Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary and The Basilica of St. John Tour
Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary and The Basilica of St. John tour includes
- Pick-up from the Kusadasi Port or from your hotel
- Drive for the visit of The Basilica of St. John
- Continue for the House of Virgin Mary
- Visit of Ephesus ancient city
- By the end of the tour drive back to Kusadasi Port
or to your hotel.
Duration: approx. 6 & 1/2 hours
WHAT YOU VISIT
Ephesus - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater.
The Theater had seating for 25,000, was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.
The House of Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.
Basilica of St John - Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. One can still see graceful columns, mosaics and frescoes.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From Kusadasi, you travel to the St. John's Basilica, by passing the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis then continue to the House of Virgin Mary, is long and winding but with great vistas of the valley.
After the visit drive down to Ephesus's upper gate. By the end of touring Ephesus, return to Kusadasi.
Walking at the House of Virgin Mary includes approximately 0.50 mile over
mostly paved walkways with some inclines to/from the car parking area to
the shrine. The car parking area is constructed of uneven gravel/dirt
includes walking approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces
with inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing,
a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Guests should watch
their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
must be able to walk approximately 0.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone
surfaces, inclines and 10 - 30 steps in The Basilica of St. John.
Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend
that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Approximate time to reach to The Basilica of St. John is 25 minutes.
Rates are based on per person.
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
If required, lunch is USD 15 pp.
Please contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
If you book any tour in Istanbul together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have 5% discount on your Ephesus tour.
The above rate is only valid for Kusadasi Port. If your arrival port is Izmir, please kindly contact us for price and tour details.
In the event of cancellation,
written notice must be received by Meander Travel at
least three days before the arrival in order to receive
the full refund.
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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