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Izmir Tour 2: Highlights Of Ephesus

Tour Code:T.P.T Izmır Tour 2

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Duration:Approx. 8 hours
Departures:From Kusadası Port / Izmır
Standarts:Private
Highlights:

Ancient Ephesus, House of Mother Mary, St John Basilica, Temple of Artemis (Diana)

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour start from the port of Kusadasi proceed to the House of the Virgin Mary includes scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. Along and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Montains, is considered by the Vatican to be final resting place of the Virgin Mary.

Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you will pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight such sights as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing facade and two storied Corinthian columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty- five thousand and although it was once an area for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.

Although in ruins,The Basilica of St.john is still a majestic sight to behold.Ammong the remains,large columns,frescos and mosaics still stad,paying homage to the monumental basilica built during Emperor Justinian’s reign.The structure was created in the shape of a cross and covered with six individual domes,the central one of which is thought to lie directly above the burial site of St.John.at the end we will have carpet demonstration to see how Turkish carpet made by hand.

SPECIAL NOTES

Guest must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces,inclines and 10-30 steps.Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscren are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion.Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.

Lunch; featuring a selection of Turkish cuisine with open buffet

Tour Price Includes

  • From/to Hotel

  • Professional English Speaking Official Tour Guide

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