Ancient Ephesus

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$94.99 / Adult (ages 13 and over)
$74.99 / Child (ages 12 and under)
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Moderate Activity Level
No Minimum Age
3.5 hours
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Experience ancient Ephesus, considered to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Great Theater dates back to the Hellenistic period and in the 1st century A.D., it was reconstructed and expanded by the Romans to a seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. It is still used for performances today, and the acoustics are excellent. The Marble Road, which runs between the theater and the Celsus Library, is part of a sacred walkway that you will take to reach the Celsus Library and Hadrian’s Temple. The temple was dedicated in A.D. 118 to Hadrian, Artemis and the people of Ephesus. This impressive Corinthian-style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch, and the Ephesians believed that the Medusa head on the porch would protect the city from its enemies. Then, return to Kusadasi to enjoy the traditional Turkish experience of sipping apple tea while watching a myriad of colors unfold before your eyes during a carpet demonstration. Those interested in purchasing a carpet can do so with confidence. Those not wishing to stay can walk directly back to the ship, or remain in town for browsing in the shops.

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Headphones are provided. This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestones and can be slippery. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat are recommended.