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Welcome to our exclusive Ephesus private tour from Kusadasi and Selcuk! This is a unique opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of one of the most significant ancient cities in the world. Led by a local expert guide, you’ll have the chance to explore iconic sites like the Celsus Library, the Great Theater, and the Odeon Temple, as well as visit the sacred House of the Virgin Mary and the charming village of Sirince. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a memorable and immersive travel experience, this tour has something for everyone. So, come join us and discover the ancient wonders of Selcuk Ephesus!
Experience the ancient history of Ephesus on a customized private tour from Kusadasi and Selcuk. Led by a local expert guide, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the ancient city, walking in the footsteps of Mother Mary, St. John, and St. Paul and visiting iconic sites like the Celsus Library, the Great Theater, the Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Temple, and more. Don’t forget to snap some photos at the best photoshoot points along the way.
One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a sacred site for both Roman Catholics and Muslims. Located on Mount Bulbul, the house was discovered in the 19th century and is believed to be where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out the final years of her life, cared for by St. John. The cruciform building, which features a dome, has been restored in modern times and is a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians, who also believe that the spring water at the site has therapeutic powers.
In addition to its rich history, the tour also takes you to the charming village of Sirince, located just 12 km from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi. Originally called Cirkince (“ugly” in Turkish), the village was given its current name of Sirince (“pretty”) by visitors who were charmed by its beauty. Sirince is known for its locally produced wines and olive oils, as well as its garden, produce and offers breathtaking views of olive groves and lush countryside on the way to the village. Visit this beauty in Selcuk Ephesus Private Tour!
Please note that this is a private tour and the displayed price is per person for a group of 4. The tour involves walking approximately 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and up to 30 steps, so comfortable shoes and plenty of sun protection are recommended. The itinerary may also vary in order to avoid congestion. Be sure to watch your step at all times to avoid any injuries. Contact us for rates for smaller or larger groups.
The price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. This indicates that if there are fewer or higher than four adults, the cost may be different. You can fill out the inquiry form to get your customized itinerary and rates.
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Ephesus, located on the west coast of Asia Minor, is an ancient city with a rich history and cultural significance. As you explore the city, you'll be able to walk past iconic landmarks like the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. You'll also have the chance to visit the Great Theater, where St. Paul is said to have preached, and experience the grandeur of this ancient metropolis. As the capital of ancient Anatolia, Ephesus is home to a number of world-famous architectural landmarks, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Ephesus Archaeological Site is a treasure trove of history, with evidence of high-level urbanization, architecture, and religious practices from different civilizations, including the Hellenistic and Roman periods. So, it is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.
One of the most sacred sites in Ephesus is the House of the Virgin Mary, located on Bulbul Mountain. This stone house is believed to be where the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out the final years of her life, cared for by St. John. It is considered a place of pilgrimage by Christians and is also revered by Muslims as a sacred site. Many people visit the House of the Virgin Mary to pay their respects and honor the memory of Mary, who is an important figure in both Christian and Muslim traditions.
Experience a taste of local Turkish culture by enjoying an open buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant. Afterward, you'll have the opportunity to visit a carpet cooperative and witness firsthand the intricate process of hand-making Turkish carpets. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and craftsmanship that goes into creating these beautiful and intricate works of art, and to appreciate the talent and dedication of the people who create them. Whether you're a fan of traditional carpets or simply looking to learn more about local culture and traditions, this is an experience not to be missed.
Nestled in the hills above Selcuk town in the Izmir province of Turkey is the charming village of Sirince. With its old wooden houses with red-tiled roofs and fresh, crisp air, Sirince is a delightful place to visit. Originally built by Greeks, the village was later settled by Turks from Thessalonica following the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. Today, Sirince thrives on agriculture and tourism, producing olive oil, wine, and various fruit, as well as offering a rare and attractive example of Ottoman Turkish architecture. As you wander through Sirince, you'll be transported back in time to the 19th century, with its locally produced wine, traditional cuisine, and authentic lifestyle. The village is full of nostalgia and offers a unique and memorable experience for visitors. With its close proximity to the ruins of Ephesus and its beautiful natural surroundings, Sirince is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the region.
As the tour comes to a close, you'll be transferred back to your hotel, leaving with lasting memories of your time exploring this fascinating region. From the ancient ruins of Ephesus to the charming village of Sirince, this tour has offered a wealth of cultural and historical experiences. Whether you're a history buff or simply looking for an immersive and memorable travel experience, this tour has something for everyone. The tour ends on a positive note, leaving you with good memories that will last long after your journey has ended.
Private tours only include your group (up to 13 people), your guide, and driver. We offer the most personalized and intimate experience for you and your friends/family! Regular SIC tours stand for Seat-in-Coach Basis Tours, which means you will share an air-conditioned coach or van with other tourists and you will have an English-speaking tour guide to take you to all the scenic spots listed in the itinerary that day. While the prices of private tours may vary according to the number of people, the prices of regular tours are fixed.
Tour start and end locations are stated above. If you want to transfer from a different place, you can contact us.
Our Regular SIC Tours are operated in English. Exceptional languages like Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and other languages might be organized as a private guided tour with your personal guide. You can contact us for your private tour requests.
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Yes, we have been a fully licensed tour operator in Turkey since 2011 and giving service all over Turkey. Do not hesitate to contact us for any travel-related request.
Ours headquarter is in Istanbul, and we have branches in Cappadocia and Ephesus.