Meet your guide at your Selcuk hotel and board a comfortable, air conditioned minivan for the House of the Virgin Mary, a humble stone home on Mount Koressos. Learn how this isolated spot became an important destination for Catholics around the world, and visit a small shrine to the Virgin Mary.
Continue to the ancient city of Ephesus, now a UNESCO-listed archeological site. Take in all the major Ephesus landmarks, from ruined gymnasiums and stone agoras to the Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Celsus Library and a theater with 25,000 seats—listen to stories throughout the tour, as your guide brings the ancient world to life through local legends and history.
Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis, once a Wonder of the Ancient World, where centuries of earthquakes and invasions have reduced the once-grand site to stone foundations and rubble. Make a final stop at Isa Bey Mosque, whose simple lines and asymmetrical proportions date to the 14th-century, then return to your Selcuk hotel (or the Selcuk train or bus station). This tour includes a traditional Turkish lunch.