06.30 a.m. Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for 08.00 a.m. morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 09.00 a.m. Met by you tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive ) First visit the Artemission Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus.visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city at the mouth of the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) River, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, notably a famous temple (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to the goddess Artemis, or Diana, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.
After Ephesus, lunch will be served at local retaurant.
After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. This house is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here.
Drive to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanbul. After 1 hour flight arrival in Istanbul transfer to the hotel.
The cost 290 EURO
Tour prices include;
- Professional licensed English speaking guide,
- Istanbul – Izmir – Istanbul domestic return flight tickets including airport tax,
- Lunch in Ephesus,
- All airport transfers and Transportation with private AC vehicle,
- All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary,