We will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. After landing at Izmir Airport, drive to Selcuk town to visit Ephesus ancient city. The first stop is the Virgin Mary’s House; upon German nun Anna Katherina Emerich’s dream, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house in 1891. According to Catholic belief, Mary was taken here by St. John, and she spent the rest of her earthly life there. After the Virgin Mary’s House, we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, the capital city of Asia Minor during the Roman era. According to myth, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BC. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the remainings such as; State Agora, a marketplace, and meeting point. Odeon (Bouleuterion), concert house, and council. Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary. Domitian Square, a complex, consists of a temple, fountain, and a bath. Curetes Street, colonnaded and monumental Street in Ephesus. The Hadrian Temple, dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, dating to 2C AD. Latrines, the public toilets. Celsus Library proves to us that how Ephesians were intellectual dates back to 2C AD. And the library had 12,000 scrolls. Forum, a commercial center located by the port.The Great Theater, the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity.
After Ephesus ancient city, we drive to lunch at a local restaurant. And the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built-in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike Modern and Ottoman architecture, It has geometrical architecture, a roof, and two minarets. The mosque is still functioning for the five times prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque, we drive to the Temple of Artemis, one of the world’s seven ancient wonders.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
After the Ephesus Tour, drive back to the airport. After landing back in Istanbul, transfer back to the hotel.
Istanbul / Hotel or Adress