Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary  Tour: 3,5hrs

Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Situated in a small valley, the
humble chapel lies on the site of the little house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her
last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favours this belief and the site has
been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to Ancient Ephesus accompanied
by your guide 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. Walk back to the coach along the Arcadian
Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and
just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th century
A.D. by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi or get a cultural
taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets and jewelry.