Ephesus & Pamukkale Explorer - 3 days

Ephesus and Pamukkale tour is a splendid three-day trip in which you dive deep in history while visiting one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman classical cities on earth, see where Mary spent her last days, taste delicious Anatolian wines, walk on & around picturesque white capped travertines and swim inside a 2000 year old pool. 

Itinerary

We get a morning flight to Izmir city and from there proceed to Ephesus, now Selçuk in modern Turkey. Ephesus was one of the most famous cities of the ancient Mediterranean. Founded in the Bronze Age and important from ancient Greek times, it contained the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and served as a crossroads between the East and West for centuries. During the height of its power, there were over 200,000 people living in the city around 3000 years ago. Besides Artemis, we will have a chance to visit the Celsus Library, Agora, Theater, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple and Roman Latrines as well.

After the lunch, we will visit the House of Virgin Mary where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place. Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960’s. Later, in the 1980’s, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians.

On the way to Kusadasi town we will visit a nice village called Sirince meaning pretty in Turkish. This village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture and famous for its fruit wines. We visit several spots and taste different kinds of fruit wines in this lovely village. After that we will proceed to spend the night in Kusadasi.

The second day of your Ephesus and Pamukkale tour starts with an early breakfast in the morning. We will depart for Pamukkale which has been made eternally famous by the gleaming white calcite travertines (terraces) overrunning with warm, mineral-rich waters on the mountain above the village – the so-called ‘Cotton Castle’ (pamuk means ‘cotton’ in Turkish). A walk on and around the picturesque travertines will be an unforgettable experience. 

After spending some time in white stepped pools, we will head to the ancient city of Hierapolis which lies just above the travertines. Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city,” was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. Today, Hierapolis is a World Heritage Site and in addition to interesting classical ruins, such as temple of Apollo, theater, necropolis and the baths, the site offers a thermal sacred pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts. The pool is known as Cleopatra’s pool and it is believed that once Queen of Egypt Cleopatra swam in it. This healing hot spring water has been serving people for more than 2000 years and is still open to the public. You will definitely love to swim inside an ancient pool.

A 3 hour ride will bring us to the lovely seaside town of Kusadasi. After checking in our hotel, we will have our dinner by the sea and of course the menu will be full of fresh seafood.

Today is the departure day of your Ephesus and Pamukkale tour. Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Please note if your flight is later in the day; it is also possible to arrange extra activities until departure time.

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