Yachting Land Adventure

Ephesus with Terrace Houses & House of the Virgin Mary

A scenic drive from the port takes you to the Shrine of the Virgin Mary with wonderful views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. From your window, great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel a long and winding road to the picturesque Solmissos Mountains. The House of the Virgin Mary is considered by the Vatican to be a Holy Place, and a small shrine, dedicated to her, was found in the ruins when the house was first discovered.

Next, the ancient city of Ephesus was the largest regional center of commerce with an estimated population of around 225,000. It was the most important city in Asia Minor, following only Constantinople. It is estimated that roughly 15% of the total city has actually been excavated. Visit the following sites:

The Odeon Theatre had a seating capacity of about 1,500 seats. Built in 150 A.D., it was primarily used for small plays, concerts and official public ceremonies. The Hadrian Temple was dedicated in 118 AD to both Hadrian and to the goddess Artemis; it underwent reconstruction in the 4th century. This impressive Corinthian-style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch. According to the belief of the Ephesians, the Medusa head on the porch would protect the city from its enemies.

Then, visit the spectacular Terrace Houses (villas) located on top of the hill within Ephesus. They have a fantastic view of the entire city of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians and are finely decorated with incredible mosaics and frescoes. The Terrace Houses were discovered in excavations carried in the 1980s by a team of Austrian archeologists. Along with those in Pompeii, they constitute some of the most vivid examples of Roman domestic architecture to survive today.

Proceed to the Celsus Library; the library is the best preserved structure of its kind. The inscription on the side of the building's front staircase states that the library was built by Julius, in his father's honor, after his death. His father, Celsus, was the Roman governor of Asia Minor early in the 2nd century AD; Celsus’ sarcophagus is buried beneath the library. Next, visit the Great Theatre, which dates back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD, it was successfully reconstructed and expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where it is believed that St. Paul preached. It is still used for performances today and is believed to be the largest theatre in the ancient world.

Notes: This excursion involves extensive walking and comfortable shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. At Terrace Houses, guests will walk on glass-covered platforms. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

Port: Kusadasi (Ephesus)

Duration: 4 hours

Price: 139 USD