To enroll the tour you will be transferred to Istanbul’s airport for a morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir’s airport, you will be picked up (search for a sign with your name) and then connected to Selcuk to join the Ephesus, Pamukkale, Pergamum and Didyma/Miletus/Priene Tour.
The Description of the tour
|Highlights||Ephesus, Pamukkale, Pergamon and Didyma/Miletus/Priene|
|Departure Dates||Everyday – Morning flight|
|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)|
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 2: Pamukkale
After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will take you to the Pamukkale tour starting point.
A spectacular natural site, unique in the world, Pamukkale is a fairyland of dazzling white, petrified castles. Thermal spring waters loaded with calcareous salts running off the plateau’s edge have created this fantastic formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
As if this splendid view wasn’t enough, there was also a Roman city built on top of this natural marvel: the City of Hierapolis. You can visit its ruins and see: the basilica, the impressive theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis.
Day 3: Pergamon
After breakfast join the Pergamon tour.
In Pergamum, an ancient Greek city, we will visit Aesculapium, an ancient medical center built in the name of Aesculapis, the God of Medicine. After lunch the visit will continue with the Pergamon Acropolis. İncluded in the tour are also the following places: Athena, Trojan Temples, Zeus’ Temple, Dionysos’ temple, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, the Great Theater and the Roman bathes.
Day 4: Didyma/Miletus/Priene
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. İt 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 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, your driver will take you to Izmir’s airport for an evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, at Istanbul’s airport, our staff will await you with a sign with your name and transfer you to your hotel.
- Please inform in enquiry form if you want go get this tour as private for your family/group.