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Ephesus Trip from Istanbul

From $91.29
Highlights
  • Day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air, with round-trip or one-way flights
  • Fly to Izmir and travel to UNESCO-listed Ephesus, Turkey’s well-preserved Greco-Roman city
  • Stroll Ephesus’ timeworn streets to see the Celsus Library, Great Theater, temples and shops
  • View the crumbled Temple of Artemis, House of the Virgin Mary and medieval Isabey Mosque
  • Recharge with an included buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Fly back to Istanbul or enjoy a hotel drop-off in Kusadasi or Selcuk (depending on option selected)
  • Numbers limited to a maximum of 15 people to ensure more personalized attention from a guide
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If you choose this option your package will include return flights from/to Istanbul.
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If you choose this option, the tours & transfers will be operated only for you. No one else would join your day.
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If you choose this option your package will include only one way flight ticket. At the end of the tour, we may dropp you to your Hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
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Overview
Recall the days of ancient Rome on this full-day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul by air. With a professional guide, explore spectacular Greco-Roman Ephesus, Turkey’s archaeological showpiece. Stroll the ancient streets to marvel at the 2nd-century Celsus Library, the Great Theater and crumbled shops, bathhouses and temples. Bookend your trip with visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Isabey Mosque and the ruined Artemis Temple. Opt to return to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off in Kusadasi after your tour. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
What to Expect
After early pickup at your Istanbul hotel, transfer to the airport and relax during your short flight to Izmir.
On arrival, meet your professional local guide and others in your tour group for your journey to Ephesus. Settle aboard your air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the views of rural Turkey as you travel south to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stop at the House of the Mary, a stone cottage believed to mark where the Virgin Mary spent her last years. Peek inside the atmospheric house-turned-chapel, and learn why the site is so heavily linked to Mary and St John.
Continue to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city that rose to prominence as a Roman seaport from the 2nd century AD. With your guide, stroll around the semi-intact streets past the shells of long-ago shops and houses, and learn fascinating facts about life in the city during its Roman golden age.
Awe at highlights such as the façade of the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Temple and gaze at the massive Great Theater, where St Paul once preached.
Having explored the main Ephesus ruins, move on to the nearby remains of the Basilica of St. John, a 6th-century church built on the apostle’s believed burial site. Then, after a tasty buffet lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the Isabey Mosque, a lovely example of medieval Anatolian religious architecture.
Lastly, stop by at the site of the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you inspect the temple’s remnants, learn how it was rebuilt three times before its final destruction in 401 AD.
Transfer to Izmir airport for your return flight to Istanbul or enjoy a drop-off at your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk (if option selected).
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Where to begin? No trip to Turkey would be complete without a tour or tours with Ismail, Fatima and their wonderful business partners. We stayed in Istanbul for 10 days but wanted to visit Ephesus while we vacationed in Turkey. We lucked into finding this...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Sarah B
kikuscu, Yönetici at Best Turkey Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Sarah, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and your sister loved our services. Honestly, where are just here to help with whatever you need.I hope to meet back with you Loves to Usa Fatima & Ismail

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has been the best tour I have ever experienced. From start to finish it was smooth sailing and that’s completely down to the lovely Fatima and her husband Ismail. I was originally a little apprehensive about booking this due to the price but I...More

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kikuscu, Yönetici at Best Turkey Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Madame, Thanks so much for your review. I’m delighted you found that booking our tour was the right decision and you and your friends had such a good time. Thanks again for the feedback and choosing us... Best Wishes Fatima & Ismail

Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

So happy I booked this tour. Ismail and Fatima were excellent! I needed a specific memory card for my camera and Ismail went above and beyond to help me find one. Fatima was our guide and she was so knowledgeable able all the history in...More

1  Thank Leia E
kikuscu, Yönetici at Best Turkey Tour, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We are glad that you and family loved our services! Kind Wishes Fatima & ısmail

Reviewed February 15, 2019 via mobile

I was staying in Turkey for just a week and wanted to make it to Ephesus. This tour was the perfect option for me. They made it super easy- booked my flights, arranged for all transport to and from my Istanbul hotel, and had one...More

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Fatma_Turkey, Yönetici at Best Turkey Tour, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2019

Hi Stephanie, Thank you very much for sharing travel experience you had with us and share with others on tripadvisor. I love to read that you enjoyed all the destinations and activities 100%. I hope to meet back with you and your family. Loves to...More

Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing time at ephesus with our tour guide Fatma! The tour group size was kept small with 4pax to a guide. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend her to those who are keen to visit this place. ☺️More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Fatma_Turkey, Yönetici at Best Turkey Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2019

Hi Cherly, First review you have ever done I can see! Thank you. Love showing you around. Next time you or your friends want to visit us, please give us a call in advance and we will provide you with the best possible deals and...More

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wonkill994
June 13, 2019|
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Response from Leia E | Reviewed this property |
But...depending on your tour type, this might be too early. We returned from Ephesus late, like around midnight. But you can message Ismail and Fatima directly and see if they can accommodate an early flight.
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