Cruise to Ephesus, an age-old civilization

Sure, we could chat about the resort town of Kusadasi and its beaches and restaurants, or nearby places like Dilek Peninsula National Park, but let’s talk Turkey: The star attraction in this neck of the woods is Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, eclipsed only by Rome, here are just a few of the incredible sights just waiting to be gobbled up! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

There’s the Library of Celsus, still magnificent almost 2,000 years later; the Odeon, home of our “Ephesus: Back to Ancient Times” AzAmazing Evenings eventSM; and the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre, where St. Paul used to preach. Stretching from this jaw-dropping amphitheatre to the harbor is the marble-made Arcadian Street. Stroll past the marketplaces, colonnades, and fields of wild fennel, and into bath complexes that once offered piped-in hot water and a sauna.

Surrounding Ephesus, the sites are equally spellbinding. Explore the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Basilica of St. John, which stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle; and the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days. (And see what it feels like to be truly struck with awe.)

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See the profound history at the ruins of Ephesus, a thriving city in the 10th century BC.

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Carpet Weaving

Watch weavers work on outstanding carpets at their looms at the Kusadasi Market.

Highlights Of Ephesus

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Highlights Of Ephesus

Drive through the Turkish countryside to the House of Virgin Mary and taste water from the Fountain of our Lady. Now considered to be an Open Air Archaeological Museum, enjoy a guided walking tour of Ephesus - one of the most magnificent excavations in the world, including the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celcius.

Explore the Grand Theater where St. Paul preached and proceed through the Arcadian Way, as Marc Anthony and Cleopatra once did. Visit Cittanitica Ephesus Park for refreshments and an exclusive interactive show and carpet presentation.

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Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 37°51'44.62"N 27°15'20.11"E
Size: 224.60 KM2 (86.72 MI2)
Population: 70,143
Density: 312 Pop/KM2 (121 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +90

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