The combination of a visit to Ephesus, the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean,
and to the area’s biblical sites makes this excursion a memorable experience. Begin the day with a
30-minute drive toward Selçuk, where a hillside road leads to the first stop.
House of the Virgin Mary Feel the serenity of the site as you visit the house believed to be the
dwelling where the Virgin Mary spent the last years of her life. See the fountain where the faithful
draw water from a holy well.
Leaving the House of the Virgin Mary, proceed with a short ride to Ephesus, Turkey’s most celebrated
site of antiquity and among the best places in the world to experience a step back into Roman times.
The guide leads you a walking tour down the marble-paved Curetes Street and the Sacred Way, as
you view the remains of civic buildings and temples. Admire the splendid façade of the Celsus Library
and the impressive tiers of the Great Theatre.
Basilica of St. John Reboard the coach a travel to the next stop the itinerary – the Basilica of St. John.
He wrote his gospel while living in Ephesus and was buried at this hilltop, where a memorial was constructed over the gravesite. Later, Emperor Justinian erected a domed basilica in its place.
Most of the church is in ruins, yet the site still conveys a feeling of tranquillity.
Next, proceed toward Camlik village and the lunch venue, the garden of a local handicraft centre,
for a barbecue buffet lunch. If the weather is inclement, lunch will be served at the local hotel.
After lunch, continue to Selçuk, home to one of the finest museums in Turkey. The Archaeological
Museum’s exhibits include collections of exquisite mosaics, pottery, bronzes, frescoes and the
famous statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility. Many of the artefacts were found in Ephesus and
other archaeological sites in the area.
Leaving the museum, head back to Kusadasi where you may choose to remain in town to browse and shop, or return directly to the pier. An optional stop at a carpet shop is available at the end of the tour