In addition to the conference social activities (welcome party, gala dinner, entertainment shows and soft animations at the venue hotel), the following social program and tours are on demand with payment. Supermag Inc. is the Official Organization Support & Handling Company of ICSM. For details of the daily tours and pre/post conference tours please see information below.
Tour Option 1
Ephesus, Artemis, Virgin Mary House including Lunch
Ephesus in Selcuk is about 155 km away from the Venue Hotel.
It is one of the must-see tourist attractions in the region of Izmir. You will be traveling back to ancient Greek and Roman times as you explore the ruins of UNESCO-listed Ephesus, make a pilgrimage to the House of Virgin Mary and view the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, cited as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World.
Ephesus, which was one of the twelve Ion cities, developed as a result of a union of Ionian immigrants with the natives living near the temple of Kybele. Afterwards, the spectacular temple built for this goddess who then took the name of the Greek Goddess Artemis. Like the other Ionian cities, Ephesos was ruled by Lydia, Persia, Macedonia and lastly by the Roman rulers. This city was one of the most popular cities of the ancient world and was given a special attention by many Hellenistic kings. For instance it is known that Lysimakhos built this city and gave it his wife Arsinoe’s name, and that the king of Pergamon Attalos II, enlarged the port. Because the Romans made Ephesus the capital of the Asian State, the city became one of the biggest settlements in Anatolia. The city was an important centre for Christianity at this time.
The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 BC until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief). For many years, there have been two differing accounts of Mary’s death and final resting place within the Christian community: Some historians say “Dormito Hietosoymitana” meaning, “She died in Jerusalem where Jesus was born and died.” Further information may be found just click.
This private day tour includes round-trip transport from the Venue Hotel, lunch, and admission fees, plus a guided walking tour of Ephesus, including the Great Theater, Odeon, Celsius library and an optional visit to the Terrace Houses. All entrance fees and lunch included in the tour price flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences round-trip transport with hotel or port pickup provided.
Total trip time 9-10 hours including travel by private bus.
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