“The tour itself was great. It would have been better if Pamukkale came first coz travel time is do much longer so that you do not need to hurry to catch flight to istanbul. Oscun was a good tour guide. ...Lydia Q., Philippines – See more reviews
What To Expect
Take this combo tour! Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the wealthiest city of the ancient world and one of the best preserved ones in today's world, get to see Mary's last abode at Mount Solmissos as well. Then take a trip to Pamukkale, a UNESCO world heritage site, and enjoy everything that this area offers.
Take an early morning flight to Izmir or a night bus to Kusadasi, the birthplace of Homer. You will then depart for the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the classical Greek period. Ephesus was also one of the "Seven Churches of Anatolia (Asia)" cited in the Book of Revelation.
Visit Marble Street, Odeon, Bouleterion, the Temple of Hadrian and Serapis, Agora, the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, Double Church, Arcadian Way, Gate of Magnesia. Get to see the last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos before having lunch at Selcuk.
After lunch, head on to Isabey Mosque, one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the time of the Anatolian Beyliks. Visit Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World."
Drive to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), a beautiful and spectacular natural site near Denizli, which is unique in the world. Thermal spring waters have carved the fantastic formation of stalactites here. Its thermal waters have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Situated on the plateau, you'll get a chance to see the thermal centers, thermal pools and ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The ancient thermal baths have been restored and converted into an archaeological museum, which you will be visiting.
Half-board accommodations at a 4* hotel
English speaking professional guide
Museum entrance fees
Lunch during tours
Breakfast on day 2
Drinks during lunch
Transfers from the bus station to Istanbul hotel at the end of the tour (for Bus Option)
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.
Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The full name of each participant as it appears on passport will be required upon booking.
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