Ephesus & Terrace HousesOn this exclusive tour you’ll travel in a small group by minibus to visit Ephesus, one of the most interesting and extensive ancient cities in the world, and also visit the impressive terrace houses. On this exclusive tour you’ll travel in a small group by minibus to visit Ephesus, one of the most interesting and extensive ancient cities in the world, and also visit the impressive terrace houses. Ephesus is one of the best preserved Greek/Roman cities in Asia Minor. Built in the 3rd century B.C., the remains from the Roman period are a grand amphitheater, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastic Baths, the Odeon, the Lower Agora, and the State Agora. The Terrace Houses of Ephesus are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. They are also called “the houses of rich”, as they were built for the important and wealthy people of Ephesus. You’ll be given an extra ticket to visit the inner sections of these houses in which the excavations still continue. They were decorated with mosaics and frescoes, and had interior open-air courtyards in the center. The houses also had cold and hot water and some of the plumbing is still visible, giving you an idea about the quality of life in Ephesus back then. Driving back to Izmir, you’ll stop at a leather outlet for refreshments and a shopping opportunity before returning to your ship. Note: Expect crowded venues and extreme heat, especially during summer months. There is approximately 1 3/4 miles of walking over uneven surfaces, numerous steps and some inclines on this tour.
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