During your holiday in Istanbul you can join an alternative full day excursion and visit Ephesus. Ephesus Day Tour From Istanbul is ideal for those who seek to visit one of the wonders of the ancient world and proceed with an incredible sightseeing experience. The tour is also ideal for those who wish to unfold the history and learn the secrets of this exceptional archaeological site.
This full day excursion begins early in the morning, before sunrise. You will be transferred from your place of accommodation to Istanbul’s airport. From there, you will enjoy a flight to Izmir for approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival at Izmir a tour guide will welcome you. With a fully air conditioned and modern bus you will be driven towards Ephesus.
The ancient city of Ephesus is one of the most iconic and well-known sites in the region of Izmir. In fact, the city is characterized as one of the wonders of the ancient world and is currently listed as an UNESCO’s site of cultural heritage. It was constructed during antiquity by ancient Greeks and served also as a Roman city. The broader area includes multiple monuments and ruins to observe and admire. During your time there, you will walk around the main attractions of Ephesus and enjoy an informative guided tour.
The first stop of this tour includes a visit in the marble streets of Ephesus. In fact, they are an exceptional example of art, design and aesthetics. The streets are made by marble and on the sides there are various sculptures to observe. Then, you will walk towards the ancient theatre of Ephesus. There, multiple social events were taking place such as theatre acts and ceremonies. It was constructed during the Hellenistic period and is able to accommodate 24000 people.
Your Ephesus exploration continues with a visit at the ancient Agora. During antiquity, Agora used to be the major political centre of a city where important decisions were taken. It was also the meeting point where the main social issues were discussed. In Ephesus, Agora is located at a central point in the city’s square and its size will impress you.
Ephesus includes also two notable and important temples. The first is the temple of Hadrian and is able to offer important information about the religious beliefs of the people who were living in Ephesus. Inside the temple there are several interesting figures resembling humans and food. The second and most impressive monument is the temple of Artemis which is listed among the seven wonders of the ancient world. Nowadays, visitors are able to observe just the ruins of the temple. The tour guide will explain everything you need to know about the importance of this temple.
By the end of your guided tour, you will be transferred towards Izmir airport. From there, your flight to Istanbul will be approximately 1 hour. Upon landing, a vehicle will transfer you back to your hotel. This full day tour finishes during the night when you arrive back to your hotel charmed by the incredible sightseeing experience in Ephesus.
Ephesus Ancient City, Marble streets, Odeon, Agora, Temple of Hadrian, Monumental Fountains, Library of Celsius, Great Amphitheatre, Roman Baths, House of Virgin Mary, Temple Of Artemis, Isabey Mosque.
Immerse yourself into the incredible history of Ephesus and discover its hidden secrets with a full day excursion from Istanbul. Fly to Izmir and enjoy an exceptional sightseeing experience in one of Turkey’s most notable archaeological sites. Ephesus Day Tour From Istanbul is the perfect option for those who wish to visit Ephesus but have limited time. It is also a great option for all those who wish to get away from the crowds of Istanbul and enjoy an alternative full day tour.
The tour starts early in the morning. A vehicle will drive you from your place of accommodation in the city centre towards Istanbul’s airport.
Flight to Izmir
Ephesus Day Tour includes a two-way flight from Istanbul to Izmir airport. The flight is approximately one hour long. When you arrive to Izmir, an experienced tour guide will welcome you.
Ephesus day tour will take you towards the infamous ancient city of Ephesus. This archaeological site is one of the most important ones in Izmir. It is important to mention that, it is listed as UNESCO site of cultural heritage and is included among the wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was constructed by ancient Greeks and it was also a Roman city.
Your guided sightseeing experience will start from the marble streets of Ephesus. Walking around these ancient streets will be an outstanding experience. The elegant design of the marble streets demonstrates the high standard of aesthetics that people used to have in antiquity. On the sides of the streets you may also observe beautiful statues.
Then, you will visit the ancient theatre of Ephesus, or Odeon as it is also known. This impressive structure was used for live theatre acts as well as for other social happenings such as celebrations. The most interesting highlight is its size, as it can host up to 24000 people.
The next stop of the Ephesus tour will be made at the ancient agora. During antiquity, agora was the key location for all the political and social discussions. In addition, it was the place where all the important decisions were made. In Ephesus, agora is located in the main square of the city and covers a large area.
Among the many structures that this ancient city has, there are also some notable temples. One of them is the temple of Hadrian which forms an excellent source of information regarding the religious beliefs in ancient Ephesus. Inside the temple, you can observe figures and statues, resembling among others, humans.
Temple of Artemis
The last stop of your sightseeing experience will be made at the most important structure of Ephesus. The temple of Artemis is characterized as one of wonders of the ancient world. Unfortunately, visitors are able to observe just the ruins of the temple. However, your tour guide will provide an interesting description of this monument.
This full day tour in Ephesus includes also a lunch break. You will enjoy a freshly made lunch at a local restaurant.
Flight to Istanbul
When the tour of Ephesus is over, a fully air-conditioned and comfortable bus will transfer you back to Izmir at the airport. From there, you will enjoy a 1-hour flight back to Istanbul.
At Istanbul’s airport, a comfortable vehicle will be waiting in order to transfer you back to your hotel. This great full day tour finishes when you reach your hotel at the city centre.