Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the mother of Jesus. Set in the Solmissos Mountains, the shrine is nestled among lush foliage, where a curative stream flows through the grounds. Walk among the ruins of the Basilica of St. John, built over the tomb of St. John, where frescoes and mosaics remain and graceful columns hint at the structure’s former grandeur. A guided walking tour through Ephesus, past its major sights, celebrates the historical significance of this ancient city. Pass through the arched Magnesian Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital, where your guide will highlight such pivotal sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the beautiful Celsus Library and the dramatic Great Theater. Afterwards, head back to Kusadasi to shop in downtown. Don't miss the famous Turkish carpet demonstration which is a must while visiting Turkey. 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.
Headphones are provided. This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestone which can be slippery when wet. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat recommended.