#3 - 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour by Plane.
This mini package tour is available departing from Istanbul everyday.
1 : EPHESUS
After approximately 1 hour early morning Istanbul-Izmir flight, you
will be transferred to Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of
Roman period which used to contain one of the seven wonders of the
ancient world, the Temple of Artemis.
Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to Ataturk Airport
Flight from Istanbul to Izmir (approximately 1 hour)
Transfer from Airport to Ephesus tour
Full day tour of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary, including
transfers, entrance fees, guide.
Lunch during the tour is included.
Where you visit:
Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with
your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your
route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of
Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Theater
had seating for 25,000, was the site where St. Paul preached to the
Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival.
House of the Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this
small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of
the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when
the ruins of the house were first discovered.
Besides being a popular summer
resort, Kusadasi is also a major base for visiting many
neighborhood ancient sights.
What you see
along the way: From Kusadasi, you travel north to St. Johns
Basilica, passing the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of
the Temple of Artemis. Continue to Ephesus Open Museum then up to
the House of Virgin Mary located in Bulbul Mountain. After the visit
head for the upper gate of Ephesus. By the end of touring Ephesus,
return to Kusadasi.
Special notes: Ephesus requires walking long distances over
Transfer back to hotel.
Dinner at your hotel included.
4* Hotel accommodation
Atinc or similar quality/location hotels to be selected by us if
they are not available at the time of booking.
2 : PAMUKKALE
Hot spring pools of Pamukkale are
created by nature in thousands of years
Breakfast in your
Pamukkale & Hierapolis tour including transfers, entrance
Visiting the amazing white colored travertines, hot spring
pools and water terraces have been created by nature in millions of
years on the mountain slopes of Pamukkale and the ancient city of
Hierapolis which has the biggest ancient Necropolis of Turkey with
Lunch during the tour is included.
Transfer to Izmir airport after the
Evening flight to Istanbul.
Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul
Prices starting from:
per person in single room (1 pax)
per person in double room (2 pax)
per person in triple room
ATTENTION: Final price of this tour package is highly based
on flight costs, which may differ from day to day and season to
season. We will try to keep the above prices as much as possible.
Early reservation is highly recommended for better prices.
Price will include:
All taxes. Various charges may apply for payments with credit
cards. (you will be informed in advance)
1 night accommodation in 4 star hotels in Kusadasi (Half
Mentioned guided day tours with lunch.
All entrance fees for museums
All mentioned meals above in the itinerary
2 way transportation by plane from/to Istanbul
4 airport and all other connecting transfers required for the
Possible add-ons :
3* Hotel accommodation in Istanbul before or after the tour
Istanbul Daily City Tours (Private or Group Tours)
Extra stay and tours from Kusadasi if requested.
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Payment and reservation:
Depending on season/number of participants etc, we will request
20-30 % of the total tour price
in advance. We will send you necessary details by e-mail. Advance
payments can be made by Pay Pal, Visa and Master and American
express credit cards by mail order method or money transfer. You can
pay the balance in Istanbul with credit cards or in cash, as you
Library of Celcus
Temple of Hadrian
During both the Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the
most important port and cultural center of the eastern world. The
remains of the city are still spellbinding today.
all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and
most visited in all ages and is as popular as it was in ancient
times. This is due to the miraculous discovery of the House
of the Virgin
Mary. The city had splendid buildings
and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was
considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The main monuments
that we will see during the visit of this fascinating city are: the
street of Arcadiane, the majestic theatre, marble road, library of
Celsus, market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic
state agora, prytaneion, odeon. The town of Seljuk, is dominated by
a Byzantine citadel close to the basilica of St. John built in the
5th century, on the site of tomb of the Apostle. Seljuk has also an
exceptionally fine archaeological museum.
The Artemis Temple
was destroyed in 356BC, and when Alexander the Great passed through
in 334 BC he offered to pay for the cost of a new construction,
provided it was dedicated to him. The Ephesus people declined, and
rebuilt it with great success.
When the Romans made Ephesus their provincial capital, it became a
busy town with great commercial, trading and political importance,
and a population that grew to around 250,000. A significant
Christian community grew, and the city was visited by St John the
Evangelist in the 1st century, then by St Paul, who was there
between 51-53 AD and wrote some of his epistles. It was also the
venue of two Ecumenical Councils.
But the success of Roman Ephesus began to dwindle, mainly because of
problems connected to the harbour, which was the main source of
trade. The Cayster River was pushing silt up the harbour and despite
attempts to dredge it and rebuild the harbour, the sea was pushed
back to Pamucak, 4km away, and therefore Ephesus lost its source of
wealth. By the 6th century, the city was unliveable and was shifted
near to St Johns Basilica, and by 1090 it was taken over by
HOUSE OF VIRGIN
Outer view of the St Mary's House
Statue of Mary
Basilica of St John
The resolutions of the council of 431 held that the Virgin Mary came
to Ephesos. According to them, she came here together with Saint
John, four to six years after the death of Christ. After the
proclamation of Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II came to
Ephesos and declared the House of Mary to be a place of pilgrimage
for Christians. The house on the top of Mount
is believed to be the last home of the
Virgin Mary. It is a world-famous place of pilgrimage. The structure
is a church that dates to the seventh century, and was restored in
1951. The church was supposedly built on top of the house in which
the Virgin Mary lived. The structure is cruciform, and has a domed
roof. The nave and its apse are accessible from the vestibule. The
House of Mary is a place of pilgrimage not only for Christians, but
also for Muslims. Muslims use the room to the south, which is
believed to be the bedroom of the Virgin Mary, as a prayer chapel.
Translations of the Quranic suras that mention Mary are on display
This house, where the Virgin Mary is supposed to have lived during
her last days, and to have died with Johanna at her side, is
situated 7 km south of the antique city of Ephesus in
Izmir. The German Nun
Katharina Emmerich (1774-1824) described the surroundings of the
house from a dream she had.
Bathing in pools is no more
Agora entrance of the ancient city
Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is one of the most enchanting and remarkable
sights in the whole of Turkey with the great dazzling white plateau,
almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and shallow
pools, giving one into another on hundreds of different levels, and
ancient city of Hierapolis located on this plateau. The great baths
were constructed in the second century and are so well-preserved
that they now serve as a museum. The impressive and recently
restored theatre, the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle of the 5th
century a colonnaded street erected by Domitian, a monumental gate
of the same period, another bath stretching on for over a Mile, the
necropolis with a fascinating variety of tombs and sarcophagus are
the famous monuments of this antique city.
Source: Ministry of tourism and Culture