Combine the most relevant sites of the area, of great historical and religious values, with a typical Turkish lunch. Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent the last years of her life. Today, it’s a place of pilgrimage. Begin your exploration of the ancient site of Ephesus as you pass by the Magnesia Gate. See the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastica and the Library of Celsus.
St. Paul preached at the Grand Theater, one of the largest theaters in antiquity with 24,000 seats. Visit the remains of St. John's Basilica which overlooks Ephesus. Once a great church, it was built over a 2nd century tomb thought to hold the remains of St. John. While the church is now in ruins, there are frescoes, mosaics and graceful columns that attest to its former glory. Enjoy a typical Turkish lunch. Back in Kusadasi, stop for a brief carpet presentation and refreshment as well as time for shopping or return to your ship, which is within walking distance.