|Arrive: 05/24/16 8:00 AM||Depart: 05/24/16 6:00 PM|
Guided Sightseeing Option: Please see below for details on this option.
Enjoy a private chauffeur driven luxury sedan for “Guided Sightseeing” touring.
Meet your expert local guide and driver for the drive to Kusadasi.
Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where the Virgin is said to have lived the last years of her life. The building was rediscovered in the late 19th Century by Lazartis from Smyrna based on the vision of a German nun. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church and visited by Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.
Then on to Ephesus, famous throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis. First, you will view Odeon Theatre where the state affair were held. Then you, will visit the Hadrian Temple, It was dedicated in 118 AD to Hadrian, Artemis, and the people of Ephesus but greatly reconstructed in the 4th century. This impressive Corinthian style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch.
See the Terrace Houses (Villas) located on top of the hill within Ephesus. They have a fantastic view of the entire city of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians, and are finely decorated with incredible examples of mosaics and frescos. Celsus Library is the best preserved structure of its kind. The inscription on the side of the building’s front staircase says that the library was build by Julius, in his father’s honour, after his death.
Next, see the Great Theatre, which dates back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st Century AD it was succesfully reconstructed and then expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where St. Paul preached. Marble Road runs between the Library of Celsus and the theater and is a part of the sacred walk way.
Time for lunch at a suggested local restaurant (not included)
Then visit the Basilica of St.John, where John and the Virgin Mary went between 42 and 48 AD and lived. Three hundred years after the death of Saint John, a small chapel on the Ayasuluk Hill was constructed over his grave in the 4th Century AD. This church was replaced in the 6th Century AD by a huge basilica built by the Emperor Justinian, the impressive ruins of which are still visible.
At the end of your tour, you can return to Kusadasi for some shopping in town or visit one of the carpet villages along the way before embarking the ship. If you are not interested in Shopping, please advise your guide that you would like to return directly to the ship.
*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.
"At Your Leisure" Option: Please see below for details on this option.
Enjoy a private chauffeur driven luxury sedan for “At Your Leisure” touring. You decide where you want to go and what you want to see.*
*Mileage restrictions may apply.
Please review the Destination Guide below to help you plan your sightseeing.
Visitors come to Kusadasi for beaches and nearby ruins of Ephesus. The major attraction is the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus, considered to be most important in Turkey. The history of this ancient city dates back to 10th century BC; many remarkable structures seen today are result of an excavation and restoration program. Along a white marble road grooved by ancient chariot wheels, the two-story Library of Celsus presents a striking sight. There are temples, houses of noblemen, and community buildings lining ancient streets. Nestled in the mountainside is a 25,000-seat amphitheater, still used for performances during Festival of Culture and Art. Bible buffs may know Ephesus as inspiration for St. Paul’s Epistle to Ephesians and the site of one of the first seven churches of Asia Minor. Treasures are kept in the Seljuk Archaeological Museum. Among the better-known ancient sites near Kusadasi are ancient Miletus and Dydima. Remains include a well-preserved Roman theater at Miletus and Dydima's sacred temple of Apollo.