Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
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  • From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

    1. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour

    Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary. After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last ...

    The tour guide was excellent. He was informative and interesting. The tour was well paced and the trip to the Ceramics outlet was worthwhile.

  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    2. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Bodrum and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeological museum. Discover...

  • Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour

    3. 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.

  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis: 1-Day Tour from Fethiye

    4. Pamukkale and Hierapolis: 1-Day Tour from Fethiye

    Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Fethiyefrom Oludeniz and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of clear water pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeologica...

  • Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    5. Selcuk: Full-Day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour

    Following a pickup from your hotel in Selcuk, enjoy a short drive to Ephesus in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Start by visiting the extensive ruins in the ancient city. Admire the fascinating ancient structures surrounding you, including the spectacular Temple of Hadrian, the stunning facade of the Library of Celsus, and the vast Great Theater.     Continue the tour to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then, stop by the house of Virgin Mary, a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics, where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent the remainder of her life. Located on top of Bulbul Mountain, it offers visitors a panoramic view of the town.   Finally, explore the Isa Bey Mosque and marvel at its crown-like doors, a jewel of Seljukian architecture combined with decorative elements from the Ottoman Empire.

    Our guide, Marcy is a warm-hearted passionate woman. She is a great storyteller, so as we were touring, we could envision the ancient places. Ephesus is really worth going with a great guide.

  • Kusadasi: Small Group Ephesus Tour

    6. Kusadasi: Small Group Ephesus Tour

    Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your accommodation between 8:30AM and 9:00AM in the morning. From there your first stop will be to the House of Virgin Mary, which is speculated to be the place where Mary spent her final days. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and has since become a popular place of pilgrimage. Your tour will then proceed to Ephesus. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. It is an important site for Christianity; being one of the seven Churches of Revelation. Over the space of two hours you will explore the city by walking on the marble streets accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide. Throughout your tour you will see Odeon, State Agora, Prytaneion, Memmius Monument, Domatian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Ha...

    Our guide was good but he Set it us up for a carpet deal He knew his stuff and shared it well! Perhaps we could have spent more time in the village that was once Greek then exchanged during the great exchange . A little disappointing.

  • Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    7. Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    Enjoy a full-day package trip that takes you on a guided tour from Istanbul to 2 of Turkey’s most fascinating attractions: the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. You’ll start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, bright and early at 5:15 AM for a transfer to the airport for your 7:30 AM flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to Ephesus to meet with your guide and take your Ancient City Tour. Ephesus is an iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Explore the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine mar...

  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis: Full-Day Private or Group Tour

    8. Pamukkale and Hierapolis: Full-Day Private or Group Tour

    The beautiful white cascades of Pamukkale is well worth a trip to see eye candy of a natural site. Walk through Pamukkale and find a chance to relax in the hot waters of the ancient pool. Built just above the hot spring waters of Pamukkale, Hierapolis is a mighty ancient city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Hierapolis was built in the 2nd century B.C. by the King of Pergamon and became a Roman city. The city was famous for several important sanctuaries and also as an important trade center. Hierapolis was famous for purple dye and cloth making and it is still famous for textile products.

  • From Izmir: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

    9. From Izmir: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

    Explore the most iconic archaeological sites in Turkey on a private day trip. Learn about the history of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis from an expert guide. Enjoy the natural hot springs and unique landscape at Pamukkale. Meet your guide and drive to Aphrodisias, one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey, dedicated to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. See the now well-preserved and partially restored Temple of Aphrodite and imagine its ancient splendor. At Aphrodisias, explore other sites like ruins of a large theatre, a stadium, and an on-site museum displaying artifacts. Next, be whisked away to the fascinating site of Pamukkale. Considered to be the earliest spa on earth with the water of the hot springs carrying healing powers, Pamukkale is a UNESCO world heritage site. See the cotton-colored White Travertines formed by warm spring water. Visit the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis where you...

  • Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

    10. Ephesus: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

    Join this 2-hour walking tour of Ephesus with an expert guide. Meet your guide at the upper gate of Ephesus. After you get some general information about this spectacular ancient city, enjoy walking in its marble streets. Visit the parliament building. You can even sit there and feel like a Roman senator. Walk in the upper agora and see the temple of the cruel Roman emperor Domitian. Walk through the Hercules gate and enjoy the magnificent view of the lower city. See the beautiful Roman shops with mosaics and enter the best preserved ancient library in the world. Visit the Grand Theater with a capacity of 25,000 seats.

    We really enjoyed our walking tour with Ozgur. He met us at the entrance on time, and he was very knowledge about the site. We felt that if we had gone on our own, the experience would have been enjoyable, but it would have been definitely lacking. He showed us many things we would never have noticed on our own. He pointed out many details of the different monuments and it truly made Ephesus incredible. His English was not perfect, but it nearly was. He gave us a detailed history of the area, and it felt like he really enjoyed speaking about Ephesus. He was kind and humorous through the tour. We both highly recommend him to anyone who wants a detailed tour of the site and a clear understanding of how Ephesus came to be and the events that led to its eventual end.

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What people are saying about Aegean Coast Region, Turkey

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 107 reviews

We really enjoyed our walking tour with Ozgur. He met us at the entrance on time, and he was very knowledge about the site. We felt that if we had gone on our own, the experience would have been enjoyable, but it would have been definitely lacking. He showed us many things we would never have noticed on our own. He pointed out many details of the different monuments and it truly made Ephesus incredible. His English was not perfect, but it nearly was. He gave us a detailed history of the area, and it felt like he really enjoyed speaking about Ephesus. He was kind and humorous through the tour. We both highly recommend him to anyone who wants a detailed tour of the site and a clear understanding of how Ephesus came to be and the events that led to its eventual end.

It was very informative and fun. Both driver and guide who's name was Cagman were so friendly. I like how our tour guy gave us information and tips us where to go and we're to take a picture. The guide also went the extra mile and gave us his recommendation for our solo trip to Izmir and Pergamon.

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.

Our guide, Marcy is a warm-hearted passionate woman. She is a great storyteller, so as we were touring, we could envision the ancient places. Ephesus is really worth going with a great guide.

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.