Private Ephesus Highlights from Kusadasi Port
Ephesus is the best-preserved ancient site in the world, which extends back into the third millennium B.C., was one the most important centers of ancient times. You will visit the gymnasium, the beautiful Celsus Library and the Grand Theater. House of Virgin Mary, which is located on Mt. Koressos. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary. Catholic pilgrims visit this place based on the belief that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her death. Temple of Artemis is one the seven wonders of the ancient world. Basilica of St. John, the traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area.
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What's included :
- Bottled water
- Professional guide
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Private tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- After disembarking from the ship at the Kusadasi Port, you will be greeted by your guide and board your minivan at the bus parking terminal. The drive from Kusadasi to the ancient city of Ephesus takes roughly 20 minutes, during which the guide will give some pre-information about Ephesus. Upon arrival at Ephesus, you will enter through the lower main gate, which is located closer to the important sites.
The harbor city Ephesus was the point of departure for the famous royal highway that led through Sardis into Lydia. Due to its location, Ephesus developed into an important political and economic center, and became the capital city of the Roman province of Asia. The remains of this important Ionian city still stand miraculously today, as vivid witnesses of a glorious past. You will visit the gymnasium, the beautiful Celsus Library and the Grand Theater.
After your visit, you will walk to the main coach park which is located very close to the theater and continue to the Temple of Artemis which is known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.Then drive to House of Virgin Mary, which is located on Mt. Koressos. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary. Catholic pilgrims visit this place based on the belief that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her death. The shrine has received several papal blessings and visits, the earliest pilgrimage coming from Pope Leo XIII in 1896, and the most recent in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. A water source can be found at the exit of the church area which is said to have healing qualities.
Your next stop is the ruins of the Basilica of St. John. This basilica was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century and it supposedly stands over the original burial site of St. John the Apostle. After the Roman and Greek cultural experiences you will have a chance to see something Turkish : Turkish handicrafts.Then you will return back to the ship.
Departure Point :Kusadasi Port
Departure Time :8am, 9am, 10am
Return Detail :Kusadasi Port
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.