TOUR SCHEDULE

FULL DAY EPHESUS & VIRGIN MARY TOUR

PROGRAMME
Depart from the hotel for Ephesus & Virgin Mary Tour. During the time Anatolia was ruled by Rome, the Romans have built hundreds of great theatres and in Ephesus the visit the ancient theatre will be unforgettable. The Library of Celsius, the brothel, houses of the rich, numerous monumental baths, Agora’s .The Temple Of Artemis in Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And see the Odeon, the Bouleterion, Fountains, the Gymnasiums. For lunch we are going to go to Şirince. After lunch visit the house of Virgin Mary where she has spent her last days is visited by thousands of visitors every year. Return back to Izmir after the tour. Drop off at your hotel.

TOUR PRICES PER PERSON FOR
50 € (min. 40 person)
60 € (min. 25 person)
70 € (min. 12 person)
120 € (min. 4 person)
135 €(min. 3 person)

TOUR PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDED

  • Included transfer from İzmir to Kuşadası and return  İzmir to Hotel by private coach
  • Entrance fees for sites as mentioned on the programme
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Lunch (Şirince Village)


TOUR PACKAGE PRICE EXCLUDED
Personel expenses
All drinks at lunch

EPHESUS
Ephesus (Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from emperor Theodosius I, the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils, see Council of Ephesus. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.

Today's archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kuşadası.

www.ephesus.us

THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY
Located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.

The house of Virgin Maryis a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.

Reservation: kongre@tursab.org.tr  

HALFDAY İZMİR CITY TOUR
After breakfast depart for half day Izmir tour. Tour starts with the visit of the Alexander The Great Castle from 4th Century BC on the PAGOS- HILL overlooking the whole city and ancient Agora (the best preserved Roman Market). Our next stop is the Archaelogical Museum with Artcrafts from old Symrna and Ephesus. Proceed to a Clocktower 99 years old that is the Symbol of Izmir. Then we visit KEMERALTI, the Old Bazaar with 2001 shops. After you can visit Kızlar Ağası Inn. It was built in 1741 and it was rebuilt ın 1993. Also you can shopping in that inn’s stores.

TOUR PRICES PER PERSON FOR
25 € (min. 40 person)
30 € (min. 25 person)
40 € (min. 12 person)
80 € (min. 4 person)
85 €(min. 3 person)

TOUR PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDED

  • All transfers and and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sites as mentioned on the programme
  • Local english speaking guide


TOUR PACKAGE PRICE EXCLUDED
Personel expenses

Reservation: kongre@tursab.org.tr