OVERVIEW: Designed for guests who are full time wheelchair users, this tour includes a narrated drive through some of the most impressive monuments in Ephesus.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a panoramic view of Ephesus and its highlights. Stop for a photo opportunity of the Statue of Virgin Mary. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a refreshment stop with a brief carpet presentation and time for shopping.
NOTES: Guests must provide the dimensions (height, length and width) and weight of the electric scooter / wheelchair at the time of booking.
You’ll start with a drive through the verdant countryside on your way to Ephesus. Upon your arrival at the Exterior Gate of Ephesus, your guide will provide information about the Ancient City of Ephesus from outside. You will have free time for pictures and shopping at the upper gate of Ephesus while viewing the Odeon. From there you will continue by coach for a stop at the "Statue of Virgin Mary" which is almost 5 km (3 miles) away from the "House of Virgin Mary", where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life. The site became famous especially after the travels of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedictus XVI.
Your next stop will be at the Lower Gate of Ephesus where one can find souvenirs and facilities as well as more information about the Ancient City of Ephesus while viewing The Grand Theatre from outside. Isabey Mosque, a pretty mosque constructed in 1374, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian Beyliks, situated between the Basilica of Saint Jean and the remains of the Temple of Artemis on the skirts of the Ayasulug Hills, formerly Ephesus. The final venue visited will be the Temple of Artemis, which is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis, the goddess of hunting and the chase, once stood around the bay of the Meander River. This temple was once considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and is today considered as a holy place for pilgrimage.
Finally, you will visit Ephesus Theme Park for a refreshment stop and exclusive interactive show. You’ll conclude your tour with a trip back to Kusadasi where there will be a brief carpet presentation. Or, if you wish, you may return directly to the ship which is within walking distance.
-This tour is designed for those guests who are full time wheelchair users. Space permitting, we will try to accommodate guests with walking difficulties, those unable to handle steps or extended periods of walking or standing. The vehicle used on this excursion is adapted with an access ramp (or lift where available) to accommodate a limited number of wheelchairs. In order to use the ramp and/or lift, guests must be seated in a wheelchair or scooter. Due to liability issues, participants cannot stand on the ramp to be lifted into the vehicle.
- Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time. Guests interested in this tour must contact in advance of the cruise the Shore Excursion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to review full details on this tour and availability.
-Guests wishing to utilize a wheelchair (manual or electric) on this excursion must provide the total dimensions (height, length and width) and weight of the electric scooter or wheelchair at the time of booking to email@example.com. Use of a motorized scooter is not guaranteed on this excursion. Please note that this information is subject to change and availability is not guaranteed. This tour can only be secured in advance of the cruise on a first come - first served basis. Space is limited but a minimum participation is required in order for the tour to operate.
-This panoramic tour does not include visits or entrance to Ephesus Open Air Museum nor to the House of Virgin Mary.
-The amount of walking and standing during the free time is at the guests' discretion.
-Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
-The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites.