Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace House, House of Virgin Mary

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This shore excursion is complete ! It takes you not only to the archaeological site of Ephesus including a guided visit of the homes of the rich & famous, the so called "Terrace Houses" but also to the religious highlight of the region, the house of Virgin Mary, believed to be the last home of the Virgin.

After meeting up your Guide at the port of Izmir, Drive southward to Selcuk Town. Pass the cotton fields, vineyards, and pine woods, while driving along the blue Aegean shores.

Arrival to Ephesus - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 24,000, which was the site where it is believed St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.

The Terrace Houses - Ephesus Terrace Houses are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called as "the houses of rich", these houses were for the important and wealthy people of Ephesus, as only rich people could afford such houses.

House of the Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered.

Inclusions

-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

          (bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide *

-         entrance fees

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

          * guides in other languages available, upon request

Step 1

Your tour starts from the port of Izmir

Step 2

Visit of Ephesus

Step 3

Visit of Terrace Houses

Step 4

Visit of the House of the Virgin Mary

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