Tour 8: Best of Ephesus and Shopping Tour
Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Terrace Houses, St. John Basilica(Expression from temple of Artemis)
You will be met by your Ephesus private tour guide at cruise port, your hotel or Izmir Airport. Drive to House of Virgin Mary by your new brand of Mercedes private van. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centres of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her recently time and died. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, and 'unofficially' confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979. Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While their visiting, they gave some gifts for this shrine what you can see. After House of Virgin Mary, we will visit Ephesus Ancient City that is one of the best well-kept Greco- Roman ancient cities in the world, famous with Odeon where the music concerts were given; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient time; Amphitheatre where is one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world with 24.000 people capacity and St. Paul preached; Roman Baths ; Fountains; Temples; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets; Terrace Houses which were the houses for rich people in Ephesus during Roman age famed with mosaics and frescos. After Ephesus, we visit Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of Ancient time. Your guide will tell you everyhing about Saint John Basilica where Apostle John spent his final years and he was buried. Expression of church will be done from Temple of Artemis since they are located next to each other.
Shopping in Ephesus/Selcuk
Ephesus is one of the best places in Turkey if you are interested in cultural shopping. Here is countryside and famed with factories of handicrafts which are supported by Turkish Government and work as schools too. That's why, prices are more reasonable, there are more selections in the factories. If you are not interested in shopping, but only to see how the handcrafts are made, please do not worry. There is no obligation to buy something from factories, but you will have big chance to see how they are made. This is the only way to learn how the local crafts are made by the local people and to see part of this cultural art. What kind of factories? Rug, Ceramic and Leather Jacket / Bags. No obligation / pressure to buy something, jus try to enjoy that lovely experience of Turkish Culture and bargaining…
• Minimum required time for this tour is 6 hours.
• Terrace Houses are optional and not recommended for disable people because of the steps. Minimum required time for Terrace Houses is 30 minutes.
• According to your request, we can skip some of the sights of above program.
• Professional Licensed Local Tour Guide
• Luxury Air-Conditioned New Brand of Van
• Private Driver
• All Parking Fees
• %100 Satisfaction
For parties over 14 guests, please contact us.
Above prices are for parties, NOT FOR EACH PERSON.
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