Elite and Tailored Private Tours to Ephesus Ancient City and Nearby Attractions

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Best of Ephesus Tour

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ephesus tours bookingWhere do we go in Best of Ephesus Tour

  • Ephesus Ancient City
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Artemis Temple
  • Lunch (Optional)

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Ephesus Ancient City

Ephesus, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world today, is an outstanding stop in our excursion.  You will be visiting sites in Ephesus like Odeon which used to be a musical hall, State and Commercial Agoras, Library of Celsus which used to be the third biggest library in the ancient world by having 12.000 books and scrolls. You will also see Grand Theater of Ephesus where Paul and many others preached and which has capacity of 24.000 people, Temple of Hadrian (legendary Emperor Hadrian visited old Ephesus once), Latrines (also know as ‘’toilets) which show us a glimpse of daily life in Ancient Ephesus.

House of Virgin Mary

House of Virgin Mary stands five minutes away from Ephesus Ancient City. House was discovered thanks to revelations of a German Nun, ‘’Catherine Emerich’’. House remains one of the most important Christian Shrines in Turkey.

Temple of Artemis (A.K.A. Temple of Diana)

Today temple does not have a lot left from its old beauty. Temple was destroyed by ‘’Herosdotus’’ in fourth century B.C. and could never regain its glory. A single column left from the temple still gives us an idea about its original look.


Notes About Our Tours
Plese keep in mind that your tour will be operated privately for you, so you can decide yourself when to start your tour. We believe starting around 09:00 am will be always the best, but also starting as early as possible is better for cruise guests to avoid the crowds. Our tours include Hotel / Cruise Port (Izmir, Kusadasi) / Airport (Istanbul, Izmir) pick up & drop by private coach including parking fees and gas.
Your very own Private Licenced Tour Guide in languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German. Please keep in mind that, languages except English may create a little rise in the tour price.
All goverment taxes, official expenses and all required insurance.
Suprise gift package!
No extra, hidden, suprise, unexpected charges!
All enterance fees and tickets (excluding fees and tickets in ‘’Tailor Made Tours’’)
 Duration of your tour depends on your pick up point and crowds on your tour date. We will let you  know how long your tour will be right after you contact us.


Best Value
A great Tripadvisor comment about our Best of Ephesus Tour
personally didnt do a lot of planning for my seven days cruise in December 2013. i found their webpage through a simple google search and had much more than i wanted. first of all tour had a much better price compared to ship's offers and it was private for me and my family. we planned the trip together with them and visited all the places i wanted. Most of all i liked their timing. totally recommended.
Best of Ephesus Tour
Date published: 04/02/2014
5 / 5 stars
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Ephesus, Turkey Crash Course

  • Home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was in Ephesus.
  • Celsus Library: There are visible ruins of a library which was built in the name of Proconsul Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeanus which housed nearly 15,000 scrolls.
  • Population: Ephesus used to be a Roman city with population of 250.000 people. It was the second largest city of the Roman Empire.
  • History: Ephesus dates back to some time between 1500-1000 B.C.
  • Restoration: Ephesus was discovered in 1800s and the ancient city is still being restored. Today only around ten percent of the city is open for the public visit.
  • Diverse: A big city not just for pagans. Christians, Jews, Egyptians and many more nations were living in Ephesus.
  • Religious: Ephesus was one of the most important cities for early Christianity, that the third ecumenical council was held there in A.D. 431.
  • Ephesus was the site of Saint Paul's ministry for three years.
  • Home of Heraclitus Presocratic philosopher, Zeuxis (5th century BC) painter, Agasias (2nd century BC) Greek sculptors, Manuel Philes (c. 1275 – 1345) Byzantine poet.
  • Current Ephesus: Ephesus is now Selçuk, located on the Asian side of Turkey (Anatolia). Ephesus is still considered to be one of the biggest ancient sites in the world and attracts millions of people every year.
  • Ephesus was visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II.
  • Ephesus Amphitheater used to host 25.000 people!
  • There was totally 127 columns on the Temple of Artemis before ''Herostratus'' burned it down to become famous.

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