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Ephesus (Efeze) Tours

Ephesus (Efeze) is one of the greatest ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During its heyday in the first century BC, it was the second-largest city in the world, with only Rome commanding more power. Many reconstructed structures and ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can be seen here.
 
The Basics
This ancient city is home to an incredible number of ruins in varying states. The site is best explored with a guide who can help shed light on the function and significance of the various structures. Guided tours of the site depart from Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Selçuk, and Kuşadasi.
 
Travelers who want to avoid the stress of making travel arrangements to Ephesus can take tours from Istanbul, which typically include air transport from Istanbul to Izmir, and ground transfers from Izmir to Ephesus. Many tours combine a visit to Ephesus with a trip to the Virgin Mary's House (Meryemana), a former house turned shrine where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last days.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ephesus is a must for history and archaeology buffs.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and ample water as there is little shade at the site.
  • Much of Ephesus has uneven, stone surfaces that can make wheelchair access difficult. It is possible to enter the site via the lower gate and to see some of the ruins, including the Library of Celsus.
 
How to Get There
Ephesus is situated in Selçuk in the Izmir province of Turkey, about 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of the city of Izmir. Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus, operate direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. Izmir is about an hour’s drive from Ephesus. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour.
 
When to Get There
The best time of the year to visit Ephesus is during April, May, October, and November when the milder temperatures are ideal for exploring. The heat and crowds can be intense in July and August, especially in the middle of the day, so try coming in early morning or late afternoon.
 
Highlights of Ephesus
Perhaps the most emblematic and oft-photographed ruin in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Built between AD 110 and AD 135, the library was originally three stories tall. Much of the structure was destroyed during a 10th-century earthquake, though the spectacular facade has been reconstructed. Though the Temple of Artemis is probably Ephesus’ most fabled structure—this colossal marble construction is said to have been more than four times the size of the Parthenon—only a lone column remains standing.

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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, null
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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

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Rewind 2,000 years on this day trip to incredible Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary from Istanbul, including round-trip flights. Fly to Izmir and drive to ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $345.00
Ephesus Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Ephesus Tour From Istanbul

Delve into Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of a classical ancient city. On this full-day, small-group, all-inclusive tour, fly south from Istanbul ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $342.32
Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting, ... 
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Visit 3 different places in 1 day. Firstly ancient ruins of Ephesus which is the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. It is a must see  while visiting ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.83
Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir, Izmir, Day Trips
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Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir

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This day-long tour lets you explore the ancient city of Ephesus. Over the course of roughly six hours, see incredible ruins from a range of historical periods, ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.42
Ephesus Sightseeing Tour, Kusadasi, Full-day Tours
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Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the magic of the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Kusadasi. Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi

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The Selcuk area of Turkey is the location of some amazing ancient ruins and sites. The history dates back to B.C. times and the area used to be one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.42
Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air

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If you are visiting Istanbul and have limited time to explore the rest of Turkey, then this tour is for you!  Don't miss the opportunity to visit Ephesus, one ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $348.12
Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum, Bodrum, Day Trips
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Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Ephesus and see the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) on this 12-hour day trip from Bodrum. Marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.74
Ephesus The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch, ... 
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Ephesus The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch

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Private  : Full Day tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary with lunch. Private Licenced tour guide,  A/C ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $13.00
Best of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi: Temple of Artemis, St John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, Kusadasi, ... 
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Best of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi: Temple of Artemis, St John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque

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There are many ways of touring in Ephesus and this tour is for the ones who are deeply interested in archaeology and history lovers. You will not only visit ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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