2 Days Ephesus Tour Pamukkale Tour Spend two glorious days in Turkey seeing some of the must see sights. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Luxuriate in…
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2 Days Ephesus Tour Pamukkale Tour Spend two glorious days in Turkey seeing some of the must see sights. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Luxuriate in the thermal hot springs of Pamukkale and retain your youth in Cleopatra’s Pool. Don’t miss this trip, which is jam packed with adventure and beautiful places waiting to be seen!
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The Greeks founded the ancient city of Ephesus in the eleventh century B.C. Its history after that is largely undocumented, however, in the seventh century B.C., the city was taken over by the Lydians. The Lydian King Croesus, who ruled from 560 B.C. TO 547 B.C., is known for building the Temple of Artemis in the city, which would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Over the next few hundreds of years, the city was conquered by many different empires, but eventually came to be ruled by the Roman Empire in 129 B.C. and under the reign of Caesar Augustus it became one of the greatest cities in the Empire. After the death of Jesus Christ, his followers Saint John and Saint Paul traveled to Ephesus and converted many of the citizens to Christianity. It is also believed that Ephesus is the final resting place of the Virgin Mary as it is said that she traveled there with Saint John near the end of her life. In 262 A.D. the Goths invaded the city and destroyed everything, including the beautiful Temple of Artemis. After that, the city was never rebuilt and fell into decline. When the Ottoman Empire took control of the region, the city and the harbor were almost useless. It was officially abandoned and left for archeologists to explore much later.
Many of the ruins of the city are still very well preserved and visitors and walk through the ancient city and get a feel for what life was like back then. The Celsius Library and the theater are in excellent condition and are definitely worth a visit.
The final resting place of the Virgin Mary is also open for visitors. Tourists can walk through her modest stone house and leave thoughts and prayers for the Virgin Mary. A mass is held outside her house every Sunday.
When visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, the best place to stay is the nearby seaside town of Kusadasi. After the tour, relax on the beach or take a stroll through the castle that juts out into the sea. At night, the area comes alive with tourists and locals alike relaxing at the many restaurants and bars that line the seaside.
Pamukkale translates to cotton castle and gets its name from the large white travertines that have formed on the side of the hill near the ancient city of Hierapolis. The “cotton castle” is formed due to a buildup of limestone in the thermal waters that flow down the side of the mountain. Eumenes II, King of Pergamon built the city for his wife Hiera sometime around 175 B.C. The thermal hot springs around the city were said to have healing powers and many flocked to the city from all over to bathe in the waters. In 133 B.C., the King of Pergamon willed the city of Hierapolis to the Roman Empire. During the Roman reign, the city rose to prosperity. The city began to decline in the 6th century and finally, after an earthquake in 1334, the city was abandoned.
The highlight of the ancient ruins is the Roman theater, which is in impeccable condition. You do have to hike up a little hill, so wear comfortable shoes! The view from the top is definitely worth the climb.
Make sure to bring a bathing suit with you when you visit the site as the main attraction are the travertine pools that you can walk and bathe in. Try to arrive as early as possible as the travertines get very crowded during the day. In addition to the travertines is Cleopatra’s Pool. It’s open for visitors to swim in as well. It is said that Cleopatra traveled to the ancient city and bathed in this bath believing that the thermal waters would help her retain her youth. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim where a queen once did!
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Istanbul-Izmir by plane and daily Ephesus tour (L)Our driver will pick you up at 4:30 AM and take you to the airport for a one-hour flight to Izmir. When you arrive, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to our office in Selcuk town. You'll be picked up at 9:30 AM for a full day Ephesus tour. The tour begins at the site of the last dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. You can tour her modest home and leave her a message before departing for the main event. Next, your guide will take you through the ancient city of Ephesus explaining the history and stopping for pictures through the site. Following the tour, you will have lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant before continuing on the view what remains of the Temple of Artemis. Once one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, only one pillar remains. You'll make a quick stop to learn about the history and take some photos. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken to your hotel in Kusadasi. You'll be staying at Efe Boutique Hotel or similar. The rest of the evening is free.
Daily Pamukkale and Hierapolis (Ancient City) Tour and Flight back to Istanbul (B,L)After a quick breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at 7:30 for the 3-hour bus ride to Pamukkale. When you arrive around 11:00 AM, you'll begin the tour with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. Following lunch, your guide will gibe you a tour of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. After, you'll have two hours of free time. You'll be free the explore the onsite archeological museum, swim in Cleopatra's Pool or head to the main attraction, the white travertines where you can wade through the thermal waters. At the end of the tour, you'll make one final stop at the base of Pamukkale for a great photo op. From there, our driver will take you to the airport for a one-hour flight to Istanbul. When you arrive, our driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary
Round trip flight with taxes
Transportation max 15 person
Full travel insurance
2 full day tour (Profesionel tour guide,Lunch,transferportation (max 15 pax) and all entrance fees.
Boutique hotel with breakfast or 4-star hotel in Kusadasi with breakfast and dinner (optional)
All meals mentioned by the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
Tips to driver and guide
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