Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 4 Days / 3 Nights
DAY 01:PLEASE BE READY AT MY OFFICE AT 18:00PM IN OLD TOWN OF SULTANAHMED AS ADRESS SHOWN BELOVE TO TAKE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO ISTANBUL BUS STATION
Küçük Ayasofya Cad.,
Sultanahmet/Istanbul Street number:57 Just near of taxi station on Kücük Ayasofya Cad
(0212) 458 9921
BUS DEPARTURE TIME AT 21:00PM FROM ISTANBUL BUS STATION
DAY 02:You will arrive in Selcuk, our representative will meet you in the bus station and transfer you to hotel. Around 09:30am you will be picked up for the full day tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary House. After the tour back to hotel and overnight in Selcuk-Ephesus or Kusadasi.
Full Day Ephesus Tour at 09:00am
Ephesus : Of Turkey”s hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved city on the Mediterranean. The home town of the legendary ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, Ephesus boasts a concentration of classical art and architecture and overall it holds a big importance for Christianity.
The ancient traveler Pausanias deemed Ephesus the “most wondrous of the Seven Ancient Wonders-quot; and -quot;the most beautiful work ever created by humankind”. The first major structure built entirely of marble and the largest edifice in the ancient Greek world, the the Temple of Artemis was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens. The 6th century philosopher Heraclitus was said to have been so enamored of this massive monument that he deposited his enigmatic treatise on the nature of the universe in the temple instead of publishing it (he later claimed that no one but the gods could understand his theories anyway).
Legend has it that the Virgin Mary, accompanied by St.John, came to Ephesus at the end of her life, circa 37-45 AD. In 1967 Pope Paul VI visited the site, where a chapel now stands, and confirmed the authenticity of the legend. A small traditional service, celebrated by Orthodox and Muslim clergy on 15 August each year in honor of Mary”s Assumption into heaven, is now the major event here. To Muslims, Mary is Meryem-ana, Mother Mary, who bore Isa Peygamber, the Prophet Jesus.
DAY 03:Milet, Priene, Didim Tour at 08:30am and return to Istanbul
After having breakfast from hotel, you will be picked up for the tour of Didyma, Miletos and Priene. After the tour, our representative agency will transfer you to bus station and you will have return overnight bus to Istanbul.
Full Day Milet, Priene, Didyma Tour Details;
Miletus: Now surrounded by arid plains, Miletus once sat upon a thin strip of land surrounded by four separate harbors. Envied for its prosperity and its strategic coastal location, the citywas destroyed and resettled several times. . Eventually, it suffered the same fate as its Ionian confederates- the silting of its harbor and waters by neighboring rivers caused its decline.
Priene : Around 300BC Priene became prominent as a member of the Ionian Confederation of cities in the region of Smyrna (modern Izmir).
Didyma: Ancient Didyma was the site of a sacred sanctuary to Apollo and an oracle thatbrought in most of the city”s fame and wealth.
You will arrive in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel
What is included
- Bus Ticket from Istanbul to Selcuk
- Full day visit to Ephesus
- Full day visit to Didyma, Miletos and Priene
- Lunch during the Ephesus and Didyma, Miletos and Priene
- One night hotel reservation
- Bus Ticket from Selcuk to Istanbul
- Professional guidance
- Museum entrance fees
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours