Leave the port of Kusadasi behind and head up into the hills to the house of the Virgin Mary, recognised by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage. You’ll see a small chapel, which has been built on the foundations of a humble dwelling where Mary’s believed to have spent her last days. If you want to, you can collect water from the Holy spring and leave a prayer in the form of a ribbon on the prayer grid. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this serene setting though. Tucked high in the hills above the coast, it’s really something. From here you’ll carry on to the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus for your walking tour. Tick off a list of sights including the Temple of Hadrian, the Marble Street and the Celsus Library.
Filming, photography and hats are not allowed inside the House of the Virgin Mary. At Ephesus there is uneven ground, as well as cobblestones and steps. Your tour ends with an optional visit to a carpet shop for a demonstration. If you don't wish to join the demonstration you can go straight back to the ship.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.