Flight of Fancy: Dine at the Library of Celsus

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

The best way to see Ephesus, a beautiful ancient Roman city in Selçuk, Turkey, is long after the hordes of tourists have left, when the town’s marble streets are deserted and it is exclusively yours. Tully Luxury Travel offers a unique opportunity for a private evening to see the well-preserved and reconstructed ruins by starlight and dine by candlelight.Wander through the streets until you arrive at Celsus Library, originally built in 117 AD and reconstructed last century.

Here, you will enjoy a white-glove catered dinner with a custom menu prepared by a nearby five-star hotel. Under the stars, a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra will serenade your party as you gaze at the stunning two-story facade of the library, the third-largest in the ancient world. And if a trio isn’t sufficient, classical music aficionados can hire the entire orchestra for the evening.

From $9,000 for dinner for six with trio from Aegean Chamber Orchestra, contact Colleen Shields, senior travel designer,, +1 905 275 3030 x6235,

Illustration by Sarah Tanat-Jones