Biblical Ephesus Tour
Marmaris Cruise Port
from 69 USD to 323 USD
Per person based on your group size
Marmaris Cruise Port
Share a Private Tour
84 USD per person
Max. 8 people group size
Visiting: Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John
Duration: 11 hours
Make your own private pilgrimage as we visit some of the Christian faith's most sacred sights. As you depart Marmaris Harbour, look for your professional local guide who will be holding a name placard, ready to transport you to Selcuk for the day.
Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis
We will begin with a visit to the Temple of Artemis which dates back to the 6th century BC and whose marble column bases are now scattered throughout overgrown swamp lands. You can still get a sense of its grand scale and why it is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis was once part of the large Roman city of Ephesus and the remaining marble ruins are some of the best preserved in the world today. Wander through the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian and the large theater where it is believed St Paul once preached, as well as the beautifully reconstructed Celsius Library with its ornate marble carvings.
House of the Virgin Mary
Located on top of a hill not far from Ephesus lies the House of the Virgin Mary. It was in this small stone cottage that the Mother Mary is believed to have spent her last years after being brought here by John the Baptist. It is now an important pilgrimage sight for people of all walks of life who come to pay their respects and pray for good will.
Basilica of St. John
In the center of Selcuk stands the Basilica of St John, believed to have been built atop a tomb containing the remains of St John. The construction of the church was completed in 565 and it was considered one of the most sacred and holiest churches of its time.
Although it has an extra entrance fee of 15 USD per person, it is highly recommended to visit the Terrace Houses section which is located inside the Ancient ruins of Ephesus and we will allow time for this during the tour. Its oldest building, "The houses of the rich Romans", dates back to the 1st century and exhibits an impressive clay pipe water and heating system, as well as beautiful mosaics and frescoes. Please be advised that in this section there are over 100 stairs so we do not recommend it for people with physical disabilities.