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Amazing way for travellers who want to explore both the natural wonders and history of Turkey in limited time. UNESCO World Heritage List includes Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pergamon. Ancient age cities; Priene, Miletus and Didyma… Get ready for an impressive trip !
Day 1: Temple of Artemis, Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Sirince Village,Isabey Mosque
Day 2: Pergamon, Throne of Satan, Hellenistic Theatre, Great Library,Gymnasium,Agora, Temple of Dionysus, Temple of Athena and Temple of Trojan
Day 3: Karahayit, Red Spring Waters, Cotton Cliffs, Hierapolis, Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Apollon Temple, Cathedral, Plutonium, Theater, Antique Pool
Day 4: Miletus, Priene, Didyma, Temple of Athena, the Bouleterium, the Agora, Altar of Zeus and Cybele, Temple of Apollo, Head of Medusa
If you wish to see the tour details, check out the Detailed Tour Itinerary below.
Day 1 Kusadasi: Flight to Izmir, Full Day Ephesus Tour with overnight stay in Kusadasi
(Included Meals: Lunch)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul around 4:30 and will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir between 6:00 – 7:30, Upon arrival at Izmir airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Ephesus. In Ephesus, you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full-day tour of Ephesus.
You will first visit the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Next, you will visit the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well-preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a break for lunch.
Ephesus Antique Site: Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Theater had seating for 25,000, was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.
Temple Of Artemis: The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp.
House of Virgin Mary: House of Virgin Mary, one of the most sacred places for Christianity, is located near Ephesus. Some believe the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus.
Isabey Mosque: Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375.
Sirince Village: The Sirince Village; which is an old Greek village and is well-know for its quaint beauty and wine tasting and production. Here you will have one hour free to explore on your own without a guide the different foods and wines of the area and visit various small traditional village shops.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi for check-in.
Day 2 Kusadasi: Full Day Pergamon Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
After breakfast, around 8:30 you will be picked up from your hotel for Pergamon.
You will visit the Acropolis which was once the cultural center of the Hellenistic Period. It had a very famous library, as big as the one in Alexandria. It also had a famous school of architecture, perfect government buildings and monuments, including the world famous Zeus Altar. It also played an important role during the beginning of Christianity in the Roman Period, and one of the Seven Churches of the Revelations is located here.
At Pergamon, the ancient world’s major power, you will visit the Acropolis, the ruins of Zeus Altar “Throne of Satan”, the Hellenistic Theatre which had a seating capacity of 10,000 people, the Great Library which held 200,000 books and Trojan, the Gymnasium situated on terraces, the lower Agora, Temple of Dionysus, Temple of Athena and Temple of Trojan.
After the Acropolis, you will visit the Ascelepion, which was dedicated to the God of Good Health, “Asklepios”. This was an important medical center where people received medical treatments such as massages, mud baths, drinking of the sacred waters and the use of herbs and ointments. Diagnosis was often by dream analysis.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 3 Kusadasi: Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
After breakfast around 8:00, you will be picked up from your Kusadasi hotel and taken to the meeting point in Selcuk where the full group will first meet. You will then begin the Pamukkale tour with a drive from Selcuk starting at 8:30 to Pamukkale which will be around 3 hours. Upon arrival around 11:45, the group will be first taken to have lunch and after lunch, at around 13:00 you will begin your guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis area with a profession licensed tour guide.
You will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis. The highlights of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Basilica, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium. You will also be able to take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale.
Hıerapolis Theatre: The theatre of Hierapolis is one of the best-preserved entertainment destinations that dates back to the second century, the audience section could hold up to 10,000 and be used to show everything from music, religious ceremonies and even performing live shows. While the theatre isn’t used to put on live entertainment anymore, the seating all around can be explored and used by visitors.
Agora: Agora is an ancient market where many of the population would have come to so shopping or to trade their good with other people who travelled. While the marketplace is only one part of the city. Outside the city is a Necropolis which was made popular thanks to the believed healing properties of the different water. This cemetery has people from different peoples across many time periods.
Karahayit Red Springs: Karahayit hot springs is located in Karahayit Town, Denizli, Turkey. It’s about 5 km north of the famous Pamukkale Travertine and has similar characteristics like that of Pamukkale. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they provide healing to the visitors for 5000 years. The ‘Red Spring Waters‘ which translates to red water – natural hot thermal springs bubbling from beneath the calcite rocks – are very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs, at about 56 degrees.
Pamukkale Travertines "Cotton Castle": Pamukkale is a spectacular place, located in Denizli Province, in southwestern Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces. The Pamukkale Travertines mean “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. The place is classified by UNESCO.
Hierapolis Antique Pool: Pamukkale's Antique Pool remains from Roman times when it was the spiritual center of the spa city of Hierapolis. The modernized pool is the prime public place for a swim at this hot-springs resort.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 4 Kusadasi: Full Day Priene, Miletus & Didyma Tour, Flight to Istanbul, End of Services
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Enjoy your breakfast & then check-out of your hotel in Kusadasi. After breakfast, you will be picked up to depart for Priene, which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities, the first grid-system planned city of the Ancient World, built on a hillside. You will visit the Theater, the Temple of Athena, the Bouleterium, the Agora, and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele.
Next you will proceed to Miletus, the home of Thales and a principle Ionian city. You will then visit the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Theater, and the Faustina Baths.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue to Didyma to visit the Temple of Apollo, with its gigantic columns. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Medusa which long ago fell from the freeze.
At the end of the tour around approximately 16:00, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your late evening return flight around 19:00 – 22:00 pm (1 hour 20 minutes flight duration) to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS.
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