Today, we had a family of 3 from Malaysia. They booked a private tour of Ephesus with us. We picked them from Saint John Hotel in Selcuk. The family made the hotel booking through our recommendation and were very pleased with their stay.
Saint John hotel is a boutique class hotel which has 22 rooms. Located in Selcuk town. (Selcuk is the modern name of Ephesus) The hotel is in walking distance to Selcuk town center and many restaurants. For the travellers who are travellng with a rental car. There are many parking opportunities.
We picked the guests from Saint John Hotel and made a fullday tour of Ephesus including traditional Turkish lunch. The highlights of the tour were: Basilica of St. John, Ancient City of Ephesus and Village of Sirince.
For land travellers we offer private tours of Ephesus. We recommend the guests to stay in small boutique hotels of Selcuk. It takes 45 minutes by car from Izmir Airport to access Selcuk town. For day trips besides Ephesus such as Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Priene, Pergamon... Selcuk has a great location. It is in the heart of all the main attractions.
For private tour bookings please contact us.
For hotel booking in Saint John hotel please click the following booking.com link:
Location of St. John Hotel in Selcuk
You may not have a great experience taking one of Izmir Airport Taxis.
If you are lucky. if you happen to meet by chance with a honest taxi driver, the best you can expect is an acceptable experience: the taxi takes you to where you want to go by the shortest route, and you pay the correct fare as shown on the meter.
Below find some of the examples of bad experiences.
1. The taxi refuses to take you to where you want to go because the distance is not enough. It does not matter if you have a lot of luggage, or you can not walk well, or you are carrying a baby, or you simply have the legal right to be driven to where you want to go.
2. The taxi takes you to where you want to go but refuses to run the meter, and you get a very high fare that you can only reduce by arguing unpleasantly with someone who does not speak your language.
3. The taxi runs the meter and takes you to where you want to go by a rotating route that wastes your time and costs a lot more than it should.
4. The trip is fine, but the driver expects a big tip because you are a foreigner (the Turks do not give taxi drivers).
5. The driver drives like a maniac, apparently happy to endanger not only his own life, but that of other drivers, and his as well.
Below please find the links for some articles about the taxi scams in Turkey published on Turkish news papers:
Instead of taking an Izmir airport taxi, we recommend you to book a private transfer in advance. So you can be assured to be driven in a luxury vehicle by a professional safe driver for the same price that you can pay for a Izmir Airport Taxi. For more information about our private Izmir airport transfer service, please click the following link:
Private Transfers from/to Izmir Airport to/from Kusadasi, Selcuk (Ephesus) and Sirince
There are taxis available outside the Port of Kusadasi. It takes 25 minutes drtive to go to the Ancient City of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary from Kusadasi Port. There is no set fare for taxis. The prices are negotiable. The approximate cost is 80 Euro. it depends on whether you want the taxi to wait for you while you tour the site or not.
It is almost as cheap to do a private guided tour of Ephesus. We offer reasonably priced private tours of Ephesus from Kusadasi Port and Kusadasi Hotels. The prices would be little more than a taxi but you will be transported with a brand new AC Mercedes Vehicle and a fluent English speaking licensed private tour guide.
You can maximize your limited time with a professional Ephesus tour guide. Our team of expert Ephesus tour guides are speacially selected, monitored and trained to maximize our clients experiences. There are lots of advantages of a private tours. You decide when and where you want to stop, what you want to see, and how long you want to visit the different sites. Also you can time your visits to the key attractions, to avoid the massive crowds from the cruise ships.
A private tour will give you more flexibility in choosing your itinerary which is useful if you want to explore the ancient city of Ephesus. Private Ephesus tours are also usually custom tours, where the guests decide where they wish to visit.
We believe that your Ephesus tour guide will be one of the most important parts of your cruise. That is why we only use local experts who have a history of working with our clients and whom we know personally. They speak perfect English and are experts on Ephesus. We are extremely demanding in choosing our Ephesus tour guides and are confident that your Ephesus tour guide will be one of the most memorable aspects of your cruise .
We believe that the private tour will be the safest way to travel as your Ephesus tour guide will accompany you all the time. They will take care of everything about your Ephesus tour.
Hire a local private tour guide in Ephesus !
For English speaking tour guide bookings on certain dates we are offering a %20 discount!
Driving from Izmir and Izmir Airport to Ephesus (Selcuk)
Western region of Turkey is a easy place to drive a rental car. If you are planning to rent a car at İzmir Airport, make sure that your rental car has a toll sticker or a toll transponder to pay the highway tolls. You cannot pay the tolls any other way Note that you can not pay tolls with cash! As you exit from Izmir airport, follow the green signs for Aydın (not İzmir). Green sign is for toll road. The toll for the drive from the Izmir airport to Selcuk (Ephesus) is about 3 Turkish Liras. In the toll road there are no signs here for Selcuk or Ephesus, so follow the signs for Aydın. After 30 minutes drive from Izmir airport is the Selcuk turn, Leave the toll road by this exit, following signs to Selcuk and Efes (Ephesus). After passing the toll gates in 10 minutes you will reach Selcuk (Ephesus). If you are going to use our tour guide only service, you will meet your tour guide in front of Basilica of St. John, therefore look for a brown sign as ''Basilica of St. John''
IZMIR No. 2
Fullday - Ephesus + Lunch (6 hours)
Boarding your vehicle at airport of Izmir, drive south to Selcuk Town.. En-route see the cotton fields, vineyards and pine woods while driving along the blue Aegean shores. Continue to Ephesus where you start at the Magnesia Gate and walk downhill through the city. Your tour guide will point out the sights, bringing the history of Ephesus to life as you pause at the Odeon, Upper Agora, Town Hall, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian and Domitianus, Memmius Memorial, Roman Baths and extraordinary Library of Celsus. At the end of a marble street leading from the library, gaze up at the impressive theater, built to seat 24.000 people. Enjoy a lunch in the grounds of a country house. Here you will see a private demonstration of the traditional carpet making process from dying to spinning to weawing at a school where young girls are trained in the craft. Your last stop will be the visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, a delicate masterpiece of Turkish architecture from the fourteenth century. Afterwards drive back to Izmir airport.
Fullday tour of Ephesus, House of Mary & Basilica of St. John
Biblical sites, including Mary's last-known dwelling place, the ancient city of Ephesus and a relaxing luncheon are featured in this fascinating, full-day excursion. As your vehicle makes its way along the Aegean Coast, you will pass some of the regions fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse. After a steep drive up Mt. Pagus, you will arrive at a stone chapel. This converted house probably dates from the 1st century and was envisioned by a German nun as the site where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Continuing to Ephesus, leave your coach at the parking area and proceed on foot through Magnesia Gate. As you stroll along the old marble streets, you will pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You will also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Terrace houses, the beautifully restored facade of the Celsus Library, the Roman Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora and the theater, which accommodates 25,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. After your visit to Ephesus, re-board your vehicle for an ejoyable lunch. Afterwards enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings , see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and learn the differences between Silk , flosh , wool and cotton weavings for handmade rugs. The proprietors will give a fascinating demonstration of the local traditional crafts. Next is the Basilica of St. John, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is your final stop before your return to Izmir Airport.
Fullday (8hours) Ephesus & Villages
Meet with your guide in front of the Izmir airport passenger terminal. Depart the pier for the an hour drive to the magnificent site of Ephesus. Ephesus is the best preserved of the Greek/Roman cities in Anatolia and while you are visiting the ancient ruins of this magnificent site and your tour guide will bring them alive. You will see the beautiful Celsus Library, restored and reconstructed according to its original form by the architect Friedmund Hueber in the 1970's. The most spectacular building of Ephesus is the Grand Theater, built during the Hellenistic age to hold 25,000 spectators. The city was also the hometown of great philosopher Heraclitus. After a visit to Ephesus Antique Site, you will arrive at Sirince Village. This old Orthodox Village, 30 km from Kusadasi, was once "Cirkince"(ugly). Indeed its inhabitants gave this name on the purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly and called it "Sirince" (pretty). Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as of the 1920's; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have chance of seeing the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines. During the lunch, mingle with the local people of the village. Have a cup of traditional Turkish coffee at the main coffee house of the village. Your last stop will be the visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, a delicate masterpiece of Turkish architecture from the fourteenth century.
For applicable Ephesus Tour costs please visit: Ephesus Tour Rates
If you need more information please do hesitate to contact us.
Valid for Ancient city of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Archaelogical Museum of Ephesus, Ancient city of Aphrodisias, Temple of Didyma, Ancient city of Smyrna, Ancient City of Miletus, Ancient City of Priene, Ancient City of Sardis, Ancient City of Pergamon, Asklepion of Pergamon and many others.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued multi visit passes for the museums and sites located at the Aegean Region (Western Part) of Turkey. Museum Pass the Aegan is available to foreign visitors and residents at museum and archeological site ticket offices. All you need is your passport and 75 Turkish Liras. Payment can be made in cash and with visa or mastercard.
Museum Pass the Aegean will save travellers time and money. Travellers will not be waiting in lines to purchase tickets at the museums. Travellers can visit multiple museums and sites within a week time. Museum Pass the Aegean is valid for 7 days. Travellers can make great savings with good itinerary planing.
Museum Pass Aegean costs 75 Turkish Liras.
Museum Pass the Aegean will allow you free entrance to all museums and archeological sites operated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the provinces of İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, which cover Ancient city of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Archaelogical Museum of Ephesus, Ancient city of Aphrodisias, Temple of Didyma, Ancient city of Smyrna, Ancient City of Miletus, Ancient City of Priene, Ancient City of Sardis, Ancient City of Pergamon, Asklepion of Pergamon and many others.
* Note that Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Ancient city of Laodicea and House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus are not covered by Museum Pass the Aegean.
Efes Antik Kenti ve çevresinde, yerli ve yabancı konuklara tur rehberliği hizmetleri vermekteyiz. Hizmetlerimiz Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı tarafından kokartlı profesyonel turist rehberleri tarafından sağlanmaktadır. Türkçe, İngilizce, Almanca, İspanyolca, Portekizce, İtalyanca ve Rusça dillerini son derece iyi konuşan tecrübeli rehberlerimiz sizlerin ve misafirlerinizin memnuniyeti için hep yanınızda olacaktır. Tur sırasında tarihsel bilgilerin dişinda rehberlerimiz, Efes ve cevre bölgenin yaşam kültürünü, geleneklerini, sosyolojik yapısını, politikası konusunda da bilgi verecektir.
Tur güzergahlarını ve Efes şehir planını görmek için lütfen buraya tıklayınız.
Siz sadece nasıl bir gezi hayal ettiğinizi anlatın, biz kişiye ve/veya gruba özel rehberlik hizmetlerimiz ile yanınızdayız. Turlarımızı; İngilizce, Fransızca, Almanca, Rusça, Portekizce, İtalyanca, İspanyolca ve Türkçe dillerini son derece iyi konuşan ve Turizm Bakanlığından kokartlı, TUREB (Turist Rehberleri Birliğine) üye rehberlerimiz eşliğinde düzenliyoruz. Tur süresince konuklarımızın keyifli zaman geçirmelerine, gezilen ve ziyaret edilen yerler hakkında doğru bilgilenmelerine önem gösteriyoruz.
Selçuk ilcesinde, Efes Antik kenti haricinde gezilebilecek diğer yerler:
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Tarafınıza en kısa sürede dönüş yapılacaktır.
For many generations Christians, or those who simply have an interest in Christian history and traditions, have traveled to the western part of Turkey which was known as Asia Minor in the biblical times, filled with the incredible christian history and background. The Asia Minor is known for the 7 churches of the Book of Revelation. On top of that St. Paul travelled to the area several times. Near Ephesus, there is a possible house where Virgin Mary spent her last years. Ephesus and the surrounding areas had a history of spiritual awakening and Christian revival.
We have a background in sharing the Western Part of Turkey's Christian Heritage with others, having worked with a broad selection of churches and mission organisations over the years. We are always pleased to organise Biblical Tours of Western Turkey. We are sure that you will find them interesting whether you are a Christian or religious person or simply interested.
There are many possibilities for these tours, depending on how long you area able to tour for. A 1 day tour can take you to many sights of Christian interest in Ephesus. If you have 2 or more days there are many more possibilities such as a tour incorporating ancient cities of Pergamon, Laodicea, Hierapolis (Pamukkale) etc. Get in touch for more details.
For travelers who have limited time and interest to Biblical History. Our recommendation would be to visit the best preserved biblical sights at western part of Turkey and do day trips to them out of Selcuk or Kusadasi towns. Tours are leaded by expert licensed tour guides who has excellent biblical knowledge and locals of the areas.
Below please find suggested tour program:
Day 1 - Smyrna (Izmir) - Pergamon (Bergama)
Depart from your hotel or Izmir Airport. Drive to Izmir, the third largest city of Turkey. Known as Smyrna in the biblical times. Visit the remains of Ancient Agora in Smyrna. From ancient Smyrna there is not much left. The remains of the ancient city is under the modern buildings. Smyrna is mentioned in the Book of Revelation known as the city of prosecution. Continue to the ancient city of Pergamon. Mentioned in the book of revelation in the new testament among the seven churches of asia minor. The city was known as the city where the throne of satan is located. Visit acropolis and asklepion, the ancient famous hospital Drive to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 2 - Laodicea - Hierapolis (Pamukkale)
After leaving your hotel, drive south east through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be Laodicea. Once a trade city which was known with glossy black wool and eye salve trade. Mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the luke warm city. Afterwards visit ancient Hierapolis which is known as Pamukkale today. Natural thermal springs which has high density of chalk inside formed glacier looking terraces on the areas where flowed for thousands of years. Walk on the white terraces of Pamukkale. Drive back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 3 - Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus
After meeting your guide drive through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards proceed to the mountain where Virgin Mary is believed to spent her 9 years. The house is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and running as an active chapel. Roman Catholics believe that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with Saint. John 5 years after the crucification. At the age of 63 she is assumed to heaven. Altough there is no fact that Virgin Mary lived here approximately 1.5 million people visit the site each year. After 30 minutes visit to the House of Mary, drive to ancient city of Ephesus. You will be dropped at the upper gate of Ephesus with your tour guide. Start exploring the city. You will be walking down the hill approximately 1.5hrs. You will see the Odeon, the basilica, domitian square, fountain of Trajan, Celcus library, Terrace Houses (optional), Marble street, the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the Harbour Street. You will be endng your tour at the bottom gate.
Day 4 - Sardis, Philadephia, Thyatira
After departing Kusadasi. Drive 2 hours to Sardis, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis. Continue to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. At the end of the tour, you will be taken back to Izmir airport for your next destination.
2018 entrance fee for House of Virgin Mary is 25 Turkish Liras per person. 25 Turkish Liras is approximately 7 US$ or 5.5 Euros. Credit Cards are not accepted. Travellers must have Turkish Liras cash with them.
Opening Hours for Virgin Mary:
Every sunday at 10.30am, there is holy mass in English takes place,
We provide private tours of House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus
For more information please visit the following link: Private Tours of Ephesus
Selcuk is the modern name for Ephesus. It is a small twon having a population of 35 thousand. Selcuk is 70km south of Izmir. It is an hour drive from Izmir Airport. Airlines like AtlasJet have free shuttles for flights from Istanbul. Selcuk is also accesible by train from Izmir Airport and Izmir downtown (Basmane).
The same train also go to Denizli where Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is located.
The Train schedule between Izmir, Izmir Airport and Selcuk Town (Ephesus) is as follows:
(Click here for the official train schedule)
Addition to TCDD trains, Izmir Municipality Izban electric trains also connect Izmir downtown and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport with Selcuk town (Ephesus). There are still no direct Izban trains to Selcuk town. Travellers has to switch trains at Tepekoy station. From Izmir downtown and Izmir Airport to Tepekoy from 6am until 12.00am every 20 minutes there is a Izban train. From Tepekoy to Selcuk is not very frequent, only 10 times a day. Current timetables of Izban trains between Tepekoy and Selcuk is as follows:
For travelers, who would travel with train from Izmir downtown or Izmir airport, we can meet them at Selcuk Train Station, after a private tour of Ephesus we can take them to their hotel in Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince Village or take them back to Selcuk train station. For private tours of Ephesus from selcuk train station, please contact us.
For travelers who has limited time in Turkey, we offer private tours of Ephesus and Pamukkale in one day from Kusadasi, Selcuk and Sirince Village. Combine two of Turkey's must-see highlights into one day. You will be spending approximately 1.5-2 hours in Ephesus and approximately 2.5 hours in Pamukkale. At the end of your private tour we can take you back to Kusadasi, Selcuk Sirince Village or drop you at a hotel in Pamukkale. Kindly note that it takes 3 hours drive from Ephesus to Pamukkale. This is a long tour. We recommend to visit Pamukkale and Ephesus in two days. This tour is offered for travelers who has limited time.
Suggested Pamukkale and Ephesus in one day tour program is as follows:
Meet with your guide in front of your hotel in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince Village. (Recommended time to start the tour is 8am) Drive to the country. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient would, afterwards see the remians of Basilica of St. John from outside. Continue to the HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY. Drive to visit ancient EPHESUS, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world. See the Odeion, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath,Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theater with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. After the visit to the ancient city of Ephesus, drive to Pamukkale. On the way to Pamukkale, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Upon arrival to Hierapolis (Pamukkale) Enter the site from North Gate and walk through the Ancient Necropolis (Cemetery). So far Italian archaeologists excavated over 1200 tombs in the area. The total number is expected to exceed 3000. No where in the world you can see such a gigantic ancient cemetery. Afterwards see the Roman Bath, walk through Domitian Gate, Frantinus Avenue to see the other remains. View the huge Roman theater having a capacity of 10000. Walk on the calcium deposit terraces of Pamukkale. Enjoy the stunning views. The water temperature is 32 degrees. At the end of the tour we can drop you at a hotel in Pamukkale or drive you back to Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince Village.
* This tour can also be offered for travellers who are staying in Pamukkkale hotels. We can pick you up from your hotel in Pamukkale and at the end of your Pamukkale and Ephesus tour, we can drop you at your hotel in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince Village.
For more information and costs please contact us.
We offer private day trips from Istanbul for travelers who stay in Istanbul. These private tours include pick up and drop off from/to your hotel in Istanbul.
Our driver will meet you at your hotel in Istanbul and will transfer you to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight to Izmir. At Izmir airport your tour guide will meet you. After the tour you will be taken back to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Our driver will be ready there to take you back to your hotel.
Suggested tour program and cost is as follows:
Fullday tour of Ephesus, House of Mary & Basilica of St. John
Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. At Izmir airport you will be met by our tour guide.As your vehicle makes its way along the Aegean Coast, you will pass some of the regions fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse. After a steep drive up Mt. Pagus, you will arrive at a stone chapel. This converted house probably dates from the 1st century and was envisioned by a German nun as the site where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Continuing to Ephesus, leave your coach at the parking area and proceed on foot through Magnesia Gate. As you stroll along the old marble streets, you will pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You will also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Byzantine houses, the beautifully restored facade of the Celsus Library, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora and the theater, which accommodates 25,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. After your visit to Ephesus, re-board your vehicle for an enjoyable lunch. Afterwards enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings, see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and learn the differences between Silk, flosh , wool and cotton weavings for handmade rugs. The proprietors will give a fascinating demonstration of the local traditional crafts. Next is the Basilica of St. John, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is your final stop before your return to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. In Istanbul airport a driver will meet you to drive back to your hotel.
Upto 2 people - Sedan + Tour Guide: 270 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 2)
Upto 4 people - Mercedes Van + Tour Guide: 280 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 4)
Upto 10 people - Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide: 290 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 10)
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C Vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Traditional Turkish Lunch
- Pick up and drop off private transfers for Ephesus Tour.
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
- Domestic Flights
Approximate cost of entrance fees:
Ephesus: 9 euro per person (25 Turkish Lira)
House of Mary: 7 Euro per person (15 Turkish Lira)
Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge
Basilica of St. John: 3.5 euro per person (8 Turkish Lira)
Important Notice :
We do not issue flight tickets. Therefore for day trips to Ephesus from Istanbul we recommend the guests to book the following flights:
Atlas Jet : http://www.atlasjet.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : KK20 depart Istanbul at 7.20am
Izmir > Istanbul : KK4021 depart Izmir at 7.40pm
Pegasus : http://www.flypgs.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : PC2811 depart Istanbul at 9.10am
Izmir > Istanbul : PC2816 depart Izmir at 6.15pm
Onur Air : http://www.onurair.com.tr/
Istanbul > Izmir : OHY150 depart Istanbul at 7.45am
Izmir > Istanbul : OHY155 depart Izmir at 6.45pm
Turkish Airlines : http://www.turkishairlines.com/tr
Istanbul > Izmir TK2312 depart Istanbul at 8.00am
Izmir > Istanbul : TK2329 depart Izmir at 6.00pm
For more information, please contact us.
During the excavations at Ephesus, more than 3,500 inscriptions have been found. Some of the most interesting are in a small cave on the slope of Bülbül Mountain (Nightingale Mountain). According to a local legend, when St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus from Jerusalem, they had no place to stay. John found this cave and hid Mary there for her safety. It was not until some time later that John located a more suitable home for Mary higher up on the mountain, known as Panaya Capoulu. In more recent years, the cave has been re-named “the Cave of St. Paul” due to the frescoes and inscriptions on the walls which refer to St. Paul.
The cave has been a Christian sacred site since the 1st or 2nd century. The walls were decorated with frescoes and inscriptions and white-washed several times, then re-painted with new images. Discovered under plaster on the walls are important 5th-century frescoes, with inscriptions, depicting the Virgin Mary, St. Paul and St. Thecla (a female disciple of Paul). This is the only known depiction of St. Paul at Ephesus and the earliest known appearance in the world of Paul and Thecla together.
The cave was discovered by a group of priests in 1892, while looking for the tomb of the Virgin Mary. Under the layers of plaster on the corridor walls are Greek phrases such as “the hidden of Mother of God” and “Paul help your servant”-written in charcoal and chalk. To protect these delicate and ancient wall frescoes, the cave is not open to the public. Unfortunately this site can not be visited during the private tours of Ephesus.
We offer private biblical tours of Ephesus, focused on St. Paul and conducted by expert Ephesus tour guides. For more information, please contact us.
Documentary of Cave of St. Paul in Ephesus:
We offer private tours of Pamukkale / Hierapolis ending at Denizli Cardak Airport. Denizli Cardak Airport is one hour drive from Pamukkale. These private tours of Pamukkale can start from Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince Village.
Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines offer flights from Denizli Cardak Airport to Istanbul. Pegasus Airlines fly to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport that is located at Asian Side of Istanbul. Turkish Airlines fly to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Pegasus Airlines has two flights everyday. One leaves at 8.10am and the other one leaves at 9.15pm. This is a 1 hour 10 minutes flight. Turkish Airlines has 3 flights everyday. Flight leaving times are: 05.50am, 07.50am and 7.15pm.
We also offer private tours of Pamukkale starting from Denizli Cardak Airport and ending in Kusadasi, Selcuk and Sirince. For the ones interested we organize 2 days programs of Pamukkale and Ephesus.
For more information about our private Pamukkale tours ending or departing at Denizli Cardak Airport, please contact us.
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Excursiones Privadas a Éfeso
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House of Virgin Mary
Ephesus Archeaological Museum
Temple of Artemis
Basilica of St. John
Isa Bey Mosque
Grotto of Seven Sleepers
Terrace Houses in Ephesus
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Church of Mary
Ephesus in Bible
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Isa Bey Mosque
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