If you have more than one day in the Aegean region this tour is a must! Great combination of private Ephesus and Pamukkale tour! Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved ancient Greco-Roman cities which gives you a chance to walk 2000 years old streets. Second day of the tour is the Pamukkale Hierapolis tour. Pamukkale is a world famous destination with its Ruins of Hierapolis ancient city and natural limestone formations. These two days tour has a lot of new interesting information, walking, discovering ancient cities, and relaxing in thermal waters! You can join this tour from Izmir/ Kusadasi/ Selcuk.
2 Days Ephesus Ancient City & House of Mother Mary and Artemis Temple / Pamukkale & Hierapolis Ancient City Tour – Private Ephesus & Pamukkale tour options with experienced licenced tour guides. Visit Ephesus Archeological Site on daily tour and see Ephesus Ancient City & House of Mother Mary and Ruins of Artemis Temple Visit Pamukkale & Hierapolis on daily tour and see Travertine terraces and thermal water antique pool also known as Cleopatra Pool. Multiday Ephesus Ancient City & House of Mother Mary and Artemis Temple / Pamukkale & Hierapolis Ancient City Tour is available from Selcuk, Kusadasi, Izmir and Cruise Port.
Ephesus, Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Day 1: Ephesus (L)
Visits For Today: Ephesus Ancient City, House of Mother Mary, Artemision, Isa Bey Mosque
We will meet you at the reception of your hotel and start your tour. Ephesus had been a trade center of the ancient world. Ephesus is in that location where trade roads end by land and from the harbor of the city continuous to Europa by sea. Other reason is Ephesus always been an important cult center of Mothergoddes, Kybele or Artemis in Greek period and later all these female figures converted in to Mother Mary. And also, Ephesus is considered to one of the most well-preserved ancient cities from Greko-Roman period where you can imagine easily how people lived 2000 years ago. Visit to ruins of ancient city Ephesus is the most important visit of the day. You will walk through the original streets of the city which is 2000 years old. You will enter city from top gate from the official part of the city. Firstly, you will visit bouleuterion, the parliament building of the city. So do not expect to see a palace of a king here because Ephesus never been a kingdom. After Greek colonization city was a Greek federation, 1 century B.C. Ephesus became a state of Roman empire. That’s how you will see Greek and Roman style together in this city architecture.
After you will walk down to Domitian’s Square, you will see beautiful Nike relief. Then you will pass through the Hercules Gate where you have a general look to the city center. You will walk by the Trojan Fountain, Hadrian Temple, public toilets and reach to the most important monument in Ephesus, Library of Celsus. Last visit point will be great public theater which has a capacity of 25.000 people, one of the biggest in the world.
Other visit during the tour will be The House of Virgin Mary. As it is believed when Jesus crucified, he left his mother to the guard of St. John the Evangelist and because of his mission St. John travelled to Ephesus with Mother Mary where Virgin Mary spent her last days and deceased. The Vatican has recognized this small house as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. You will have lunch in a local restaurant. As before the Christianity period Ephesus was the major center of Artemis worship. One of the most spectacular temple of all the times built for Artemis here in Ephesus where we call Artemision or Temple of Artemis. Artemis Temple had been a pilgrim center for Pagans of those times and been the very first example of banking in history as merchants left their valuable things to the mercy of Artemis. Today only one column left from the temple but the view from the temple is spectacular.
Isa Bay Mosque is another visit in Selcuk town which is in the old center of Selcuk and surrounded by old Turkish houses. This mosque is from 14 century, Turkish period and built before the conquest of Istanbul which makes this the modest mosque very different than imperial Islamic architecture.
End of the tour you will be transferred to Kusadasi and overnight here.
Day 2: Pamukkale / Hierapolis (L)
(Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour or Paragliding Tour)
Visits for today: Pamukkale, Hierapolis Ancient City
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive 3 hours to Pamukkale and start the tour.
Pamukkale, which is “Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a very special place where history meets with natural beauty. Naturally area has permeable soil and underground hot spring water runs close to the surface. Only in Pamukkale Museum part there are 17 points where water comes to the earth.
Today Pamukkale Museum is one of the most popular museums but actually this tourism movement runs here for many centuries and started with discovery of ancient people, they discovered curative properties of this hot spring water here. From 500 B.C. people visited Pamukkale to cure their diseases and from 300 B.C. they founded a city that they called holly city ‘Hierapolis’. Today ruins of the ancient city lies by the limestone terraces formed by the action of the hot springs. During your visit you can see beautiful ancient theater of the city, great hamam building which is converted to a museum, main street of the ancient city, necropolis (cemetery), Cleopatra Pool (entrance extra) and spend time in limestone terraces.
You will have lunch in a local restaurant.
End of the tour we will drive back to Kusadasi hotel and will be our end of service.
Child Rate Policy :
2-8 %50 of adult rates
ABOVE 8 years FULL Price
|NUMBER OF PAX|
|2 PAX||4 PAX||6 PAX||8 PAX|
|391 $ PP||261 $ PP||217 $ PP||196 $ PP|
- All above rates are in US DOLLAR currency
- Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday
- Grand Bazaar is closed every Sunday
- Hot Air Balloon ride is forbidden for children under 6 y/o and for pregnant woman due to safety.
*Please note that %30 of the payment required on booking, the rest will be received as cash at airport.
PAYMENT ON CREDIT CARD : %3 Transaction fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on CC will be paid by your side.
MONEY TRANSFERS VIA BANKS : 10 $ International Money Transfer Fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on bank transfer. International Money Transfer Fee will be paid by your side.
%18 V.A.T will be charged even in case of refund.
When the trip is canceled by the client 60 or more days prior to the start of the trip, he/she shall be able to request and receive a full refund. When cancellation happens between 59 and 30 days prior to the start of the trip, the client will be able to obtain a refund of 50% of the trip price. When cancellation is requested less than 29 days prior to the start of the trip, he/she will not be able to obtain any refund whatsoever.
Is there any shopping opportunity during the tour?
Yes, you’ll hear the opportunities from your tour guide.
What’s the Duration of the tour?
About 10 Hours for Pamukkale, about 6-7 hours for Ephesus Tour.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
4 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities and get your swimsuits in case for Pamukkale
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