Out of the world experience
Ephesus Ancient City & Virgin Mary’s House
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Rs 50,000
6 Days / 5 Nights
About the holiday

Ephesus, a commercial, religious and social center during ancient Greek and Roman times, is the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Ephesus is the highlight of any visit in Turkey, and you can see its top sights on this excursion from Kusadasi. With so many mythological stories and spectacular ruins, Ephesus will make you feel like you've gone back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. See the famous Fountains of Trajan, built to honor the emperor of the same name, and the Polio Fountain, located opposite the Domitian Temple. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Private House (a brothel which was part of the scholastic baths), the Library of Celsius and the bouleuterion (a small theater used for the meetings of the Senate). Admire the Great Theater, which was completed by the Romans in 117 AD and has a capacity for 24,000 spectators. 

Afternoon visit of House of Virgin Mary, located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, where she spent the last days of her life. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place. The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960's. Later, in the 1980's, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary's Assumption.

Next, see the graceful columns and mosaics that remain of the Basilica of St John, built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St John the Apostle, before returning back to your hotel

Day 1
Arrival to Kusadasi
Arrival to Istanbul and connection Izmir flight, then transfer to Kusadasi. OVERNIGHT KUSADASI

Day 2
Full day Ephesus 
First, we visit the Isa Bey Mosque which was constructed in 1375, then drive to EPHESUS ANCIENT CITY, among the ruins of archeological site we see the Celsus library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain. After walking on the historical marble street, the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Next visit is the HOUSE OF MOTHER MARY where is believed that she had spent recent years of her life. The last stop of us is Temple of Artemis (Diana) which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient World. 

Day 3 
Free day in Kusadasi 
Free day at leisure 

Day 4 
To Istanbul 
Free time in hotel regarding to flight time and transfer to Izmir Airport for flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. 

Day 5 
Morning sightseeing tour for enjoying the Bosporus. First a panoramic tour on bus for city walls and Golden Horn. Than free time at SPICE MARKET and BOSPHOROUS CRUISE on boat. Afternoon free time at leisure. 

Day 6
Return flight – Istanbul to Mauritius
After breakfast and free time regarding flight Schedule then transfer to Ataturk Airport for home flight.

The package includes:
  • International Flights: Mauritius - Turkey - Mauritius 
  • 3 Night’s Accommodation at Kusadasi Hotel including breakfast and dinner
  • 2 Night’s Accommodation at Istanbul Old City Hotel including breakfast 
  • Return airport transfers in Istanbul and in Kusadasi with private vehicle
  • Full Day SIC Ephesus tour with lunch
  • Half Day SIC Bosphorus Cruise tour 
  • English Speaking Professional guide during the Tours 
  • Entrances to the museums and sites indicated at the itinerary 
  • Tips at the hotels
The package excludes: 
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Beverages in all meals 
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for the guide and for the driver 
  • Personal expenses
*conditions apply 
Validity: Until 15 June 2018 

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