This tour contains the most popular attractions in Istanbul and surroundings. You will be met by your private tour guide at harbour or hotel and start to excellent tour. This tour covers;
- Ephesus Ancient City, , The House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Shopping in Ephesus
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Any Location / Any Location|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:00 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.|
Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus is one of the most important ancient cities of the world and it is a UNESCO heritage site and was the capital and commercial center of Asia Minor in the roman period.It was the beginning and the end of the King Road.(One of the three ancient trade routes,the others being the silk and spice roads )of the World. You will have chance to see beautiful temples, library ( which was the third largest in ancient World ) and buildings were built in the roman period.
The House of Mother Mary
The House of Mother Mary is located at the top of the Bulbul mountain and it’s only 6 kms away from Ancient city of Ephesus. It is believed that The Mother Mary spent her last years in this shrine. According to Catholic Christianity, After the Crucifixion of Jesus, Mother Mary was brought from Jarusalem to Ephesus by St. John the appostal to live. The foundation of the house is based on Anna Catherine Emmerich’s visions and was found in 1891. When they found the house, was already collapsed by the erthquake. After The House of Virgin Mary was re-built as a church and has been visited by Pope Paul VI
The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
It is known as the first settlement of Ephesians where the Temple is. However , today only the basic structure and a column remained from the temple, but worth a visit even in the current atmosphere of the temple.
Shopping in Ephesus / Selcuk
If you are interested in shopping in Turkey, Selcuk is one of the best place for shopping. Not only shopping but also you will have a chance to see how handcraft carpets and rugs are made by the talented craftsmen . These factories are supported by Turkish Government and work as schools at the same time. In addition, you will visit leather factory where well-known qualified leather jackets are produced and demonstrated by the models as a fashion show.