Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight

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Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight

Starting with the House of Virgin Marry, take this 3-days tour and discover Ancient City of Ephesus. Explore Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Visit Pamukkale Travertines on the last day.

Duration: 3 Days
Skip The Line:
Live Guide: English, Spanish
Pick-up Services: Pick-up service is available from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Visit the The House of Virgin Mary
  • Discover Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Explore Priene, Miletus and Didyma
  • Walk over to the natural warm water terraces at Pamukkale

Full Description

Day 1

You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul early in the morning and transferred to Istanbul Airport for the flight to Izmir. Your flight to Izmir will be at 07:00 am. After your arrival you will be met at the airport.

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving in our first stop which is The House of Virgin Mary and in accordance to the Predominant Christian tradition Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting years here. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27).

After The House of Virgin Mary we will then head on to the next destination which will be the Ancient City of Ephesus; the tour here shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent archaeological site in the entire world. You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian and of course lets’ not forget the very impressive library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theater, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theater is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats. You will then return back to the bus through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession.

After your 2 hour exploration around Ephesus we will head for a lunch break for about 1 hour and then after the Lunch Break we will continue on the tour and head on for our next stop which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana), this outstanding Temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as the big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a market-place and religious’ institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enable the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world`s first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe it’s importance, its wealth and tension that existed between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries.

Once the tour comes to an end you will head back to your bus and be driven to your hotel in Kuşadası.


Day 2

You will meet with your guide at the lobby of your hotel. We will first go to see the Ionian Ancient City of Priene.

PRIENE: Despite of its small size, Priene was once a very important city during the ancient times because on its territory stood the Panionium, the central meeting-place and sanctuary of the Ionian Confederacy. The theatre, the temple of Athena, the agora, the Bouleterion and the temenos of Zeus Olympus will be the steps of this visit.

Next we will move onwards to explore Miletus .

MILETUS: Miletus was the principal port and the richest imperium at the Aegean coast. Thales of Miletus believed that there was a fundamental unity beneath the apparent disorder and complexity of nature and he postulated that water was the basic material for all things. The theatre of Miletus is by far the most impressive of the town’s surviving monuments. There is also the council-chamber, marketplace, temples, baths and Islamic monument: Ilyas Bey Mosque to be visited.

LUNCH BREAK

After Lunch we will complete our tour today with discovery of Didyma.

DIDYMA: Didyma was an ancient Ionian city, the modern Didim, Turkey. The town formed just outside of the sanctuary containing a temple and oracle of Apollo, the Didymaion. Didyma was a neighbour of Miletus. To approach it, visitors would follow the Sacred Way to Didyma. Both Herodotus and Pausanias dated the origins of the oracle at Didyma before the Ionian colonization of this coast.


Day 3

You will be at your Hotel in Kusadasi. The drive up to Pamukkale takes between 3 – 4 Hours long but please be rest assured that half into the journey we will have short break stop so you can stretch your legs and grab a refreshment too.

As we arrive at Pamukkale it will be to the North Gate side where you will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then you walk over to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35c you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, which are closely located to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate built up in steps on the plateau and by this effect is how the site got its name Pamukkale because it resembles a huge mountain ball of cotton.

There shall be a lunch stop that is served as an open buffet style and after lunch you will have the chance to take part in some swimming in hot red thermal pools. Then If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra s Pool but to do so you shall need to pay a small extra charge fee. The Cleopatra Pool is warmed by hot springs and covered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo the pool provides today's visitors a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities! During the Roman period columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today.

Once the tour comes to an end it will be time to get back on the bus and to be driven to Denizli Airport for flight to Istanbul at 19:30. After your arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.

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Includes

  • Round-trip flight tickets
  • All transfers
  • Professional Guidance in English or Spanish
  • Lunches
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation in 3 stars hotel
  • Refreshments
  • Dinners

Meeting point

Your hotel's lobby

Location

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