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Private Ephesus Tour for Cruise Travelers

1. Private Ephesus Tour for Cruise Travelers

Ephesus is a city 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. After a pick up from Kusadasi port or your city hotel, you will be driven to the Ephesus region to start your tour. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Next you will explore the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. See the magnificent Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of the former Roman provincial capital. 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. Visit the Odeon, Bouleterion, Temple of Hadrian, Serapis and Domitian. Continue to the Great Theater, the Double Church and Arcadian Way. Walk along Marble Street and get fantastic views, whichever way you look. Keep your eyes and ears open for gladiators! By the end of the tour, some of you may feel like a true Greek, and some like an Ancient Roman… Our private excursions on V.I.P standards are cheaper than cruise company's excursion rates which are designed for the big crowded groups.

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Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

2. Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

Turkey, in antiquity known as Asia, was home to seven wondrous churches. It didn’t refer to an actual building, but rather seven Christian cities in Western Anatolia, which now lie in ruins. Visit these ancient places and walk the same steps that the world’s earliest Christians did. Before that, you’ll see all of Istanbul’s major sites, including the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Then you’ll travel to Izmir and start your tour of ancient Christianity, seeing many Roman ruins along the way. Soak in the thermal baths at Pamukkale, just as tourists have done for centuries – it was founded, after all, as a resort town by the Ancient Romans. Each step along the way, your expert guide will be there to provide you with context and information regarding each of these wonderful cities. Detailed Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival Arrive in Istanbul and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 2: Istanbul Tour Explore Istanbul and visit the historic old town. Then visit the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s first sports stadium, and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). Then visit the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and a traditional bazaar. Day 3: Istanbul - Izmir Visit the Grand Bazaar before touring the port of Istanbul and seeing the Cistern of Istanbul. Flight to Izmir. Day 4: Pergamon – Thyatira – Izmir Explore the Pergamum Acropolis, and visit the Ancient Roman health center of Asklepieion. See the Red Basilica and continue on to Thyatira and back to Izmir. Day 5: Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis Visit the Sardis Church and ruins of the Temple of Artemis, then travel to Philadelphia Church. Then to the Roman resort of Pamukkale with its therapeutic thermal baths and the Cotton Castle. Finally, head to the Gate of Domitian, and the Nymphaion. Day 6: Ephesus – Kusadasi See the Basilica of St. John the Apostle. Then head to the ancient city of Ephesus and its Archeological Museum. Day 7: Izmir to Istanbul Relax in Kusadasi and flight back to Istanbul. Day 8: Departure Airport transfer in time for your flight.

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Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

3. Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

1. DAY You will join the tour at Izmir airport or Izmir Bus station and travel to Kusadasi Hotel in the city of Ephesus.  2. DAY You will be picked up from your hotel in Ephesus at 9:30 AM. You will wonder at the Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion, Ancient hospital, health center and propylaeumof the Temple of Athena. You will then return to your hotel for the evening.  3. DAY You begin your second day in Ephesus at 9:30 AM where you are picked up from your hotel Kusadasi and proceed to the House of the Virgin Mary. Then you will see Ancient Ephesus and Temple of Artemis (Diana). Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and drive to Pamukkale. Upon your arrival to Pamukkale you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. 4. DAY Your Pamukkale day tour begins, by pick-up at 9:30 AM. First, you will visit the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit. You then enter Hierapolis from the North Gate, visiting the Necropolis, Bath and Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Latrina, Northern Byzantine Gate, Fountain of the Tritons and the Temple of Apollon.You will be given free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool (admission fee extra) and will finish the Hierapolis portion of the tour with a visit to the large and well-preserved Theatre and then you will travel to Konya. 5. DAY You begin this day at 9:00 AM and visit the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then, you explore the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim mosque before having lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. After your lunch you will travel to the Alaaddin Hill and then on to Cappadocia. You will arrive at 8:00 PM at your Cappadocia hotel for the evening. 6. DAY Hot Air Balloon Tour per person 120 Euro (Extra) The first Day in Cappadocia you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM. The first stop is Goreme Panoramic view. After, you will see underground city, Ihlara Valley and Selime monostry. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will return to your hotel. 7.DAY The Second Day in Cappadocia, you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM and you will discover Uchisar, Goreme open air museum, Cavusin, Avanos, Pasabagı Fairychimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped to airport (Nevsehir or Kayseri) or bus station.

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Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

4. Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

Take in a full-day tour of Pergamon and the Asklepion from Kusadasi or Selcuk and learn about this important ancient center of medicine. Get picked up at your hotel by your guide and start your tour of the ancient city of Pergamon. Explore centuries worth of history ranging from the Stone Age to the Classical period. Visit the Asklepion, an ancient medical center named after the god of health and medicine. See the place where famous medical scholars like Hippocrates and Galenus worked. Explore the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and other wonders in this ancient marvel. Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour.

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

5. 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 Artemis, and walk along ancient streets before you concluding your day with a drive to your hotel for a 1-night stay. Day 2 Enjoy your hotel breakfast and check out in the morning to start your full-day tour. Go to Pamukkale, also know as the Pools of Heaven on Earth. See why Pamukkale was a popular settlement and be mesmerized by its hot springs. Head to the ancient city of Hierapolis, home to the biggest necropolis in Anatolia, and see the Sacred Pool, a stunning site of thermal waters rippling over scattered ancient ruins. After your day tour, you will be driven to Cardak Airport for your return flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival ın Istanbul you will be greeted by your driver and transferred safely back to your hotel.

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Small Group: Ephesus Private Tour from Kusadasi

6. Small Group: Ephesus Private Tour from Kusadasi

Explore Ephesus in a small-group tour with an expert local guide. Visit Ancient Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Terrace Houses, House of Virgin Mary, and Basilica of St. John, with Skip-The-Line tickets. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Meet your guide and drive to Ephesus, An Archeological treasure, The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. Feel like a time traveler, as you walk down the well preserved streets and alleys, where Mother Mary, St. John and St. Paul walked. Next, go to Terrace Houses, once the dwellings of wealthy Ephesians, decorated with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. Go to the House of Virgin Mary, declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days, also believed that the Assumption took place there on the 15th of August. Continue on to St John Basilica, 3 km away from the ruins of Ephesus and admire the impressive ruins that are still standing today. Lastly, visiting The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to the departure point.

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From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Kusadasi: Ephesus Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Walk along marble streets, and see the Temple of Artemis, the Baths of Scholastica, and the Library of Celsus, built by Gaius Julius Aquila. Marvel at the Temple of Hadrian and the Grand Theater, two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Stand at the House of the Virgin Mary, where she lived until her death. Learn the history of this sacred location and place of pilgrimage that was once visited by Pope Paul VI. Next, travel to the mountain village of Sirince, and pass the picturesque vineyards and peach trees. Discover the synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture as you admire the mosque and Orthodox church. Finally, spend some time exploring the narrow streets of Sirince, filled with handmade crafts, olive oil, and local wine.

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Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Tour and Turkish Cooking Class

8. Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Tour and Turkish Cooking Class

Make a journey between History and food culture of Turkey as you discover the ancient city of Ephesus. Buy fresh ingredients at a local market and learn and cook Turkish Cuisine in a cooking class. Be picked up from your hotel, in a comfortable air-conditioned van and drive to Ephesus Greco-Roman city. Admire one of the best preserved ancient cities and see the Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Trajan, the Theater and the Library of Celsus. Go to a local market or a grocery to buy fresh vegetables and fruits from Selcuk/ Kusadasi. Join the cooking class and learn how to cook 3 delicious dishes from the Turkish cuisine. Take the opportunity to taste the mouth-watering results of your hard work on a beautiful terrace, as you judge your culinary abilities. Taste classic Turkish dishes and learn how they differ from the present day. Return back to Kusadasi Port or Hotel at the end.

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Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

9. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus on this full-day guided tour. Step into the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore archaeological treasures. Your guide will also reveal the secrets of this mesmerizing city, once considered the most important Greek city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy Ephesus top sights, from the Library of Celsus to the theater, the Odeon, and the Trajan Fountain. Did you know Cleopatra and Mark Anthony had their honeymoon in this city? That’s right, as you walk around this city you will feel like you have traveled back in time. Next, taste some classic Turkish food at an authentic restaurant. After lunch, discover the charming village of Sirince. This cute village is famous for its fruity wines and olive oil. Thirsty? No worries enjoy sampling some of the region's tasty handmade wines. Finish the tour tipsy as you head to your departure point.

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What people are saying about Izmir Province

It was a great day! Our tour guide, Fatima was super knowledgable, personable, and a joy to tour with. She took our group to a great authentic Turkish restaurant. We asked her to help us make arrangements to get back to airport the next day & without hesitation said sure! After the tour that day, it was more than a tour, we made a friend!

1. Excellent communication beforehand. 2. New modern and comfortable bus. 3. Very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. Could speak English very well, as well as Spanish, and w/ a 5-year degree in this discipline. 4. Very economical, at less than half the price compared to the same tour offered through the cruise company.

dey r very good funlovinh n knowledgable..dey take vry bst care of u..u can see the real culture of turkey..overall facilities superb..one should definately go with dis people..dey explain u very nicely..

It was a Very pleasant experience, Fatma is Very friendly and she got a good English accent,helped us in everything we need, enjoyable activity and the food was delicious!! I recommend this activity

The tour guide we got was knowledgeable and she's amazing and nice.