The full day Ephesus tour with The Terrace Houses includes
- Pick-up from the Kusadasi Port or from your hotel
- Drive to the House of Virgin Mary, after the visit
- Continue for the Ephesus and the Terrace Houses
- After the lunch break, drive to the Ephesus Museum
- Then to the Basilica of St. John
- By the end of the tour drive back to Kusadasi Port
or to your hotel.
Duration: approx. 7 & 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 Odeum, 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.
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.
Ephesus Museum - This small museum in Selcuk boasts an incredible collection of Hellenistic and Roman statues, carved reliefs and artifacts unearthed from the ruins of Ephesus. The famous statue of Artemis (goddess of fertility) is housed there.
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.
The Terrace Houses - Also called as "the houses of rich", Terrace Houses located in a newly excavated area across from Hadrian's Temple, this section of Ephesus is a very special area inside the site. The wealthy and important people of Ephesus used these houses which are finely decorated with mosaics and frescoes giving a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. These houses are the finest examples of Roman domestic life in the world.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From Kusadasi, you travel to House of Virgin Mary located in Bulbul Mountain passing the St. John's Basilica, the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. After the visit head for the upper gate of Ephesus for the touring of this ancient city and the
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 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone
surfaces, inclines and 100+ steps (mostly at the Terrace Houses).
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,
lunch and VAT.
Approximate time to reach to The House of Virgin Mary is 35 minutes.
Rates are based on per person.
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
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.
the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander
Travel at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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