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Which tour to go on?

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Which tour to go on?

I can't decide between these two itineraries. Any info would help. thanks

House Of The Virgin Mary & Basilica Of St John

Visit two sites of great religious significance and pilgrimage, the house where the Virgin Mary purportedly spent the last days of her life, and the remains of the Basilica of St John, built on the site where the apostle is believed to have been buried. It is said that John wrote his gospel while living in Ephesus. During the 4th century, a church was built on the site of his grave, but during the 6th century, the Emperor Justinian replaced it with a church of magnificent proportions, with the central dome right above the tomb. Thousands of faithful pilgrims visited the sacred site throughout the middle ages. It is also said that the apostle John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after leaving Jerusalem. She first lived in a house in the city of Ephesus, until the house on Bulbul Mountain was built. This place of pilgrimage is visited by hundreds of tourists and pilgrims every day and it remains a holy place for Christians and Muslims alike. You'll stop at a leather outlet for refreshments and a shopping opportunity before returning to your ship in Izmir.

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Ephesus & House Of Virgin Mary

This is an opportunity to see the magnificent ruins of Ephesus - one of the best preserved Greek/Roman cities in Asia Minor, and also experience other historical and natural values around it. Your first stop is at the House of Virgin Mary, declared a place of pilgrimage in 1892, and has since been visited by many Christian pilgrims. Next, continue to Ephesus. Built in the 4th century B.C., this is one of the most interesting and extensive ancient cities in the world and the center of attraction in the Aegean region. The remains from the Roman period are the Grand Theater, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastic Baths, the Odeon, the Lower Agora, and the State Agora. After lunch, you'll visit a local handicraft center designed as a typical Turkish village to see how the famous Turkish carpets are made.

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2. Re: Which tour to go on?

Jtthjones, welcome to Turkey.

I, as a recent traveller to the area, suggest that you see Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. However create yourself an opportunity to see St.Johns Basilica which is right in Selcuk. Have a look at my recent trip report, based upon personal experience, about my visit to the area: "tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293974-i368-k5874…". Sirince village is also a must see in the immediate area.

good luck,

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3. Re: Which tour to go on?

The second itinery is the one you'll most benefit from by having a guide and transport since Marys House is up in the hills some 10 kms. above Ephesus.No buses go there so you'd need a taxi to get there and back.

St.Johns Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque are both located in nearby Selçuk town centre and can be walked to and viewed easily by yourself.

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5. Re: Which tour to go on?

I blieve ,you sould get a proffesional help from a local travel agent

Enjoy your holiday

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