Tours and Tickets

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir provided by Neon Tours - Day Tours

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
4.5
LIKELY TO SELL OUT*
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
By Neon Tours - Day Tours
LIKELY TO SELL OUT*
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
By Neon Tours - Day Tours
Ephesus was once a bustling metropolis, four times the size of the Parthenon and one of the largest seaports of the ancient world. The archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now one of Turkey’s top attractions. Get an in-depth look at the mesmerizing ruins on this comprehensive tour, which also includes a stop at the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.
from
$85.00
per adult
from
$85.00
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 5-99, max of 9 per group
Duration:
8h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary air-conditioned bus tour
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
  • Savory Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from Izmir

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle. Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre. After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3795IZM02

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

What time does Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir start?
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir will start at 8:00 AM. Discover and book Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir on Tripadvisor
Which attractions will I visit with Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir?
How much is Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir?
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir price starts from $85.00. Discover and book Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir on Tripadvisor
What is the Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir cancellation policy?
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3795IZM02

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    The Basilica of Saint John
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Ancient City of Ephesus
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
+
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

roccolibroccoli
roccolibroccoli
00
It's worth the drive form Izmir
My friend and were staying in Izmir so we took a field trip to Pamukkale and Hierapolis with Neon tours. We were pi
alexisdomflo
alexisdomflo
00
Worth the ride.
Ever since we were picked up at the meeting point, our experience was really great. as soon as we met our guide, h
105sepehrs
105sepehrs
00
Very good
Fine tour with a experience tour guide name İsmail. Very well transport and comfortable. Very beautiful place to v
harriceb
harriceb
00
Long Drive Short Visit
We started our tour with pick up from hotel in Izmir and it took 3 hour to get to destination... spent 2 hours arou
TravelingMerci
TravelingMerci
00
One of my favorite places on earth
It's hard to beat the incredible combination of natural beauty, ancient architecture, and spiritual heritage found
Z W
Z W
00
Just as good or even better than Ephesus
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this amazing place. Nearly didn't go because of some negative reviews about guided to
yasemin2k
yasemin2k
00
Sadly very poorly kept.
I am from Turkey and always wanted to visit this place, I guess I was pretty late to see the pools with natural wat
amran_tasrif
amran_tasrif
00
Enjoyable Day Trip from Izmir
Our driver arrived 15 min ahead of schedule and waited patiently in the lobby as we were still having our breakfast
BeirutSou
BeirutSou
00
Very nice
Pamukale was the highlight of the day. It is a very nice and unique site. You can have a walk/sit in the water.
Shahnaz P
Shahnaz P
00
Expectations vs reality
It was Sunday and that was the first mistake we did when we planned to go to pamukkale😏. We were deceived by the s
Mika P
Mika P
00
Ephesus Private Day Trip
Excellent organized day tour ! From the moment we booked, they contacted us and picked us up from our hotel the day
kspadee
kspadee
00
Day tour to Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Izmir
Neon tours were great. Excellent service and very polite. We even forgot the Ipad in the bus at the end of the day
twboland
twboland
00
Day Tour to Ephesus, Mary's House and St John Basilica
An amazing day. The ruins at Ephesus are second to none and we have seen Rome, Vesuvius and other great sites. The
Kongzi8
Kongzi8
00
Day Tours to Ephesus and Pamukkale
Recommended by my friend to engage Viator for day tours in Izmir. I was not disappointed by the agency which they e
Alice C
Alice C
00
Visit to the 7 Wonders couldn't get any better with Neon Tour
Did a lot of planning before arrival in Izmir and was about to confirm booking with one of the top rated local trav
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
36 reviews
Excellent
28
Very good
4
Average
2
Poor
1
Terrible
1

Martha M
Tijuana, Mexico2 contributions
My tour was with ephesus shuttle - getyourguide -and i would like to say that i have travelled a lot and booked many tours but his is by far the best. this guide was the most prepared and committed guide ever. he was organized with his paper work, punctual, polite, attentive and fun. very respectul of ones space - over all he was like a college professor.
Written November 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gracias
2 contributions
Nizam was a fantastic tour guide. He really made our group's experience great through his level of knowledge and sense of humor.

We were also able to fit in another activity, ziplining, (the whole group wanted to) with the extra time that we had.

Highly recommend this tour group again.
Written October 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ajay R
Colton, CA6 contributions
Solo
The tour was fantastic! Josh was my tour guide and he really took his time to discuss all the important aspects of the tour and let me go at my pace (ended up being a private tour because tourism is so down from covid).
I’d highly recommend this tour although evidently the operators of the tour were not Neon tours. Neon yours seems to sub-contract it out so I can only speak on the particular company that assisted me.
Also, just as an FYI... they will take you to a carpet shop and ceramic shop. There is really good info presented on the artwork of these crafts but you might feel a little pressured to buy something. Definitely not as much pressure as other tourist traps but wanted to share so you can be aware. I did end up buying something from the ceramic shop and don’t regret the purchase at all. There really is a beauty to Turkish carpet making and pottery making.
Enjoy!
Written June 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

wagon747
Kansas City24 contributions
Couples
Marcy was excellent.... She was so enthusiastic!
We enjoyed our day so much because of her.
Her knowledge of the history of Ephesus was very helpful! This was a great tour! Also Speedy was a great driver from.Izmir.... very safe
We would definitely suggest this tour!
Written October 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Harrice B
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia9 contributions
Couples
Had a great trip to Ephesus... Our pick up was at our hotel and the drive took 1 hour. Started Christmas morning with a visit to house of Virgin Mary the we went to oil factory to look at various oils ( olive , lavender ) then went to see the ruins of Ephesus... had lunch and went to pottory place and rug making factory... all in all was a good trip , learn a lot and money well spent.
Written December 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Experience820434
Dear Harrice, It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your tour. We really hope to see you again and be at your service for other tours, Neon Tours
Written December 30, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jessiemjoy
Busselton, Australia73 contributions
Couples
This should be on the top list of things to do in the area.
Pay for a full day tour to get to the three main places: ST Mary’s, Ephesus and St John Basilica.
Be aware though, on the tours, after lunch they will try and sell you carpets or jewellery.
Unfortunately it’s all part of the day.
There’s no pressure to buy but it’s just awkward as hell!
Written December 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trek661403
15 contributions
Family
What an amazing place! The ruins are very well preserved in places. The guide was extremely knowledgable. The excursion was very well planned and several stops were made through the day to local shops and vendors. We learned a lot about the ancient civilizations but also about the local economy and skills of local rug makers and pottery artists. Lunch was included and delicious. I’d recommend Neon Tours to anyone who wanted a first class tour.

N-
Written December 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Experience820434
Dear N, Thank you for your kind review. It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Written December 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Armin H
Shiraz, Iran248 contributions
Takes about three hours to see all the parts.not remained well but as good as you want as a professional tourist
Written November 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour. We hope you visit again, Neon Tours
Written November 11, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AnilSanag
Edison, NJ25 contributions
This trip is a must-do in Turkey. Our guide Mesut and driver Fatih were fantastic. They picked us up in a mini-bus ( 12-seat) from our Hotel in the morning and dropped us back at 5:30 PM. The trip started with a visit to St. John's basilica - the site is nearly 2000 yrs old and is surrounded by late Byzantine/early Turkish architecture examples. The Sea/Ocean was once just a KM or so away, now it is over 12 Km away. We then visited Virgin Mary's house. There are olive trees, fig trees, peach trees, etc. all around and the landscape is stunning. This is a very well preserved site. From here, we drove to Ephesus. Ephesus is very well maintained and our guide Mesut explained everything very well and showed us the spots for good pictures. I have to say that Ephesus, bar none, is the star of the show throughout Turkey. It is well curated, marked out and very well preserved. The Library of Celsius is clearly the star of the show. The Amphitheater is absolutely huge.

We then went to lunch - absolutely fantastic. The lunch was followed by 2 sales events - carpets and ceramics respectively. We absolutely loved the carpet store. There is no push to sell - the presentations are similar.

Our trip had a total of 7 passengers, plus the guide and driver. We requested the guide to take us to the Temple of Artemis - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. They duly obliged us.

Thank you Mesut for sharing your knowledge and making our trip so memorable.
Written November 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our service. We hope to see you again, Neon Tours
Written November 11, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

muhammadim78
Karachi, Pakistan41 contributions
Couples
Great visit. Good guide. Knew history of the places we visited and showed us around in detail. Do not miss.
Written October 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Experience820434
Dear Mr. Muhammed, Thank you for your kind review. We're glad to hear that our guide satisfied your expectations, We hope you visit our beautiful country again, Neon Tours
Written November 1, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 30
*Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.