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Per Person (Based on 2-3 passengers) $291 USD
Per Person (Based on 4-8 passengers) $188 USD
Per Person (Based on 9-12 passengers) $135 USD
Per Person (Based on 13-15 passengers) $129 USD
Per Person (Based on 16-19 passengers) $116 USD
Per Person (Based on 20-24 passengers) $115 USD
Per Person (Based on 25-30 passengers) $113 USD
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Travel along the Aegean Coast, passing some of the region's fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse.

Begin this day with a drive up Mt. Pagus to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Christian shrine in the vicinity of Ephesus. Some Christians and Muslims believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John following the crucifixion of Jesus. Roman Catholics believe that she lived there until her assumption into heaven. Other denominations of Christians recognize this spot as her burial place.

Now continue on to Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best preserved ancient sites in the world. Historians originally believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now it is more commonly thought to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. The Virgin Mary is said to have visited the site between 37 and 45 A.D. With your guide, you will see the Odeion, where the advisory council held its meetings; the Market Basilica; Curetes Street; baths; Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces; Marble Street; and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 24,000 people.

Next, we'll make a stop at the picturesque Çamlik Village for a tasty lunch, followed by an interesting lecture about Turkish weavings.

After lunch, we'll visit the Basilica of St. John, built in the 6th century to house St. John's tomb chamber, and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, which Alexander the Great visited while it was being constructed in 335 B.C.

Afterwards, travel back to Izmir and your cruise ship, having enjoyed a truly enriching day in one of the world's most isolated and distinctive areas.

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from your cruise ship pier
  • Driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance and parking fees to all sites
  • Visit to:
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Ephesus
  • Çamlik Village
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French($)
  • German($)
  • Italian($)
  • Japanese($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Russian($)
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (8 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• The price of this trip includes a driver and air-conditioned vehicle, all transportation costs, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and entrance and parking fees to all sites.
• Ephesus gets very crowded and extremely hot in the summer months, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and head covers.
• Always communicate your needs and expectations to your driver/guide. They are there to take care of you in any situation, and are more than willing to adjust the day accordingly, upon immediate request. For example, if you are not interested in purchasing a certain local product, let your guide know. There is never any obligation for you to purchase anything.


• This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers.