Shore Excursions: Ancient Ephesus, House of Mother Mary, St. John
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
Type: Biblical, Cultural, and Panoramic
Food Beverage: Small bottle of water, No lunch
Price: From $45
ITINERARY – Biblical Ephesus
Your guide will meet you at the exit gate of port. than drive to your Biblical Ephesus tour. House of the Virgin Mary includes beautiful panoramic views of the Byzantine Castle in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. A long and winding road affords wonderful views of the valley en route to the Shrine of St. Mary. The diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
We proceed Biblical Ephesus ancient city, where you´ll pass through the Magnesia Gate and start a slow, downhill walk to the history of 3rd century B.C. Your experienced guide will highlight such sights as the very well preserved the magnificent Trajan Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and social entertainment of officials and wealthy people , the beautiful Celsus Library with its extraordinary facade and two story Corinthian-style columns. The Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-Four thousand and, this is the place where St Paul perched on his missionary journey. Although it was once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals.
Tithe Basilica of St. John is still a very impressive sight to visit. Among the ruins, large columns, frescos and mosaics still visiable, paying homage to the monumental basilica built during Emperor Justinian´s reign. The structure was planned in the shape of a cross and covered with six individual domes, the central one of which is thought to lie directly above the burial site of St. John. At the end we will have carpet demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand There is no obligation for shopping. End of your Biblical Ephesus shore excursion return to port
Special Notes – Biblical Ephesus
Guests will walk approximately over 1.5 miles uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 – 30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
What the Price Includes;
- Pick up from to port
- Service of a professional English – speaking official Guide
- Entrance fees to the sites visited, per itinerary
- Transportation by non-smoking air -conditioned luxury mini/ midi bus
- Taxes and services charges
- Beverages (except a small bottle of water provided in the vehicle)
- All item of a Personal Nature
- Gratuities to tour Staff
- Anything unless specified being included
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