Considered one of the most magnificent Greco-Roman sites in the world, Ephesus is rich with history. Your Ephesus mini-break will take you to see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and see you strolling the streets of Ephesus itself. You’ll also see the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the place where she spent her last days.
Day 1 – Kusadasi
Today you make your own way to the seaside town of Kusadasi, and check in to your hotel for your Ephesus mini-break. Please note that a flight from Istanbul or Cappadocia to Izmir airport can be booked for you as an extra if you require it. Free afternoon to explore this town with its charming old town area paved with cobblestone streets, and a Caravansary.
Overnight Kusadasi (D)
Day 2 – Kusadasi, Ephesus
After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at approximately 8.45am, and set off to visit the ruins of ancient Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the best-preserved classical ruins sites in the world, and the most popular site in Turkey.
Formerly the capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus has a rich history, which your guide will bring to life for you. Your tour will take you past the council chambers, Hadrian’s gate, the stunning Library of Celsus and more. We finish our visit to Ephesus with a visit to its stunning theatre, which is still used for concerts today.
We will then stop for lunch, where you will feast on a buffet of homemade traditional Turkish dishes. After lunch, we drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, discovered by after a German nun saw it in a vision. This is believed to be the place where Mary spent her last days.
Our next stop is the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Although only one column remains today, it is easy to imagine it in its glory.
Our day finishes with a relaxing visit to a local expert where you will learn about the traditions and history around Turkish carpet making.
Drop back to your hotel. The evening is free for you to spend as you please. Your guide will have suggestions for ways you can spend your evening if you need help with ideas.
Overnight Kusadasi (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Departure
Your Ephesus mini-break concludes after breakfast when you check out of your hotel. Transfer to Izmir airport available at an additional cost if required. (B)
- Ephesus day tour with licensed, English-speaking tour guide
- 2 Nights Accommodation – Ilayda Avant Garde Hotel or similar
- Personal expenses
- Airport transfers
$560 per person in a twin share / double room
Single supplement $100 per person
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