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Marmaris Ephesus Tour

Marmaris Epheses Tour


”armaris Ephesus Tour”-

Join us for an opportunity that may only come once in your lifetime to discover all the highlights of Ephesus an ancient city. Of all the ruins and architectural attractions in the world, Ephesus remains the most famous and is classified by Unesco as one of the seven wonders of the World.

Recent excavations have revealed over 300 ancient cities on the Aegean coast. However, the biggest and most important City in Ephesus, which is situated 3 km from Selcuk in Izmir Province.

Marmaris Ephesus Tour welcomes you to enjoy a walk through history where you will be just mesmerized by the splendour of it all
This Marmaris Ephesus Tour will be the highlight of your holiday and also excellent value for your money.

How about walking down the well-preserved streets just the same as the Apostle Paul, St John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus did as well as many famous conquers of thousands of years ago.

You will soak up the atmosphere of this ancient city and see for yourself
This part of the World full of intrigue and fascination.

Marmaris Ephesus Tour begins in Marmaris where you will board one of our luxury air-conditioned buses for approx two and a half hours of comfort.

we take you 210 in North-West of Marmaris along the freeways with little traffic via the D550 where you will enjoy views of the real Turkish countryside as our Marmaris Ephesus Tour takes you to Ephesus.

Marmaris Ephesus Tour professional tour guides accompany you to give you comprehensive information about all the sites we take you to in English. They can also answer any queries and have a vast knowledge of this area.

Apart from visiting Ephesus our Marmaris Ephesus Tour takes you to visit the most peaceful and important ancient shrine of The Virgin Mary over the Bulbul Mountain 9 km from Ephesus.

In Ephesus ( which means desirable ) you will see for yourself the atmospheric Grand Theatre of Ephesus where St Paul preached to the

Ephesians, stand in front of the ancient Celsus Library, explore the Roman Baths, The Temple of Hadrian, Marble Street, Agora, and walk through the terrace houses which were occupied only by the rich people during the Roman Period.

You will see their vibrant mosaics and frescoes.

It is also importantly known that this city had a University in ancient times said to be the oldest in the whole nation. They had many prudes in teaching Philosophical Studies.


The Camansand Lydians were the earliest inhabitants of Ephesus City and responsible for building this fortified settlement of Ephesus which at that time was by the sea. Thanks to its excellent location on a deep inlet it became a major trade route.

The construction of Ephesus dates back to the 8th century BC, where it was constructed on a marshy strip of land by the river Cayster. The earliest Temple is said to contain a sacred stone, a meteorite that had fallen from Jupiter.

The next major structures and reconstruction took place in 600BC. Thus the city was a major stronghold and flourished as the Major Port in the whole of this area.

High Stone Columns and many carvings in stone we’re dominant features.

King Croesus conquered Ephesus in 500 BC and rebuilt the great shrine damaged during the conquest .it was 300 very long, 150 feet wide and had over 100 stone columns to support it’s the massive roof.

This massive Temple became the Pride of Ephesus City until 356BC when it was destroyed by fire by a miscreant of Ephesus.

Ephesus was a luxurious wealthy city, an opulent one with an ample harbour and is halfway between Jerusalem and Rome, a very important area and in St Pauls, time the population had 250,000 inhabitants just-in this city.

Closely connected with Alexandria it was of outstanding commercial importance. Amongst its ancient splendour before Christianity, it was a place of the magic arts, the occult and idolatrous superstitions of the Orient.

The Ephesians worshipped the Asiatic Goddess Artimus and her Temple became a supreme glory. Such was it’s fame and glory that it became at that time one of the seven wonders of the world.

The Goddess Diana the Pagan Goddess of Fertility was worshipped too and many spells charms and magic filled the air. You can see the

statue of the goddess of Fertility in Ephesus. Pagans had claimed much esoteric knowledge of the supernatural, the moon and all its cycles and astronomical knowledge

In the 1 st and 2 nd Century AD under the Ronan Empire, the city continued to prosper and became the capital of the Roman Empire., the largest city in the far east.

When St Paul first brought Christianity to Ephesus he was very successful in his teachings. Ephesus remains the most essential place to visit as a Pilgrimage as the beginning of the spread of Christianity.

St John the Baptist had settled in Ephesus with the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and John wrote his Gospel here in Ephesus.
St Paul a disciple of Christ stayed in Ephesus City for three years where he wrote the Corinthians.

The House of the Virgin Mary

It is believed that St John the Baptist accompanied The Virgin Mary to the Bulbul Mountain known as The House of the Virgin Mary until her Assumption.

This Shrine on the top of the Bulbul Mountain ( Mount Koressis) is located close to Ephesus in a magnificent green area. Its exact location was discovered by the Roman Catholic visionary Anne Catherine Emmerich ( 1774-1824)

This holy shrine has had a steady flow of pilgrims since its discovery and Anne Catherine Emmerich was beatified by Pope John Paul 11 in 2004.
It is believed that the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist lived in this Stone house together until her Assumption.

Many biblical figures and many Popes have visited here to this Holy Shrine.

Amongst them, in 1896 Pope Leo XII and Pope Paul VI visited in 1967, Pope Paul II in 1979, Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
It was declared a Shrine and Pilgrimage centre for Christians.

It is also very interesting to note that this Holy Shrine is visited by Muslims who revere The Virgin Mary as the mother to one of their Prophets.

On August 15th each year, the Assumption of Mary is celebrated here.

The House of the Virgin Mary – The original two-storey stone house consisted of a kitchen, an anteroom, a bedroom, a prayer room and a fireplace. Thus original stone building

dates back to the Apostolic Age with typical Roman Architecture .in the 4 the century AD the existing house and grave of the Virgin Mary were combined and became a church.

Although some of the building fell into ruins over time it was restored in 1940,s.
Pilgrims can visit the central, part right up to the Sacred Altar.

This church serves as a place where all Christian Pilgrims can offer their prayers.

This site on Bulbul Mountain is rightfully declared as a Holy Pilgrimage by the Supreme Church of the Vatican.The apostle of St John written here too.

Ephesus is also mentioned in the Bible book of Revelation!

The Epistle of St Paul, the Apostle to the Ephesians, contained the exposition of the divine plan for the World and the consummation of this in Christ.

Another interesting feature here, located next to the shrine is a holy well said to be the source of holy water. It is said to have miraculous healing properties and pilgrims revere this place drinking the water.
It is a popular attraction and pilgrims tie their wishes here with their messages written on fabric or paper.

The Temple of Artemis

The famous Temple of Artemis, dedicated to The Goddess Artemis ” The mother Goddess of Fertility has been reconstructed many times.
This flat area where this incredible structure was first built turned into a swamp and one can only witness the ruins of its foundations now.

A single column erected on the actual foundations of this temple reminds visitors where this Wonder of our ancient world first stood.
The great Temple and greatly admired by many Roman historians and people’s who visited it with great admiration for its construction.

The Temple housed great artwork, sculptures and rare artwork, and was much bigger than the Parthenon that stands on the Acropolis in Athens today. THE Temple of Artemis was said then to be 424 feet in length and 235 feet wide

We have to remember raids by Goths destroyed much of this temple and the grand buildings.
The rise of Christianity coupled with floods and Earthquakes eventually subdued further attempts of reconstruction and locals used stones to build their houses

Over time the river silted up and the Port was no more and Ephesus is now not navigable to the sea.
A City without a shipping trade ultimately changed the usefulness of the city and it declined in being favourable to shipping

In the 5 the Century Ephesus remained an important city and was plundered by the Mongols and eventually due to bitter conflicts between the Seljuks and Ottomans it became more ruined.

However, as you meander today in The Ephesys site you can walk through the tunnel into the incredible amphitheatre. How atmospheric to feel yourself sitting where thousands gathered in ancient times to watch the Gladiators fighting. Words can not express those deep special feelings.

As you wander the streets you don’t stress many sculptures, interesting pillars and it’s nothing less than awe-inspiring to be there.
Marmaris Ephesus Tour enables you to get the real feel of ancient history walking in those same footsteps and benefiting from the best tour around.
Yes contact us Marmaris Ephesus Tour, you will not be disappointed.

Marmaris Ephesus Tour

Tour Days: Thursday – Sunday Only

Tour Type: Cultural & Historical (Coach Tour)

Country: Turkey

Town: Marmaris

Pick-Up Time: 06:30 a.m

Duration: 12 Hours

Tour Pick-Up Point: Please be ready at the main entrance gate of your hotel.

Remember To Bring: Towels, Comfortable Clothing, Comfortable Shoes, Swimming Costumes, Sun Cream, Sun Glasses, Camera, Hat.

What Is Including: Open Buffet Breakfast, Open Buffet Lunch, Professional Guidance (English Speaking), Free Pick-Up & Drop-Off Hotel Transfers, Full Insurance

What is Excluding: All Kind Of Drinks, DVD Recording, Personal Expense, Entrance Fees (Main Entrance – House Of Virging Mary – Museum )

Caution: This is going to be a long and hard day for our guests who have walking difficulties. Have some snacks and drinks with you.

A Living Ancient World: Ephesus

Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of marble, mosaics and frescoes which still adorn the walls of the ancient houses. Temple of Hadrian, baths and a brothel are among the perfectly preserved city attractions.

This ancient city was built on the site of the former Arzawan capital in the 10th century BC by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classic Greek Era Ephesus flourished

You will be fascinated when you witness the existence of the numerous small details hidden in every single corner and want to know what their underlying story is.

House Of Virgin Mary

Apart from its historical importance, Ephesus also has special meaning for Christianity.

It is said that the Holy Bible was written by St. John and mother Mary closed her eyes to the world in this antique city.

According to history, St. John and Mary stayed in Ephesus after the death of Jesus.

The Virgin Mary stayed in a small house on Mount Bulbuldagi during the last days of her life.

At present, the house got an official sanction from the Vatican, and Christians perform a commemoration rite on August 15 each yea….

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Temple Of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis also known less precisely as the Temple of Diana was a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient,

the local form of the goddess Artemis (associated with Diana, a Roman goddess).

It was located in Ephesus (near the modern town of Selçuk in present-day Turkey). It was completely rebuilt twice, once after a devastating flood and three hundred years later after an act of arson, and in its final form was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. By 401 AD it had been ruined or destroyed.

Only foundations and fragments of the last temple remain at the site. The temple dedicated to Goddess Artemis, the Ephesus’

‘Mother Goddess of Fertility’ was rebuilt many times throughout its long history…

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Fully Air-Conditioned Comfortable Coach Tour

our fully air conditioned buses

We have our own fully air-conditioned modern bus fleet to do these kinds of long journeys. With our comfortable buses, we offer the best transfer services during your entire stay with us. We often check our vehicles, make sure that they are clean and in good condition…

Professional Licenced Guidance Service

Our qualified guides at your service are holders of professional degrees from some of the reputed Universities in Turkey.

They have immense knowledge of the landscape, history. Guided Tours certainly help you learn more about the places you will visit around Marmaris.

We arrange excellent guided tours to all the places on our list…

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Tour Program

06:00 – 06:45

Pick-up From Hotels & Apartments

We will pick you up from your hotels & apartments by air-conditioned buses.

The pick-up times will be given on your arrival when meeting our representetive. In general Pick time from Icmeler is 06:00 and from Marmaris is 06:30

06:45 – 08:00

Open buffet breakfast

The bus trip from Marmaris to Mugla for approximate 50 mins.

Stop for breakfast for 30 min. We have open buffet typical Turkish breakfast with boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, different kinds of olives, butter, honey, different kinds of jams and fresh Turkish bread.

You can also pick up tea or coffee of your choice as a drink.

Breakfast is included in the price.

08:00 – 10:45

Getting to Ephesus through Town Of Selçuk

On the way, our guide will give you brief information about the schedule of the trip. You will have a great opportunity to sightsee the countryside while travelling.

After breakfast the bus departure toward our destination Selcuk. 

In Selcuk, we stop there for 30 minutes to give you a comfort break. You can make use of facilities like toilets and also have some refreshments.

This is the right time and place to get yourself ready for your visit to Ephesus.

We will also visit a factory store of olive oil and Turkish delight factory.

11:30 – 13:45

Arriving in Ephesus

Visiting the City of Ephesus for 2 hours. First 60 min will be accompanied by your guides to tell more about those attractions. And after that, you will get 60 mins of free time.

During our Marmaris Ephesus Tour, you have an opportunity to walk through the remains of Ephesus with your tour guide. The Tour guides have a thorough knowledge of this place.

They will share with you some interesting stories of the past and relevant information about the history, culture, daily life, ancient architecture, and mythology of Ephesus.

Do not miss out visiting Celsus Library, the most impressive building in Ephesus.

The theatre, which housed about 25,000 residents for gladiatorial contests and theatrical performances that has a spectacular view over the main street, lined with marble fountains, temples and baths.

Also, it is extremely worth to see the street of the harbour, the temple of Hadrian, House of Love, Agora and more

14:00 – 15:00

Open buffet lunch in Town Of Selcuk

On the way back one hour break for open buffet lunch at a restaurant in Selcuk town

In our fancy restaurant, you will have 10 different kinds of cold starter plus a large range variety of main course options where you can find also some vegetarian food.

Sweets, fruits & fresh Turkish bread is also in your menu.

15:00 – 16:00

Free Time in Selcuk town or Visiting the House of Mary

Visiting the House of Virgine Marry or The natural museum for 60 min.

The choice has to be made only for one of those attractions. Entrance fees are not included in the actual price of the trip.

During that one hour of free time, you can either relax in a local cafeteria or explore the other historical sites in town.

These sites such as; archaeological museum, the Temple of Artemis or The House of Virgin Mary.

16:15 – 19:30

Return Back To Marmaris

After a long but very interesting day, you will be turning back to the buses.

Heading back to Marmaris and delivering everyone back to their hotels & apartments.

Note: Pick up times for Icmeler is different. Please consider the pick-up times written on your booking confirmation sent to your e-mail.
  • For Families & Couples
  • All Day
  • Historical & Cultural
  • Vist House Of Virgin Mary
  • Visit Temple Of Artemis
  • With Best Price
  • Open Air Museum & Celsus Library
  • With Free Transfer
  • Open Buffet Breakfast & Lunch

FAQs About Marmaris Ephesus Tour

How Long Does It Take To Drive From Marmaris To Ephesus ?

It roughly takes 3 hours and 30 minutes from Marmaris to Ephesus

The total distance from Marmaris to Ephesus is 190 km

You shall bring sun cream, sunglasses, documents to show children’s age,

some money, camera, and comfortable shoes and clothes with you

Yes it is. It’s for familes with the kids and also for the couples. Anyone can join this tour.

But we strictly don’t recommend this tour for whom have walking difficulties


We used to add entry fees in our prices for this tour before but unfortunately, according to new laws entrance fees for the main entrance will be paid there. It’s not included

– Virgin Mary House (optional)

– Archeological Museum (optional)

Please bring passport of your children who are paying the half-price or free (under 6 years age) for this tour. They will be checked at the entrance of Ephesus & Virgin Mary House

You will meet our professional and licensed tour guide who will give impressive information about the places that we will visit. You will be amazed by how they speak fluently English.