To enroll the tour you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the night bus that will take you to Selçuk.
The Description of the tour
|Highlights||Ephesus and Didyma/Miletus/Priene|
|Departure Dates||Everyday – evening bus|
|Meal||Lunches and Breakfasts included|
|Tips||Customary tips to the drivers or guides are not included|
|Payment Details||30% of the total amount will be charged just after the confirmation. The rest could be paid in the tour.|
|Pick up||Pick up from the hotels according to the location (only city hotels)|
|Drop Off||At the end of tour, we will drop you off to your hotel (only city hotels)|
Day 1: Departure from Istanbul to Selcuk by overnight bus
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus. Take the overnight bus from Istanbul to Selcuk-Ephesus.
Day 2: Full Day Ephesus Tour
You will arrive to Selcuk and our representative will meet you in the bus station, transferring you to the hotel. Around 09:30am you will be picked up for the full day tour.
Temple of Artemis
The temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Temple served as a form to worship Artemis, a Greek goddess – twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon.
Ephesus is the best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region, and one of Turkey’s top sights. After almost 150 years of excavation, the city’s recovered structures have made Ephesus Europe’s most complete classical metropolis.
Explore the ruins of Ephesus while strolling by the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain and the Great Theater.
The House of Virgin Mary
Legend says that the Virgin Mary lived her last days in a small stone cottage, located in Ephesus. Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at Kusadasi for the night.
Day 3: Milet, Priene and Didyma
After having breakfast in the hotel, you will be picked up for the Milet, Priene and Didyma Tour.
The word Didyma meant “twin” and it refers to the twins Apollo and Artemis, sons of Zeus and Leto. The Temple of Didyma, also known as the Didymaion, has a long history. It has been said that the Didymaion was constructed before Greek colonization (10th century BC). In ancient times, pilgrims walked 20 km along the Sacred Way from Miletus to Didyma’s sanctuary to participate in the annual spring festival, the Didymeia.
Miletus, an ancient city located near the present Akkoy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes River, owed its importance due to its position on trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population of between 80,000 and 100,000. Highly prosperous, it was the home to some of the best thinkers of 6th century BC: philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and the architect Isidorus.
The ancient harbor city of Priene changed its location when the silt of the Meander River threatened to bury it. Now it is nearly 16 km from the sea. The original place of the city has never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. Priene was laid out on a Hippodamian system and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. All the streets intersect at right angles. Remaining small, with about 5 thousand inhabitants and never having great political significance, it shared the same history as the other Ionian cities.
After the tour ends, our representative will transfer you to the bus station and you’ll take the return night bus to Istanbul