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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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Overview
No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Izmir.
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  • 1
    The Basilica of Saint John
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
  • 3
    Ancient City of Ephesus
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary air-conditioned bus tour
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
  • Savory Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from Izmir
What to Expect
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Had a great trip to Ephesus... Our pick up was at our hotel and the drive took 1 hour. Started Christmas morning with a visit to house of Virgin Mary the we went to oil factory to look at various oils ( olive , lavender ) then went to see the ruins of Ephesus... had lunch and
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Response from Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Harrice, It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your tour. We really hope to see you again and be at your service for other tours, Neon Tours
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This should be on the top list of things to do in the area. Pay for a full day tour to get to the three main places: ST Mary’s, Ephesus and St John Basilica. Be aware though, on the tours, after lunch they will try and sell you carpets or jewellery. Unfortunately it’s all part
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What an amazing place! The ruins are very well preserved in places. The guide was extremely knowledgable. The excursion was very well planned and several stops were made through the day to local shops and vendors. We learned a lot about the ancient civilizations but also
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Response from Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Responded 7 Dec 2019
Dear N, Thank you for your kind review. It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
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Takes about three hours to see all the parts.not remained well but as good as you want as a professional tourist
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Response from Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Responded 9 Nov 2019
Dear our valued guest, We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour. We hope you visit again, Neon Tours
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This trip is a must-do in Turkey. Our guide Mesut and driver Fatih were fantastic. They picked us up in a mini-bus ( 12-seat) from our Hotel in the morning and dropped us back at 5:30 PM. The trip started with a visit to St. John's basilica - the site is nearly 2000 yrs old and
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Response from Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Responded 9 Nov 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our service. We hope to see you again, Neon Tours
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By: Neon Tours - Day Tours
51 reviews
alexisdomflo
Leon, Mexico
40
Worth the ride.
Ever since we were picked up at the meeting point, our experience was really great. as soon as we met our guide,
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105sepehrs
Odense, Denmark
20
Very good
Fine tour with a experience tour guide name İsmail. Very well transport and comfortable. Very beautiful place to
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harriceb
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
70
Long Drive Short Visit
We started our tour with pick up from hotel in Izmir and it took 3 hour to get to destination... spent 2 hours
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harriceb
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
70
Roman Pillar with the cold
Had a great trip to Ephesus... Our pick up was at our hotel and the drive took 1 hour. Started Christmas morning
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jessicaj56
Busselton, Australia
3112
What a place!
This should be on the top list of things to do in the area. Pay for a full day tour to get to the three main
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TravelingMerci
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
31
One of my favorite places on earth
It's hard to beat the incredible combination of natural beauty, ancient architecture, and spiritual heritage found
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trek661403
10
Amazing!
What an amazing place! The ruins are very well preserved in places. The guide was extremely knowledgable. The
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Z W
Muscat, Oman
176
Just as good or even better than Ephesus
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this amazing place. Nearly didn't go because of some negative reviews about guided
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570arminh
Shiraz, Iran
15518
Marvellous
Takes about three hours to see all the parts.not remained well but as good as you want as a professional tourist
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AnilSanag
Edison, New Jersey
2911
Cannot go wrong with this one
This trip is a must-do in Turkey. Our guide Mesut and driver Fatih were fantastic. They picked us up in a mini-bus
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muhammadim78
Karachi, Pakistan
3510
Great must see
Great visit. Good guide. Knew history of the places we visited and showed us around in detail. Do not miss.
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JieYongK
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
18357
Nice trip, with nice guide
I must admit that I didn't read the description of the trip before booking, my wife made the preselectioun, so
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richdoc
Singapore, Singapore
9847
Almost like a private tour...
I must congratulate Neon Tours Izmir. Eventhough there were only 2 of us this tour, we still proceeded. We got the
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H1NASSER
142
A trip back in time!
In general, it was a great tour and I recommend it if you're interested in history and civilizations. The trip was
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simonacW220DC
Stockholm, Sweden
20
A must-see if you're traveling to Turkey
The trip was well planned, our guide and driver were excellent, attentive and professional. The included lunch was
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