Daily Ephesus Tour
You will have an early morning pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and be transferred to the airport for a short domestic flight to Izmir.
On arrival you will meet your guide and embark on a full guided Ephesus Tour.
House of Virgin Mary
The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos (Turkish: Bulbuldagı, “Mount Nightingale”) in the vicinity of Ephesus.
The House was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book by Clemens Brentano after her death. The Catholic Church has never pronounced in favour or against the authenticity of the House, but nevertheless maintains a steady flow of pilgrimage since its discovery.
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era, it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.
Basilica of St. John
It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century and stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. The Basilica was modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Construction of the church began in about 536 and was dedicated on the eve of the feast day of the Princes of the Apostles on June 28, 550 and completed in 565. The building of this church was presided over by the bishop, Hypatius of Ephesus.
Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known less precisely as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was completely rebuilt three times before its eventual destruction in 401. The first sanctuary antedated the Ionic immigration by many years, and dates to the Bronze Age. Callimachus, in his Hymn to Artemis, attributed it to the Amazons.
Isa Bey Mosque
The Isa bey Mosque, constructed in 1374–75, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. The plans for the mosque are based on the Great Mosque of Damascus. It is situated on the outskirts of the Ayaslug Hills at Selcuk, Izmir.