After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle.
Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre.
After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.