Visit:Ephesus Ancient City+Terrace Houses(Optional)+House of Mother Mary+Temple of Artemis+St John Church with a Private Guide
If you ask me is it worth it to visit the ancient city of Ephesus?
Ephesus ancient city was the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia in antiquity. After the Pompei in Italy, Ephesus was the second largest open air museum in the world. It was the first ancient city built entirely of marble. The city has one of the biggest theater in Anatolia, the third biggest library and second largest agora in the world. Also St. Paul lived in there so one of the seven churches of Revelation was in Ephesus.
*Ephesus Terrace Houses are located within the ancient city Ephesus opposite the Hadrian Temple.
*House of Virgin Mary which was the shrine in where the mary had spent her last days
*The Temple of Artemis which was the one of the seven wonders of ancient time.
*The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
All of the this reasons, I think that Ephesus is the most beautiful ancient city in the world
After the meeting with you at the exit of Izmir Port at 08:30am, Driver is taking us to Selçuk town which is 70 km away from Izmir(SMRYNA) around 50-60 minutes.
I prefer to go firstly House of Mother Mary because timing is very important for cruise passangers and the best itinerary is that way. Then just 10 minutes later we will arrive at the upper gate of Ephesus ancient city which can take approximately 1 and half hour or 2 hours max with visiting to terrace houses museum can take approximately 30 minutes). .
Because of the Sun, early morning time is the best time to make Ephesus tour(Walk through history along marble streets lined with extensive ruins from state buildings to public buldings, all highlights, Library, Theather etc. ! At the end of the Ephesus tour we are meeting with driver at the lower gate then we can talk about our next spots and decide to go where you wish ;) Do not worry about the timing , we do not have any traffic problem in here.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: You are going to meet with me who has a sign of your name "..." , at the exit of Izmir Port Terminal at 08:30am(if you like) for an unforgettable day.
End location: I am leaving you at the entrance of Izmir Port Terminal at 17:00-17:30pm.
Duration: 9 hours
I am arranging a private Mercedes or a Volkswagen Van/Minibus for your tours.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
90 tl per person tickets fees - *******
Ephesus Ancient City
-Entrance fee:40 turkish lira per person
-Entrance fee:20 turkish lira
(Terrace Houses which is inside of Ephesus Ancient City, Not recommended for disable people because of the so many stairs)
House of Mother Mary
-Entrance fee:20 turkish lira per person
Church of St. John
-Entrance fee:10 turkish lira per person
Temple of Artemis
Guides do not organize tour without the Agency And Agencies do not organize tour without a licensed tour guide too!According to Turkish law tours can be organize only by agency so tours are listed here done by Licensed Travel Agency.
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Of all the local tours we had on this trip, Atilla's was the best. He has a wonderful personality, and is so knowledgeable about Ephesus. We could tell he thoroughly enjoys hos job, and taking tours to the area. He exceeded our expectations.