The Bodrum to Ephesus Tour is full of history and wonderment! Visit this amazing Ancient Roman city from the Bodrum peninsula and walk where the Romans once did. This day tour from Bodrum to Ephesus allows you to really see how the ancient civilisations lived in their communities. The Roman Empire, Persians and Ottoman Empire ruled here with each ruler adding to the great city.
Ephesus is located about 80 kilometres south of Izmir. It takes about 3 hours to travel by coach from Bodrum to Ephesus. Ephesus city was once the most important trading city in the ancient world, connecting Asia and Europe. It has belonged to many civilisations and passed through many sultans and rulers hands. Yet it still stands proud, although still only partly excavated.
The Bodrum to Ephesus tour starts at 6.30 am when you will be collected form your hotel. After about 1 hour of travelling you will stop for breakfast at a beautiful place called Bafa Lake. Breakfast isn’t included in the price of the tour. After about another 2 hours travelling and 1 more scheduled stop, you will arrive at Ephesus City. Once your group is inside the city, your professional guide will take you around explaining everything to you. There’s plenty to see but among the ruins it’s sometimes difficult to know what you’re looking at. You can see the remains of the library, Roman baths, houses, temples public toilets and of course the almost completely intact amphitheatre!
After your walk down to the impressive Ephesus gate on the old main road you can pose for a memorable photograph. The gates are dominating and nearly completely intact. This is the most preserved part of the whole excavation. Another famous part of Ephesus City tour is the Virgin Mary’s Museum. There is a separate entrance fee to get into the supposed final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
You will also get to see the ruined Temple of Artemis which is on the list of the 7 man made wonders of the world! A delicious lunch will be offered to you on the Bodrum to Ephesus tour which is included in the price. For this you’ll be taken to a restaurant nearby.
On the Bodrum to Ephesus day trip you will learn that the city of Ephesus takes its origin from 2 different legends. One is that the Ionian prince Androclos founded Ephesus when searching for a new Greek settlement in the 11th century BC. And the second legend is that it was founded by the Amazon tribe’s female warriors, who’s queen was named Ephesia.
The famous city dates back to the fourth century BC and remarkably preserved for such old structures. The main lower gate is almost completely intact and it is one of the things you can see from all over the excavated city. The upper gate is where the tour will start and the roads take you through the city down to the lower gate. The marble road that runs from the old port to the amphitheatre was made to impress new visitors and was lines with shops and streetlights. This was very modern for ancient times. The marble road also connects the amphitheatre to the public library and the brothel.
The grand Amphitheatre that the Bodrum to Ephesus day trip takes you to is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world. It was designed to seat an impressive 24,000 people! It was used as a entertaining centre as well as for important social events. The amphitheatre is the first thing that a new visitor to Ephesus City sees on their approach from the port.
The temple of Artemis is also known as the temple of Diana. It has been named as 1 of the 7 man-made wonders of the world. Unfortunately only a small part of the ruin is left standing today. It was originally built about 2500 years ago, but was completely destroyed and rebuilt 400 years AD. It was ruined after a fire started by arson. Although not much of it remains today its still an important stop on the Bodrum to Ephesus tour.
Ephesus was an important place for religious pilgrimages and many ancient Goddesses spent time here. These people included Goddess Artemis and the Anatolian Goddess Kybele. Ephesus is also said to be the place that the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary spent her final years. Legend says that Mary died here at age 101. Because of this, there is now a Virgin Mary Church and Museum here that is dedicated to her.
You should definitely take a camera on the Bodrum to Ephesus Tour day trip as there are many sights you will want to treasure. The Turkish sun is strong and we advise that you take a hat and sun cream as there is little shade in the city itself.
The main road to the main gate is smooth and flat but you should wear comfortable shoes. Although you can’t walk among many of the ruins, some of the paths are stony and uneven. You will need some extra money to buy breakfast, drinks, and gain entrance to the Virgin Mary’s Museum if you wish. There are also stall holders selling souvenirs outside of the entrance to Ephesus City.
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The pickup from your accommodation is included from all over the Bodrum Peninsula. The time is dependent on which area you are staying in but will be around 6.30 am. A more accurate time of pickup will be given to you after you book.
After about an hour of travelling you will stop at a restaurant for breakfast. This is not included in the price of the tour so it's optional whether you want to eat here.
After the breakfast stop there will be 1 more scheduled stop at a gold factory or similar, before you reach Ephesus
When you arrive your professional tour guide will direct you to the entrance gate of Ephesus. Once inside you will be taken around in your group to see the amazing sites that have been excavated already. You'll know how it was to walk in the footsteps of Romans. Within Ephesus city you can also visit the last resting place of the Virgin Mary (which is optional and has a separate entrance fee)
After your tour of Ephesus City, you will get back on the coach and drive a shot distance to see the remains of the Temple of Artemis which is listed as 1 of the 7 wonders of the man-made world.
After seeing the ruins of the Temple of Artemis you will once again get on the coach and be driven to a food hall for lunch which is included in the price of this tour. Lunch is served as a buffet and there are suitable options for vegetarians.
After your wonderful day you will travel back to Bodrum on the air conditioned coach. The coach will take a scheduled stop at a leather factory or similar for your comfort. You can stock up on refreshments at this stop from the market on site.
You'll get back to the Bodrum area between 7 pm and 8 pm depending on traffic conditions.