Begin your tour with a visit to the house where Jesus’ mother is said to have lived the last years of her life. The site called the Virgin Mary’s House has been officially declared a Catholic shrine and was visited by Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Then, visit ancient Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. See the Odeon Theatre, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, the Baths, the Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. Next you will visit view the Terrace Houses located opposite Hadrian’s Temple—a newly excavated section where the wealthy and important people of Ephesus used these houses which are finely decorated with mosaics and frescoes, giving a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. You will also visit the Basilica of St. John. Then, stop at a carpet-weaving center where you will enjoy lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the garden. Afterwards, enjoy a carpet demonstration which will give you an insight into the age-old tradition of handmade Turkish rugs. Later, you will return to the ship at Kusadasi.