Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today was a good day for visiting the sites. The sun was out most of the day and only light breeze. After breakfast (p/s I think I am finally adjusting to the local yogurt, it tasted quite good today) we went to the home of Mary, mother of Jesus. Not much to see really- maybe skip it unless you are on a pilgrimage tour or a big fan of Mary. Next was Efes (Ephesus). I wandered around on my own mostly and finished about half hour or so before the group so I hung out with the drivers. They all had their shoes polished (remember I mentioned about the shoes? LOL) and we drank Turkish Tea. Man is that stuff strong! Tea and coffee are consumed 24 hours a day. If you see a Turk without a cigarette or a glass of tea he either just finished or is waiting for server to come by with one. After Efes, we visited the temple of John the Baptist where he was buried. They claim that if fully restored it would be the 7th largest temple in the WORLD. Tomorrow we are leaving early morning again and heading inland (east) where we are to expect fog and/or sleet. Then for the next 2 days- snow. I should have packed better...I've been cold since I got here and this is expected to be the warmest part of the entire trip!
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Ephesus & Turkey Tours on

Tours Duration → Starts @ 06:00 Finishes @ 21:00
What to see;
* The Temple of Artemis
* City of Ephesus
* The House of Virgin Mary
* Ephesus Museum

Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in Roman times.Tours are handled by our professional tour guides. All our guides have guiding licence through Turkey Ministry of Tourism. Our tour busses are fully air-conditioned. Package covers all entrance fees, guidance, transportation.

Ephesus Tour Itinerary

06:00 - You will be picked up from your hotel around and transfer to airport.
07:30 - Depart from Istanbul
08:30 - Arrive Izmir. Met on arrival and transfer to Ephesus. (1 hour drive from Izmir to Ephesus)

Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary

09:30 - First you will visit The Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to the Izmir Airport. The departure will be around 21:45

Once you arrive back Istanbul, you will be met on arrival & transfer back to your hotel

What is including?
•All airport transfers
•Flight tickets
•Entrence fees

What is excluding?
•Personal expens


- Departure and arrival times can be changed according to the flights schedule.

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We enjoyed our time in ephesus and very happy with the tours we joined. We saw many interesting places. Thank you very much for your effort and great service. It is a wonderful place with wonderful people. I had a great stay in Istanbul and Ephesus. I was given a nice room by the hotel and people were very polite at the front desk and they were smiling all the time so i felt fine. It was an excellent tour to Ephesus www.privatetoursinistanbul.com House of Virgin Mary. Ephesus was really amazing. Our guide was also very knowledgeable and he asked us to determine our preference before he started to tour. Also I would like to say that i made the reservation by e-mail a couple of days before the date of tour and it worked well. I was picked up from the hotel on time and taken to airport for my early flight and I joined the tour in Ephesus I will definitely come back to turkey and will visit the other places. Thank you very much.

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