Ancient Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary
Land tour code: KUS-01
Cruise port: Turkey - Kusadasi (Ephesus)
Duration: Half day
Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk, the House of the Virgin ("Meryemana" in Turkish) is a humble chapel that is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims.
Continue on to Ancient Ephesus; walk through the Magnesian Gate which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, the largest one in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats, where St. Paul preached.
Before returning to the ship, the excursion visits the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with some free time for shopping and… bargaining!
REMARKS: Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.
The tour includes visit to a religious site during which knees and shoulders must be covered.