Daily Ephesus Tour by Bus
TOUR INFO AND ITINARY
We will pick you up from your hotel at evening and transfer you to central bus station at Esenler. With an overnight bus, you will be transferred to Ephesus after 10 hours of drive. After arriving to Selçuk, we will take you to our branch office and the fully guided Ephesus Tour will start. The guide will tell you all the history and importance of the monements. Some of the most important highlights will be visited. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to bus station and return back to İstanbul. On the way back, you will have great collection of pictures and videos. Below, you can find a short summary of the places you will be visiting during the Ephesus Tour:
Ephesus Ancient City, an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin. It was Hellenic Greece capital city and was the capital of the Roman Empire’s province of Asia. Ephesus was economically, geographically, politically and culturally significant. Many famous classical philosophers who are still admired today such as Heraclitus, lived in the scientific, cultural and artistic city of Ephesus.
En route, you will see some of the finest monuments such as: Magnesia Gate, Odeon (Concert Hall), The Baths of Varius (used as a Gymnasium), Prytaneion (administrative offices also where religious ceremonies, official receptions and banquets were held). Plus, Agora (commercial market of Ephesus), The Temple of Hadrian (dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, Artemis and the people of Ephesus), The Fountain of Trajan (constructed for the honor of Emperor Trajan) and the Great Theatre will also be visited. The theatre had seating for 24.000 people which was the site where it is believed St. Paul preached to the Ephesians and is used today for a local spring festival.
Celsus Library, the most distinctive building and one of the most photographed structure that is commonly associated with Ephesus. It was erected by Gaius Julius Aquila (son of Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus). Assumed that the construction was completed in 117 A.D. It is made of very good marble and decorated with figures of Eros, Nike, rosettes and garlands in relief.
House of Virgin Mary, is close to the peak of Bülbül Mountain, one of the hills overlooking Selçuk. After the death of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary had gone to Ephesus with Saint John and lived here since then until her death at the age of 101.Thus, this church is an important pilgrimage center for Christians. There is also a spring believed to be curative. The Popes Paul VI and Jean Paul II visited this house. The House of Virgin Mary is declared to be sacred and an important pilgrimage spot visited by Christians from all over the world.
The Temple of Artemis, was in its day the largest in the world, eclipsing even the Parthenon at Athens, and thus earning a spot on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Only one of its original 127 columns remains, often as not topped by a stork’s nest; a poignant testament to the transitory nature of human achievement. Still it is a lovely tranquil place, the enormous pillar giving you some indication of the vast size of the temple.
İsa Bey Mosque, with the order of Aydinoğullari Emirate İsa Bey, was built in 1375. It is a nice sample of Seljuk Turkish architecture. It is on the western side of Ayasuluk Hill on which stand the fortress and the church of Saint John.
What is Included: All transfers, round trip bus tickets, all entrance fees, professional licenced tour guide in English.
Tips for Ephesus Tours: Take some heavy jacket to protect yourself from cold. Bring camera to shoot some awesome photos and videos.
Cost: 120€ per person.