Ancient Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
- Ephesus: Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one the best-preserved ancient ruins in the Mediterranean. See the Great Theater and the Library of Celsus.
- House of the Virgin Mary: Now serving as a chapel, this sacred destination is believed to be the Virgin Mary’s final place of residence.
- Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch filled with local delicacies.
About this Kusadasi tour
No visit to Kusadasi is complete without a visit to the impressive archaeological sites of Ephesus. Described as ”Turkey’s hidden treasure,” this city was first founded as an Attic-Ionian colony. Once upon a time it was rich with an abundance of historical buildings, some of which still stand.
From its beginnings in the Neolithic era, people from the Bronze Age, Archaic period, Classical period, Hellenistic Period and Roman period inhabited the city, which experienced a partial earthquake and war during the Ottoman era.
At lunch time, you can sample Turkish delicacies. This will give you a surge of energy, ready for the next part of the tour, maybe at the Fountain of Trajan. Dedicated to Emperor Trajan, the sculpted pillars are intricately decorated with intricate figurations.
Just as intricate in design are theTemples of Hadrian and Domitian, which are without a doubt two of Ephesus’ most famous monuments. It connects the Library of Celsus with the Gate of Hercules, and despite supplemental modern building material being used to maintain it, the temple retains its aged charm. Although well-preserved, some of the columns are now safely displayed in the Izmir museum.
You’ll also see the Temple of Artemis, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was completely rebuilt three times before its eventual destruction in 401 AD. Only foundations and sculptural fragments of the latest of the temples at the site remain.
Finally, you’ll visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Now serving as a chapel, this sacred destination is believed to be the Virgin Mary’s final place of residence. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book after her death.
The Mysterious Side to Ephesus
Did you know that Ephesus is considered one of Turkey’s greatest outdoor museums? Snuggled inside Ephesus’ Celsus Library was the third-largest book repository, which was big enough to hold 12,000 scrolls. Despite the fact that it was once used as a seaport, it is now located six miles inland, and in the last few years of her life, the Virgin Mary lived close by. Back in the day, toilets were positioned side-by-side in this classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, minus the partitions!
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
In the House of the Virgin Mary, you may enter the chapel and light a candle, or even just leave a paper note on the wall to bring you luck.
On August 15th, the House of Virgin Mary will be heavily congested due to "The Assumption of Mother Mary" day. You will have to walk long distances and may have to wait in line. There will be several masses in the site as well. The draft program: 10:30 - 11:00 / Blessing + 11:00 - 12:30 / Mass + 15:00 - 15:30 / Rosary prayer for Mother Mary.
You will be walking for about 2 miles, up inclines and stairs over cobblestone terrain. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Full Day, Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
44-seat Air-conditioned Bus
Lunch - Traditional Turkish Dishes
English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 4 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
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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