If you are interested to see Greek and roman heritage in western Turkey, we are taking you to the most appealing ancient cities with expert professional tour guides!
A tour program specially prepared for archeology enthusiasts, the first and only with Novaportum Travel! We will visit 4 most beautiful Greco Roman archaeological sites in the Aegean region; Ephesus, Laodicea, Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. During the tour you will enjoy the beauty of these ancient cities, try local foods of the area and take amazing photos. Suitable for families photography lovers!
Turkey Tour Packages – Lets schedule your travel Turkey private roundtrip Tour with our travel agency. Visit all must-see places in the west coast of country with licenced tourist guides. Visit 4 most beautiful Greco Roman archaeological sites in the Aegean region; Ephesus, Laodicea, Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. Novaportum Travel provides you best possible travel Turkey. Highlights of the tour; Leodicea, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Sirince, Ephesus.
Leodicea, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Sirince, Ephesus
Day 1: Leodicea & Pamukkale (Hierapolis) (L)
We will pick you up from Denizli Airport and transfer you to Pamukkale area. First visit will be Leodicea.
Leodicea, thanks to its great location on the meeting point of important trade routes became a very rich and important ancient city. With the last excavations and restoration an amazing city raised. From the entrance of the city spectacular Syrian Street welcomes you which leads you to Ephesus Street. Two sides of the street amazing buildings with beautiful details lead you the theater of the city. And the church building is a must! This city mentioned in The Book of Revelation as one of The Seven Churches of first Christians. Leodicea was a prosperous city, famous for its black wool, banking services, and medical achievements so you can obviously see this abundance from the church of the city.
After visiting the site, you will drive to Pamukkale Village and have lunch here. In the afternoon you will visit Pamukkale (Hierapolis).
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 hammam building which is converted to a museum, main street of the ancient city, necropolis (cemetery), Cleopatra Pool and spend time in limestone terraces.
End of the day you will be transferred to your hotel and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 2: Aphrodisias & Sirince Village (L)
2. day after breakfast and check out you will meet with your guide and driver at the reception and start the day. After 1.5 drive, you will arrive to the city of beautiful Aphrodite.
Aphrodisias as we can understand from it is name is a city dedicated to goddess Aphrodite, goddess of beauty of all the times. So, her city is inspired by her beauty so Aphrodisias is the Aphrodite of the Ancient Greko-Roman cities in Western Turkey. As the location of the city is not far away from main trade routes, city get colonized by Greek’s 2nd B.C and after this city became more populated and popular. Just like worthy of Aphrodite’s glory city is so beautiful. One of the most important sculptor schools was here and every year a competition between sculptors was organized here, to be able to choose the most talented sculptor. So, you will see the creations of these talented artists. Even to Rome they sold pieces from this city. You can see these monuments; monumental entrance Tetrapylon, imperial monument Sebastion, one of the biggest stadiums of the world, temple of Aphrodite, great hammam complex and the museum. Aphrodisias tour will take approx. 2 hours after lunch in a very local town restaurant and try delicious Turkish pizzas you will take the car, drive 1.5 hours, a little siesta thill the Sirince Village.
Sirince is a Greek Turkish village founded in end of 14 century by the last Christians who abandoned Ephesus. Till the population exchange happened between Greece and Turkey, this village habituated by Greeks and then Turks who immigrated from Greece settled here. Today village is a bit trusty place where you can see old style houses where local sells their products from their farms. A very good place to taste Turkish ice-cream.
End of the tour you will be transferred to hotel in Kusadasi/Selcuk region and overnight.
Day 3: Ephesus (L)
Early in the morning you will meet with your guide and after a short drive you will arrive to Ephesus area and start your visits. Ephesus had been a trade center of the ancient world, because Ephesus is in that location where trade roads end by land and from the harbors 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 The Virgin Mary.
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.
End of the tour we will transfer you to Izmir airport and will be end of our 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|
|610 $ PP||413 $ PP||347 $ PP||314 $ 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?
3 days in total.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
3 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities, sacred places.