Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight
Ephesus, Pamukkale & Priene 3 Days Tour with Flight
The House of Virgin Marry, Ancient City of Ephesus. Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Visit Pamukkale Travertines.
Duration: 3 Days
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Live Guide: English, Spanish
Pick-up Services: Pick-up service is available from centrally located hotels.
- 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.
Before you begin your journey we suggest having an umbrella in the summertime. you will need it on Ephesus visit while you walk under the sun. It begins with picking up from your hotel in Istanbul early morning and transfer to the airport for Izmir flight. When you arrive to the airport you will be met at the airport. Our first destination will be The House of Virgin Mary. After Jesus has been killed Mary the mother has been brought to Ephesus by one of His students, John. On this hill,l we can visit Her house and have the water which comes from the mountains. This house is counted as one of the holiest places in Christianity. Just next to water taps you can write your wishes and wait to be happens. After we visit the Holly Virgin's House, we will move to our new destination which is one of the most attractive ruins of Turkey. The Ancient City of Ephesus. Inside of this ruin our tour will be a walking tour to see all the magnificent details of the city. 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 a 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. When we spend 2 hours to explore this city we will have our lunch. After lunch, our tour continues to the Temple of Artemi (The Beautiful Diana). This temple has been built in the name and honor of Greek Hunting, wild nature and fertility Goddess. On its construction, the largest marbles of the Ancient Greek times have been used. Due to the city meets a lot of pilgrims (1000s) the teple grow wealthy and became the first bank of the world. Even afterall these years you can see the architectural beauty of the city. While your tour faced end we turn to our vehicle to go to your hotel in Kuşadası.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the lobby of your hotel. The first destination will be the Ancient City of Priene. Priene: Priene, ancient city of Ionia about 6 miles (10 km) north of the Menderes (Maeander) River and 10 miles (16 km) inland from the Aegean Sea, in southwestern Turkey. Its well-preserved remains are a major source of information about ancient Greek town planning. Then we will move to Miletus. Our next station; Miletus: Byzantine Palation, Turkish Balat, ancient Greek city of western Anatolia, some 20 miles (30 km) south of the present city of Söke, Turkey. It lies near the mouth of the Büyükmenderes (Menderes) River. After these visits, we will have our lunch break. DIDYMA: also called Didymi, or Branchidae, ancient sanctuary and seat of an oracle of Apollo, located south of Miletus in modern Turkey. Before being plundered and burned by the Persians (c. 494 BC), the sanctuary was in the charge of the Branchids, a priestly caste named after Branches, a favorite youth of Apollo. After Alexander the Great conquered Miletus (334), the oracle was resanctified; the city administered the cult, annually electing a prophet. About 300 BC the Milesians began to build a new temple, intended to be the largest in the Greek world. The annual festival held there, the Didymeia, became Panhellenic at the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Excavations made between 1905 and 1930 revealed all of the uncompleted new temple and some carved pieces of the earlier temple and statues. After this tiring day, time to go to the hotel and have a beautiful rest.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kusadası than drive to Pamukkale ~4 Hours. Hours can seem long but please enjoy the resting in your comfortable vehichle. However, we will have short breaks on the way to stretch the legs and have a refreshment. When we arrive at Pamukkale on the North Gate side we can see the Necropolis of Hierapolis which has 1200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and 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 ~35 Celcius degrees. 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. After we visit the travertines step-by-step we need to have lunch anymore. We enjoy the open buffet lunch and have a chance to swimm in Red Thermal Pools. You can feel the soul of Cleopatra when you swimm in the Ancient Pool which is named by her name. (Need to pay a small supplement for the pool) During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. While the tour ended the time comes to go back to our bus for the airport. We will have an evening flight to Istanbul. When our plane lands off to Istanbul you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Round-trip flight tickets.
- All transfers.
- Professional Guidance in English or Spanish.
- Bed & Breakfast accommodation in 3 stars hotel.
Your hotel lobby.
Know Before You Go
- Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.
About your Host
I have got a nice souvenir of the Mother Mary. Also you can find nice t-shirts. Dont come back without having some delight.
Our hotel was so hospitable. They took care all of our need. But tour might be some cheaper.
The tour guide was like a Encyclopedia. He knows everthing. If i ask him my home address i think he knows. :))