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Biblical Ephesus Tour from Izmir

Biblical Ephesus Tour from Izmir

Tour Code: CSS-IZM02
Highlights: Ancient Ephesus, House of Mother Mary, St. John Basilica
Duration: Approx 6 Hours
Daily, year-round
Tour Price: From $55 per person, private

Quick Overview

Ephesus shore excursions are designed for cruise passengers with ultimate itineraries. There is a variety of choice from half day to full day tour that includes the highlights of Ancient Ephesus and vicinity. Tour guides will tell you all about history, archaeology and biblical story of all the venues mentioned in the itineraries and transportation is always comfortable and luxury. In addition, full day excursions include lunch with local food as well as a shopping stop. Crossroads Tours offers an extensive shore excursion schedules from the ports of all Kusadasi, Izmir and Istanbul. Choose from city tours, shopping, cultural activities and more. Make the most of your cruise vacation with Shore Excursions that will create memories of a lifetime.


Tour starts from the port of Kusadasi and proceeds to the House of the Virgin Mary, includes scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. A long and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St. Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.

Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you’ll pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight such sights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing facade and two story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It has twenty-five thousand seats, although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.

Although in ruins, the Basilica of St. John is still a majestic sight to behold. Among the remains, large columns, frescos and mosaics still stand, paying homage to the monumental basilica built during Emperor Justinian’s reign. The structure was created in the shape of a cross and covered with six individual domes, the central one of which is thought to lie directly above the burial site of St. John. At the end, we will have carpet demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand.


Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 – 30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.


Tour prices are given per person private tours run with minimum 2 person

Number of Persons        2        3        4      5/7     8/10    11/14
Tour Price  $125  $95  $85  $70  $65  $55

What the Price Includes

  • Pick up from the port
  • Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to the various sites
  • Air Conditioned non-smoking luxury vehicle

Not Included

  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

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