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12 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people



About this tour

Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi or Selcuk is the easiest way to explore the area. Since this area has deep historical value and rich cultural heritage, visiting the area with a tour is a good way to ensure you miss nothing important.

Ephesus is the most famous ancient site in Turkey. Built after 1040 BC by refugees coming from the Aegean Islands, it became one of the most important port cities of the ancient world. Later on, it became a Greek city more than a major Roman city in time. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League in the Classical Greek Era. In the 1st century BC population of Ephesus was approximately 250,000. It was an important commercial center as a port city and religious center with Artemis Temple nearby and Virgin Mary’s Church as the first temple dedicated to the Mother of Jesus. It was also sacred for Christians because of its connections with the Virgin Mary, Saint Paul, and Saint John The Evangelist.

The Temple of Artemis is one of the Seven Wonders of the World completed in 550 BC is on the outskirts of Ephesus. It is a sanctuary built in a sacred place. The temple itself dates back to the 8th century BC but the sacred place dates way back. It has been destroyed three times and rebuilt. But it has been abandoned after Christians started to rule the area.

Virgin Mary’s House is a Muslim and Catholic shrine located at the skirt of Bulbul Mountain in Selcuk. It was discovered after a Catholic nun in Germany described the place in her visions about a house Mother Mary lived in before she died. It has become an important pilgrimage spot for Catholics since then.

Ephesus Tour Program

– First, we will visit Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, standing today next to Ephesus Antique City. Then we will drive to Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the most important harbor cities in the antique world and also it is mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the seven churches. Also, Celsus Library and theater in Ephesus are the other highlights. In Ephesus, we will see, the Celcus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the fountain of Trajan, and the Theater.

– We will have lunch in a local Turkish restaurant and drive to Virgin Mary’s House. This place was discovered by Lazarist priests after a German nun described the house and the mountain as the last residence of the Virgin Mary after she had some visions about the place. Today this place is a Muslim and Catholic, being cared for by Lazarist Fathers. Lazarist Fathers still celebrating the mass every day.

– 19:00 End of the tour and back to your hotel.


  • Step into antiquity on a full-day trip from Bodrum to the Ancient City of Ephesus that explores the ruins of a Roman port and the Virgin Mary’s House
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including Celsus Library, Great Theater and the Odeon
  • Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Learn about the history of Ephesus through your guide's commentary
  • See the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Marvel at the impressive Grand Theater
  • Visit the House of the Blessed Virgin


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transportation in comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned bus
  • Lunch set menu
  • English speaking guidance (can be multilingual)
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fee to Virgin Mary House
  • Entrance fee to Ephesus
  • Personal expenses
  • Photos and Videos
  • Gratuities


Fullday (10 - 12 hours)



Frequently asked questions

The primary language for group tour guidance is English or multilingual available. Tours in languages other than English are available exclusively as private tours. Please note that there might be a price variation for different languages. Kindly specify your preferred language for the tour if it's not English!

Tour fees include professional English guide service or assistant service. In half-day tours, meals are not included, but in full-day tours, a set menu or open buffet meal is generally included. Kindly refer to the tour description for a detailed breakdown of included and excluded services.

In group tours, hotel pick-up and drop-off are generally included. Rarely, some tours do not include hotel pick-up and drop-off or just drop-off. All private tours include hotel pickup and drop-off. Please read the description carefully to find out.

  • Tour available period: from Mai till October
  • Tour available days: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Tour category: Offered as a group tour or as a private tour every day all year around.
  • Please provide us with an accurate WhatsApp number to can guide you for pick-ups and updates.
  • We will respond to your request within 24 hours at the latest.
  • Pick-up is around 7 am. Pickup time may vary earlier or later depending on the location of the hotel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • Even if we use fast track at the museum entrances, please do not forget that waiting times at security points can take time
  • On group tours, infants must sit on laps if seats are not available.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Group tours can have several breaks for shopping with local handicraft production centers.
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