Ephesus tour Full day Temple of Artemis, House of the Virgin Mary and Museum – Explore the spectacular ancient city of Ephesus on a private excursion. Learn about the rich history of this ancient city and visit the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple or Artemis (also known as Temple of Diana).
Enter the magnificent city through the Magnesia Gate, and then stretch your legs during a walk with your guide into the ruins of this former Roman capital. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Your guide will tell you about the architectural importance of these sites, as well as historical Roman events that took place there.
You will then visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life. The house was discovered in the 19th century after the repeated visions of a Catholic nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, were published in a book. When the ruins of the house were discovered, a small shrine dedicated to St Mary was found there.
Enjoy the panoramic views of the rural Selcuk countryside and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. This temple, also known as the Temple of Diana (the Roman goddess equivalent), was first built during the Archaic period and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World .
Sirince Village, a pretty old Orthodox village 12 km from Ephesus, was once known as Cirkince (“ugly”). It is rumoured to be named Ugly to keep foreigners away from this quaint village and keep its small-town charm. After many years, visitors discovered that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince (“pretty”).
Today the village is a perfect fusion of Turk-Greek culture. After the Independence war, the two governments organised a population exchange between the Greek and Turks. What was once a Greek settlement is now occupied by mainly Turks. The Greek Houses remain, though they have now received the local layout inside.
All the narrow streets of Sirince Village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds and olive oil. The main attraction to Sirince is the grape and fruit wine. It is famous all over Turkey and definitely to be tried at one of the small cafés or in the former municipal school that has now been restored
TOUR TYPE : Private Group Tour
PICK UP : 06:30
DURATION : Approx. 14 hours
INCLUSIONS : Hotel pickup and drop off, English speaking guide, entrance fees, Lunch
EXCLUSIONS : Personal Expenses, Drinks, Domestic Flights (please ask for actual rates)
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