We offer you a daily excursion from Istanbul to Ephesus.
If you don’t have a spare night to spend away from Istanbul, or if you have already booked your hotel but would like to make a little change to your visit to Istanbul, then we gladly introduce you to our daily excursion to the wonders of Ephesus. You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and transferred to the airport. You will fly directly to Izmir and be picked up from the airport in order to visit Ephesus, which is one of the best preserved ancient cities of a bygone age. Once you visit the premier Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, you can explore the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, the famous Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and other Roman sites such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis. You will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight and on to your hotel in Istanbul.
Early morning pick-up from your hotel. Transfer to the airport in Istanbul. Flight to İzmir (Ephesus). Pick up from airport and transfer to Company Office in Selçuk. Departure for the Travel in Turkey Daily Ephesus Tour.
The Ancient City of Ephesus; A World Heritage site, Ephesus is one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean. At the height of its era of prosperity, it was second in importance and size only to Rome. It was visited by Anthony and Cleopatra.
Temple of Hadrian: Built before 138 A.D. by P.Quintilus and dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, it is the most beautiful and best-preserved structures and one of the most famous monuments of the ancient city of Ephesus. It lies on the south side of Curates Street, one of Ephesus' main arteries connecting the Gate of Hercules with the Library of Celsus
Temple of Domitian: Built during the reign of Domitian, it is the first structure in Ephesus known to be dedicated to an emperor. Built on the slope of the hill south of Ephesus and extending into the center of the city, this prominent temple could be seen from nearly everywhere in Ephesus, including the land and harbour entrances. The temple was built on a two-storied wide terrace which is 50x100 meters in dimension, and the upper part of the terrace was reached by stairs which are still visible today.
Hercules Gate: Located at the end of Curetes street, which can be considered the link between two main areas of Ephesus - the political and the commercial one. The gate signals that the street was a pedestrian area. Two monumental pillars of the structure hold magnificent carved reliefs of Hercules, hence its name.
Library of Celsus: Known as the third richest library in ancient times after Alexandra and Pergamum, it was built as a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus in 117 A.D. Celsus had been a member of the Roman senate, and later the proconsul of Ephesus. There was a statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, thus representing that the place used as a library. There are also four statues representing wisdom (Sophia), knowledge (Episteme), intelligence (Ennoia) and valor (Arete), these being the virtues of Celcus.
Great Theatre: The most magnificent structure in the ancient city of Ephesus, was capable of holding 24,000 spectators, being the largest theatre in Anatolia. The theatre was used not only for concerts and plays, but also for religious, political and philosophical discussions and also for gladiator and animal fights.
House of Virgin Mary: Located 9km from Ephesus, the place known as where Mary spent her last days. The house is a typical example of Roman architecture. It is two-storied and consists of an anteroom, a bedroom, a prayer room, and a room with a fireplace and a kitchen.
Temple of Artemis: One of the seven wonders of ancient world, it was a famous holy place of pilgrimage for centuries. It was completed in 550 BC.
At the end of our Travel in Turkey Ephesus tour, you will be transferred to the airport for the evening flight back to Istanbul, then back to your hotel.
Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul (By Plane)