Half - Day Ephesus Tour from Selcuk5
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Duration
daily

Max Group Size
100

Tour Code

Tour Type
Request as Private

Age Requirement
0 - 99 Ages

Guiding Method
Partially guided

Operated In
English

Physical level
relax

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Selcuk

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Selcuk

Tour Overview

Ephesus is a great city for Holidays, Cultural and Historical Tours. Ephesus was an ancient port city whose well-preserved ruins are in modern-day Turkey. The city was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. Throughout history, Ephesus survived multiple attacks and changed hands many times between conquerors. Its natural beauties, natural richness, historical texture, lake, river and beaches are all considered to be unique all over the world. It attracts many holidaymakers from 81 provinces of Turkey and from many continents of the world especially from Europe every year. If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like cooking or want to learn how to cook, we offer you a very special itinerary to learn very good Turkish cuisines with smiley and friendly Turkish people. In this tour package, you will not only have a chance to taste local foods but also you will learn how to cook them.

Itinerary

Meet with your tour guide at the hotel lobby in the morning and Half Day Ephesus Tour includes a visit to the ancient city Ephesus which used to be the most important commercial center of western Anatolia and the Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The ruins also include a theatre, gymnasium, agora, and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. It is recorded that St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Jesus Christ and that she spent her last days in a small house built for her on Bulbuldagi (Mt. Koressos). Now a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims the house has received the official sanction of the Vatican and Christians observe a commemoration ceremony every year on August 15th. There are many important ancient sites; Ephesus is the most popular ancient site around. Many acres of carefully excavated ruins present a unique recreation of the ancient splendor. These ruins require at least a full day for observation. With its excellent location, Ephesus had become the most important city of Asia Minor throughout several civilizations. Nearby, are the site of St. John's Basilica and the reputed last home of the Virgin Mary who was said to have spent the last years of her life in the Ephesus area. Southeast of Bulbul Dag (Mount Nightingale), 7 km from ancient city Ephesus, on Ala Dag (Mount Solmissos), is a building known as the House of the Virgin Mary, where people from various countries and many different religions gather together, there is the place in which the Virgin is said to have lived and died? The building, the foundations of which date from the 1st century. A.D. was restored in Byzantine times but thereafter was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Its association with the Virgin dates only from the 19th c., following the visions of a German nun, Katarina Emmerich (1774 - 1824), who gave an exact description of the situation and appearance of a house at Ephesus in which the Virgin had lived and died. In 1891, on the basis of her account, Lazarists from Smyrna (Izmir). Discovered on the south side of Bulbul Dag the ruins of a small church which had evidently belonged to a monastery and this is now revered as the Virgin's house. The pilgrimages which began after the finding of the house continued on an increased scale after the Second World War, and the Feast of the Assumption (15 August) is celebrated here with the particular ceremony. In the year 1961, the statements by Pope John the 23rd, in 1967 the visit made by Pope Paul the 6th, and in 1979. After these important visits, Virgin Mary's home was accepted as that of being holy. And each year is visiting more than one million Christian and Muslim people. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Booking Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Booking.

Trip includes

Included

Guided Half Day Ephesus Tour Professional English-speaking tour guides

Pick up from your hotel Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach Return transfer to your hotel

All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary

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International or Domestic flights

Insurance: All types

Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals

Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers

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  • If the booking is canceled 7 weeks to the departure, we will refund 100 EUR only.
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Under any circumstances, there will be no refund for the promoted tours. The balance will be identified as "Future Tour Credits" to use in the future. Please contact [email protected] or your tour operator to change tour dates and other details.

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