Ephesus Day Trip from Istanbul

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Tour Overview

Embark on a fascinating day trip to Ephesus from Istanbul, flying for convenience. Explore ancient ruins, the Temple of Artemis, and the historic House of the Virgin Mary. Marvel at the grandeur of the Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. Perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss this journey back in time – book your spot now!

Ephesus Day Tour from Istanbul by plane

04:00 You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the airport
05:00 Arrive at the Istanbul airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir
07:00 Fly From Istanbul to Izmir
08:00 Upon your arrival at Izmir Airport you will be met by our driver and transferred to Ephesus to join the daily Ephesus Full Day Tour

On the tour you will be able to see the following sites:

Ephesus antique site: Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Theater had seating for 25,000, was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.

Temple of Artemis: The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp.

House of Virgin Mary: House of Virgin Mary, one of the most sacred places for Christianity, is located near Ephesus. Some believe the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus.

Isabey Mosque: Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375.

Sirince Village: which was a Greek village and well know with its beauty and 2012 that most famouse people were there.

At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your late evening return flight around 7:00 – 10:00 pm (1-hour flight duration) to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS.

Important notes:

  • Please note that your return flight from Izmir to Istanbul will arrive at either the New Airport in Istanbul or at the Sabiha Gökçen Airport depending on the availability of flights on the ticket purchase date.
  • If you have a preference to return to a specific airport in Istanbul i.e. Sabiha Gokcen or Istanbul New Airport, you must request your choice of the airport in Istanbul by email prior to your tour booking. Any changes requested once your booking is confirmed will incur an additional cost.
  • Upon arrival at Istanbul airport, you will have to arrange your own pick-up service from Istanbul airport to your hotel in Istanbul. This transfer is not included as part of your package tour services with us. Our service ends upon your flight arrival at Istanbul Airport.

INCLUDED in the Tour Price:

  • Pick up from Istanbul hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport (on the European side of Istanbul only)
  • Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Izmir and from Izmir to Istanbul only
  • Professional licensed English speaking guide during the tour
  • Lunch (Vegetarian lunch option available upon request).
  • Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
  • Local taxes and service charges


  • Drop off transportation service from Istanbul New Airport OR Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Istanbul Hotel upon returning to Istanbul


  • This is a regular group tour, but if requested at cost can be provided as a private tour
  • The regular group tour has a shopping stop included in the tour
  • The normal arrival time in Istanbul is between 7:00 – 10:00 pm. If you are planning on reserving your plane back home that same day, we recommend you book a plane ticket from 1:30 am onwards, to avoid missing your flight.


  • Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
  • You can book up to 2 days before (Istanbul local time) if there are still places available. If less than 2 days before start of your requested tour date, please contact us by email or phone as it would be a last-minute booking that will need to be checked for availability before your tour reservation is confirmed.

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  1. Steve J

    Everything about the tour was perfect. The vehicle was really comfortable, the tour guide outstanding and the programme extremely well organised. Anothet highlite was the traditional lunch. I can really recommend this visit to anyone!

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  2. Angela H

    Ephesus is a wonder of the world! Our guide, Nizamettin, was as great as Ephesus. The tour is a must-do if you visit Turkey.

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  3. Charry D

    I liked historical places ,ruins still intact, beautiful places,,the house of virgin mary a holy place to pray ,very solemn

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  4. Stephanie B

    Went to Ephesus great going in winter as not as many people. Guide was very informative and happy to answer questions he was also able to point out best spots for photos.

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  5. Maria N

    Nice day trip out of Istanbul. It was raining a bit on that day but it didn’t spoil the experience. Ephesus is a lovely place and we enjoyed the tour. I recommend this tour to anyone!!!

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  6. Brian P

    The tour is very complete to see Ephesus in just one day. Strongly recommend this tour.

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  7. Natalie V

    This was a very good tour. The transportation and guide were excellent. I would recommend this to anyone who has time to take a day trip from Ephesus

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  8. William L

    At first I was hesitant to buy this 1 day Istanbul to Ephesus travel package, but I am glad I did. The package included airfare, lunch and pickup from hotel to airport and from airport to the start of the Ephesus tour and back. Ephesus is obviously a city of ruins but when the tour guide starts explaining the important events that made Ephesus one of the great cities during the Roman times. your imagination starts to wonder. For Christians, take note that this was the ancient city where St Paul wrote his letters to the Ephesians. St John the Beloved remains are buried in the Basilica of St John, also in Ephesus. The last leg of our tour is a visit to the House of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an hour away from the Ephesus ruins. Consider this as a pilgrimage. I highly suggest taking this 1 day trip to Ephesus if you don’t have time in your itinerary. A couple of days tour will allow you to visit more places in Ephesus.

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  9. Victor R

    Excellent service through One Nation Travel in organizing a day trip from Istanbul to Ephesus. Would highly recommend this tour!

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  10. Sarah H

    Forget the name of our tour guide but she was the best tour guide I ever had. My friends really enjoyed our tour to Ephesus. Thanks for the memories

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  11. Paul V


    Te trip was very good. The guide Nizam was pretty good. Your agent in Selucik Apsas travel was good and hospitable
    The unfortunate part was return leg. The flight was booked to SAW airport on Asian side. It took 2 hrs plus to reac hotel Sheraton Istanbul aTAKOY. The driver tried his best.Even if I had taken a latter flight leaving Izmin but landing in Attaturk, I would have reached hotel earlier
    Kindly keep this in mind for furture bookings

    Best Regards

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  12. Theresa H

    My family of three adults, two children, had one day to see Ephesus. One Nation Travel could not have been better. Serkan was an awesome tour guide. We had a great time. Lunch was excellent! Have been recommending this tour to my family!

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