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Essential Collection

House of Mary, Temple & Ancient Ephesus

Access from: Kusadasi (Ephesus)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 12516
  • Duration: ​5 hours
  • Pick up point: Kusadasi Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • The Baths of Scholastica
  • The Temple of Hadrian
  • Biblical
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • The Grand Theatre
  • The Temple of Artemis

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 12516
  • Duration: ​5 hours
  • Pick up point: Kusadasi Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • The Baths of Scholastica
  • The Temple of Hadrian
  • Biblical
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • The Grand Theatre
  • The Temple of Artemis

Itinerary

Times are subject to change.

When does my tour start?
Your tour will commence to suit your cruise ship porting times, this will be clearly displayed on the shore excursion vouchers.

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)
Free time for souvenir shopping or comfort stop
Return to Kusadasi port

You will be met at the entrance of the port of Kusadasi by a Cruising Excursions Representative, who will guide you to your air-conditioned transportation, ready to commence your tour.
 

The tour will begin with a 25-30 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start our tour with The House of Virgin Mary which is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared this as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  We will spend approximately 40 minutes here where you can also leave a message on the famous wishing wall (don't forget your paper).

The tour will then move on to one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, where we will start the tour of this ancient site from the upper gate. (Please be aware, Ephesus is very long and on an incline, it is advisable to wear suitable footwear as there are steps and uneven ground).

We will take a walk through history along the marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia., the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theatre are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.  

There will be plenty of time for photo opportunities during the tour through Ephesus and if you are looking for souvenirs, at the end of Ephesus you will find cafes, toilets and plenty of souvenir stands.

The next stop will be at the Artemission Temple where this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, we will get to view what is remaining before the drive back to Kusadasi town centre and port. 

ITINERARY

Meet and greet at port
Scenic drive to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mount Koressos approximately 20-30 minutes
Free time to explore and visit the chapel
Ancient city of Ephesus
Visit the remain of the Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian
Free time for souvenir shopping or comfort stop
Temple of Artemis

Return to Kusadasi port

 

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Air Conditioned Transportation
  • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus & House of Mary)
  • Professional English Speaking Guide

Passengers aged between 0 and 12 years old, a valid proof of age (National ID, Passport etc.) is required to get the reduced rates for the historical sites.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs are allowed in Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House.

What to bring with you:

Camera, Sunhat, Comfortable and suitable footwear, Sun Cream and Sun Glasses.

EXCLUDED IN PRICE:  Drinks, Lunch & Personal Expenses

There is a lot of walking involved in this tour it is essential you wear suitable footwear, it also gets very warm in summertime please do not forget your sun cream and sunhat and drink plenty of water.

If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments you will be able to find these at the House of Virgin Mary or Ephesus, Restrooms can be found at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (there may be a small charge to use the facilities)

Currencies accepted in this destination:  Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, and American Dollars

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Air Conditioned Transportation
  • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus & House of Mary)
  • Professional English Speaking Guide

Passengers aged between 0 and 12 years old, a valid proof of age (National ID, Passport etc.) is required to get the reduced rates for the historical sites.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs are allowed in Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House.

What to bring with you:

Camera, Sunhat, Comfortable and suitable footwear, Sun Cream and Sun Glasses.

EXCLUDED IN PRICE:  Drinks, Lunch & Personal Expenses

There is a lot of walking involved in this tour it is essential you wear suitable footwear, it also gets very warm in summertime please do not forget your sun cream and sunhat and drink plenty of water.

If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments you will be able to find these at the House of Virgin Mary or Ephesus, Restrooms can be found at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (there may be a small charge to use the facilities)

Currencies accepted in this destination:  Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, and American Dollars

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 12516
    • Duration: ​5 hours
    • Pick up point: Kusadasi Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • The Baths of Scholastica
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • Biblical
    • House of Virgin Mary
    • The Grand Theatre
    • The Temple of Artemis

    Itinerary

    Times are subject to change.

    When does my tour start?
    Your tour will commence to suit your cruise ship porting times, this will be clearly displayed on the shore excursion vouchers.

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
    We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)
    Free time for souvenir shopping or comfort stop
    Return to Kusadasi port

    You will be met at the entrance of the port of Kusadasi by a Cruising Excursions Representative, who will guide you to your air-conditioned transportation, ready to commence your tour.
     

    The tour will begin with a 25-30 mins drive to Ephesus area. We will start our tour with The House of Virgin Mary which is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared this as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.  We will spend approximately 40 minutes here where you can also leave a message on the famous wishing wall (don't forget your paper).

    The tour will then move on to one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, where we will start the tour of this ancient site from the upper gate. (Please be aware, Ephesus is very long and on an incline, it is advisable to wear suitable footwear as there are steps and uneven ground).

    We will take a walk through history along the marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia., the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theatre are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.  

    There will be plenty of time for photo opportunities during the tour through Ephesus and if you are looking for souvenirs, at the end of Ephesus you will find cafes, toilets and plenty of souvenir stands.

    The next stop will be at the Artemission Temple where this used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, we will get to view what is remaining before the drive back to Kusadasi town centre and port. 

    ITINERARY

    Meet and greet at port
    Scenic drive to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mount Koressos approximately 20-30 minutes
    Free time to explore and visit the chapel
    Ancient city of Ephesus
    Visit the remain of the Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian
    Free time for souvenir shopping or comfort stop
    Temple of Artemis

    Return to Kusadasi port

     

    INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus & House of Mary)
    • Professional English Speaking Guide

    Passengers aged between 0 and 12 years old, a valid proof of age (National ID, Passport etc.) is required to get the reduced rates for the historical sites.

    Accessibility: Wheelchairs are allowed in Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House.

    What to bring with you:

    Camera, Sunhat, Comfortable and suitable footwear, Sun Cream and Sun Glasses.

    EXCLUDED IN PRICE:  Drinks, Lunch & Personal Expenses

    There is a lot of walking involved in this tour it is essential you wear suitable footwear, it also gets very warm in summertime please do not forget your sun cream and sunhat and drink plenty of water.

    If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments you will be able to find these at the House of Virgin Mary or Ephesus, Restrooms can be found at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (there may be a small charge to use the facilities)

    Currencies accepted in this destination:  Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, and American Dollars

    INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • Entrance fees where stated (Ephesus & House of Mary)
    • Professional English Speaking Guide

    Passengers aged between 0 and 12 years old, a valid proof of age (National ID, Passport etc.) is required to get the reduced rates for the historical sites.

    Accessibility: Wheelchairs are allowed in Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House.

    What to bring with you:

    Camera, Sunhat, Comfortable and suitable footwear, Sun Cream and Sun Glasses.

    EXCLUDED IN PRICE:  Drinks, Lunch & Personal Expenses

    There is a lot of walking involved in this tour it is essential you wear suitable footwear, it also gets very warm in summertime please do not forget your sun cream and sunhat and drink plenty of water.

    If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments you will be able to find these at the House of Virgin Mary or Ephesus, Restrooms can be found at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (there may be a small charge to use the facilities)

    Currencies accepted in this destination:  Euro's, Turkish Lira, Great British Pounds, and American Dollars

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Air Conditioned Transportation
    • Entrance fees - Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary
    • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
    There is a lot of walking involved in this tour - it's not suitable for those who have walking difficulties. It's essential you wear comfortable and suitable footwear. It also gets very warm in summer time please do not forget your sun cream and sunhat, and plenty of water.
    If you wish to buy souvenirs or refreshments, you'll be able to find these at the House of the Virgin Mary or Ephesus.
    Restrooms can be found at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (there may be a small charge to use the facilities).
    Currencies accepted in this destination: Euros, Turkish lira, British pounds, and American dollars.
    Most of the religious communities require ladies to cover their shoulders and knees as a sign of respect when entering religious sites, such as cathedrals and churches.

    Joining instructions

    As you disembark your cruise ship at Kusadasi port, you enter through the terminal building and your guide will be waiting for you with a Cruising Excursions sign. There is a 100m walk (approximately) to reach your tour guide, who will then take you to your air conditioned transportation to start your tour.
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