We offer day trip to Ephesus and The Cave of Seven Sleepers from Istanbul by flight everyday. First visit destination may change due to flight schedule. Ephesus was political and economic centre during Roman Empire. The Cave of Seven Sleepers, where is a holy place for both Muslims and Christians.
- Things to see: Ephesus Ancient City, Celsus Library, the Great Theater, Artemis Temple, Virgin Mary House
- Learn about the history of the ancient site from a professional guide.
- See historical and natural monuments
- Skip the ticket line with pre-ordered entry tickets
- Includes tour from Istanbul, two ways air ticket from/to Istanbul, lunch, transportation, guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
What to Expect
Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to airport. Flight to Ephesus. After arriving transfer to ancient city for tour as ;
Ephesus Ancient City , Ephesus was the capital of the Luwian Kingdom or Arzawa (16 th-13th centuries B.C)representing the most important power in western Anatolia, which was first a rival , then a vassal of the Hittite Empire. During the course of the 11 th century ;settlers from the Greek mainland conquered the coast of western Asia Minor, socalled Ionian colonization .The foundation myth refers to Androcios , the son of a legendary Attic king, who wrested Ephesus from the indigenous Carians Leleglans and Lydians .
The Curetes Street, (in antiquity, the Embolos) running through the valley depression between the two city mountains as the former Processional Way, does not follow the orthogonal street grid of the Hellenistic-Roman city.
The Temple of Hadrian, P. Vedius Antoninus Sabinus donated the small, temple-like monument which, according to a building inscription, honoured Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-138). The colonnade in front of the cella supports a so-called Syrian gable. The reliefs over the door lintel depicting the Ephesian foundation myth belong to a late antique rebuilding.
Celsus Library, assumed that the constrcution was completed in 117 A.D. It is made of very good marble and decorated with figures of Eros, Nike, rosettes and garlands in relief. The most distinctive building and one of the most photographed structure that is commonly associated with Ephesus. It was erected by Gaius Julius Aquila(son of Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus).
House of Virgin Mary, after the death of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary had gone to Ephesus with Saint John and lived here since then on until her death at the age of 101. The Popes Paul VI and Jean Paul II visited this house. The House of Virgin Mary is declared to be sacred and an important pilgrimage spot visited by Christians from all over the world. It is close to the peak of Bülbül Mountain, one of the hills overlooking Selçuk.
The Temple of Artemis, was in its day the largest in the world, eclipsing even the Parthenon at Athens, and thus earning a spot on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Only one of its original 127 columns remains, often as not topped by a stork’s nest; a poignant testament to the transitory nature of human achievement. Still it is a lovely tranquil place, the enormous pillar giving you some indication of the vast size of temple.
The Cave of Seven Sleepers, refers to a group of seven youths who escaped a persecution of Christians being conducted during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius. According to a legend, Yemliha, Mekseline, Mislina, Mernuş, Sazenuş, Tebernuş and Kefeştetayuş, who escaped from torture since they believed in one God, hid inside a cave and fell into a deep sleep with a dog (Kıtmir) along with them. The people, who eventually realized that they were in the cave, weaved the gate of the cave, leaving them to death.
End of tour transfer to airport. Flight to Istanbul or any other point you wish.
Services Included for Tour
- Domestic flights from/to Istanbul
- Services of professionally licensed tour guide and service fee
- Lunch at the local restaurant
- All transfers from/to airport and your hotel mentioned in the itinerary
- All Entrance fees & Museum fees mentioned by the itineraries
- All local taxes and services
Tips and gratuities
Drinks at lunch