Guides will meet you at Izmir port. Then, you’ll walk to the first stop of the trip, which is the center of tour, Ephesus City.
Ancient City of Ephesus
First stop of the tour is Ephesus
Around 3000 years ago, the Ancient city of Ephesus was one of the best-preserved remains of a civilization, with over 200,000 people living in the city at its peak.
The main street has the ruins of historic shops and houses, such as Public Latrines and Homes, as well as gates indicating where the route leads to other areas of the city.
Gyms and a 25,000-seat theatre may be found outside of the city center.
There are special places to see such as theatre, temples, necropolis, library and many sculptures.
Explore this marble city and learn its history thanks to the professional guides.
Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis is the next stop and it will surprise you a lot.
Many magnificent and majestic shrines to the Gods and Goddesses were erected throughout the Greek era, but none compare to the Temple of Artemis.
The temple was characterized by an ancient Greek poet as “putting the other temples, especially the figure of Zeus, to shame,”. Imagine the magnificence!
The ruins now do not reflect the entire splendor of the temple, but the bases and columns that remain offer an indication of how majestic the structure would have been in its former state.
You can imagine it while observing the remains and learning the details.
Don’t forget to take photos.
House of Virgin Mary
Next stop is House of Virgin Mary.
You’ll travel to a simple cottage hiding in the mountains to learn about some details of Christianity. When you first come, this property may not appear to be much, with an aura of peaceful times only.
But actually this home formerly belonged to the Virgin Mary.
The house has a kitchen and dining room, a living and bedroom room, and a shrine for prayer to good with representations of Jesus.
A personal well directly outside the house is another good thing about the house.
The house is made of rocks and its contrast in green nature is amazing.
Learn the history of this place and don’t forget to take amazing pictures.
Final stop will be worth seeing: Ephesus Museum.
The Ephesus Museum was established, and the finds from the discoveries at Ephesus and its surroundings were transferred to the current museum.
There are relics from the conducted digs at Ephesus land site, as well as items from:
- Cukurici Mound,
- the basilica of St John,
- and the Temple of Artemis.
This is an amazing and well-organized museum.
An excellent array of coins dating back to when money was first used in history may be found in one of the areas.
You’ll see more while taking a walk in the museum.
When the trip ends, you’ll say farewell to the guides at Izmir Port.