Ephesus, St. John's & Virgin Mary Shrine

Ephesus, St. John's & Virgin Mary Shrine

5 hours | Kusadasi | K U 1 - 2 0 0
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Description

Points of Interest

  • Ephesus
  • House of the Virgin Mary
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Carpet Weaving and Shopping
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

A guided walking tour of Ephesus and its major sights celebrates the historical significance of this ancient city. Visit The House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to be a Holy Place. Set in the Solmissos Mountains, the shrine is nestled among lush foliage; a curative steam flows through the grounds. Walk among the ruins of the Basilica of St. John, built over the tomb of St. John, where frescos and mosaics still remain and graceful columns hint at the structure's former grandeur. Next pass through the arched Magnesian Gate at Ephesus and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Back at port, shop for souvenirs and view a Turkish carpet-weaving exhibition.

Special Notes:

Ephesus requires walking long distances over uneven surfaces; to enter the Basilica of St. John involves some walking at an uphill gradient and a few stairs. At the House of the Virgin Mary, there are also some stairs.

The drive from Ephesus to the Virgin Mary Shrine takes approximately 20 minutes over a winding mountain road.

At the end of the tour, passengers have the option to remain in town to view a carpet demonstration or to shop in the bazaar; return to the ship would be on your own (10 to 15 minutes walking).

This tour uses headsets.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of the House of Virgin Mary

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 35
Travel time: 00:40
Time at site: 00:30
Free time at site: 10
Inside visit: Yes
Walking distance: 46
Steps: 10
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes
Photo/video restrictions: Yes
Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Guided tour of Ephesus

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 35
Travel time: 00:15
Time at site: 01:30
Free time at site: 15
Inside visit: Yes
Walking distance: 2200
Steps: 50
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes
Photo/video restrictions: Yes
Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Guided tour of the Basilica of St. John

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 35
Travel time: 00:10
Time at site: 00:30
Free time at site: 10
Inside visit: Yes
Walking distance: 273
Steps: 30
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes
Photo/video restrictions: Yes
Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Carpet Weaving Demonstration and Shopping in Kusadasi

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 35
Travel time: 00:25
Time at site: 01:00
Inside visit: Yes
Air conditioned: Yes
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes

Walk back to your ship at your own leisure

Transport type: Walking