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Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
Day 1 Flight to Izmir - Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary House Tour
Upon an early transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the Istanbul Airport enjoy a 45 minutes flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir our guide and the driver will meet and transfer us to Ephesus for about an hour drive. Ephesus is one of Turkey`s UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Churches of Apocalypse. We learn its history from our expert local guide and walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets flanked by columns temples and fountains. We look at all the famous highlights like the Temple of Hadrian the Celsus Library Harbor Street and the Great Theater which is still used for performances and special events today. After a lunch at a local restaurant we continue on to the "Artemis Temple" ruins which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.In the afternoon visit the House of the Virgin Mary including a scenic drive with the views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk along the winding road. The Shrine of St. Mary. is beautifully situated on the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. After the tour transfer to your Kusadasi Hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Duration: 7 hours
Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkey
Day 2 Pamukkale Sightseeing Tour / Flight to Istanbul
Upon breakfast at the hotel meet with your guide and transfer you to Pamukkale.Upon our arrival to “Pamukkale Village”, brilliantly white dramatic travertine appear in the distance which is visually quite stunning. Firstly we have our lunch at a local restaurant. Then we visit Hierapolis, an example of an ancient Greco Roman Spa City from the late 2nd Century AD. We have a look at its ruins like the great Necropolis (or ancient graveyard) which is the evidence that here was a place where many sick people came in search of a cure, but died anyway. Then we begin our approach to the white calcium ponds filled with heavily mineralized therapeutic warm water flowing from the hot springs around. We take off our shoes and have an interesting walk in these natural pools for a while. We also go to the public Antique (or Cleopatra’s) hot spring pool which is the only one in the world where one can swim on fluted drums of fallen marble columns from the nearby ancient site. The pool is constantly refreshed by an inflow of hot calcium-laden mineral water. Tour finish around 17:00pm and transfer you to Cardak Airport.After 1 hour domestic flight,you will be arrived SAW Airport,transferman will be waiting you out of arrival gate and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul.
Duration: 12 hours