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Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Fethiye

Created with Sketch. Acarlar, Efes Antik Kenti, Efes Harabeleri, Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
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Duration

1 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English, Russian

Overview

Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Fethiye

Visit the most famous sights of Ephesus in a  guided tour by a comfortable bus. Immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman times of Ephesus, visit the temple of Artemis and see the House of Virgin Mary in a full day trip from Fethiye.

Ephesus is the second biggest open-air museum in the world after Pompeii. Explore the public parts of its grounds accompanied by a licensed guide. Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Fethiye. Your driver will take you to several important sights of the area while your guide will help you immerse yourself in Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The tour includes lunch and you can opt for a carpet or leather-making demonstration.

Apart from the city of ancient Ephesus, also explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Artemis Temple, as well as the temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater, which was once the center point of entertainment for up to 24,000 people. You will also get to see the House where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last years in life.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus and learn the history of the long-standing remains
  • See the large old fountains, the marble statues and the Celsus Library
  • Visit the temple of Artemis, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World
  • See the House of Virgin Mary, up on a hill with a view over Selcuk and Ephesus
  • Enjoy lunch at a Turkish restaurant
  • Experience a demonstration at a leather workshop or a carpet manufacturing site

Itinerary

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Program Off Efes-Pamukkale
Program Off Efes-Pamukkale

Day 1: Ephesus
Meet your guide at 06:00 and depart early, heading west towards İzmir Province in western Anatolia. Enjoy breakfast en route so and reach Ephesus by 11:00. Upon arrival, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the ruins. Walk down the ancient marble streets. This city was famed as the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World) and while only a single column remains, much of the rest of Ephesus is remarkably well-preserved.

Admire the façade of the Library of Celsus, built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath. See stone carvings of Roman and Greek gods. Get a close-up view of the amphitheater. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Transfer to your hotel for dinner.

Day 2: Pamukkale and Hierapolis
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before traveling to the ruins of Hierapolis, built over the hot springs of classical Phrygia. The ruins of Hierapolis are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that give an insight into the lives of the ancients during pre-Roman, Roman, and medieval times. Admire the remains of the city gates and theater, along with the Nymphaeum in front of the Temple of Apollo. Pass by the Thermae Extra Muros (Outer Baths) and travel to the extensive necropolis that lies beyond the city walls. Explore the necropolis which extends for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on both sides of the old road to Phrygian Tripolis and Sardis.

After lunch and a chance to photograph the local villages, you visit the extraordinary “cotton castles” of Pamukkale over which Hierapolis was built. The hot springs and travertines of the mountains have created terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water, leaving a unique landscape in the River Menderes Valley. Depart Pamukkale for Fethiye in the afternoon for an estimated drop off back at your hotel at 19:00.

Included/Exclude

  • Pickup and dropoff
  • Entry tickets for the sights visited
  • Small group guided tour
  • Transport in a minibus
  • Licensed local guide
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Acarlar, Efes Antik Kenti, Efes Harabeleri, Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

FAQs

What do I need to bring?
Passport
What do I know before I go?
• Pick-up will be between 08:00 AM and 09:00 AM, and return drop offs are done between 04:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces
• During the summer please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat
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