Explore the mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that awaits in the ancient city of Ephesus. Embark on a unique adventure as we take you on a shared or private group tour from Izmir to discover the House of the Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Sirince village, and so much more.
Izmir serves as the perfect starting point for this unforgettable journey. After a convenient pickup from your hotel in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle, our journey begins towards the House of the Virgin Mary.
Nestled amidst serene nature, the House of the Virgin Mary is a place of spiritual calm. Enjoy a 10-minute drive through the scenic landscape to reach this destination that’s been revered for centuries.
From Izmir, experience a full-day tour that weaves together history, art, and culture, seamlessly offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of Ephesus. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a curious traveler, or a wanderlust-filled soul, this journey offers a taste of the extraordinary that will leave you enriched and inspired. Book now and let us lead you through an adventure that speaks to the heart of exploration.
Exploring Ephesus: A Walk Through History
From marble streets to grand monuments, the ancient city of Ephesus offers an unparalleled view into the past. With our experienced English-speaking guide, you’ll see:
- The Odeon: A small theatre with fascinating architecture.
- State Agora: The place where political discussions and debates were held.
- Memmius Monument: A striking structure dedicated to a prominent Roman statesman.
- Hadrian Temple: An ornate temple devoted to the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Optional visits to the terrace houses are available for an additional fee.
The Grandeur of the Celsus Library and More
Carry on with your exploration and marvel at:
- Celsus Library: A magnificent library that stands as a symbol of knowledge and wisdom.
- Commercial Agora: The ancient marketplace bustling with trade and commerce.
- Great Theater: A marvel of ancient engineering, capable of holding 25,000 spectators.
Savoring Local Delights: A Quintessential Lunch Experience
Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, and enjoy the flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine.
The Temple of Artemis: A Timeless Marvel
Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and capture photographs of nearby historical sites, including the Church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey.
The Temple of Artemis of Ephesus began its journey in the Bronze Age, around 800 BCE. Its roots can be traced back to an ancient shrine dedicated to the goddess Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and childbirth. The first substantial temple was created by the Cretans, and its grandeur grew with each passing era. The temple was rebuilt multiple times, but the most famous version, designed by the architect Chersiphron, was constructed in 550 BCE.
The Temple of Artemis faced multiple instances of destruction. The most notorious was in 356 BCE when a man named Herostratus set fire to it. It was again rebuilt, only to be destroyed by the Goths in 268 CE. Despite the numerous destructions, the will to rebuild was always alive. Reconstructed by the likes of Alexander the Great and other notable rulers, the Temple of Artemis was a beacon of resilience.
Discovering Sirince: A Village of Tradition
Enjoy free time exploring the old village of Sirince. Witness traditional houses, taste fruit-flavored wine, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Nestled in the hills of Turkey’s Aegean region, Sirince is a village that time seems to have forgotten. In this idyllic hamlet, you’ll find an intoxicating blend of history, culture, and charm. Sirince is not just a location; it’s an experience, a way of life that reverberates through its narrow alleys, white-washed houses, and the vibrant smiles of its people.
- Expert English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Delectable Lunch
- Comfortable hotel or cruise pickup and drop-off
- Luxurious air-conditioned transportation
What’s Not Included?
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fee for the Terrace Houses (320 Turkish Lira per person)