EPHESUS AND ITS TERRACED HOUSES
Culture & local gems, From 1 to 3 hours walking, Certified guide
Step back 2000 years to when Ephesus was on the sea, its port was one of the busiest in the Mediterranean and the Roman emperors competed to have a monument built here: the archaeological site includes the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Odeon, the grand theater, the Celsus Library and the magnificent terraced houses. We'll leave you to discover what they are.
- Ephesus: Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan, Odeon, grand theater, Celsus Library
- Terraced houses
- Free time for shopping
- Hop on the minibus for a trip to discover ancient Ephesus. You'll see the Byzantine fortress of Selçuk and the Temple of Artemis: one of the seven wonders of antiquity.
- Together with your guide, explore the Corinthian-style Temple of Hadrian and the Fountain of Trajan where water flowed under the statue of the emperor and gushed out, keeping the streets clean.
- The small theater once had a roof, while the Celsus Library was connected by an underground tunnel to the nearby brothel.
- Don't miss the grand theater: by name and by nature the biggest in Asia Minor, it was the venue for gladiator fights, concerts and the sermons of Saint Paul who came here in person.
- Are you ready for the highlight of the tour? Here are the terraced houses where the wealthy families of Ephesus lived. Running hot and cold water, state-of-the-art central heating systems, walls decorated with frescoes and mosaics: no expense was spared!
- Buy colorful ceramics or other typical products in the craft store and, back in Kuşadasi, choose whether to explore the city's bazaars or return to the ship.
Good to know
- The tour includes walking across plexiglass scaffolding over the terraced houses: if you suffer from vertigo you may feel uncomfortable.