2 DAYS – EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE TOUR

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Combine two of Turkey’s most show-stopping attractions, both UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient city of Ephesus and magnificent white calcium formations of Pamukkale.

Day 1 Flight Istanbul to Izmir - Ancient city of Ephesus and Sirine Village,

05:00. From your hotel in Istanbul, transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir and there transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Kusadasi (approx. A 1-hour drive south along the Aegean coast from Izmir).
09:00. Start our tour, we explore the legendary Ephesus open-air museum, positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Under the Romans, Ephesus was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, reveling in prosperity from commerce. We have plenty of time to visit the marble ruins of Ephesus, the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, the Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains, and various temples.

You will also have the chance to visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary before driving to the nearby Ottoman-Greek village of Sirince, trying some of their specialty fruit wines, and take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant. The road to the village passes through vineyards, orchards, and olive groves sometimes referred to as the Tuscany of Turkey. Get your cameras ready as you stroll with your guide up and down the narrow cobblestone lanes between buildings of stone, wood, and plaster. The fragrance of burning wood or the local orchards in bloom will captivate your senses.

Then the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana. Built around 550 BC, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. and while listening to the history of the temple, you can see the restored column that marks this site. The temple was rebuilt three times before its destruction in 401 AD. It was discovered during excavations that were undertaken by the British Museum, in 1869-1874 under the supervision of J.T. Wood and David G. Hogarth in1904-1905. Many of the ruins are displayed at the museum in England.

To end the tour, visit of ‘Isa bey Mosque’, a wonderful example of Seljukian architecture, located just beneath the citadel in Selcuk near the Basilica of Saint John. Its interior is carved and decorated beautifully, a masterpiece of its time. Overnight Kusadasi. (L)

“During your free time in the open-air museum, opt to visit the amazing tile murals and artwork of the Terrace Houses. Excavated from the 1960s to the 1980s, the structure is a city block of 1st-century AD (Roman) private residences, comparable to a condominium and occupying about 4,000 square meters (about an acre). In many regards, the remains are on a par with the famous ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy – making them one of the world’s key sites to experience and admire the sophistication, luxury, and aesthetic refinement of upper-class Roman domestic life. Surprisingly, only about one in twenty visitors to Ephesus explores this unique structure”.

Entrance to the Terrace Houses is not accompanied by a guide and requires (an additional entrance fee paid on the spot)”.

Day 2 White calcium formations of Pamukkale ,

08:00. Driving east, we arrive in Pamukkale, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as “Cotton Castle”, they are a natural phenomenon and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale formed when warm, calcium-rich mineral water cascaded down and as it cooled, settled on the edge of the cliff. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Today, many of the pools are closed to tourists. However, areas of the travertines can be walked upon, albeit in bare feet.

Or opt to enjoy a unique and very pleasant dip in the warm waters at the Pamukkale Thermal, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns near the center of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a cure center founded around 190 BC by the Romans who were aware of the curative powers of mineral springs, so they created communal baths

18:00. By the evening, transfer to the airport for the return flight to the exotic and vibrant Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul. (B, L).

If you wish to extend your stay, we will be happy to organize extra post-trip, accommodation, and day tours/activities. Happy travels!

What to Expect

  • Visit of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Tour Ephesus, Turkey’s best-preserved archaeological site
  • Visit of the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent her final days
  • A swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, among the Roman ruins
  • Experience of the hot springs and limpid pools of the Cotton Castles
  • See the travertine terraces of Pamukkale

 

If you are traveling with children you may be eligible for a discount, please advise childrens ages.

  • Acarlar, Ephesus Ancient Theatre, Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey, 37.941066, 27.3426916, 8, ChIJYX813EitvhQR3GlraqlDRXM, Acarlar, İzmir, 35920, Turkey, TR
  • Celsus Library, Ephesus
  • Vediusgymnasium
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Şirince
  • The Temple of Artemis
  • İsa Bey Mosque
  • 225C+V5 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey, 38.009631832654, 29.020431601122, 8, GhIJNQBlnTsBQ0AREs5dATsFPUA, Denizli, Turkey, TR
  • Travertines of Pamukkale (thermal pools)

Includes

  • Pick-up, and drop-off to your accommodation in Istanbul.
  • Transfers between domestic airports and hotels
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking minivan
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary: Istanbul to Izmir, Denizli to Istanbul
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides
  • Guided sightseeing at Ephesus and Pamukkale
  • Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • 24-hour emergency hotline
  • 3 meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunch (This tour provides a variety of dining experiences, including buffets, à-la-carte dining and set menus. Whenever possible, we will try to honor special dietary requests)
  • 1 night in Kusadasi https://www.charismahotel.com or https://www.ilaydaavantgarde.com (4 stars accommodation in total)

Excludes

  • Entry visas where applicable
  • Meals unless otherwise stated
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport to and from Turkey

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2 DAYS – EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE TOUR

Combine two of Turkey’s most show-stopping attractions, both UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient city of Ephesus and magnificent white calcium formations of Pamukkale.

Day 1 Flight Istanbul to Izmir - Ancient city of Ephesus and Sirine Village

05:00. From your hotel in Istanbul, transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir and there transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Kusadasi (approx. A 1-hour drive south along the Aegean coast from Izmir).
09:00. Start our tour, we explore the legendary Ephesus open-air museum, positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Under the Romans, Ephesus was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, reveling in prosperity from commerce. We have plenty of time to visit the marble ruins of Ephesus, the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, the Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains, and various temples.

You will also have the chance to visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary before driving to the nearby Ottoman-Greek village of Sirince, trying some of their specialty fruit wines, and take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant. The road to the village passes through vineyards, orchards, and olive groves sometimes referred to as the Tuscany of Turkey. Get your cameras ready as you stroll with your guide up and down the narrow cobblestone lanes between buildings of stone, wood, and plaster. The fragrance of burning wood or the local orchards in bloom will captivate your senses.

Then the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana. Built around 550 BC, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. and while listening to the history of the temple, you can see the restored column that marks this site. The temple was rebuilt three times before its destruction in 401 AD. It was discovered during excavations that were undertaken by the British Museum, in 1869-1874 under the supervision of J.T. Wood and David G. Hogarth in1904-1905. Many of the ruins are displayed at the museum in England.

To end the tour, visit of ‘Isa bey Mosque’, a wonderful example of Seljukian architecture, located just beneath the citadel in Selcuk near the Basilica of Saint John. Its interior is carved and decorated beautifully, a masterpiece of its time. Overnight Kusadasi. (L)

“During your free time in the open-air museum, opt to visit the amazing tile murals and artwork of the Terrace Houses. Excavated from the 1960s to the 1980s, the structure is a city block of 1st-century AD (Roman) private residences, comparable to a condominium and occupying about 4,000 square meters (about an acre). In many regards, the remains are on a par with the famous ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy – making them one of the world’s key sites to experience and admire the sophistication, luxury, and aesthetic refinement of upper-class Roman domestic life. Surprisingly, only about one in twenty visitors to Ephesus explores this unique structure”.

Entrance to the Terrace Houses is not accompanied by a guide and requires (an additional entrance fee paid on the spot)”.

Day 2 White calcium formations of Pamukkale

08:00. Driving east, we arrive in Pamukkale, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as “Cotton Castle”, they are a natural phenomenon and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale formed when warm, calcium-rich mineral water cascaded down and as it cooled, settled on the edge of the cliff. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Today, many of the pools are closed to tourists. However, areas of the travertines can be walked upon, albeit in bare feet.

Or opt to enjoy a unique and very pleasant dip in the warm waters at the Pamukkale Thermal, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns near the center of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a cure center founded around 190 BC by the Romans who were aware of the curative powers of mineral springs, so they created communal baths

18:00. By the evening, transfer to the airport for the return flight to the exotic and vibrant Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul. (B, L).

If you wish to extend your stay, we will be happy to organize extra post-trip, accommodation, and day tours/activities. Happy travels!

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