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Ultra Private All-Inclusive Full Day Ephesus Tour From Istanbul

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Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Product code: 6528
Overview

Your day will begin with an early morning pick up from your central hotel in Istanbul. Your private transport will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby and transfer you to Istanbul airport to board your flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir where you'll be greeted by your guide and driver and you'll begin your Ultra Private All-Inclusive Full Day Ephesus Tour From Istanbul!

Located in the modern village of Selcuk in Western Turkey, Ephesus is an uncovered Ancient world from the Roman Imperial period with relics dating as far back as the 10th Century BC. One of Turkey's major sightseeing attractions, this city was once home to 250,000 people. You'll visit the famous Temple of Artemis one of the 'Seven wonder's of the world' which once drew pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean. A temple dedicated and built to honour Artemis, one of three maiden goddesses of Olympus.

Don't miss the Celsus Libary which is the 3rd largest in the ancient world built to store 12,000 scrolls and house the tomb of Celsus. You'll next visit The Grand Theatre. The theatre could at once accommodate up to 25,000 people who came to witness demonstrations of a social, political and economic nature and most famously the Gladiator games. Rebuilt several times the theatre still stands and has held concerts for acts such as Elton John and Micheal Jackson. 

The Temple of Hadrian is your next site. More of a monument than a temple, the temple was built around 118 AD and inside displays mythological and religious scenes. Parts of The Temple of Hadrian, located in Ephesus Street, are actually plaster replicas as the genuine artefacts are located inside of the Ephesus museum which is where you'll visit next.

The Ephesus Museum is located in the heart of Selcuk and housing artefacts that were retrieved between 1867 and 1905 from Ephesus and after transported to Britain and later to Vienna. When the New Turkish Republic was founded, the government forbid antiques and artefacts to be taken out of Turkey and all artefacts were returned and placed in the museum in 1964. You can see sculptures and finds from The Terrace Houses including coins dating back to when money was first used in history. The highlight for most tourists is the Gladiator Roome which holds excavations from the Gladiator Cemetary. 

Opposite the Temple of Hadrian is The Terrace Houses. The complex is a site of luxurious villas once home to Ephesus's middle class and wealthy. Each of the houses had separate entrances from the street and also running water. Here you'll see the Domus which is a two-storeyed building owned then by a wealthy family. Perfectly preserved the house contained a courtyard, dining room and even a Basilica. Some houses in the complex even contain preserved rooms, painting and ornamental floor mosaics.

Head to another major attraction which holds a curious background, The House of The Virgin Mary. The apparent final resting place of The Mother Mary. Following the visions and the precise description from a book written by a German nun, a French priest in the 19th century discovered the ruins and after many years of debate convinced others that this place was, in fact, the last resting place of The Virgin Mary. Today the building is a Catholic shrine and chapel, still used and visited regularly by tourists from around the world. A popular scene here is the Wishing Wall were visitors write a wish upon a piece of cloth and tie it to the wall adorning thousands of wishes from others.

Down the hill is the Basilica of St. John. Proved by Historians that John The Apostle did spend time in this area with The Virgin Mary. Said to be the best spot for a sunset photo, the church stands on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill in the centre of Selcuk. Partially restored and believed that if restored to former glory, the cathedral, would then become the seventh-largest in the world. Take a quick stop to the Ayasuluk Fortress located here for photos.

You'll next travel 15 minutes East to the charming village of Sirince. Enjoy here an Authentic Turkish lunch among the fruit gardens and greenery. Here you'll get to sample the locally made wine and olive oil. Wander through the traditional markets with crafts made by locals have the opportunity to visit leather and handmade carpet outlets. 

Travel back to the centre of Selcuk and hill of Ayasuluk to visit your last stop of the day, The Isa Bay Mosque. Built-in the 14th century, pre-Ottoman times, for sponsor and founder Isa Bay who was then ruling the Aydinid dynasty. During his reign, the town flourished and Isa Bay, in turn, founded several constructions in the area. The Muslim congregation has been gathering at St. Johns Basilica for Friday prayers for many years which led to the grand mosque being built in order to accommodate the ever-growing mass. 

Your tour of Ephesus ends here and your guide will transport you back to Izmir airport in time for your flight to back to Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul you'll be met by your driver who will transport you back to your central hotel.

Highlights
  • Discover the UNESCO awarded world heritage site of Ephesus
  • See The Temple of Artemis a seventh wonder of the world
  • Visit the tomb of Celsus at the Celsus Library
  • Stand were thousands once came to witness the Gladiator Games
  • See important artefacts at The Ephesus Museum
  • Walk in the footsteps of the wealthy few that once inhabited The Terrace Houses
  • Visit the House of The Virgin Mary and tie a wish to the wishing wall
  • Visit St.John's Basilica and Ayasuluk Fortress
  • Travel to the charming village of Sirince and enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch
  • Visit the grand Isa Bay Mosque
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 12 to 14 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • A minimum of 2 adults is required to book this tour A minimum of 2 adults is required to book this tour
  • This tour MUST be booked 3 days in advance This tour MUST be booked 3 days in advance
  • The order of itinerary is subject to change.The order of itinerary is subject to change.
  • Flights are non-refundable.Flights are non-refundable.
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from centrally located Istanbul hotels.
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    You can cancel your tour 7 days prior to the travel date with a full refund except for the domestic flights which are non-refundable.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • All Parking Fees
  • Traditional Turkish Lunch
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Private Guide
  • Private Transportation with AC
  • Return Izmir to Istanbul Flights
Exclusions
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point
Pick up from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please include your hotel name and address when making your booking.

Know Before You Go
  • The order of itinerary is subject to change.
  • Appropriate clothing is a must when entering places of worship.
  • In the summer months, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for walking. Please bring with you a hat, sunglasses etc to protect yourself from the sun.
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Reviewed by Louise Anne C GB   January 30, 2020
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The tour was just incredible! Our guide was wonderful, knowledgable & so funny! They picked us up from Izmir airport & immediately started giving my husband & I background information on what we were going to see. Sheriff made this tour the best part of our trip to Turkey; never rushed us, he made us feel that however much time we needed was ok. Our needs came first. Thank you again for making this tour so special.
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Reviewed by PatB US   January 29, 2020
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We were picked up by our guide and our driver right on time. We were given details about the day during our drive to Ephesus. Our guides explanations about each of the artefacts and sites kept our easily distracted teenagers engaged throughout the trip. We also asked if we are able to visit a leather factory or Turkish delight shop (our friends did on their trip to Turkey). Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and we highly recommend Privatetour.com! Thank you for making this excellent experience for us.
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Reviewed by MuhammedAntar KW   January 20, 2020
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Great service and a great tour to choose! I'd recommend an all inclusive tour like this, nothing extra at all to worry about. Guide and my private car was waiting for me at Istanbul, great flight and guide and driver waiting again on time in Izmir. My guide Levent was a great guy, very welcoming and we had a great time. He illustrated his stories with such ease, it was great to listen to him! Our meal was great, they took care of my dietary needs as mentioned. I would recommend him, the tour and the services of Privatetour.com anyone, I've even booked another tour for when I come back with friends in a few months!
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Reviewed by Ivana CA   January 17, 2020
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Really great tour with Privatetour.com. Thank you for great service and great experience
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Reviewed by The Howletts GB   January 13, 2020
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We had a long wait for our connecting flight to Jordan and decided to book this tour on a whim. First time we'd visited Turkey at all and we would love to come back and see some more! The history is just fascinating and visiting the House of The Virgin Mary was a very special moment for us. We enjoyed every part of this tour and would definitely recommend!
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Reviewed by Trusted Customer EG   January 05, 2020
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Excellent time with Kadir in Ephesus !! My wife and I had a safe and amazing time with the tour. The guide was amazing, organised and had plenty to tell. I would love to have him as a tour guide again!
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Reviewed by Mark US   January 04, 2020
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Had a 17 hour layover in Istanbul and after visiting Istanbul so many times before decided to try Ephesus. The tour was perfect as it had everything all in one and exactly what I was looking for. Ephesus is an amazing place and I'd recommend everyone to visit, my guide was great. Real easy to talk to and his English was great - he really knew his stuff. Lunch was perfect and everything went smoothly with no problems at all. I'd definitely recommend a private tour like this and hopefully will use privatetour.com again in the future!
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Reviewed by KatherineMk US   January 04, 2020
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When we initially planned this trip, we were really conscious of the fact we had small children with us and keeping up with a group tour would be super difficult. That's why we decided to book a private tour instead, and oh boy, we are so glad we did! Our guide was super welcoming and patient, he let us pick every aspect of the tour, waited as we were busy with the kids, played along with them and animated everything is such a way that event he kids got totally engrossed in what we were looking at! He even picked a child-friendly restaurant for lunch! I mean, you can't ask for a better service! Thanks again to Privatetour.com!
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Reviewed by MrsAust US   December 02, 2019
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Great Service Great Staff Great Place
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Reviewed by MajaL SE   November 08, 2019
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We had a great time in Ephesus. All staff friendly and very hospitable. I would recommend for sure and we would love to come back again in the future. Thank you.
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