We recommend this program to our guests staying in Izmir, as it is just an hour’s drive to the Ephesus region from Izmir. If you decide to take a day trip from Istanbul by plane, the private Ephesus tour from Izmir is also a fantastic choice.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours, but the hours of tours are flexible. We do not have any limitations.
- The Temple of Artemis
- Ephesus Ancient City
- The House of Virgin Mary
- Terrace Houses(optional)
- Basilica of St. John(optional)
From Izmir, your local tour guide and driver will pick you up and lead you on a tour. We will have to drive about 1 hour to Selcuk.
First, we will drive to the Temple of Artemis for 20 minutes. We will stay and explore one of the seven wonders of the world.
After that, we will drive to see Ephesus ruins. His streets were once walked by Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. Local guidelines are accessible as you stroll around this beautiful area.
The highlights of the site are the Terrace Houses (the houses of the wealthy Ephesians), the Celsus Library (the third largest library in the ancient world), the Grand Theatre (mentioned in Bible, place where Apostle Paul preached) and many other monuments. Exploring Ephesus will last about 2 hours.
After having lunch in a local restaurant where you can select Turkish cuisines, we will go to the House of Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish- Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived the last years of her life, according to certain people’s views.) and spend time here about 30-45 minutes. If you are interested in visiting the Basilica of St. John (Believed that evangelist St. John spent his last years in Ephesus), we can go there.
If you are also 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.
In the area, you can also visit carpet weaving centres, leather outlets or ceramic workshops. 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. Please note that it is purely voluntary to buy these.
After finishing the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel or Izmir airport.
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Professional service for guidance,
- Transportation (in a comfortable van with a driver).
- Taxes and fees for parking and diesel
- The Entrances
- Entrances for Terrace Houses and St. John is extra
Frequently asked QuestionsExpand/Close
The distance between Izmir and Ephesus is about 70 km (43 miles) and arriving by car normally takes around 1 hour.
You can travel from Izmir to Selcuk by bus or rail (the town where Ephesus ruins are located). You can have a car prepared for the move whether you want to enter a community tour or to have a private tour.
The distance from Izmir airport (ADB) to Ephesus is around 60 km (37 miles), 45 minutes by car.