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Following The Traces Tour

The full day Following The Traces Tour includes

- Pick-up from the Kusadasi Port or from your hotel
- Visit of The Basilica of St. John
- Drive for the visit of the House of Virgin Mary
- Continue for the visit of Ephesus ancient city and the
  Church of Virgin Mary
- By the end of the tour drive back to Kusadasi Port
  or to your hotel.

Duration: approx. 5 1/2 hours
The Theater of Ephesus - Ephesus Tours
Mazeus Gate - Ephesus Tours


Ephesus - Of all the cities mentioned in the New Testament that were visited by St. Paul, Ephesus is the only one that was also addressed in the Book of Revelation. According to Acts, St. Paul visited the city of Ephesus on both his second and third missionary

journeys. On his second journey his visit was brief. After engaging in a discussion in the synagogue, St. Paul left Ephesus, leaving Priscilla and Aquila in the city, and promised to return (Acts 18:18-20). Paul returned to Ephesus during his third journey.

This time he spent a considerable length of time in Ephesus. (Acts 19:8-10 says Paul spent two years teaching and preaching in the hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus, after having spent three months teaching in the synagogue there. Acts 20:31 says he spent three years in Ephesus.)
Mazeus Gate - Ephesus Tours
The Double Church in Ephesus - Ephesus Tours

The Church of Virgin Mary - To the north of the Harbor Baths is the Church of Mary (The Council Church). The main entrance faces the Ephesus-Selcuk road. The church was built dedicated to Mary and is an important structure in the history of Christianity. It was also the site of a Council of Ephesus in 431 AD.

The Basilica of St. John - Early tradition associated John, the disciple of Jesus, the author of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation with the city of Ephesus. As early as the 4th or 5th century a Christian church was built over a simple grave, supposedly the grave of St. John. In the 6th century Emperor Justinian had an impressive domed basilica built to replace the earlier
The Basilica of St. John - Ephesus Tours
church. The church, known as the Church of St. John the Theologian, is located on Ayasuluk Hill, which can be reached by a street leading up from the center of the town called Selcuk.
The House of Virgin Mary - Ephesus Tours

The House of Virgin Mary - In the 19th century a German nun, Catherine Emmerich, claimed that the location of the house of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was revealed to her in a dream at a location near Ephesus. Based on the details described by the nun, Lazarist fathers from Izmir explored the area and found the house she described several miles south of Selcuk at Panaya
Kapulu. 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.


From Kusadasi, you travel north to St. John's Basilica, passing the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Continue up to the House of Virgin Mary located in Bulbul Mountain passing the The Tomb of St. Luke, then drive to Ephesus for the visit. By the end of touring Ephesus, return to Kusadasi.

The House of Virgin Mary - Ephesus Tours
The Mass in The House of Virgin Mary - Ephesus Tours


Experience a special Catholic mass service including communion celebrated at the Virgin Mary Shine, a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone. In recent times, mass services have been conducted at the shrine by

Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI. A portion of the cost of your tour will be donated to the church.

Please kindly inform in advance if you would like to have mass service in the House of Virgin Mary while visiting this site.

- 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 surfaces.
- Visiting Ephesus 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.
- Guests 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 Biblical oriented tour guide, all entrance fees, lunch, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
- Approximate time to reach to The House of Virgin Mary for this tour is 40 minutes.
- Rates are based on per person.

2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax

249$ pp 163$ pp 134$ pp 119$ pp 109$ pp
- 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.


- 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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