From Bodrum: Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Day Tour

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Embark on a guided day trip from Bodrum to enter the ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit magnificent ruins, including the Library of Celsus, and the house of the Virgin Mary.

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Highlights

  • Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, once a major Greek and Roman port city
  • Marvel at the city's stunning and well-preserved ancient architecture
  • Discover the history behind the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian
  • Admire the grand scale of Ephesus's Great Theater, where St. Paul preached
  • Visit the site thought to be the final home of the Virgin Mary, now a chapel

Description

On this guided, full-day tour from Bodrum, let yourself travel back thousands of years as you journey to the once-thriving metropolis, Ephesus. This ancient city is regarded as one of the best-preserved sites in the Mediterranean. Between archaeological wonders, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your tour with an early pickup from your accommodation in Bodrum. Settle in your air-conditioned vehicle and relax as you travel into Turkey's picturesque countryside. Along the way, learn from your guide about the history of Ephesus and the archaeological conservation of the UNESCO site. Next, enjoy a short stop for breakfast before arriving in Ephesus. Once you've admired the ancient city from the outside, enter for a walking tour of the marble-paved streets. Peer into crumbled shops and houses that once supported one of the largest Roman cities and sea ports. Continue your tour of the ruins of Ephesus with views of the stunning façade of the Library of Celsus. Afterwards, meander towards the Temple of Hadrian, the bathhouses, and the Great Theater, where St. Paul once preached and gladiatorial games were held for audiences up to 25,000 spectators. Break for lunch at a local restaurant, then make your way to the House of the Virgin Mary, known as Meryemana. The small chapel stands today on the foundations of the house thought to be Mary's last home. After exploring the site, return to Bodrum to conclude your tour.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off Tour guide Lunch

Important Information

  • This tour will take place rain or shine If you have selected the option without Entrance Fees, please be aware that the Ephesus entrance fee is 40 EUR and for the guests with 7 years or older are considered as Adults paying full amount at the entrance. This tour will have 2 shopping/restroom breaks on the way as it is a long road trip .

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