Ancient Ephesus Tour: Highlights of the World's Best-Preserved Roman City

5.5 Hours
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From (USD) $252 Per Person (Based on 2)

Ancient Ephesus Tour: Highlights of the World's Best-Preserved Roman City

5.5 Hours
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From (USD) $252 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Ancient Ephesus Tour: Highlights of the World's Best-Preserved Roman City

      Izmir, Turkey
      From (USD) $252 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Famed monuments: A guided tour of this open-air archeological site includes the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, and famed Library of Celsus.
      • Landmarks of daily life: Walk the ancient streets, see the baths and brothel, and take your seat in the massive 25,000-seat theater where citizens were entertained. 
      • Cittantica Ephesus Park: Stop at Turkey's newest theme park, designed to re-create life in ancient Ephesus and keep an authentic spirit of antiquity alive.
      • Artisan center: Enjoy refreshments and a demonstration of traditional Turkish carpet, leather, or jewelry making techniques, followed by time for shopping.
      About this Izmir tour

      Stroll the stone streets of Ephesus – one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire – and the city's ancient life emerges from its spectacular ruins. You'll see the magnificent monuments and temples Ephesians dedicated to their emperors (keeping up good relations with Rome was vital). And you'll gain insights into everything from architectural genius to the minutiae of daily life. It's all in the details.

      Like the ancients, you'll walk Curates Way, the main street once crowded with public buildings, statuary, and shops selling goods of every description. Look for initials carved into the street's marble paving blocks. They proved the builders had done their work and could collect their pay. And the hollows you see in the walls along the Way were for oil lamps that lit the street, perhaps illuminating an evening errand or romantic rendezvous. 

      When you arrive at the pillared facade of the Library of Celsus, you're on the doorstep of one of the city's most celebrated buildings. Constructed in 114 A.D. as a tomb and tribute to a 2nd-century governor of Asia Minor, it once held more than 12,000 scrolls. Study it closely and you'll see how this building was cleverly designed to look larger than it actually is. (Hint: compare the size of its columns and capitals.)

      And don't miss your chance to test the acoustics at the 24,000-seat Great Theater, where St. Paul preached. It is another impressive architectural feat. It was designed with rows of seating that become more steeply pitched as they rise, so that even spectators at the very top saw all the sights and heard every word – or cry of anguish. There must have been plenty of those. A gladiators' cemetery recently discovered near the theater attests to that.

       Murder and mystery at Ephesus

      Queen Cleopatra feared her half-sister Arsinoe threatened her empire, so she exiled her to Ephesus. But this didn't quiet the Queen's mind and she had Arsinoe executed at the temple of Artemis in 41 B.C. She was lost to history until the 1990s, when historians theorized that a monument at Ephesus was actually her tomb. If so, Arsinoe would be the only member of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty to be recovered. Cleopatra's tomb remains elusive.

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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