Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight

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Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight

See the House of the Virgin Mary, explore the ancient cities of Ephesus, Priene, Miletus and Didyma, and visit the Pamukkale Travertines.

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 House of the Virgin Mary.
  • Discover the Ancient City of Ephesus.
  • Explore Priene, Miletus and Didyma.
  • Wade through the stunning thermal water terraces at Pamukkale.

Full Description

Day 1
The tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel and airport transfer for your flight to Izmir. When you arrive in Izmir, you will be met at the airport by a member of our friendly team and driven to the first exciting stop, The House of the Virgin Mary. Do you know who the Virgin Mary was? She was the mother of Jesus, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. After Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven, his mother was brought to Ephesus by one of his close followers, John. You can visit the house on the hill where she lived, which is considered by some to be one of the holiest Christian sites. There are water taps there where visitors often write their wishes and hope they come true. 

Next, we will head to one of the most well-preserved and beautiful ruins in Turkey, The Ancient City of Ephesus. After 2 hours of exploring, it will be lunchtime. 

After lunch, the tour will continue with a visit to the Temple of Artemis (known as 'Diana' to the Romans) which honoured the Greek goddess of hunting, nature and fertility. The stunning marble palace was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At the end of the day, you will be taken to your hotel in Kuşadası.

Day 2
It will be another great day! In the morning, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. The first stop of the day will be the Ancient City of Priene. 

Priene is an Ancient Greek city located in the south-west of present-day Turkey. Its well-preserved remains are a rich source of information about Ancient Greek town planning. Next, we will travel to Miletus. Miletus was once the greatest Greek city in the east! Many famous literary, scientific and philosophical minds came from the city, including the renowned philosopher, Thales of Miletus. After these visits, it will be time for lunch.

Didyma will be the next stop. The city was the home of the great Temple of Apollo and Oracle of Apollo and was famous throughout the ancient world. This ends the second day of your tour. From here, you will be taken back to your hotel to rest and recharge. 

Day 3
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kusadası and then head to Pamukkale, a trip of around 4 hours. You could bring a book or just enjoy the scenery while resting in our comfortable vehicle. There will be short breaks on the way to stretch your legs and get something to eat or drink. 

When we arrive at Pamukkale, you'll be shown the North Gate and will be able to see the Necropolis of Hierapolis which has a Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, Byzantium Gate and more. Next, we'll head over to the famous Pamukkale travertines. These are the beautiful water terraces you've probably seen in pictures. They formed over many years as a result of multiple chemical reactions and the unique geographical characteristics of the area. They are thermal waters and the temperature is about 35 degrees celcius.

In simple terms, the travertines are created when water from the thermal springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate build up in steps. This is how the site got its name 'Pamukkale' - because it resembles a huge ball of cotton!

​Next, it will be time for lunch. You will enjoy an open buffet lunch and have the chance to swim in the Red Thermal Pools. There is also a private pool called the Cleopatra Pool which is now a modern spa. The thermal waters are crystal clear and you can enter for an additional fee, if you choose. Cleopatra herself really swam there! During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool but unfortunately earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. 

At the end of the day, it will be time to go back to the airport for your evening flight to Istanbul. In Istanbul, you will be met by a member of our friendly team and taken back to your hotel.  

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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 lobby.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.
  • We recommend bringing an umbrella with you in the summer to protect yourself from the scorching sun. Ephesus is a big, open space with barely any shade.

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Customer Reviews

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Tara - February 06, 2019

I have got a nice souvenir of the Mother Mary. Also you can find nice t-shirts. Dont come back without having some delight.

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Ron - May 20, 2019

Our hotel was so hospitable. They took care all of our need. But tour might be some cheaper.

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Darrell - August 23, 2019

The tour guide was like a Encyclopedia. He knows everthing. If i ask him my home address i think he knows. :))

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