Biblical Ephesus Tour

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John

This is a perfect tour program for our Christian guests. As Ephesus has important place in Bible, for this tour we carefully choose guides who have good knowledge about Bible and Christian history.

The apostle Paul first visited Ephesus on his return from missionary journey where he ‘entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews’ (Acts 18:19-21). On his second journey, Paul came to Ephesus and taught the twelve disciples who knew only the baptism of John (Acts 19:1-7) and ‘went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God’ (Acts 19:8)

According to the tradition, John wrote his Gospel in Ephesus upon the request of other disciples and died in the church named after him on Ayasuluk Hill. During this tour we will visit the Basilica of St. John and see his burial place.

We will continue our tour and visit the House of Mother Mary. Catholic pilgrims visit this place based on their belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this house by Saint John and lived there her final days, until her assumption (according to Catholic doctrine).

The House of Virgin Mary was visited by several popes: Pope Paul VI in the 60`s, Pope John-Paul II in the 80`s and in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

It is a church today, and it is possible to join mass on Sundays.

Ephesus                         : 40 TL – 10 € – 12 USD
Virgin Mary’s – House    : 25 Tl – 6 € – 8 USD
The Basilica of St. John : 10 Tl – 2,5 € – 3 USD

Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.


  • As a young Catholic priest I was a little apprehensive to travel in a Muslim country with as much tensions as there has been in the recent past, but I was really looking forward to seeing the seven Churches which St John wrote to in the book of Revelations, as well as Mary’s house in Ephesus. I could not have been more impressed with your guide Ertunga’s knowledge and professionalism throughout the entire trip. I would have zero hesitations to go back or to recommend Ertunga as a tour guide. It as an incredible historical and spiritual experience.
    Frhecker Wichita, Kansas
  • Enjoyed our recent 22 day trip in Western Turkey visiting many Christian History sites. Ertunga was able to knit together much disparate info, suggesting changes as we went along to compensate for weather problems, etc. I would make the following recommendations: (1) Take Euros and Turkish Lira, not USA dollars, (2) Take eye drops and diarrhea tablets, and (3) Do not pet any cats or dogs – disease spreads rapidly. Best parts of the trip for me was Cappadocia and Priene.
    Swaby_commander - Helensvale, Avustralya


You will meet your guide in Kusadasi or Selcuk. You will first visit the House of Virgin Mary; we usually spend 45-60 minutes there, but if you want to pray and need more free time, you can stay longer in the church. Afterwards, there is 15 minutes driving to Ephesus where you will spend about two hours. Your last stop during this tour is the Basilica of St. John. At the end of the tour your will be taken back to your hotel.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax. 150 euros. (175 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax. 180 euros. (210 usd)
  • 6 to 8 pax. 200 euros. (235 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 250 euros. (295 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 10 pax in your group.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Any point in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
End location: Any point in Selcuk or Kusadası.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Guides are flexible regarding tour duration.

We don’t limit my guests’ time for sightseeing.

What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport (in a cozy van with a driver).


We will use modern air conditioned vehicle that is appropriate for the size of your group.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

75 Lira – We will need local currency for entrance fees. The total for entrance fees to all the sites is 18 € (22 USD) per person. You can purchase the entrances yourself with credit card or cash in local currency or your guide can buy the entrances for you and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.

What’s Extra

Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 12; please do not forget to bring their id or passport copy as an age proof), lunch (10 USD per person). Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.