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    Ephesus, Didyma & Miletus

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Visit three meticulously excavated cities whose ruins reveal their splendor and prosperity in ancient times. ...
    Visit three meticulously excavated cities whose ruins reveal their splendor and prosperity in ancient times. more...

    Visit three meticulously excavated cities whose ruins reveal their splendor and prosperity in ancient times.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive to the excavated ruins of Miletus, an ancient city that the Greeks founded near the Menderes River. Although the city was abandoned in the 6th century when its harbors silted up, Miletus once prospered, as you will discover by wandering through its remains.


    Among the highlights are a Greco-Roman theater that held 25,000 spectators and the Baths of Faustina, a complex with water fountains shaped like the river god Meander. Despite the relevance of the historical sites, it is hard to imagine that Miletus was once on a peninsula with four harbors, as it is now on a plain that lies five miles inland.


    Not far away, you will find the ruins of Didyma, whose key landmark is the Temple of Apollo. One of the largest temples in the ancient world, it was a magnificent monument whose sacred oracle rivaled that of the more famed one in Delphi.


    More fabulous ruins await your exploration in the World Heritage site Ephesus, where you will behold one excavated building after another. They include the theater where St. Paul preached, the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Library of Celsus, a monument constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes.


    Back in Kusadasi, you might spend free time shopping or stay in town longer for an enlightening carpet lecture.


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    • Adult from: £66,92 GBP
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    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Best of Ephesus

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 7 hrs

    Admire some of the most hallowed sites in the ancient world, including a residence believed to be the Virgin Mary’s, the ruins of Ephesus and St. John’s Basilica. ...
    Admire some of the most hallowed sites in the ancient world, including a residence believed to be the Virgin Mary’s, the ruins of Ephesus and St. John’s Basilica. more...

    Admire some of the most hallowed sites in the ancient world, including a residence believed to be the Virgin Mary’s, the ruins of Ephesus and St. John’s Basilica.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the countryside to the House of the Virgin. Believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, the small stone building contains a bedroom, kitchen and an altar adorned with images of Mary. A sacred spring known as the Fountain of Our Lady runs under the house, and you will be welcome to drink from it.


    Then, it’s on to revered Ephesus, a World Heritage site that may well be the best-preserved ancient city in the region. After passing the Magnesia Gate, you will behold one excavated building after another. There is the Great Theater where St. Paul preached the Gospel, the Fountain of Trajan with its regal statue of the emperor and the Library of Celsus, a monument constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes.


    Continuing on, you will stop at the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. Built in the 6th century, the church stood over the spot where St. John is supposedly buried. Although a Mongol army destroyed the building and pillaged much of it, part of the basilica has been restored to show its scope.


    A buffet lunch at a hotel in Kusadasi follows, after which you may return to the pier or stay in town for an enlightening carpet lecture or shopping.


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    • Adult from: £74,44 GBP
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    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Ephesus & Village of Sirince

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 5 3/4 hrs

    Gain an understanding of the ancient world by exploring the ruins in Ephesus and then wander through the traditional village of Sirince and sample its renowned fruit wines. ...
    Gain an understanding of the ancient world by exploring the ruins in Ephesus and then wander through the traditional village of Sirince and sample its renowned fruit wines. more...

    Gain an understanding of the ancient world by exploring the ruins in Ephesus and then wander through the traditional village of Sirince and sample its renowned fruit wines.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Ephesus, perhaps the best-preserved ancient city in the region. As you meander through the painstakingly excavated ruins of this World Heritage site, you will behold one spectacular building after another.


    You can expect to see the Great Theater where St. Paul preached the Gospel, the Fountain of Trajan with its regal statue of the emperor and the Library of Celsus, a monument constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes. The ruins present a rich picture of life in the ancient world.


    Nearby, you will find Sirince, a hillside village surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves. Most of the stone-and-stucco residences are painted white with red-tiled roofs, giving the village a wonderfully uniform and traditional appearance.


    While meandering through the atmospheric streets, you will pause to sample some of the local fruit wine. The varieties include melon, pomegranate and kiwi, all of which are prized for their sweetness.


    Back in Kusadasi, you will enjoy free time to shop for popular items such as gold jewelry and decorative ceramics. If you wish to buy a Turkish carpet, you might first attend a lecture on the subject to glean valuable information before making the purchase.


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    • Adult from: £36,85 GBP
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    DURATION 5 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Ephesus & Terrace Houses

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 5 hrs

    Observe the spectacular ruins in Ephesus, including an excavated complex of residential Terrace Houses that offer great insight into the daily lives of the inhabitants. ...
    Observe the spectacular ruins in Ephesus, including an excavated complex of residential Terrace Houses that offer great insight into the daily lives of the inhabitants. more...

    Observe the spectacular ruins in Ephesus, including an excavated complex of residential Terrace Houses that offer great insight into the daily lives of the inhabitants.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely ride to Ephesus, which was once the second largest city in the Roman Empire. Starting at the Magnesia Gate, you will walk past a series of excavated ruins that reveal the beauty of this venerable World Heritage site.


    You might see the classical Grand Theater where St. Paul preached, the Fountain of Trajan with its regal statue of the emperor and the Library of Celsus, a monument constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes. One column of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, also remains.


    Across from Hadrian’s Temple on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain lie the Terrace Houses. These residences for the affluent date to the 1st century B.C. and showcase the surprisingly sophisticated Ephesian way of life known in Latin as modus vivendi. They are adorned with mosaics and frescoes, had hot and cold water, and heating pipes running beneath the floors.


    The Terrace Houses line streets that form a grid by intersecting each other at right angles. The ancient Greek architect Hippodamus of Miletus, who is considered the Father of European Urban Planning, designed the plan.


    Back in Kusadasi, you might spend free time shopping or stay in town longer for an enlightening carpet lecture.


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    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Magnificent Ephesus

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Walk through the excavated ruins in Ephesus, Turkey’s most celebrated archaeological site, and discover how the ruins bring the past vividly to life. ...
    Walk through the excavated ruins in Ephesus, Turkey’s most celebrated archaeological site, and discover how the ruins bring the past vividly to life. more...

    Walk through the excavated ruins in Ephesus, Turkey’s most celebrated archaeological site, and discover how the ruins bring the past vividly to life.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Ephesus, perhaps the best-preserved ancient city in the region. As you meander through the painstakingly excavated ruins of this World Heritage site, you will behold one spectacular building after another.


    You can expect to see the Great Theater where St. Paul spent three years in the 1st century preaching the Gospel. The theater can hold 25,000 spectators, so you can imagine the scene when the house was full for momentous events.


    According to written history, a large Jewish community lived in Ephesus but no synagogue has yet been excavated. However, a Jewish lamp has been found, confirming the texts that described the Jewish residents.


    The Library of Celsus is another architectural highlight. The monument was constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes. It was named for the city’s Roman governor in the 2nd century.


    One column of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, also remains. The first temple of its size to be built entirely of marble, it was considerably larger the Parthenon. The Roman author, philosopher and military commander Pliny the Elder wrote about the temple in detail, including its measurements and furnishings.


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    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Historic Highlights

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Delve into ancient history by visiting extraordinary attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary, the remains of the Temple of Artemis and Ephesus Museum. ...
    Delve into ancient history by visiting extraordinary attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary, the remains of the Temple of Artemis and Ephesus Museum. more...

    Delve into ancient history by visiting extraordinary attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary, the remains of the Temple of Artemis and Ephesus Museum.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the countryside to the House of the Virgin, which lies in a nature park. Believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, the small stone building contains a bedroom, kitchen and an altar adorned with images of Mary. A sacred spring known as the Fountain of Our Lady runs under the house.


    Continuing on, you will pass the ancient city of Ephesus and drive into the nearby village of Selcuk while the guide elaborates on their historical significance. Selcuk is home to the Ephesus Museum, whose collection includes many of the area’s prized artifacts.


    Unlike archaeological museums that display items chronologically, the Ephesus Museum exhibits them by theme, so you can easily concentrate on specific areas of interest. There are rooms devoted to ancient coins, artifacts from the Terrace Houses and the Temple of Artemis.


    The temple was rebuilt several times after being destroyed by an arsonist, damaged by invaders and torn down by a Christian mob. Its final version was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will see the temple’s lone surviving column and a few scattered remnants on the outskirts of Ephesus.


    Once you drive back to Kusadasi, you may return to the pier or stay in town for an enlightening carpet lecture or shopping.


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    • Adult from: £21,81 GBP
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    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Religious Highlights

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 3 hrs

    See some of the most sacred sites in ancient Turkey, including the house where the Virgin Mary supposedly lived and the basilica under which Saint John may be buried. ...
    See some of the most sacred sites in ancient Turkey, including the house where the Virgin Mary supposedly lived and the basilica under which Saint John may be buried. more...

    See some of the most sacred sites in ancient Turkey, including the house where the Virgin Mary supposedly lived and the basilica under which Saint John may be buried.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the countryside to the House of the Virgin, which lies in a nature park. Believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, the small stone building contains a bedroom, kitchen and an altar adorned with images of Mary.


    Although archaeologists date the existing building to the 6th century, the foundations are much older, perhaps from the 1st century, the time of Mary. A sacred spring known as the Fountain of Our Lady runs under the house, and you will be welcome to drink from it.


    You will next stop at the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. Built in the 6th century, the church stood over the spot where St. John is supposedly buried. Although a Mongol army destroyed the building and pillaged materials, part of the basilica has been restored to show its scope.


    Similarly, you will view the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Invaders also damaged it, as did an arsonist and a Christian mob. The final version of the renovated temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. All that remains is one column and a few scattered remnants.


    Once you drive back to Kusadasi, you may return to the pier or stay in town for an enlightening carpet lecture or shopping.


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    • Adult from: £29,33 GBP
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Panoramic Tour

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 4 hrs

    Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside, stopping on occasion at key attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the white-washed village of Sirince. ...
    Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside, stopping on occasion at key attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the white-washed village of Sirince. more...

    Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside, stopping on occasion at key attractions such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the white-washed village of Sirince.


    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the countryside to the House of the Virgin, which lies in a nature park. Believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, the small stone building contains a bedroom, kitchen and an altar adorned with images of Mary.


    Although archaeologists date the existing building to the 6th century, the foundations are much older, perhaps from the 1st century, the time of Mary.


    Continuing on, you will pass the ancient city of Ephesus and drive through the village of Selcuk while the guide elaborates on their historical significance. Nearby, you will find Sirince, a hillside village surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves.


    Most of its stone-and-stucco residences are painted white with red-tiled roofs, giving the village a wonderfully uniform and traditional appearance. While meandering through the atmospheric streets, you will pause to sample some of the local fruit wine. The varieties include melon, pomegranate and kiwi, all of which are prized for their sweetness.


    Back in Kusadasi, you will enjoy free time to shop for popular items such as gold jewelry and decorative ceramics. If you wish to buy a Turkish carpet, you might first attend a lecture on the subject to glean valuable information before making the purchase.


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    • Adult from: £26,32 GBP
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    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary

    Kusadasi, Turkey

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This is your opportunity to visit the magnificent ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. ...
    This is your opportunity to visit the magnificent ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. more...

    This is your opportunity to visit the magnificent ruins of Ephesus - one of the best preserved Greek/Roman cities in Asia Minor and experience the historical and religious values around it. Stop at the House of Virgin Mary, declared a place of pilgrimage in 1892. It has since been visited by many Christian pilgrims. Visit Ephesus, built in the 4th century BC. This is one of the most interesting and extensive ancient cities in the world.


    The remains from the Roman period are the Grand Theater, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, Scholastica Baths, the Odeon, the Lower Agora, and the State Agora. Once in Kusadasi, join the group for a brief carpet presentation, refreshment and shopping opportunity or return to your ship, which is within walking distance.


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    • Adult from: £36,85 GBP
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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