Istanbul – Ephesus

1-day tour

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of hotel pick-up and airport transfer followed by a domestic, quick flight to Izmir.

In this full-day tour, we will immerse deep into the world of ancient Rome, accompanied by a professional tour guide who will revive the city with its historical facts and curiosities.

Once the capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus is doubtlessly one of the most well-preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean area and Turkey’s paramount archaeological site.

Ephesus is believed to have witnessed remarkable events such as St. John’s visit to the city and St. Paul’s ‘Letter to the Ephesians’. It is also here that Virgin Mary is believed to have lived her last years.

Roam along the marble streets to the magnificent Library of Celsius and get a taste of how life Roman life used to be. Along with Ephesus’ ancient ruins, we will visit the Temple of Artemis and the Great Theater, the House of Virgin Mary, and the medieval Isabey Mosque while getting a proper insight into the cultural and societal aspects of the time.

  • Duration: full day
  • Included
    • Hotel pick-up and airport transfers
    • Flight tickets
    • Professional tour guide
    • Entry fees
    • Lunch (Vegetarian option available)
  • Excluded
    • Drinks with meals
    • Personal expenses
  • Price: €


  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to the airport
  • Flight to Izmir (1 hour)
  • Ephesus:
    Ancient Greek city that rose to prominence as a seaport during the Roman golden age. In this most important archaeological site of Turkey, you will get the chance to visit highlights such as the Library of Celsus and the massive Great Theater, where St Paul once preached. After exploring the main Ephesus sites, pass by the nearby remains of the Basilica of St. John, a 6th-century church built on the apostle’s burial site.
  • Baths of Varius
  • Odeon
  • Prytaneion
  • Fountain of Polio
  • Temple of Hadrian
  • Temple of Domitian
  • Library of Celsus
  • Basilica of St. John
  •  Lunch
  • Isabey Mosque: After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Isabey Mosque, an excellent example of the stunning medieval Anatolian architecture.
  • Temple of Artemis: Also known as the Temple of Diana, the Temple of Artemis was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While you wonder amidst the temple’s remnants, admire the magnificent pieces of ancient Greek architecture and learn how it was rebuilt three times before it was finally destroyed in the 5th
  • House of Virgin Mary:: Pay a visit to one of the most important Christian shrines. It is believed that Virgin Mary spent the last years of her life in this monumental stone cottage, where St. John brought her.

End of the tour.

Flight back to Istanbul.

PS: Having the tour finished, you can opt for a flight back to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
This is a shared group tour; however, it can be provided as a private tour upon request.

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