OVERVIEW: Designed for guests who prefer a leisurely visit to Ephesus with minimal walking, 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. Visit the Isabey Mosque. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a refreshment stop with a brief carpet presentation as well as time for shopping.
NOTES: Entrance to the Ephesus Open Air Museum and House of Virgin Mary isn't included.
Designed for guests who prefer a more leisurely option with minimal walking, this tour includes a narrated drive through some of the most impressive and famous monuments in Ephesus and concludes with a carpet presentation.
-Ephesus: Enjoy a panoramic view of the city highlights and a photo stop at the Exterior Gate of Ephesus.
-Statue of Virgin Mary: Stop for a photo opportunity of the statue.
-Archeological Museum of Ephesus: See the exhibits tracing the religious and chronological history of the ancient city.
-The Temple of Artemis: Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
-Enjoy a refreshment stop with a brief carpet presentation.
You’ll begin your tour with a drive through the verdant countryside to Ephesus. Upon your arrival at the Exterior Gate of Ephesus, your guide will provide information about the Ancient City of Ephesus from the outside. You will have free time for pictures and shopping at the upper gate of Ephesus while viewing the Odeon.
You’ll continue by coach for a stop at the Statue of Virgin Mary which is almost 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 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 you can find souvenirs and facilities as well as more information about the Ancient City of Ephesus while viewing the Grand Theatre from the outside. You’ll proceed to the Archeological Museum of Ephesus, where you’ll see the exhibits tracing the religious and chronological history of the ancient city. Filled with attractively displayed mosaics, statuary, and other artifacts, the museum exhibits several marble statues of the Mother Goddess Artemis, goddess of nature, childbirth, and the harvest.
You’ll proceed to 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. Today, the temple is considered as a holy place for pilgrimage. You’ll conclude your tour with a trip back to Kusadasi where there will be a refreshment stop and brief carpet presentation as well as time for shopping.
During the tour, you’ll receive a gift set, a map of the city, and bottled water.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash or credit card for shopping
-Sunscreen and a hat
-Insect repellent is recommended in July and August
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-This tour is designed for guests with walking difficulties, are not able to handle steps or extended periods of walking or standing and who prefer minimal walking.
-The vehicle used on this excursion is a regular coach.
-This panoramic tour does not include visits/entrance to Ephesus Open Air Museum nor to the House of Virgin Mary.
-The Archaeological Museum is wheelchair accessible via a ramp at the entrance. However, some sections of the museum are not fully wheelchair accessible.
-Guests need to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
-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. Space is limited.
-The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites.
-Temple of Artemis is viewed from a distance due to its nature which is located on a hilly surface