Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
After you meet your guide at your Izmir hotel, start your Ephesus and St. Mary’s House day trip. Hop in your air-conditioned coach and head to Ephesus. Along the way take a brief break on Ayasuluk Hill and admire St Johns Basilica built as a tribute to the Saint who composed gospels here. Then, visit his 4th century tomb where he rests eternally. Continue to Ephesus and learn why Christianity was so influential in this ancient city. Listen as your guide tells the story of Christ’s vision of Ephesus as one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Next, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis. Enjoy more discoveries such as the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, and several temples. Afterwards, take a break for lunch and savor some delicious Turkish fare. Finally, explore the House of the Virgin Mary and gain insight into how she devoted her final days before passing. Hear how after Pope Paul VI validated this cottage in 1967 it became a center of pilgrimage to many Christians. Then, return to your coach and voyage back to your Izmir hotel where your tour concludes.
What is included
Take a day trip to the ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's House from Izmir Visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary Explore the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine Transport by air-conditioned coach English-speaking local guide