We offer day trip to Ephesus from Izmir city center by car. Please request availibility and price with sending mail or calling us. Visit Ephesus Ancient City where was the mercantile and cultural centre with the Commercial Market (Tetragonos Agora), the Theatre and the Stadium is located in the Lower City, whereas the political centre was based in the Upper City with its Upper Agora (Staatsmarkt), the Prytaneum and the Bouleuterion.
- Things to see: Ephesus Ancient City, Celsus Library, the Great Theater, Artemis Temple, Virgin Mary House
- Learn about the history of the ancient site from a professional guide.
- See historical and natural monuments
- Skip the ticket line with pre-ordered entry tickets
- Includes tour from Izmir, lunch, transportation from/to Izmir, guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
What to Expect
Transfer from your hotel in Izmir city center to Ephesus with a roadtrip. After arriving ancient city, full day tour as ;
Ephesus Ancient City , Ephesus was the capital of the Luwian Kingdom or Arzawa (16 th-13th centuries B.C)representing the most important power in western Anatolia, which was first a rival , then a vassal of the Hittite Empire. During the course of the 11 th century ;settlers from the Greek mainland conquered the coast of western Asia Minor, socalled Ionian colonization .The foundation myth refers to Androcios , the son of a legendary Attic king, who wrested Ephesus from the indigenous Carians Leleglans and Lydians .
The Curetes Street, (in antiquity, the Embolos) running through the valley depression between the two city mountains as the former Processional Way, does not follow the orthogonal street grid of the Hellenistic-Roman city.
The Temple of Hadrian, P. Vedius Antoninus Sabinus donated the small, temple-like monument which, according to a building inscription, honoured Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-138). The colonnade in front of the cella supports a so-called Syrian gable. The reliefs over the door lintel depicting the Ephesian foundation myth belong to a late antique rebuilding.
Celsus Library, assumed that the constrcution 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. 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).
House of Virgin Mary, after the death of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary had gone to Ephesus with Saint John and lived here since then on until her death at the age of 101. 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. It is close to the peak of Bülbül Mountain, one of the hills overlooking Selçuk.
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 temple.
Isa Bey Mosque, with the order of Aydinogullari Emirate Isa 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.
End of tour transfer back to Izmir or any other point you wish.
Services Included for Tour
- Services of professionally licensed tour guide and service fee
- Lunch at the local restaurant
- All transfers from/to your hotel mentioned in the itinerary
- All Entrance fees & Museum fees mentioned by the itineraries
- All local taxes and services
Tips and gratuities
Drinks at lunch