Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Ephesus and see the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) on this 12-hour day trip from Bodrum. Marvel at the ruins of this fantastically preserved Roman city, before visiting the chapel built on the spot where some believe Jesus' mother spent her last days. Tour includes lunch, guide, and entrance fees to Ephesus.
Expect pickup from your Bodrum hotel by 6:30am: your local operator will confirm the exact time after booking.
It's about a 2.5-hour drive to the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Roman cities still extant. You'll soon appreciate its spectacular condition as you stroll its marble-paved streets and admire mosaics and frescoes.
During antiquity, Ephesus was one of the largest Roman cities in Asia, a commercial, religious, and social center due to its bustling harbor. Your guide will show you the Temple of Hadrian, the ancient baths, and a building many believe was the city's brothel: don't miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus.
Your guide will show you the Great Theater, which once held around 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performances and gladiator battles. Today, the site offers impressive views across the main street with its marble fountains, temples, and baths.
Enjoy lunch at Ephesus before the short drive to the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) on Mount Coressos. This tiny chapel is built atop the foundations of a ruined house where some Christians and Muslims believe the Virgin Mary spent her last days: choose to admire it from afar or pay the 20 Turkish lira (USD $6) entrance fee.
You'll leave Ephesus around 4pm, returning to your hotel around 6:30pm.