Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Explore Ephesus and its noteworthy destinations on this Kusadasi shore excursion. This half day guided tour shows you The House of the Virgin Mary and other historic landmarks before visiting a popular shopping area to witness a carpet demonstration. This Kusadasi guided tour is ideal for history lovers, photographers, and anyone looking for a scenic cultural experience at a low price.
Begin your professionally guided tour with a comfortable 30 minute drive to The House of the Virgin Mary. Learn the spectacular story behind this historic structure, discovered in the 19th century following reported visions by a Catholic nun who had never seen the building. A book was published after her death, and years later her descriptions were followed, leading to the prominent site being discovered. The building became an officially declared holy shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896 and has developed into a popular place of pilgrimage, receiving visits from several popes. Check out the "Wishing Wall," a noteworthy area where pilgrims have tied their personal wishes, dreams, and goals on paper or fabric to a scenic wall.
Following your tour of The House of the Virgin Mary, travel to Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredible history. Built in the 10th century B.C., this ancient city contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this destination has plenty of sights to offer the eager eye. Pass by the Library of Celsus, built in 125 AD, where an extravagant entrance once lead to nearly 12,000 scrolls. Another highlight is The Baths of Scholastica, once used by citizens to bathe, socialize, and discuss current events and important daily topics. The most grandiose attraction in Ephesus is The Great Theater, a massive 25,000 seat venue. Sixty rows of seats spanning three sections face a striking 60 foot stage. The theater was used for concerts and plays as well as religious, political, and philosophical discussions. Most interestingly, gladiator and animal fights were once held there. Enjoy a few other notable highlights before moving forward with your tour.
Your comprehensive Kusadasi guided tour closes with a return trip to the main city. You have the option to end your tour in a vibrant shopping area, where an interesting Turkish carpet demonstration takes place. Additionally, you can explore the variety of shops filled with jewelry, carpets, leatherwear, and copper goods. If you prefer to return to your port instead of remaining in the shopping area, advise your professional guide, and you will be returned directly to your port. Book this amazing Kusadasi shore excursion now for a memorable Turkish experience at an exclusively low price.
Please note: the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. Modest clothing covering your shoulders and knees is required. Short shorts and sleeveless shirts (for both men and women) are not acceptable.
Reviewer: Billie Ovnicek
What a WONDERFUL tour. Had a GREAT guide. He was so delightful, full of historic information and was very accomodating to all of the guests. Small tour with plenty of time to shop, explore on our own, and a great lunch of regional food included. Ephesus is a beautiful city and the area is full of culture and history. Very glad we booked this tour.