Ephesus Whirlwind

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Ephesus Whirlwind

This one day Istanbul to Ephesus tour allows those who don’t have time to spend several days exploring other sites in the Aegean area of Turkey, to visit Ephesus, one of the most important and best-preserved cities from the ancient world.

Ephesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  No trip to Turkey is complete without a visit to Ephesus.   According to legend, the Greeks founded Ephesus around 1,000 BC.  The ruins of today date from the 4th Century under the Romans when Ephesus became an important port on the Aegean.  Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period.  Ephesus also played an important role in the spread of Christianity.

Among the major sites you will see are the remains of Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens, the Library of Celsus, which has to be seen to be believed, the Great Theater, where St. Paul preached, the magnificent Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian and the Odeon, where members of the City Council in Roman times gathered to discuss city issues.  You’ll walk along Marble StreetCuretes Street (one of the main streets of ancient Ephesus) and Arcadian Way, which led from the Great Theater to the harbor.  The harbor silted up which led to the decline of Ephesus as an important port.  Ephesus was captured by the Selcuks in 1090.  You will also see the house were it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her final years, watched over by the Apostle John.

Ephesus Whirlwind

Route: Virgin Mary’s House, Odeon, Arcadian Way, Temple of Artemis, Seven Wonders
Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Duration: Full Day


  • Inbound and outbound airport transfers
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All transportation by A/C No Smoking vehicles
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums
  • Lunch


  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional programs
  • Tips – driver and guide
  • Any other meals or services not specified in ‘Prices Included’

If you are staying longer in Turkey, we suggest visiting Pamukkale famous for it’s Cotton Castle.


The price quoted is based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling. Please contact us if you are traveling solo for this tour.

This tour is for those who want to visit Ephesus, but don’t have time to visit other sites in the area.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer you to the airport for your early morning flight to Izmir. Your driver and guide will meet you at the Izmir airport and transport you to Ephesus. Our first stop is the Virgin Mary’s House, where any believe she spent her final days.

Ephesus is one of the most magnificent and preserved excavations in the world. You will see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian and the incredible library of Celsus. Also, the Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, with its 24,000 seating capacity. It was the largest theatre in the ancient world. You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession.

After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although today little remains of this magnificent structure it was four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens. The Temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution. It grew so wealthy, thanks to offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year, that it became the world’s first bank.

At the end of the tour, we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival we’ll transfer you to your hotel, arriving at about 8 or 9 PM.


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