PREMIUM EPHESUS AND THE HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY
Panorama, Culture, Shopping
PREMIUM TOUR: dedicated to elite tourists looking for a privileged visit with higher standards in smaller groups. Your local guide will introduce you to the ancient history of Ephesus on a walking tour of approximately an hour and a half, which will enable you to visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the whole of Turkey and perhaps the entire ancient world. During your tour of the city, you will discover the unforgettable riches of Ephesus, the ancient capital of Asia Minor and principal Mediterranean port. You will admire the agora and the Temple of Hadrian and will not fail to be astounded by the magnificent Celsus Library. Be sure to have your photo taken sitting on the steps of the largest Theatre of the ancient world, which will take you back in time to when the arena was packed with over 25,000 spectators. The next step is one of Christianity's best-loved shrines: the spot venerated by the faithful as the place in which the Virgin Mary spent the last years of her life in retreat and prayer. The humble house, set amidst the lush greenery of Mount Bulbul, was forgotten until 1892, when it was declared a holy site of pilgrimage. A small stone church now stands on the foundations of the ruined house, which has been made famous by numerous prayer visits by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. There will be some free time in a typical shop before returning to the ship.
What you need to know
Space is limited, so please reserve early. Please note: Comfortable shoes are recommended for the walking tour around the archaeological site. Clothing suitable for a place of worship is required for the visit to House of the Virgin.