Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

Izmir, Turkey
Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Izmir

From $232.64

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites but with over 2 million annual visitors it can get crowded. Ensure a more personalized experience with this small-group tour from Izmir and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that includes UNESCO-listed Ephesus; the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Isabey Mosque.
  • Full-day small-group tour of Ephesus from Izmir
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary and Isabey Mosque
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:00 AM

Pickup details

FROM IZMIR CITY CENTRE - From Izmir pick ups are usually from 7.00 AM to 07.30 AM. - Pick up times may vary depending on a) your pick up point b) how many other additional people/pick up points we have that day. This means the final pick up time will be decided 1 day before. - IT IS IMPORTANT that you contact our pick up operator to find out your final pick up time. FROM IZMIR AIRPORT - Flight Arrival time needs to be between 07.00 and 08.20 on the morning of the tour. - Flight Departure time needs to be between 18.30 to 21.50 after the tour - Please contact the number above with your flight details, to arrange your airport pick-up.

What To Expect

Your tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Izmir hotel by air-conditioned coach. As you drive south to Ephesus, listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide and small-group of no more than 15 people around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand marble-paved Arcadian Way.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Pause for lunch (included) at a local restaurant and tuck into some delicious Turkish cuisine, before continuing to nearby Selçuk to admire the Isabey Mosque, an exquisite example of Seljukian architecture. There’s just time for one more stop before the return journey – to the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s ancient past, return to Izmir, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Ancient City of Ephesus

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

The Odeion

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Bibliotheque de Celsus

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Temple of Hadrian

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Isa Bey Mosque

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

The Temple of Artemis

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infant meals not included
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Good place to visit and never to miss
Yahya_A, Sep 2021
Great place to visit and remember with photos. You can pend the whole day and enjoy time. Ephesus is one of the most visited place in Izmir.
A well organised interesting tour.
Yves_d, Jun 2019
The pick up at hotel was on time. Had a pleasant day tour. The guide excellent with a wide knowledge of Ephesus history. A must to do tour highly recommended.
It was only 5 people in this tour...
cherry, Dec 2015
It was only 5 people in this tour. The guide was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the sites. I wished to go to Ephesus museum instead of leather shop or carpet shop in the tour, though.

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