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In a nutshell

A must for archaeology and history enthusiasts. A unique opportunity to discover the history of Ephesus, one of the most important cities in ancient times.

Main stops
  • Vedius Gymnasium
  • Gate of the City
  • Via Arcadiana
  • Great Theatre
  • Marble Road
  • Library of Celsus
  • Temple of Hadrian
  • Scholastica Baths

The programme

Ephesus was founded as a colony and its importance increased over the years until it became the most important city of the Roman Empire and a place of worship for Christians (as indicated in St.Paul's letter to the Ephesians).

  • During our tour, we will admire the Vedius Gymnasium and the foundations of what was once probably a huge stadium, whose steps were used in the following centuries to build the walls of Byzantium.
  • After crossing through the main Gate of the city, we will find ourselves on the majestic Via Arcadiana lined by marble columns.
  • This amazing road connects the ancient port and thermal baths to the incredible Great Theatre, carved in the slopes of Mount Pion with a seating capacity of 24,000. It was used every year in April for the festival of Artemis.
  • After leaving the Theatre, we will walk along the Marble Road to the Library of Celsus, almost entirely rebuilt by Viennese archaeologists and whose carved façade is a magnificent example of the wonderful architecture that could once be admired around Ephesus.
  • On gazing towards the hill, we will see the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastica baths and the Slope Houses, behind which lie the Fountain of Trajan and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers.
  • Before returning to the ship, we will stop at a shop with local products.

Good to know
  • The excursion involves walking for about 2 hours, it is therefore recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • The itinerary may be subject to change.