Discovery of Christian Ephesus

Daily Program

Docking at the port of Kusadasi, you will be welcomed by your private guide who will be holding a sign having our names printed. After getting introduced to your lecturer/guide who will be leading and guiding you through the world’s best preserved Roman city, Ephesus, you will board your luxury van and have a scenic drive heading up the hills, where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent the last days of her life. In the present day, there is a charming chapel, consecrated by Pope, at the very spot where there was the House of Virgin Mary. The local tradition suggests that Virgin Mary lived and died at this holy place with the company of St.John to whom she was entrusted by Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Leaving the House of Virgin Mary, you will head on to Selcuk. This small town was the very first settlement of Ephesus that was founded by the Greek colonists as early as 11th century BC and remained inland due to the silting of the port of Ephesus. At the vicinity of Selcuk there rests the timeless city of Ephesus where history and archaeology will offer you their majesty with incredible richness. Ephesus was the Capital of the Province of Asia Minor during the Roman Era, and was, therefore, the scene of many political intrigues while bearing an immense richness due to its port and its trading activities. A city with such importance and wealth had prestigious buildings that survived up to today in a wonderful state of preservation. You will be walking on the Marble Road that runs through the city, having various structures resting on it: Temple of Hadrian is a unique beauty with its articulate facade while Library of Celsus has all the expression of the grandeur of hay day of the Roman Period. Among all the archaeological remains, the Great Theater of Ephesus bears the major archaeological importance as the largest Roman theatre surviving to today. Completing your private tour of Ephesus, today you will enjoy your lunch served at an olive farm that also serves as a local tavern tasting authentic Turkish cuisine prepared by the family that owns the establishment. En route you will stop at the ruins of Temple of Artemis that was one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World. Today’s site of the temple is composed of scattered pieces of columns that once created the mighty ambience of this legendary shrine of 6th century BC. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Basilica of St. John, built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century over the traditional tomb of St.John that has been revered by local Christian community since early Roman days. Having a cruciform design that rests on six domes, the Basilica would have been nominated as the seventh largest Christian shrine in the world had it been reconstructed. Concluding your day of history embellished by art and architecture, you can spend remaining of your afternoon in the market of Kusadasi standing across the port where your ship is docked. Turkey is abode of handmade souvenirs and quality merchandise. You can enjoy your time hunting for bargains and hear about famous Turkish rugs, fine jewelry, and leather products.

Notes

Rates Include:

- Professional English speaking lecturer/guide

- All transportation with luxury minivan with A/C and non-smoking

- Lunch

- All entrance and parking fees

 

Rates Exclude:

- Beverages

- Gratuities for guide and driver

- Personal expenses

 

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