Discover the captivating allure of Ephesus, one of the most remarkable ancient sites in the Mediterranean, and delve into its storied past with our comprehensive tour. From sacred shrines to architectural marvels, each stop on our itinerary promises to unveil the fascinating history and cultural heritage of this legendary city.

Explore the Rich History of Ephesus and Surrounding Attractions

Journey to Pamukkale, renowned for its natural thermal spring waters with healing properties, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and ancient wonders of this unique destination. Explore the terraced travertines, the ancient city of Hierapolis, and more on this unforgettable tour.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Istanbul
  • Departure Time

    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Return Time

    9:15 AM - 17 PM
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Airplane Transport
    Airport Fast Track
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    5 Star Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Departure Taxes
    Dinner
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Day 1 : Arrival to Istanbul

The Istanbul and Izmir- Pamukkale combo tour starts when you arrive at the Istanbul Airport - Transfer to the hotel. After check-in, you will have free time to discover Istanbul by yourself. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
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Day 2 : Ephesus

Begin your day with a private transfer from your hotel to the airport. Upon arrival at Izmir, your guide will be waiting to greet you, and your tour will commence.

• 1. Ancient City of Ephesus Step back in time as you wander through the ancient streets of Ephesus, once the second-largest city in the world during its prime in the first century BC. Marvel at the reconstructed structures and ruins that bear testament to its glorious past, including the renowned Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Duration: 2 hours

2. Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) Pay homage to the supposed final resting place of St. Mary at the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus. Explore the restored stone house, now serving as a chapel, and soak in the sacred ambiance of this revered site. With remnants dating back to the 6th century, the Virgin Mary's House continues to attract visitors and pilgrims from around the world. Duration: 1 hour

• 3. The Temple of Artemis Journey to the outskirts of Selcuk to witness the remains of the Temple of Artemis, a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis and once counted among the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While much of the temple now resides in the British Museum, visitors can still marvel at the remnants and appreciate its historical significance. Duration: 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

• 4. Sirince Venture into the charming village of Sirince, steeped in history and nestled amidst picturesque mountain scenery. Explore its quaint streets lined with whitewashed stucco homes, and discover its intriguing past intertwined with the legacy of Ephesus. Don't miss the opportunity to sample fruit-based wines and immerse yourself in the village's rustic charm. Duration: 1 minute • Admission Ticket Free

• 5. Kusadasi Experience the coastal beauty of Kusadasi, situated along the Aegean Sea and renowned for its idyllic setting and rich history. Explore the island of Pigeon Island connected by a causeway, and soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Duration: 20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

• 6. Selcuk Delve into the ancient history of Selcuk, a city steeped in antiquity and closely linked to the legacy of Ephesus. Explore the Basilica of St. John and Ayasoluk Hill, tracing the city's origins back to the Bronze Age and its subsequent evolution through Greek colonization and Byzantine rule.
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Day 2 Pamukkale

• 1. Pamukkale Thermal Pools Uncover the beauty of Pamukkale, known as the "Cotton Castle" for its pure white travertines and stepped water terraces. Marvel at the stunning landscape shaped by the mineral-rich thermal waters, and soak in the restorative qualities of this legendary site. Explore the travertine terraces formed by hot mineral water calcifying upon contact with carbon dioxide, creating a surreal landscape frozen in time. Duration: 2 hours

• 2. Hierapolis Archaeology Museum Delve into the history of Hierapolis, once a treasured retreat of Cleopatra, and explore the UNESCO-listed hot springs surrounded by ancient ruins. Witness the bright white terraces filled with turquoise water, formed over millennia by calcium deposits, and immerse yourself in the captivating ambiance of this archaeological wonder. Duration: 30 minutes.

• 3. Hierapolis & Pamukkale Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Hierapolis and Pamukkale combined, as you explore the UNESCO-listed hot springs and the striking terraced landscape outside the town. Marvel at the bright white pools filled with turquoise water, surrounded by the ruins of the ancient city, and discover the stories and legends that have emerged from this legendary site over thousands of years.

Tour Location

Turkey

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