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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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Izmir, Turkey

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Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
  • Take a day trip to the ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's House from Izmir
  • Visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary
  • Explore the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking local guide
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified

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Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After you meet your guide at your Izmir hotel, start your Ephesus and St. Mary’s House day trip. Hop in your air-conditioned coach and head to Ephesus. Along the way take a brief break on Ayasuluk Hill and admire St Johns Basilica built as a tribute to the Saint who composed gospels here. Then, visit his 4th century tomb where he rests eternally.

Continue to Ephesus and learn why Christianity was so influential in this ancient city. Listen as your guide tells the story of Christ’s vision of Ephesus as one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Next, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis. Enjoy more discoveries such as the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, and several temples.

Afterwards, take a break for lunch and savor some delicious Turkish fare. Finally, explore the House of the Virgin Mary and gain insight into how she devoted her final days before passing. Hear how after Pope Paul VI validated this cottage in 1967 it became a center of pilgrimage to many Christians. 

Then, return to your coach and voyage back to your Izmir hotel where your tour concludes.
Stop At:  
The Basilica of Saint John
On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed. The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples. After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.
Duration: 30 minutes
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Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Virgin Mary's House
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Great Tour guide, horrible wasteful stops
, Jun 2021
I rather liked the tour guide and enjoyed his presentation. But we picked him up in Slecuk, so it was a silent drive down from Izmir, and we skipped The Basilica of St John. Also I find it an insult to my intelligence when in response to other reviews, it has been mentioned that customers like those long shopping stops. There were only 4 of us and after the carpet shop stop, all four had indicated we want to go home , but after all sightseeing was done, we were basically kidnapped to a leather shop for a mandatory " fashion show", followed by aggressive salesmen. I prefer if tour companies just be upfront about these stops and how they are subsidized. Maybe some people rather pay extra, but dont be subjected to pushy salesmen with their amusing "just for you" offers.
Great experience
, Sep 2020
The tour guide was fantastic and knew everything about the place. She was very helpful and kept us involved. The dinner included was great and traditional turkish cuisine. The only problem was at the end there was another booking and it felt rushed. I would if liked it to be more of a full day rather than getting back to hotel at 1430
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Chrsitina, It's great to hear that you liked most of the tour. All our tours start in the morning. We don't have any product that can start after Ephesus tour. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
, Sep 2020
100% recommend if you’re looking for a tour with the most knowledgable (and fun!) guide! I really can’t spell my guide’s name (so sorry!) from Neon Tours but she was the most professional guide I have ever had. Her personality really made this tour enjoyable, as she set a great tone and atmosphere for the group. Her English was fantastic and she knew so much about Ephesus. I feel like I learnt a semester’s worth of history thanks to her! The pace of the tour was perfect, and our lunch stop was very tasty. The guide and driver took the necessary precautions very seriously to ensure everyone remained safe and healthy.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Kate, Thank you for your kind words. Please come again. Neon Tours
Ephesus ruins
, Jan 2020
The tour itself was good, learned a lot of history. But the tour guide made 2 long stops to the rug /carpet making company and the ceramics. The rug company have very aggressive sales people. It was really a waste of our time and very tiresome.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear our valued guest, Glad you learned a lot about our beautiful country's history. We'll try to keep shopping times shorter. Guides always make these shopping stops according to guests requests but we'll inform them again to keep them shorter. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
Amazing to see, 5 starts, but very disappointing to wate time in the afternoon, 1 start or "0",shame on the tour company
, Nov 2019
1. what happened: all picked up by 8:45, St John around 9:50, guided tour till 10:30, to St. Mary by10:45, guide's explanation till 11:00, then you visit the church as directed by the guide till around 11:30, move to Ephesus by 11:45, guided tour till 1:20, move to restaurant, lunch till 2:15, then you spend about 45 minute, in a carpet shop next the restaurant, Then we were about to move to another shop, so I mentioned whether we are stopping by at Artemis temple, the guide said no, I said it is so close, ready to insist that we must stop as I remember the itinerary was indicating Artemis, by then the guide says reluctantly say yes, so we stop by the temple for about 15 minutes. Then move to another shop, spent another 45 minutes, then it is 4:30 pm, time to head back to Izmir. 2. Was it good to see them: Absolutely all of them except the shops, you fly thousand of KM to see them!! 3. Were the guide and driver good: Very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. 4. Lunch: salads, deep fried cheese roll, eggplant, then fried chicken with rice, you pay for the drink where the restaurant would make money, and I guess that the tour company might not pay for the food at all just for brining tourist to the carpet shop. Anyhow, it was ok food nothing special. 5. Problem:The programme was very disappointing. Ok, I saw carpet shop and china shop spending 2 hours, but did I go to Izmir to see the shops? Were they specifically Turkish? The tour should have been, St.John, St, Mary and Artemis in the morning, then Ephesus for all afternoon, or all morning at Ephesus then the rest after lunch. Before we started Ephesus around 11:45, I was thinking if we are going to have lunch, how are we going to see it all? Not surprisingly, the guide was rushing us through it and not so much time to appreciate, it was like explanation, take photo, let's move. I was not quite sure why, but later realised because there were two shops to stop by. With all respect to the guide and tour company, shame on you. You surely know tourists come to Izmir for Ephesus, not for shops, and though there might be some financial arrangement, you are not doing favour to yourself in a long run, you company is out forever from my list. 6. Recommendation: Good to have guided tour, but check the programme for the day in the morning, unless you like shops, insist to spend more time at Ephesus and no shops. Sit and appreciate it, not photo and move. Or select a tour with no shops.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate this. Carpet and pottery are also part of Turkish tradition but not mandatory. Some guests want to see carpet demonstrations and pottery too. You were happy with guide & driver and we're considering you liked our services. It's a good service for all guests but we can't conduct it like a private tour cosnidering just one guest's needs in order to keep it as a good service for all. This is a group tour and guide have to consider all guests requests. Neon Tours
Discover Ephesus and more
, Oct 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Ephesus a glory Roman city
, Sep 2019
It is considered one of the great discovery of the Roman glory time coupled with the Virgin Mary hidding location after Jesus crucification. It is a must visit back in critical time in history
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
If you want to spend time in souvenir shops.....
, Sep 2019
The driver was late more than 30 minutes for pick up without notice. The tour guide took us to the Turkish rugs and ceramic shops which is not included in the program. I did not expect we have to spend more that 2 hours in there. I will not recommend anyone to join this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear our valued guest, We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your tour. If you can send us an email with your tour details we'd like to investigate it. Waiting for your email, Neon Tours
Excellent tour with excellent guide
Nashwan S
, Jul 2019
Highly recommended, will definitely recommend Ceyla as a tour guide, she is passionate, knowledgable and a great photographer as well.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear our valued guest, It's a great pleaseure to read this kind review. We'll deliver your compliments to Ceyla too. Hope you'll visit our beautiful country again and recommend your friends, Neon Tours
The perfect day
, Jul 2019
What a pleasant surprise. I had expected to join a tour bus but instead it was just a small van. It was not like a tour at all but a group of friends. Ephesus! Wow what a place We all had a terrific time. Very personal service. Many thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Chuck, We're more than happy to hear that you're happy with our services. We operate our tours on small group basis. Hope to be in your service in the future too, Neon Tours

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