Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

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Ephesus and St Marys House Day Trip from Izmir
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
  • Take a day trip to the ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's House from Izmir
  • Visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary
  • Explore the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking local guide

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

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What To Expect

After you meet your guide at your Izmir hotel, start your Ephesus and St. Mary’s House day trip. Hop in your air-conditioned coach and head to Ephesus. Along the way take a brief break on Ayasuluk Hill and admire St Johns Basilica built as a tribute to the Saint who composed gospels here. Then, visit his 4th century tomb where he rests eternally.

Continue to Ephesus and learn why Christianity was so influential in this ancient city. Listen as your guide tells the story of Christ’s vision of Ephesus as one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Next, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis. Enjoy more discoveries such as the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, and several temples.

Afterwards, take a break for lunch and savor some delicious Turkish fare. Finally, explore the House of the Virgin Mary and gain insight into how she devoted her final days before passing. Hear how after Pope Paul VI validated this cottage in 1967 it became a center of pilgrimage to many Christians. 

Then, return to your coach and voyage back to your Izmir hotel where your tour concludes.

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ancient City of Ephesus

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

The Temple of Artemis

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

The Odeion

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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208 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Well done Tour
Julia_V, Jul 2023
I was initially unsure of how the experience would go, especially from booking online but it was a totally worthwhile experience! The company was very helpful when asking what time pick-up would be. They even called our hotel room when they arrived. We were picked up in Izmir and brought to an office with plenty of time before our tour started. We joined the others from our tour and were on our way promptly at 9:30. The tour guide gave us just the right amount of information and spent a good amount of time at each location. It was a hot day 38 C or 100 F, but the bus was nicely airconditioned. On our way back we dropped our other tour members off at the airport and then were quickly on the way back to Izmir. Overall, really well-done tour, worth the price because of the ease of transportation!
Disappointing, focused on making money
Amber_G, Jun 2023
Overal disappointed with the tour. It was extremely rushed. The sightseeing itself was maybe at most 4 hours. They took us to a mediocre at best restaurant where the buffet had no taste. The tour itinerary doesn’t tell you they take you to a leather store but it does. We wasted two hours there waiting for people to shop. I could have used those two hours to sightsee and not sit there waiting for other people to do their shopping. They were also insisting on taking us to a carpet workshop and we declined. Saint John’s basically was part of the tour and tour guide kept asking if we really wanted to go see it. After I insisted she spent a meager 10 mins inside. The whole experience was disappointing. I would not pick this tour again
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Amber_G, Thank you so much for bringing our attention to what you have experienced at a tour that we have hosted you. We are in a deep regret to learn that we have failed to meet your expectations, but please rest assured that this constructive feedback will definately will help us to improve our level of services. Please do accept our sincere apologies. Sincerely Yours, BAtuhan
A day in Ephesus
Melody_D, Jun 2023
The best part of our tour was the visit to Mother Mary’s house. It was made special by our tour guide who was very knowledgeable of the events that led to the discovery of her house. He also went with us in the Ephesus tour and gave us a detailed stories of each building, wall, icons. It was an enjoyable tour because of the tour guide
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Melody_D, It is great to see that you have enjoyed the day in Ephesus and our guide successfully met your expectation by making it special. Sincerely Yours, Batuhan
Best memories
steven_z, May 2023
Ephesus is wonderful history sites In Turkey Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and professional. I’m highly recommended this tour
Amazing tour guide, super...
Mitchell_M, May 2023
Amazing tour guide, super knowledgable! We ended up being the only ones on our tour and really appreciated the history and guide!
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Mitchell, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Hope to be in service for future requests. Kind regards Güniz Ercin
Great experience!
Valerie_K, Mar 2023
Nazım Bey is intelligent, informative, interesting, and knowledgeable. One of the best tour guides around. The lunch of local cuisine was delicious!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Valerie, We are happy to hear such lovely comments. Hope to see you in near future Kind regards
Worth the trip!
Lisa_H, Nov 2022
We had a wonderful tour of Ephesus with a friendly and knowledgeable guide! We had fun while learning about this amazing site. Our guide was confident, thoughtful, and professional. Would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Lisa, Thank you for your wonderful comments. We noted what you proposed and will keep up the good work. Kind regards
A day in Ephesus
thanuwat_t, Sep 2022
Tour started from my hotel at 7:30 And dropped me off at the airport (as requested) around 5 pm Some schedules were changed but overall was ok
Terrible experience
Rashed_K, Sep 2022
Terrible service- the only reason I am giving one star is because tow things, on-time pickup and knowledgeable guide(Josh). Tour bus put us in 50 min hold at a train station soon after pickup from the hotel, and 60 min hold at their stinky office before dropping off at the hotel. We were late by two hours than estimated. The driver didn’t speak English at all and English speaking guide came on later on.
Scam please avoid. Trip never happened
Lance_Y, Jul 2022
Terrible experience. I booked a tour on Viator and called the company to confirm the tour. I was told to be picked up at 7:30am at my hotel. However, I waited until 8:30 and they never came. All calls were unanswered. I wasted my time and money on this scam and ended up taking a train to Ephesus myself. Please stay away from this unreliable company.
The tour was excellent...
Carlos_O, Jul 2022
The tour was excellent and the sites visited amazing, the tour company on the summer need to keep the buses A/C working all time even when the people step down to do the tour
The tour was good but the...
vwhittingham, Apr 2022
The tour was good but the ride back home, the driver just couldn’t be bothered to take us back to the hotel. Kept making up any excuse to drop us off at a place that was convenient for him
Great tour
Deb_P, Jan 2022
Knowledgeable guide, beautiful site. Ephesus is amazing. The other sites were only ok, I think it would be better to have more time at Ephesus.
Great Tour guide, horrible wasteful stops
Ramin_M, Jun 2021
I rather liked the tour guide and enjoyed his presentation. But we picked him up in Slecuk, so it was a silent drive down from Izmir, and we skipped The Basilica of St John. Also I find it an insult to my intelligence when in response to other reviews, it has been mentioned that customers like those long shopping stops. There were only 4 of us and after the carpet shop stop, all four had indicated we want to go home , but after all sightseeing was done, we were basically kidnapped to a leather shop for a mandatory " fashion show", followed by aggressive salesmen. I prefer if tour companies just be upfront about these stops and how they are subsidized. Maybe some people rather pay extra, but dont be subjected to pushy salesmen with their amusing "just for you" offers.
Great experience
Christabelle_H, Sep 2020
The tour guide was fantastic and knew everything about the place. She was very helpful and kept us involved. The dinner included was great and traditional turkish cuisine. The only problem was at the end there was another booking and it felt rushed. I would if liked it to be more of a full day rather than getting back to hotel at 1430
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Hi Chrsitina, It's great to hear that you liked most of the tour. All our tours start in the morning. We don't have any product that can start after Ephesus tour. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
Catherine_K, Sep 2020
100% recommend if you’re looking for a tour with the most knowledgable (and fun!) guide! I really can’t spell my guide’s name (so sorry!) from Neon Tours but she was the most professional guide I have ever had. Her personality really made this tour enjoyable, as she set a great tone and atmosphere for the group. Her English was fantastic and she knew so much about Ephesus. I feel like I learnt a semester’s worth of history thanks to her! The pace of the tour was perfect, and our lunch stop was very tasty. The guide and driver took the necessary precautions very seriously to ensure everyone remained safe and healthy.
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Hi Kate, Thank you for your kind words. Please come again. Neon Tours
Ephesus ruins
cecelawlor, Jan 2020
The tour itself was good, learned a lot of history. But the tour guide made 2 long stops to the rug /carpet making company and the ceramics. The rug company have very aggressive sales people. It was really a waste of our time and very tiresome.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Dear our valued guest, Glad you learned a lot about our beautiful country's history. We'll try to keep shopping times shorter. Guides always make these shopping stops according to guests requests but we'll inform them again to keep them shorter. Hope to see you again, Neon Tours
Amazing to see, 5 starts, but very disappointing to wate time in the afternoon, 1 start or "0",shame on the tour company
Jong_K, Nov 2019
1. what happened: all picked up by 8:45, St John around 9:50, guided tour till 10:30, to St. Mary by10:45, guide's explanation till 11:00, then you visit the church as directed by the guide till around 11:30, move to Ephesus by 11:45, guided tour till 1:20, move to restaurant, lunch till 2:15, then you spend about 45 minute, in a carpet shop next the restaurant, Then we were about to move to another shop, so I mentioned whether we are stopping by at Artemis temple, the guide said no, I said it is so close, ready to insist that we must stop as I remember the itinerary was indicating Artemis, by then the guide says reluctantly say yes, so we stop by the temple for about 15 minutes. Then move to another shop, spent another 45 minutes, then it is 4:30 pm, time to head back to Izmir. 2. Was it good to see them: Absolutely all of them except the shops, you fly thousand of KM to see them!! 3. Were the guide and driver good: Very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. 4. Lunch: salads, deep fried cheese roll, eggplant, then fried chicken with rice, you pay for the drink where the restaurant would make money, and I guess that the tour company might not pay for the food at all just for brining tourist to the carpet shop. Anyhow, it was ok food nothing special. 5. Problem:The programme was very disappointing. Ok, I saw carpet shop and china shop spending 2 hours, but did I go to Izmir to see the shops? Were they specifically Turkish? The tour should have been, St.John, St, Mary and Artemis in the morning, then Ephesus for all afternoon, or all morning at Ephesus then the rest after lunch. Before we started Ephesus around 11:45, I was thinking if we are going to have lunch, how are we going to see it all? Not surprisingly, the guide was rushing us through it and not so much time to appreciate, it was like explanation, take photo, let's move. I was not quite sure why, but later realised because there were two shops to stop by. With all respect to the guide and tour company, shame on you. You surely know tourists come to Izmir for Ephesus, not for shops, and though there might be some financial arrangement, you are not doing favour to yourself in a long run, you company is out forever from my list. 6. Recommendation: Good to have guided tour, but check the programme for the day in the morning, unless you like shops, insist to spend more time at Ephesus and no shops. Sit and appreciate it, not photo and move. Or select a tour with no shops.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate this. Carpet and pottery are also part of Turkish tradition but not mandatory. Some guests want to see carpet demonstrations and pottery too. You were happy with guide & driver and we're considering you liked our services. It's a good service for all guests but we can't conduct it like a private tour cosnidering just one guest's needs in order to keep it as a good service for all. This is a group tour and guide have to consider all guests requests. Neon Tours
Discover Ephesus and more
Tourist17315088286, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Ephesus a glory Roman city
Aziz_B, Sep 2019
It is considered one of the great discovery of the Roman glory time coupled with the Virgin Mary hidding location after Jesus crucification. It is a must visit back in critical time in history
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
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