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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

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From $173.11

14 reviews   (4.86)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 11 hours

Departs: Izmir, Izmir

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Today you will be marveled by the amazing sites and ruins in and around the Selcuk area, an area which is so rich in history and important artifacts. This day tour from Izmir will take you into Selcuk to visit the sites of Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, Isabey Mosque and House of the Virgin Mary. Your professional local guide will take you through each site giving you a thorough run down of the history whilst you admire the amazing ruins right in front of you. The day will end with your return transfer back to Izmir.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off


Professional guide

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)



Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 7
  • ADULT: Age: 8 - 90

Additional Info

  • Infant meals not included
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Ancient City of Ephesus
Of Turkey's hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved. Indeed, it's the best place on the Mediterranean to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading city and a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

The Odeion
Odeon. The Odeion of Ancient Ephesus is a small, semi-circular theater originally constructed in the 2nd century A.D and financed by PubliusVedius Antonius and his wife FlaviaPaiana. The building would have served as a space for political meetings, social events, concerts, and theatrical performances.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Bibliotheque de Celsus
This magnificent library dating from the early 2nd century AD, the best-known monument in Ephesus, has been extensively restored. Originally built as part of a complex, the library looks bigger than it actually is: the convex facade base heightens the central elements, while the middle columns and capitals are larger than those at the ends. Facade niches hold replica statues of the Four Virtues. From left to right, they are Sophia (Wisdom), Arete (Goodness), Ennoia (Thought) and Episteme (Knowledge).

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Temple of Hadrian
This temple dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian is considered one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was constructed in the beginning of the 2nd century AD by P. Quintilius to celebrate Hadrian visiting the city from Athens.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
The great theater of Ephesus is a splendidly preserved and very impressive building. This structure, built of marble, has a width of 145 meters, and its audience once reached up to 30 meters. In its heyday, it could accommodate up to 24,000 spectators. The construction of the theater began in Hellenistic times.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Isa Bey Mosque
Isabey mosque was built in a post-Seljuk/pre-Ottoman transitional style, when Selcuk was capital of the Aydin Emirate. An inscription in Arabic above the main entrance states that it was built in 1375.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

The Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis (or Artemision), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In an empty field to the west of the centre, this lone reconstructed pillar is all that remains of the massive Temple of Artemis (or Artemision) At its zenith, the temple counted 127 columns.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Awesome Tour Guide Josh!!!
lorilynnwill, 20-10-2021
On Thursday, September 24th, we toured Ephesus, Mary's House and Temple of Artemis. We had a wonderful experience! Our tour guide Josh was very knowledgeable, patient and such a joy to tour these sites with. But, what stood out the most about Josh was his PASSION for his job and his culture! He knew so much about the sites and not only that, he added information which was so interesting such as places which were closed off (ancient caves) that he had been able to tour in college as part of his education in becoming a guide. We thoroughly toured all permitted areas with Josh. I had been on the Ephesus tour three years prior and we only saw half of what Josh showed us on his tour. We had a wonderful group and such a knowledgeable and funny, interesting guide. Thank you Josh!
Amazing Turkey travel experience!
darshanpatel_81, 21-09-2021
Kerem did an awesome job in planning the entire itinerary right from the airport pick to hotel drop off and the tour next day.

All the drivers and tour guides were very punctual, friendly and knowledgeable which made the entire experience even more exciting!

Guray was an awesome friendly tour guide!

I would highly recommend Alaturka travels for your Turkey trip!!!
Guray is THE tourmaster
brianhS4187TF, 23-07-2021
Guray, our expert tour guide, took us to the Ephesus ruins and pointed out details and information you would otherwise not learn. These are amazingly extensive and in tact ruins. Way better than Rome!
Ephesus and Pamukkale tour
Ashley K, 09-06-2021
I had a great time on the Ephesus and Pamukkale tour. It was so much fun and Güray was an amazing tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour exciting. My favorite part was when we went to Ephesus all the cats recognized him and were asking him for food. It was so cute and I appreciate his good heart for feeding them. I would highly recommend Güray as a guide. I had a great time on this tour.
Good place to visit and never to miss
Yahya_A, 22-09-2021
Great place to visit and remember with photos. You can pend the whole day and enjoy time. Ephesus is one of the most visited place in Izmir.