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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

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    What to Expect
    Start the day with a transfer by air-conditioned coach from your central Istanbul hotel to the airport. After a short 45-minute flight, land in Izmir and meet your guide for your day tour of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.
    Aboard your air-conditioned coach voyage about one hour to Ephesus. Along the way break at the elegant church - St John’s Basilica. Walk his tomb and learn how he spent time atop Ayasuluk hill writing music.
    Arrive in Ephesus, known as the finest preserved ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean. See an abundance of shops, temples, and lively streets as you stroll with your guide. Imagine how this early Christian Roman-Greco port once operated as you hear its in-depth history.
    Stop at the Temple of Artemis and study the massive ruins of this Ancient Wonder of the world. Wind along streets through the heart of Ephesus to uncover the Great Theatre, which once held 25,000 visitors. Then, capture views of the ornate architecture of the Library of Celsus. During your exploration, observe fascinating history carved into the sidewalks like brothel signs and old chariot wheel tracks.
    Take a break for lunch at a nearby place before continuing to the House of Virgin Mary. Hear the stories that indicate this was the last resting place of the Virgin Mary and why she decided to reside here in her final days. Then, delve into the small stone house and marvel at the old foundation speculated to be as old as the 1st century AD. 
    Afterwards, head back to Izmir airport for your return voyage to Istanbul. After being collected from the airport, cruise to your hotel where your tour ends.
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    Reviewed 7 July 2019 via mobile

    Good place to visit. We can see so many historical of this place. In ephesus we can see the library of celcus the most famous place in ephesus where the first advertisement is come from here. We can see the grand theater before we exit....More

    Thank evania23
    Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2019

    Dear our valued guest, It's great to hear that you enjoyed our daily Ephesus tour. Hope to see yoou again in Turkey, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 17 June 2019

    It was a pleasure to tour the House of Virgin Mary (where She is believed to have spent her last days), Ephesus (with it great Roman era ruins), the burial site of St. John, and we (me and my classmate Kaustubh Kamat i.e. KK) had...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Sunil K
    Experience820434, Public Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2019

    Dear our valued guest, Thank you for your nice feedback. We'll make sure Tijen hears all of them too. Hope you'll visit again, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 16 March 2019

    This tour was great. Everything worked out exactly as planned and our guide was excellent very knowledgeable and good with people. The tour started with an early pick up at our hotel and a Flight to Izmir. There a person from Neon tours was waiting...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank lgdp09
    NeonToursIstanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2019

    Dear our valued guest, We're glad to hear that you liked our tour, staff and your guide. We'll make sure to share your kind words with your guide and our team as well. Thank you for the kind review, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 5 December 2018

    I booked this tour via Viator and was already excited the day prior to take this trip. The supplier sent me my plane tickets the day before (29 November 2018) and was advised that I will be picked up at 4 am at my hotel...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
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    NeonToursIstanbul, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2018

    Dear Our Valued Guest, We're very sorry that you couldn't join Ephesus tour. We had to cancel due to a last minute operational logistic emergency. We couldn't inform you in advance becuase it was not a predicted cancellation. Again we're very sorry. We also informed...More

    Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

    I honestly wondered why we needed to to take the 630 flight from Istanbul, because the flight is 50 mins and about 45 min drive to Ephesus, 1st and foremost those interested in seeing Ephesus and the Virgin Mary church and interested in biblical things...More

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    NeonToursIstanbul, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

    Dear Our Valued Guest, Thank you sparing your time for a feedback. Great to hear that you were happy with our guide. We're very sorry that you didn't enjoy your meal during the lunch. We'll check new restaurants for a better lunch experience. Regular group...More

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    19 July 2018|
    Response from _selectpj | Reviewed this property |
    Hello, I would fly in and stay in the Old City and see this area on a day trip. After this a short trip taking in most of the other area's including Ephesus and then perhaps flights leaving Ankara. this covers most of the... More
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