tours
Then we will visit The Temple of Artemis also known as the Temple of Diana. The Temple of Artemis a Ephesus dedicated to the Goddess Artemis was completed around 550 BC. The temple was built entirely of marble. It is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. After tour transfer back to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival private transfer will meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. End of our service.
Ephesus Ancient City
Ephesus Ancient City is one of the most important highlights of our private Ephesus tours. Ephesus was the third largest city of the Roman Empire with a population of approximately 250000 in the Roman period. It was also the capital and commercial center of Asia Minor. You will have a chance to see the Library of Celsus (the third biggest library of the ancientworld), the Great Theater of Ephesus (the biggest in Anatolia), latrines, the Temple of Hadrian, and more...
Terrace houses, also known as houses of the rich, are located in the ancient city of Ephesus. The 6 luxury villas in the complex give us very important information about family life in the Roman period. The oldest of these houses, which have their own heating systems and are decorated with impressive Roman mosaics and frescoes, date to the 1st century.
The House of the Virgin Mary
During the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Jesus entrusted his mother to his apostle St.John in his last words, since Jarusalem was not safe for his mother Mary anymore. John placed Virgin Mary on the top Bulbul Mountain near Ephesus, which he considered as a safe place. It is believed that the Virgin Mary spent her last years in this house and died. The House of the Virgin Mary is now officially registered as a place of pilgrimage, with the visits of Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in the 6th century BC. The temple took its final form in the 2nd century. With its size, it was the largest pagan belief center of the period. Although we can only see the basic structure and a single column and a few ruins today, it can be visited even to experience the current atmosphere.