Welcome at Izmir Airport & Start touring in Ephesus after 50 minutes drive from Izmir Airport. Overnight in Sirince Town.
Pamukkale, Hierapolis & Aphrodisias Ancient City will be on your list to visit with your experienced guide for today.
You will be transferred back to Izmir Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.
- Ephesus Ancient City
- Library of Celcius
- House of Virgin Mary
- Selcuk Museum
- The Cathedral of St John the Apostle
Day 1 - Ephesus
You will meet with your private guide and driver in front of the Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. 1 hour drive will take you to the Ephesus area where the jewels of the Aegean region are located. You will first visit the ancient city of Ephesus which has been excavated since the last century. Once the biggest Hellenistic city of the world, Ephesus ancient city houses beautiful work of marble that can be seen in the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian and Fountain of Trajan. You will not believe that the city was once so close to the Aegean waters since the harbor street in front of the gigantic theater lies a few yards to the west into the marshes. The terrace houses will be the highlight of this trip because of the beautifully preserved mosaics reflecting us the extravagant life styles of the rich in Ephesus ancient city. On the way to the village of Selcuk, you will also see one of the Seven Wonders of the World; Artemis Temple. Your tour will continue with a visit to the museum of Seljuk which houses beautiful relics found during the excavations of Ephesus. After lunch, you will drive up the scenic mountains overlooking the Aegean Sea to visit the shrine of The Virgin Mary. The small church hidden up above the mountains is believed to be where the mother of Jesus spent her last years. The shrine was visited by various popes as well making it religiously important to the Christian world and today, the shrine of the Virgin Mary is a pilgrimage point for the Christians and religiously important shrine for the Muslims. Your will drive to the quaint Greek village Sirince to finish the day with a little walk among the beautiful Greek houses that are used as cafes, hotels, shops and restaurants. Then, you will be taken to your hotel.
Day 2 - Pamukkale
Your guide and driver will be ready in front of the hotel at a desired time. After a 2,5 hour drive, you will arrive to the ancient city of Aphrodisias which is the best preserved ancient city dedicated to the most beautiful goddess of the Greek Mythology. Thanks to the location of the city, people were able to reach high quality of marble easily yet advanced in the art of sculpture and traded them throughout the Greek and Roman mainland. Aphrodisias also has the best preserved stadium of the Greek world that you can hear the spectators cheering for their favorite team. After exploring the ancient city, lunch will be held in a restaurant nearby and you will continue to another UNESCO heritage site of Turkey; Pamukkale, Hierapolis. Meaning ‘holly city’ Hierapolis was founded by the people of Pergamon as a healing center. The thermal waters collected in the pools once became a secret meeting point for the legendary lovers of the Roman ages; Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius. The theater of this ancient city has phenomenal views into the fertile Denizli plains and be advised that the ancient city is seen more than 20 miles away because of the white travertines embellishing the slopes of Hierapolis. The carbonate in the thermal waters create natural pools on top of each other creating a spectacular piece of natural art. After a gentle walk over the travertines, you will drive back to your hotel.
Day 3 - Departure
Private transfer to Izmir airport for your next destination...
- Private transfer to Izmir airport or overnight in a small pension in Pamukkale village is possible after Pamukkale and Aphrodisias tour.
- There are two flights every day from/to Istanbul to Denizli airport which is just an hour away from Pamukkale.
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