Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
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  • Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

    1. Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

    Founded by the Greeks and conquered by the Romans, Ephesus was once a city of proverbial wealth. It was a bustling port which over time developed into an important center for Christianity. On this self-guided tour, benefit from skip-the-line entry then explore using your smartphone to travel back in time to the city’s former life. The tour is the perfect way to experience the site in a fun and insightful way, and gain valuable insight into one of the most popular places in Turkey. The first stop of the day is to the State Agora, which was once the political heart of the city boasting a lavish square. Continue on to Bouleuterion, and discover the meeting point of the city council which perhaps was also a space for artistic performances. As you stroll around the colonnades, stoas, and other buildings, listen to fascinating stories about what life was like here for locals. Arrive at the Te...

    I had a great time with this. It was easy and it helped me a lot to get around the site and learn some things.

  • From Marmaris: Day Trip to Dalyan with Lunch

    2. From Marmaris: Day Trip to Dalyan with Lunch

    Be collected from your accommodation in Marmaris at 8:30 AM and travel 45 minutes to Koycegiz. When you arrive, board your riverboat and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Koycegiz Lake. Visit the thermal springs and mud baths, which provide secret health benefits. The waters are rich in blue-hydrogen and radon, which relieve joint pain and aid the musculoskeletal system. In the vicinity of the village of Dalyan, there are 12 springs with different chemical compositions of water. Continue your tour and sail through the narrow ducts of the river. See rock tombs built between the 5th and 4th centuries BC during the oligarchy of the ancient city of Kaunos. They are the best examples of Lycian graves in the territory of Turkey. Return to your boat and be served a mouth-watering meal. The final stop will be at Turtle Beach. The unique sandy Iztuzu beach is where Caretta-Caretta turtles lay th...

  • From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

    3. From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

    Your Ancient Greek adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Izmur. Arrive at the Pergamon and take the 15-minute cable car ride up to the Acropolis, admiring the luscious views of Bergama along the way. The Acropolis, which means Upper Town, sits at the top of a large hill and has some of the most important architectural remains of Pergamon. The Upper Town is divided into 3 main parts, the higher sheltered area of the Acropolis is home to the former palaces, temples, water reservoirs, and fountains of the royal families and aristocrats who would have lived here. In this part you can visit the Trajan temple, Zeus Altar, the temple of Athena, the Pergamon Library, and more.  The next stop of the day is to the Asklepion, which would have been the medical center of the town. According to famous writer Pausianos, the medical sanatorium was first established in Pergamon in the...

  • Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

    4. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

    On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spi...

  • From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

    5. From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

    Start with early morning pickup from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport. Take the morning flight to Izmir and upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to Pergamon. Once at the archaeological site embark on a guided tour. See the majestic acropolis, which was modelled after the Acropolis of Athens. Marvel at the impressive Athenaeum Library and the partially reconstructed Temple of Trojan. Discover steep slopes of the Theatre of Pergamon which once could accommodate around 10,000 people, and is the steepest theatre of its kind. Enjoy the panoramic views from the hilltop overlooking the site. Later, explore the famous Sanctuary of Asclepius, located in the valley. See the remains of the sacred fountain where people with health problems are reputed to have received visions from the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius, in order to cure their ail...

  • From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

    6. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

    Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the pools of Pamukkale on this 2-day tour from Istanbul. Fly from Istanbul and stay overnight in Kusadasi as you travel to Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Day 1 Begin your travels with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Your driver will take you to the airport so you can board your 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. At your arrival, you wıll be greeted by your driver and safely taken to Selcuk to meet with your group participants and start your full-day tour. During the course of your day break for lunch. Head to the House of Virgin Mary, a church built on the top of the foundations of a structure thought to be the house where the Assumption happened and Mary spent her last days. Continue on to Ephesus, an archeological treasure and well-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemi...

  • Kusadasi: Best of Ephesus Shore Excursion Tour

    7. Kusadasi: Best of Ephesus Shore Excursion Tour

    Your tour will begin as you are welcomed by your professional licensed tour guide, who will be with you all day during your tour. Throughout your experience, your guide will be happy to explain to you every point of the ruins you will visit. Your tour will begin with the House of the Virgin Mary, where the mother of Jesus Christ spent her final years. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, and "unofficially" confirmed its authenticity. Pope John Paul II also visited the shrine in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI visited this shrine in 2006. While they visited, they provided some gifts for the shrine, which you can see during your visit. Next up you will visit the UNESCO listed Ancient City of Ephesus, one of the best-kept Greco-Roman ancient cities in the world. This city is famous for Odeon, where old music concerts were organized, and the Domitian Temple which is one of the first temple...

  • Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Artemis Shore Excursion

    8. Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Artemis Shore Excursion

    Following your pick-up from the cruise ship port, the tour begins in the ancient city of Ephesus. Here you will enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The tour then moves on to the House of Virgin Mary, which the Vatican has officially recognized as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of this house in the Solmissos Mountains was first discovered. Finally the tour will visit the Temple of Artemis, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here you can discover the ruins of this once great Greek temple. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship.

    Very knowledgeable, interesting, friendly guide Emre, we learned so much from him not only about the tour itself but about history as well. I would highly recommend him!

  • Ephesus: 4–Hour Ancient City Tour

    9. Ephesus: 4–Hour Ancient City Tour

    After hotel pick–up, head to your first site at the House of Virgin Mary. Learn how she was brought here by St. John and spent her last years in this area. Spend around 45 minutes exploring the sight before you move on to your next stop. Take a short 15–minute drive to Ephesus. Start your Ephesus visit from the upper site gate. During this 2–hour visit, have the chance to learn about the history of Ephesus and see the highlights of this site. Marvel at the Odeon, Celsus Library, Great Theatre, Hercules Gate, and Latrines. If you choose, you can visit the Terrace Houses of rich Ephesians. Explore Ephesus with a professional guide, and rely on them for the most interesting and vital information about your tour. Finish your tour with drop off at the Ephesus port.

  • From Marmaris: Dalaman River Rafting Adventure

    10. From Marmaris: Dalaman River Rafting Adventure

    Raft the Dalaman River, the border between the ancient civilizations of Caria and Lycia. The awe-inspiring wilderness, beautiful canyons and ancient remains provide the perfect backdrop for such a heart-pounding activity. The river offers plenty of rapids ranging from 2 to 4—grade 6 being the most challenging. The journey from Marmaris to the river takes about 1.5 hours and includes a stop for breakfast. On arrival, change into rafting suits and continue the rest of the route in off-road vehicles. After taking a comprehensive instruction course, embark on your rafting tour. You'll quickly learn to love the thrill and rush of the river. Work together as a team to conquer the river. Enjoy a stop for swimming and cliff jumping before returning to complete the course. Towards the final half mile before base, pass beneath an ancient bridge which gives its name to the village of Akkopru. Onc...

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What people are saying about Aegean Coast Region, Turkey

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Was a great day trip. The service was nice and not pushy. The music on the ship wasn't disturbing either. Since the season was almost over, the ship was not as full. It was very pleasant. Unfortunately, there wasn't much time for swimming on the turtle beach. The children enjoyed the mud bathing a lot.

I did not receive the ticket codes to get in immediately by email but Muse was very reactive on WhatsApp and I receive them within a few minutes. Comments on the audio guide were very interesting. I recommend.

Very knowledgeable, interesting, friendly guide Emre, we learned so much from him not only about the tour itself but about history as well. I would highly recommend him!

Alright, we didn't line up for the ticket office. Very nice experience to do. Small problem the audio is only in English so no use we just read the posters.

I had a great time with this. It was easy and it helped me a lot to get around the site and learn some things.