Ephesus Tour  From Istanbul , Cappadocia, Antalya, or Bodrum

This can be done as an excursion  to be completed within the same day with early departure am and late return pm as well as staying an overnight or arriving the previsous evening after finishing your tour in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, or Bodrum.

Bodrum is  less than 2,5 hour driving to Ephesus, and the other places mentioned will be about one hour flight to the airport of Izmir,  nearby Ephesus ,  takes about less than an hour driving

Siteseeing options , visits and activities  while in and around Ephesus

Ancient city of Ephesus    /    Artemis Temple    /  Mary’s House     / The Archaelogical Museum  / Resort of Kusadasi 

History of Ephesus

During the period of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the largest city in Asia Minor, and is the Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city today. Your tour starts with the magnificent magnesian gate, then you’ll discover the huge forum, the impressive Odeon, Library of Celsus which has two floors, the Thermal Fifths of Scolastika, the work of an excellt engineering skills, and the huge great theatre which could seat a staggering 24000 people. Ephesus is about 10 miles away from Kusadasi, just before the town of Selcuk. After meeting with your tour guide and driving to Ephesus (45 minutes away), you will firstly visit the Artemission Temple which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Continuing to visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of lonia (an Ancient Greek district on the Western Coast of Asia minor) is located near lzmir. As a port city at the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) river, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.

House of Virgin Mary

This house is located on the Aladag Mountains which are 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discover of the house,the Archbishop Izmir declared it as a palace of pilgrimage in 1892. On july 26, 1967, the Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here.

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