Ancient Ephesus Guided Walking Tour
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
- Guided tour: Walk the ancient streets, see the baths and brothel, the Temple of Trajan, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and a huge, 25,000-seat theater.
- Ephesus Park: Stop at Turkey's new interactive theme park, designed to re-create life in ancient Ephesus and keep an authentic spirit of antiquity alive.
- Free time in Kusadasi: See a brief presentation about the time-honored Turkish art of carpet making, or stroll the colorful streets in this lively seafront city.
About this Ephesus (Kusadasi) tour
Stroll the stone streets of Ephesus and ancient life will emerge from this important Roman city's ancient 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 Ephesus was, in its time, quite modern.
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. If you look closely, you'll see how this building was cleverly designed to look larger than it actually is. (Compare the size of its columns and capitals.)
And don't miss your chance to test the acoustics at the Great Theater, 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 and heard everything.
Murder and mystery at Ephesus
Queen Cleopatra feared her half-sister Arsinoe as a threat to her rule, and had her executed at the temple of Artemis in 41 B.C. She was lost to history until the 1990s, when historians proposed that a monument at Ephesus was her tomb. If so, Arsinoe would be the only member of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty to be recovered. Cleopatra's own tomb remains elusive.
Cruise Pier: Look for GoBe at the pier. Hotel: Lobby pickup; Advise GoBe prior of your hotel stay. Izmir International Domestic Terminal - Baggage claim pickup. International Arrivals - meet outside of Customs. Call the operator at the meeting point.
At 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. Please note: On August 15th, the House of Virgin Mary will be heavily congested due to "The Assumption of Mother Mary" day. travelers will have to walk long distances as well as might have to wait in the queue. 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.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Participants must be able to walk continuously for approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and 10 to 30 steps.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping, Walking Tour
Luxury air conditioned bus.
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
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.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. There is no maximum age restriction, but we ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
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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