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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir provided by Neon Tours - Day Tours

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
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Tour snapshot
Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary air-conditioned bus tour
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Ephesus was once a bustling metropolis, four times the size of the Parthenon and one of the largest seaports of the ancient world. The archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now one of Turkey’s top attractions. Get an in-depth look at the mesmerizing ruins on this comprehensive tour, which also includes a stop at the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
  • Savory Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from Izmir
What to expect
After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle. Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre. After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore the Turkish countryside with stops at multiple ancient sites
  • Commentary on the history of Ephesus
  • Savory Turkish lunch and round-trip transportation from Izmir
What to expect
After a convenient pickup from your Izmir hotel, enjoy the scenic journey to Ephesus in an air-conditioned coach. Briefly stop at Ayasuluk Hill, currently the excavation site of an impressive fortress, and the fourth-century St. John’s Basilica, believed to be the final resting place of John the Apostle. Move on to the UNESCO-listed archaeological park, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. At Ephesus, listen to your guide’s commentary on the city’s role in Christian texts, such as the Book of Revelation, and the influence of Christianity on the vibrant port. Tour the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the massive, intact Great Theatre. After an authentic Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular pilgrimage site authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Learn about Mary’s final days before returning to your Izmir hotel.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 3795IZM02
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    The Basilica of Saint John
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Ancient City of Ephesus
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
36 reviews
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Ajay R
6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
The tour was fantastic! Josh was my tour guide and he really took his time to discuss all the important aspects of the tour and let me go at my pace (ended up being a private tour because tourism is so down from covid).
I’d highly recommend this tour although evidently the operators of the tour were not Neon tours. Neon yours seems to sub-contract it out so I can only speak on the particular company that assisted me.
Also, just as an FYI... they will take you to a carpet shop and ceramic shop. There is really good info presented on the artwork of these crafts but you might feel a little pressured to buy something. Definitely not as much pressure as other tourist traps but wanted to share so you can be aware. I did end up buying something from the ceramic shop and don’t regret the purchase at all. There really is a beauty to Turkish carpet making and pottery making.
Enjoy!
Written 9 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Martha M
Tijuana, Mexico2 contributions
Oct 2021
My tour was with ephesus shuttle - getyourguide -and i would like to say that i have travelled a lot and booked many tours but his is by far the best. this guide was the most prepared and committed guide ever. he was organized with his paper work, punctual, polite, attentive and fun. very respectul of ones space - over all he was like a college professor.
Written 2 November 2021
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Gracias
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Nizam was a fantastic tour guide. He really made our group's experience great through his level of knowledge and sense of humor.

We were also able to fit in another activity, ziplining, (the whole group wanted to) with the extra time that we had.

Highly recommend this tour group again.
Written 25 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wagon747
Kansas City24 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Marcy was excellent.... She was so enthusiastic!
We enjoyed our day so much because of her.
Her knowledge of the history of Ephesus was very helpful! This was a great tour! Also Speedy was a great driver from.Izmir.... very safe
We would definitely suggest this tour!
Written 15 October 2020
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Marian N
Babson Park, FL15 contributions
For the price, including transportation to/from Izmir, this was a value! The tour was as described in terms of sites, but the sites were more than I had expected. Additionally, our guide, Erman, was very factual & comprehensive in his knowledge of the sites and area history. As is standard for tours, we were taken to some shops - in this case, rug weaving & ceramic establishments. Both were very interesting & educational, and help you differentiate between the “real thing” and the items sold in tourist shops. So keep in mind however, to haggle! Dicker! Bargain!
Written 19 October 2018
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Trek661403
15 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
What an amazing place! The ruins are very well preserved in places. The guide was extremely knowledgable. The excursion was very well planned and several stops were made through the day to local shops and vendors. We learned a lot about the ancient civilizations but also about the local economy and skills of local rug makers and pottery artists. Lunch was included and delicious. I’d recommend Neon Tours to anyone who wanted a first class tour.

N-
Written 2 December 2019
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Experience820434
Dear N, Thank you for your kind review. It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Written 9 December 2019
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richard e
Singapore, Singapore355 contributions
I must congratulate Neon Tours Izmir. Eventhough there were only 2 of us this tour, we still proceeded. We got the whole van just for the 2 us ! The tour was very special and entertaining. We visited Mother Marys house and the ruins of Ephesus. Both places are evocative. Ephesus is supposed to be the most well preserved Roman City. Its like you were sent back in time. I appreciated our tour guide who was very knowledgeable and our driver too.
Written 9 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear Richard, Thank you for your kind review. It's a great pleasure for us to hear that our services satisfied your expectations. We hope to be in your service again, Neon Tours
Written 11 October 2019
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HNASSER
14 contributions
Sep 2019
In general, it was a great tour and I recommend it if you're interested in history and civilizations. The trip was well organized, the driver was on time for the pick up, and the vehicle was very good. Ephesus is fascinating indeed and the tour guide (Erman) was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Lunch was ok and the tour included 2 stops at a carpet weaving and pottery making places where it felt a bit uncomfortable because you're expected to buy some of the items they're selling.
All in all, it was a very good experience and worth the money.
Written 23 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Written 7 October 2019
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In K
Fullerton, CA26 contributions
May 2019
This is by far most preserved and biggest place to visit of the seven churches of the Revelation. Even if your are not looking for Christian places, it is also part of the Roman Empire historical ruins. That is why there are so many tourist at Ephesus. There are two entrances. There are some constructions and just careful not to go there.
Written 2 July 2019
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Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for your kind review. It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
Written 10 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DonaldYokum
Ventura, CA742 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
A visit to the ruins of Ephesus is like a visit to ancient Rome. It was a vast, elaborate, and wealthy city, with every luxury that a Roman citizen could want. The basic tour includes most of the central area of the city, Temples, baths, shops, and amphitheaters abound. You'll be spending a couple of hours learning what life was like in a major Roman outpost, enjoying the architecture and the lifestyle of the citizens. The House of the Virgin Mary is a must for dedicated Christians, though its history is a bit murky.
Written 18 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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One of my favorite places on earth
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Just as good or even better than Ephesus
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Sadly very poorly kept.
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