View the famous sites of ancient Ephesus. Gain insight into the lifestyle of wealthy Ephesians, as
you visit some of the excavated and recently restored houses.
Upon arrival at Ephesus’ upper entrance, proceed on foot along the marble-paved Curetes Street, passing the splendid Hadrian Gate, the Trojan Fountain and the baths. Leave Curetes Street and
follow a narrow road leading to private hill houses, known as Terrace Houses.
Built during the reign of Augustus on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain, these houses were inhabited
until the 7th century AD by wealthy Ephesians. Every entrance on the stepped street was a home entrance, and the roof of one house formed the terrace for the house above it. All were peristyle,
featuring a pool in the centre, with the rooms arranged around the pool. There was running water
to the houses, either from a fountain or along the side. The rooms had marble floors and walls were
decorated with exquisite mosaics and frescoes. Visit one or two of these Terrace Houses that have
been completely restored.
Following your visit, resume the guided walk through Ephesus along the Sacred Way, connecting
the famous Library of Celsus with the Great Theatre. In addition to the magnificent façade of the
Library, see the Agora, connected to the Library Square by the Gate of Augustus. Then, walk past
the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians and along the Arcadian Way to the
coach parking area.
Following the drive back to Kusadasi, some free time is available for you to browse in the numerous
shops, or if you prefer, return directly to the pier. An optional stop at a carpet shop is available at the
end of the tour.