If you love exploring archeological sites, then Ephesus is the place for you. Ephesus was one of the most important ancient Greek cities. It was also one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of the Revelation.
Founded as a Greek colony in the 10th century BC, it fell successively to the Cimmerians, the Lydians and the Persians. It prospered under Persian rule until the arrival of Alexander the Great in 334 BC. Two hundred years later, the city became part of the Roman Republic and fell at once under Roman influence. The city was destroyed by the Goths in 263 AD. The site is famed for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We’ll leave from Kusadasi with local tour guides. Our first stop will be the ruins, where you’ll discover the Library of Celsus, the theater, and the Temple of Hadrian, among the other noted ruins. We’ll also visit the museum which houses the finds from the archeological site. In the afternoon, we'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, believed by some to be where the Virgin Mary lived out the last years of her life. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship by coach.
- Duration: 4h
- Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a scarf to protect yourself against dust.
- We highly recommend that you carry water with you at all times on the sites.
- Tight-fitting, short-cut or low-cut clothing is not allowed on the sites. As a general rule, bring comfortable, modest clothing and a sweater or jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings.
- The order of the visits can change.
- If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to pay on board).
- The excursions of the first evening and the morning following the embarkation are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.