Istanbul to Ephesus Private Tour - 1 Day


You can visit Ephesus, one of the top attractions in Turkey, if you have a free day during your stop in Istanbul. We will arrange a ticket for your return flight, transfers and a guide. You will return to Istanbul at the end of the day with a strong impression of Ephesus and the places surrounding it.

Trip Highlights

  • The Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus Ancient City
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • Terrace Houses(optional)
  • Basilica of St. John(optional)


Day 1

You will be picked up by your driver from your hotel in Istanbul and transported to the airport of Izmir.
You will fly to Izmir to meet your Ephesus guide at the airport and we will drive 45 minutes to Ephesus.
Our first destination will be the Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of the world.
And then, we will drive 10 minutes to Ephesus. We are usually in Ephesus for 2 hours. The pinnacle of the trip is the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey’s largest open-air museum, and the Eastern Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city. His streets were once walked by Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. Your Ephesus guide walks through the town as you walk through the area.
We will have lunch at one of the local restaurants after we end the Ephesus sightseeing tour. So, you can learn and have different experiences about the Turkish culture and cuisine.
Next destination is the House of the Virgin Mary (we usually spend 45-60 minutes there; you can also have some additional free time to pray). Mary was taken to Ephesus by the Apostle John during the Resurrection of Christ, according to Christian tradition, and remained there for her final days. On the base of that building, this church was erected, and its validity was confirmed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.

After that, if you have extra time and are interested in other historical places such as Basilica of St. John (Believed that evangelist St. John spent his last years in Ephesus), and Terrace Houses (where rich people lived), we can take you there.
If you are interested in and love shopping, you may spend your time buying or exploring Turkish items, carpets, leather outlet or ceramic shops. Turkey is one of the most important countries for leather and carpets. You can find the best quality and the best prices here in Turkey. Note that these activities are optional.

You will be transferred back to Izmir airport after the trip, and you will fly back to Istanbul.


  • Professional service for guidance,
  • Transportation (in a comfortable van with a driver).
  • Taxes and fees for parking and diesel
  • The Entrances
  • Local lunch
  • Return flight ticket (İzmir- Istanbul)
  • Private transfers


  • Drinks
  • Dinner
  • Entrances for Terrace Houses and Basilica of St. John is extra

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Istanbul to Ephesus Private Tour

Trip Facts

  • A modern and air-conditioned car
  • Istanbul
  • 1-14
  • English
  • Ephesus