Description of the Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour
Ephesus and Pamukkale are two of the best historic and natural treasures Turkey has. Ephesus is the one of the oldest and best preserved places in the world in which you will find ancient ruins. During your Ephesus & Pamukkale tour, you will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven world wonders). The tour ends with a visit to the House of the Virgin Marry.
On the second day, you will visit Pamukkale, which is a unique natural wonder and breathtaking historical site. Pamukkale is the only place in the world you can see a huge cloud on the ground. It’s like walking on heaven and a dream. Besides witnessing the amazing power of nature, you will also see the ruins of an ancient Roman City which has a truly impressive theater. You will also explore a wonder of nature, the beautiful Cotton Palace and the city of Hieropolis.
To enroll the tour you will be transferred to Istanbul’s airport for a morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir’s airport, you will be picked up (search for a sign with your name) and then connected to Selcuk to join the Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour.
Temple of Artemis
The temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Temple served as a form to worship Artemis, a Greek goddess – twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon.
Ephesus is the best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region, and one of Turkey’s top sights. After almost 150 years of excavation, the city’s recovered structures have made Ephesus Europe’s most complete classical metropolis.
Explore the ruins of Ephesus while strolling by the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain and the Great Theater.
The House of Virgin Mary
Legend says that the Virgin Mary lived her last days in a small stone cottage, located in Ephesus. Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at Kusadasi for the night.
Day 2: Pamukkale
After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will take you to the Pamukkale tour starting point.
Pamukkale is an extraordinary natural wonder. The full of calcium waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world.
As if this splendid view wasn’t enough, there was also a Roman city built on top of this natural marvel: the City of Hierapolis. You can visit its ruins and see: the basilica, the impressive theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis.
After the tour ends, your driver will take you to Izmir’s airport for an evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, at Istanbul’s airport, our staff will await you with a sign with your name and transfer you to your hotel.
Inclusions – Exclusions
- All the transfers in Istanbul and Izmir as specified
- Round Trip airfare to/from Izmir
- 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Selcuk or Kusadasi, breakfast included
- 2 excursions, guided by licensed guides, at Ephesus and Pamukkale..
- 2 Lunches
- Personal expenses
- Drinks during the Lunch or Dinner
- Customary tip to driver and tour guide
- History / Natural Landscape / Archaeology
- You can combine this tour with the other tours in Turkey such as Cappadocia, Antalya, Pergamon, Istanbul…
- Please inform us in enquiry form if you want go get this tour as private only for your family/group.