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Ephesus Tour

Ephesus Ancient City


Highlights of Ephesus Tour Schedule: 9.00 – 16.30) :

The ancient city of Ephesus is Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best-preserved and restored.

It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the sumptuous Temple of Artemis, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit for hours along its streets passing temples, theatres, libraries, House of Virgin Mary and statues. Supposedly founded by the Ionian prince Androclus in the 10th century BC, Ephesus was not only a center of trade but a great pilgrimage center, with the Temple of Artemis built in worship of the mother goddess.

Ephesus is also particularly very important for faith tourism as it contains the House of Virgin Mary. It is believed that the Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by St John, where she lived until her death at the age of 101.

Two other religious sites worth visiting are the Basilica of St John, built in the sixth century, and İsa Bey Mosque, which is a sample of Selçuk architecture.


  • Professional Tour Guide (English or Spanish)
  • Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Lunch


Şirince Village is part of the Selçuk district of. It is 7 km distance from Selcuk. Sirince Greek Village is a good example of the tolerance and cultural heritage in the west of Turkey which reflects Turkish and Greek ways of life together. It is a charming village famous for its fruit wines. You will also appreciate the beauty of this village by tasting their unique fruit wines.

Şirince has lots of fig trees, the typical Aegean olive trees, walnut and apple trees. However, the main plant that makes Şirince famous for its fruit wines are the grapes in the vineyards. Besides the fruit wine, Şirince is also famous for its tasty grapes.

Also, Şirince is well known mostly since 2012 when the whole world was shaken with rumors about the rupture of the apocalypse on December 21st in 2012.

According to the Mayan calendar, this date was the date of the end of the world. A group of people claimed that only Şirince Village and Bugarach Village in France would be saved from the apocalypse.
According to these rumors, Marduk planet would hit the world on December 21, 2012 and start the apocalypse. All of this, of course, remained to be a rumor and the apocalypse did not come. But the nice result of it all was that Şirince got the attention of the world.

Highlights of the Village:
-Wine tasting
-Buying hand-made olive oil soap
-Visiting St Johns church
-Tasting and buying the best olives in Turkey.

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How to arrive Selcuk – Ephesus in 2019

From Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Selcuk

Trains from Airport to Selcuk

You can take the train from the city center or from the Airport to Selcuk. There is a train station next to the airport. Here is the train timetable valid after 1 January 2019.

It takes around 1 hour from Airport to Selcuk, and 1 hour 20 minutes from Izmir city center Basmane. It costs around 7 TL

Here is an easier table:

Depart From Basmane 07:42 08:53 11:30 13:41 15:30 16:41 17:54 19:30
Depart From Airport 08:06 09:18 11:55 14:06 15:55 17:06 18:19 19:55
Arrive to Selcuk 09:09 10:17 12:53 15:03 16:55 18:05 19:20 20:56

Shared Shuttle Busses from Airport to Selcuk / Kusadasi

Most of the time there are shuttle buses departing from airport to going Selcuk & Kusadasi. It takes around 1 hour and costs 25 TL. The shuttle waits in front of the exit door.

Private Transportation Service from Airport to Selcuk hotel

Also, if you want to get to your Hotel Ephesus Palace faster and easier we can arrange a private shuttle service for you. Just contact us here.


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Ephesus Ancient City

Ephesus Ancient City

The great ancient city of Ephesus was originally Greek, and later Roman.

It dates as far back as the 10th Century BC and as legends suggest. It was founded in the same place where the oracle of Delphi became reality.

During its highest popularity time, it is believed the population of Ephesus was over 250,000 making it one of the largest cities around the Mediterranean sea.

Importance of Ephesus Ancient City

It was also a large trading and shipping hub, however when the harbor silted and dried. It was the start of the demise of the ancient city. An estimated 20% of the ancient city is said to have been excavated, however, the main sites contained within, enable the visitor to appreciate its grandeur.

Ephesus Ancient City
Ephesus Ancient City

The Library of Celsus, Great Amphitheatre, Gate of Augustus, Temples of Hadrian & Domitian, as well as the Odeon can all be seen at Ephesus ancient city. It was one of the seven churches of Asia region, and referenced in the Book of Revelations. The Gospel of John may have also been written here.

Originally, the ancient city was built by Greeks and later conquered by Roman Empire. For a long time, it was the second-largest city of Roman Empire after Rome itself.

If you are planning to visit this gorgeous ancient city, then consider staying at our hotel. Check out our rooms here.

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