Set sail on a Mediterranean cruise with Cruise 1st Australia and you can expect to experience rich and fascinating cultures and heritage. Nowhere does this ring more true than the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey.
Read on to find out more about this destination, or click here to book your Mediterranean cruise now.
Travel back in time in ancient Ephesus, the sight of a major and important archaeological excavation. Built in the 10th Century AD, Ephesus is famous for the Temple of Artemis, which was completed in around 550 BC. The ruins of this temple are now one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
A place of important Biblical heritage, Ephesus is one of the churches of Asia which is cited in the Book of Revelation and it is thought that the Gospel of John may have been written here.
The city is also the site of a large gladiators’ burial ground. Recent excavations have revealed artefacts from the Neolithic Era and the Bronze Age and it contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean, with only 15% estimated to have been excavated so far.
Highlights within Ephesus include the Odeon – a small roofed theatre which seated up to 1,500 people for plays and concerts. There is also the main Theatre, which seated up to 25,000 people and is thought to be largest open-air theatre in the ancient world. It is the site where St John preached to the Ephesians.
Other points of interest include the Temple of Hadrian, which dates back to the 2nd Century, with repairs completed in the 4th Century, The Fountain of Trajan and The Celsus Library.
It is well worth visiting the Ephesus Museum where you will find a spectacular collection of Roman and Hellenistic statues, artefacts and carvings which have been excavated from Ephesus.
Your ship will dock in the nearby port of Kusadasi, which is a short distance to the wonderfully preserved ruins of Ephesus. If you have time visit some of the charming shops, cafes and restaurants – be sure to sample some refreshing Turkish tea. Carpet weaving is a traditional industry in Turkey, and in this port you can see the different stages of the carpet making process. There are also plenty of shops where you can buy your souvenirs.
Cruise lines currently sailing to Ephesus include Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
Book your Ephesus Cruise
Be sure to check our Mediterranean cruise deals page, as offers are updated regularly. Meanwhile, here are a few of our recent offers.
Eastern Mediterranean – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Sailing with Celebrity Cruises on Celebrity Reflection
25th April 2015 for 16 nights
You will set sail from Rome (Civitavecchia) then sail to Santorini, Ephesus, Istanbul, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus) and Salerno before returning to Rome (Civitavecchia).
This deal includes a hotel stay in Rome.
Mediterranean Cruise with Anzac Tour
Sailing with Royal Caribbean International on Rhapsody of the Seas
29th May 2015 for 17 nights
You will depart from Istanbul then sail to Ephesus, Bodrum, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Chania (Crete), Istanbul and Anzac Cove before finishing in Troy
This fantastic deal includes a hotel stay in Istanbul and a two day tour to Gallipoli
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