Private Ephesus Tours from Pamukkale ending in Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince and Izmir Airport
We offer private guided tours of Ephesus from Pamukkale Hotels, ending at Kusadasi, Selcuk, Sirince Hotels and Izmir Airport. All of our tours are operated with licensed tour guides and luxury chauffeured vehicles. It takes approximately 3 hours by car from Pamukkale to Ephesus. Therefore we recommend our guests to have an early morning start. We recommend to start the private Ephesus tour at 8.30am. Our driver will meet you at your hotel in Pamukkale, you will be driving approximately 3 hours to Selcuk town. Your Ephesus tour guide will meet you at Selcuk town. After meeting with the tour guide you will visit House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus and Temple of Artemis.
Kindly note that we are sending the driver from Ephesus area, due to long driving hours we do not offer Ephesus tours starting and ending in Pamukkale hotels.
The Ancient City of Ephesus has hosted many civilizations throughout history. It draws attention as an advantageous region due to its geopolitical features. Ephesus Ancient City has become one of the most important settlements throughout the ages, as it serves as a bridge between Asia and Europe. The Ancient City of Ephesus lived its golden age during the Roman Empire. For this reason, it is possible to come across many works of Roman architecture.
Reasons that make Ephesus Ancient City as one of the Most Important, Interesting and Sacred Sites in the World
Although we can only visit a %12 of it now, the ancient city of Ephesus, which hosts so many stories, has obviously been an important site in the whole world throughout history. Although the first founders of the city seem to be the Amazons, the city changed hands many times and it was built by Alexander the Great for the last time in its present location.
Highlights that we visit during our Private Tours of Ephesus from Pamukkale :
Ephesus Theater, is one of the largest known theaters of Antiquity. The theater of Ephesus hosted theater plays, shows, political meetings, rallies and even small gladiator fights are held, has a capacity of approximately 25 thousand people.
Celsus Library, when Governor Celsus died, his son wanted to have his fathers sarcophagus to be placed in the center of Ephesus and keep his name alive by building a library on the sarcophagus. The library was the home to 12 thousand books, there are statues of women representing Wisdom, Virtue, Fate and Science.
House of Virgin Mary, According to the belief, after Jesus died, St. John and Mother Mary escaped from Jerusalem and came to Ephesus. And Mother Mary spent the last years of her life, praying and worshiping in a house a few kilometers near Ephesus.
Temple of Artemis, is also known as the Temple of Diana. The Temple of Artemis was built by the Greek Architect Chershpron by the order of the Lydian King Croseus. The temple was gifted to the goddess Artemis. Croseus is known as the richest king of the period. Its construction took approximately 120 years. The temple was built entirely of marble. Pheidias, Kresilas, Phradmon, Polycleitus, who were the important sculptors of the period, took part in the construction of the temple. The temple is filled with bronze and marble statues. The Temple of Artemis is one of the seven wonders of the world. It also has the distinction of being the first temple built in marble in the world. However, only a few marbles remain from the temple today.
Private Tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary House
According to common Christian belief, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Jesus and spent here her last years. This is based on the belief that John came to Ephesus and the Biblical statement that Jesus entrusted him to John's care.
We offer private tours of Ephesus and Virgin Mary House with local licensed tour guides from Kusadasi, Izmir and Selcuk in English, Spanish, Russian, German and Portuguese.
Did Mary go to Ephesus?
Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is believed to spent the last years of her life in Ephesus. According to the Christian tradition, Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with St. John and lived nearby Ephesus until her Assumption (according to Catholics) or Dormition (according to Greek Orthodox).
Is the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus?
The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic shrine located on Mount Koressos, 6km away from Ephesus Ancient City.
Ephesus Virgin Mary Tour Program:
Temple of Artemis + Ephesus + House of Mary
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. Although 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 Harbor Street. You will be ending your tour at the bottom gate. Your tour guide will take you to another site or drop you at the desired location.
Tour Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary
2021 Entrance Fees and Opening Hours
Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and the nearby attracions
How much is the entrance fee for Ephesus ?
Except Terrace Houses, there is no admission fee for children under 8 years old. For the proof of age, please bring passport copies with you. For Terrace Houses under 6 year old is free of charge.
* If you are going to visit other sites besides Ephesus in Western Turkey. There is a Museum Pass which provides multi visits to many sites without waiting in lines and you can make great savings. 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. For more information visit the following link: Museum Pass the Aegean - Multi visit pass for West Turkey
Is Ephesus open every day?
Ephesus is open to visitors every day of the week, and visiting hours may vary depending on the summer and winter seasons. It is closed until noon on the first day of religious holidays.
What time Ephesus open?
Ephesus Ancient City - Basilica of St. John - Archaeogical Museum of Ephesus
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