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The Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, and St. John's Basilica
You will meet your tour guide at the port of Kusadasi, right at the ship, and begin the 20-30 minute drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Christian shrine in the vicinity of Ephesus. Some believe the mother of Jesus was taken to this stone house by St. John following the crucifixion of Jesus, and others believe she lived there until her assumption into heaven.
Next you will make your way to the ancient city of Ephesus. You will tour on foot the Ancient City of Ephesus, built in the 10th centruy B.C. You will see the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period and more.
Next you will have lunch in a small garden away from the big groups and crowds. Starter (delicious Turkish Mezzes), Main Dish (grilled chicken and meat balls ), fruit (watermelon and grape) is a common sample menu. (Drinks cost extra).
Next you will make your way to the Basilica of St. John, built in the 6th century to house his tomb chamber. It is believed that St. John spent his last years in the region around Ephesus, and 3 centuries after his death, a small chapel was constructed over his grave. During the reign of Emperor Justinian, the small chapel was changed into a marvelous basilica. Before returning to Kuşadası, where you can either stay in town to shop or return directly to the cruise ship.
Tour is available in a shared, small-group flat-rate (16 people) or privately. Flat-rate tour available for selected cruises.
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 15:30
|08:30||Meet the tour guide at the ship in Kuşadası. Begin the 20-30 minute drive to the House of the Virgin Mary.|
|09:00 : 10:00||
A visit inside the House of the Virgin Mary.
|10:15 : 12:15||
Tour of the Ancient City of Ephesus, built in the 10th centruy B.C. This portion of the tour wil be on foot. You will see the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period.
|12:30 : 13:45||Lunch. Sample menu is delicious Turkish Mezzes, grilled chicken and meat balls, watermelon and grapes. Drinks cost extra.|
|14:15 : 15:00||A visit to St. John's Basilica|
|15:30||Return to the ship.|
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Tour price includes the following services:
- English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the program.
- Air-conditioned transportation with safety belts and large windows, especially designed for sightseeing.
- Parking fees
- Entrance fee to the Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, and the House of the Virgin Mary.
- Cost of lunch. (Sample menu: Turkish Mezzes, grilled chicken and meat balls, watermelon and grapes). Drinks cost extra!
- Small group of maximum 16 people only.
Price does not include:
- Cost of drinks at lunch
- Gratuities to the guide or driver
- To see the ruins in Ephesus requires walking one mile over uneven surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes highly suggested.
- Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.