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Ephesus (Efes)
Ephesus (Efes)

Ephesus (Efes)

3,811 Reviews
Free admission
Selcuk, Izmir

The Basics

This ancient city is home to an incredible number of ruins in varying states. The site is best explored with a guide who can help shed light on the function and significance of the various structures. Guided tours of the site depart from Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Selçuk, and Kuşadasi.

Travelers who want to avoid the stress of making travel arrangements to Ephesus can take tours from Istanbul, which typically include air transport from Istanbul to Izmir, and ground transfers from Izmir to Ephesus. Many tours combine a visit to Ephesus with a trip to the Virgin Mary's House (Meryemana), a former house turned shrine where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last days.

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
$85.00 per adult
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Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.
Tourist17315088286, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

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PRIVATE TOUR: Best of Ephesus Tours ( Skip Ticket Lines )
Amazing Tour! Van was sparkling clean, driver was super friendly, polite and drove safely. Our tour guide Zeynep was amazing! She was a master of her craft, had the heart to guide, and was genuinely a friendly person. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
Wonderful experience
Teodora_H, Jul 2021
Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House from Bodrum
If you want to see one of the UNESCO heritage sites I strongly recommend this tour. The English language guides are very knowledgeable and very nice , you feel very welcomed. It’s a long drive but all worth it .
Perfect Trip
Iman_Z, Jul 2021
Ephesus Trip from Istanbul
This tour was amazing, everything was organized perfectly from the minute i left my hotel in Istanbul and until i got back to it, it all went according to plan without any glitches. My tour guide Ismail was very professional and knowledgeable, he was very passionate about his work and it showed. I will recommend this trip to all my family and friends and I will definitely utilize their services again.
You will love Ephesus and this tour
Amy_J, Jun 2021
Ephesus Trip from Istanbul
Ephesus is incredible, and this tour helped us to understand the significance of what we were seeing. Our guide, Ismail, was great and we appreciate that we’re able to experience the area like a local based on his guidance.
Luis_R, May 2021
Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi
It was an excellent and wonderful experience, especially because of the assigned guide. Gonca or Rosita is a person who loves her work, she did her best, she explained everything to us, she made us feel happy, all 10 out of 10, thank you very much.
The small group excursion...
RuthFirth, Apr 2021
Small Group Ephesus and Sirince Tour from Selcuk
The small group excursion with Nazim was both entertaining and informative. He thoughtfully arranged places and times to suit our particular group. We had done this particular excursion previously and enjoyed it, but this time it was even better.
Jonathan_B, Oct 2020
Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Excellent!! Incredible! A must if you in the area at all . Tour guide ( Riza) and driver (Burak) were amazing !!!
A must see place
Dina_R, Sep 2020
Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House from Bodrum
An amazing site, a must see when in Bodrum! A tour guide is recommended as all the details and semnifications are explained.
Great experience with great tour guide
Jared_M, Aug 2020
Full Day Small Group Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi
Had a great tour and the tour guide was awesome. The effesus tour wouldn't have been the same without our guide. Time and money well spent.
Great tour with Melih
Juan_L, Aug 2020
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Great tour with Melih, who was an entertaining tour guide and very knowledgeable about Ephesus and its history. Transport was spotless and all completed in a timely fashion.
An Incredible Day in the Ancient World
Florence_I, Jun 2020
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Awesome! A++ experience! Our guide, Gonca, was extremely knowledgeable, very accomodating, and personable. We would request her again. The tour was well organized and with Gonca's explanations we were very satisfied with the entire day. Our family is still talking about it a year later!
A great day!
Alyssa, Mar 2020
Mini Group (Max. 10 Guests) Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Gufte was an awesome guide! She took us on a really great tour and I learned so much. We got a lot of free time to wander around and also spent some time with her learning about all of the amazing history. We had such a good time that she convinced me to join her and the group the next day to go to Pamukkale! I’m so grateful for her time and how she made it so much fun.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ephesus is a must for history and archaeology buffs.

  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and ample water as there is little shade at the site.

  • Much of Ephesus has uneven, stone surfaces that can make wheelchair access difficult. It is possible to enter the site via the lower gate and to see some of the ruins, including the Library of Celsus.

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How to Get There

Ephesus is situated in Selçuk in the Izmir province of Turkey, about 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of the city of Izmir. Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus, operate direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. Izmir is about an hour’s drive from Ephesus. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour.

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When to Get There

The best time of the year to visit Ephesus is during April, May, October, and November when the milder temperatures are ideal for exploring. The heat and crowds can be intense in July and August, especially in the middle of the day, so try coming in early morning or late afternoon.

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Highlights of Ephesus

Perhaps the most emblematic and oft-photographed ruin in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Built between AD 110 and AD 135, the library was originally three stories tall. Much of the structure was destroyed during a 10th-century earthquake, though the spectacular facade has been reconstructed. Though the Temple of Artemis is probably Ephesus’ most fabled structure—this colossal marble construction is said to have been more than four times the size of the Parthenon—only a lone column remains standing.

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