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Fly Istanbul - Ephesus for a Guided Tour of Ephesus
An early morning transfer takes you from your hotel in Istanbul to meet your flight to Izmir (Ephesus), where you are greeted by your licensed tour guide. Start today's explorations at the Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. Next, head to the Isa Bey Mosque for an impressive display of 14th century Turkish architecture. Continue on to visit the Basilica of St John, part of the magnificent church built over the tomb of St. John the Evangelist by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. St. John is said to have lived in Ephesus with the Virgin Mary up to the time of his death. Following lunch at a local eatery specializing in Cop Sis (tasty flame-grilled lamb skewers), visit the superbly presented Ephesus Archaeological Museum. This collection of artifacts from Ephesus includes furniture and personal items from the Terrace Houses, fabulous marble statuary, and a gladiator exhibit featuring skeletal remains showing evidence of these warriors' fatal injuries and the weapons that inflicted them. A short drive takes you to the House of the Virgin Mary, authenticated by Pope Paul II in 1967 and a pilgrimage site for many religions. Next, we explore the unmatched archaeological site of ancient Ephesus. The sheer size and grandeur of the site make this the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. As you wind your way down through the city of colonnaded avenues, you will see the magnificent façade of the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, City Hall, the public baths, marketplaces, courthouses, fountains, the theater, as well as a brothel and public latrine. Your tour also includes a visit to see the Terrace Houses - well-preserved private homes of the Roman upper-class with many intact mosaics and frescoes. Transfer to tonight's accommodations at one of our select hotels in Ephesus area.

 
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Aphrodisias - Pamukkale - Hierapolis Guided Tour and Fly to Istanbul
Today we drive through the fertile Meander Valley to Aphrodisias, one of the most beautiful (and least visited) ancient cities in Turkey. Named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love, this Greco-Roman site was once an important cultural and intellectual center renowned for its school of sculpture. See the well preserved monumental gateways, the thirty-thousand-seat stadium, and a rich array of public buildings, all of which offer important clues to the city's high standard of living. With a fine supply of quality marble nearby, the school at Aphrodisias cultivated the finest master sculptors, whose coveted works were found all over the Roman empire. Most of the magnificent statues found in the public buildings in the city are on display at the Aphrodisias Museum inside the ancient city. After enjoying the splendors of Aphrodisias, lunch at a local eatery in an unspoiled Anatolian town. From there, a short drive takes us to the unique natural wonder of Pamukkale. Enjoy walking in the warm mineral waters of Pamukkale, where sparkling white basins formed by limestone deposits cascade dramatically down the mountainside. As you can see by the remains of marble columns in the picturesque Baths of Cleopatra, the thermal waters here have been used for their therapeutic powers since the Roman period. We will also explore the surrounding area of Hierapolis with its 2nd century Roman TheaterApollo Temple, and the largest and best preserved Necropolis in Anatolia. At the end of the day, you are transferred to Denizli (Pamukkale) Airport for an evening flight to Istanbul, where you are greeted and driven to your hotel.

 

3 Day Cappadocia Explorer Trip Features

 

  • An incredible experience without the hordes of tourists
  • 1 Night accommodation with breakfast at a Select Room of your choice
  • Domestic Flights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with non-smoking private driver
  • Entrance to all sites
  • Guided tour at sites by licensed, non-smoking private tour guide
  • A la carte lunches with beverages
  • Airport transfers in Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale
  • Complimentary bottled water throughout the day tours
  • Taxes

 

This tour can be customized for you, adding or omitting places as you wish. Final pricing will depend upon your personal selections.

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