Ephesus-Pamukkale-Priene

Ephesus-Pamukkale-Priene

Ramble among some of the Aegean region's most famous ruins for the day - from the Royal Avenue in marble at Ephesus, to the aesthetic temples and delicate friezes at Aphrodisias, to the natural beauty of the cliff-terraced pools and unique spa waterfalls at Pamukkale or more ancient ruins at Priene, Miletus & Didyma...


Day 1 – Ephesus:
At 08:00 am depart from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Izmir airport, (50 minutes flight time) or meet at Izmir Hotel’s and head to Selcuk. First visit to Ephesus. Ephesus the city dedicated to Artemis, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor with its majestic theater, marble road, Temple of Artemis, the Church of the Virgin Mary or the Double Church, the library of Celsus, the stadium, the lecture hall. Then visit the Church of St. John and his Tomb in Selcuk before driving to the home of the Virgin Mary, who was brought to Ephesus by John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. The home of Virgin Mary on a hill top, where she lived out her days is now visited by over a hundred thousand pilgrims each year. The pilgrims drink the water of the sacred spring, meditate and pray for health at this ancient spot of worship. Both Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1979 have celebrated mass here. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Kusadasi. Over-night at Ephesus Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Priene, Miletos & Didyma
Breakfast is served at the hotel. After breakfast, depart for the first ancient city; Priene which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities. Then travel on to Miletus with its magnificent theatre and the Byzantine fortress on the acropolis above. Last, but not least, visit Didyma. Here you will find the largest Ionic Temple in the world, that of Apollo. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Med Over-night at Ephesus Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Kusadasi – Pamukkale
After breakfast, depart for a full day tour to Pamukkale; visit the ancient city of Hierepolis, a city that gained importance in the Roman times because of its thermal springs and Ancient pool . Over the centuries, the calsium, salts in the water have formed into one of the most unique natural sights of the World. Overnight Over-night at Ephesus Boutique Hotel

DAY 4:Istanbul
DAY 4 IstanbulAfter Breakfast, transfer to Izmir Airport to take the flight back to Istanbul.