Private Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

Private Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Tour from Izmir (Forum, the Odeon)
From $73.00/person to $233.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
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Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours 30 mins
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Lunch
Recommended Dress As you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees should be covered. Sensible flat-soled walking shoes, sun glasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over uneven paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are several uneven steps along the way. Tour starts at the upper part of the city and ends at the lower gate.

Private Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

You'll really "dig" this full-day private tour of the archeological site of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.

Depart with your professionally trained tour guide and drive to the House of the Virgin Mary. It is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether she died in Ephesus is not confirmed and her final resting place is still contested. In the late 1800s, a stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to German writer Clemens Brentano, who later published a book about it. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir, read about her vision and found a little building that corresponded with Emmerich's descriptions. Although the foundations were from the 1st century A.D., the house itself dates only back to the 5th century A.D. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Popes visited the shrine in 1967 and again in 2006.

Your next stop is the ancient site of Ephesus, the greatest port city in Asia Minor during the years of the Roman Empire. Upon arrival, you and your guide will enter through the upper (Magnesia) Gate and walk down through the site. You will visit the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, and the Thermal Baths of Scholastica. You'll view the remains of the main Agora, and see the Great Theater, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period.

After your visit to Ephesus, enjoy a typical Turkish lunch at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, guests will have the opportunity to see a Turkish carpet demonstration before returning to Izmir.