HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Ephesus Ancient City
House of Virgin Mary
You will be/can be met at the harbour / Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Kusadasi early in the morning. The guide will be holding up a sign with your name on it clearly so that you take the correct pick up service for your convenience, it’s here you shall also meet your tour guide for the day who will give you some information on the plan for the day before heading off on your way to your destination. We will pass through the quiet but very beautiful countryside before arriving at our first destination which will be to the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and located in Ephesus. Throughout the excavations in Ephesus, the actual location of the temple was presumed in different places. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was famous in antiquity and made ancient Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. Each year one month was considered a holiday and set aside for the religious ceremonious observations.
The Ruins of Ephesus: Concert hall, market places, collonaded street, temples, fountains, library, theatre, Arcadian way and more.
The House of Virgin Mary: It is known with certainty That the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether or not she died in Ephesus was not known until Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision.
After your exploration around the site of Ephesus its then back on the bus so we can make our way to Pamukkale (Hierapolis) and along the drive we will have a short stop so you can grab some refreshments and stretch your legs. You will arrive at North Gate of Pamukkale (Hierapolis) where you will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle). After the open buffed lunch, swimming in hot red thermal pools in the hotel, Then If you like to swim in The Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra s Pool they charge an extra entrance fee. The Cleopatra Pool is warmed by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo, the pool provides today’s visitors with a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities! During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. Once the tour comes to an end its time to head back on the bus and make our way back to your allocated drop off points, we trust that your tour has been excellent and hope to see you again in the future.
Private Professional English speaking guides
Private luxurious AC Mini Bus
All entrance fees where necessary
All Local taxes
Swimming pool entrance fee
Admission fee for Terrace Houses inside of Ephesus
For cancellations up to 3 days before tour, activity or transfer date there is no cancellation fee. For cancellations within 3 days of tour, activity or transfer date, we will charge a 50% cancellation fee. For cancellations within 24 hours of tour, activity or transfer date, we will charge a 100% cancellation fee. We cannot give any refund on no-shows for tours, activities or airport transfers.