KUS - CRS 002 - Biblical Ephesus, Virgin Mary Shrine & Private Mass
Your scenic motorcoach ride travels north from the Port of Kusadasi, passing the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis - one of the seven wonders of antiquity - and the magnificent remains of the Basilica of St. John. From your window, great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel a long and winding road to the picturesque Solmissos Mountains.
The House of the Virgin Mary is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine, surrounded by lush foliage and dedicated to St. Mary, was found in the ruins when the house was first discovered. Pope Paul IV, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have all conducted mass services at this shrine, which is cared for by the Lazarist Fathers. Mass is celebrated every day, and you will have the opportunity to take part in a very special service and receive communion in this beautiful setting. A portion of the cost of this tour will be donated to the church.
The three-arched Magnesian Gates are the starting point to your slow, downhill walk into the ancient city of Ephesus Once the trade center of the ancient world and the site of a succession of great civilizations, the historic and archeological significance of the area cannot be denied. Your knowledgeable guide will take you back in time and highlight such structures as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns. The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-five thousand and although once an arena for gladiator games, it is now home to annual spring festivals. Strolling through the streets, it is easy to see that Ephesus is one of the best-preserved classical cities in the world and why it is considered one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey. You will also be able to see the Church of St. Mary before returning to your motorcoach.
A scenic drive back to port affords time to discuss all the wonders you have seen with your fellow travelers. Once in Kusadasi, you'll have ample time to explore the colorful markets and bazaars where handmade goods and traditional foods are sold. A popular souvenir item to bring home is "the evil eye," thought to ward off bad spirits and bring luck and success. You can also attend a demonstration of the intricate art of carpet-weaving and explore on your own before walking back to the ship at your leisure.
RATESPrices for per person
- Private Professional Licensed Guide
- Transportation in Comfortable A/C Vehicles
- Private Professional Driver
- Entrance Fees to the Sights Mentioned Above the Itinerary
- All Parking and Taxes
- Any Gratuities for Guide & Driver
- Any Drinks and Meals(Unless Specifically Mentioned)
- Any Kind of Other Personal Expenses
* Please, contact us for group rates