House of the Virgin Mary:
Depart into the countryside to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your first stop on this fascinating tour is at the House of the Virgin Mary. This holy site sitting atop a tranquil mountain is believed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary after she fled Jerusalem. The Ancient City Ephesus: Next travel on to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world. Your licensed guide will bring the past to life as you stroll streets lined with columns and paved with marble. You see the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Baths, and many other monuments and ruins. The most impressive sight is the much photographed Celsus Library and equally impressive is the ancient theater which can seat 24,000 people.
Basilica of St John:After lunch visit the Basilica of St John. We know that St. John the Evangelist spent the last years of his life in Ephesus and wrote his Gospel here. Within the Basilica is his final resting place. Next is a short stop to see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. On the trip back you can opt for a short shopping opportunity as well, please let your guide know if you wish.