|The amphitheatre at Ephesus|
'Magnificent Ephesus' shore tour started with a bus ride from the port at Izmir to the upper gates of Ephesus. This was an interesting drive, through the countryside which was being intensively worked with plantations of fruit trees including pomegranates, oranges and dates.
Once at Ephesus, the guide gave all the passengers audio headsets so they could wander around the ruins and still hear his commentary.
|The Library of Celsus at Ephesus|
|Wonderful mosaics at Ephesus|
Also of interest was a pageant acted by local people of life in the 3rd century AD. They were dressed in costumes of the day, some as Roman soldiers, others as upper class Ephesians, some as musicians playing trumpets and others as orators wearing togas.
|A pageant depicting Ephesus in the 3rd century AD|