2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour By Bus from Istanbul

2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour By Bus from Istanbul


2 Days




09:00 am

Pickup Point:

Izmir, Selcuk or Kusadasi




Regular Price:

€ ----- Per Person

2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour By Bus from Istanbul

Discover Ephesus and Pamukkale for 2 days with the bus tour departing from Istanbul! Go deep into history and visit the unique ancient city of Ephesus. Then enjoy the natural beauties of Pamukkale. Book now for an unforgettable experience with comfortable transport and a guide!

  • Fly from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Meet with the guide and Drive to Ephesus
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • Ephesus Ancient Ruin (the things to see in the ancient city of Ephesus)
    • Odeon
    • Roman Bath
    • State Agora
    • Prytaneum (Town Hall)
    • The Temple of Domitian
    • The Monument of Memmius
    • Relief of Niki, Medicine, Hermes and Pharmacy
    • Hercules Gate
    • The Fountain of Trajan
    • Scholastica Bath
    • Terrace Houses
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • The Public Toilet
    • Library of Celcius
    • The Commercial Agora
    • Marble Street
    • Brothel
    • Foot Print
    • Grand Theatre
    • Arcadian Street
    • Virgin Mary Church (Church of Council)
    • Vedius Gymnasium
    • The Stadium
  • After the Ephesus tour, drive to Kusadasi
  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Pick up From Kusadasi Hotels
  • Aphrodisias Archaeological Museum
  • Aphrodisias Anceint ruins
  • The Ancient Stadium
  • The Temple of Aphrodite
  • Tetrapylon (Monumental Gate)
  • Hadrian Bath
  • Odeon
  • Bishop’s Palace
  • Agora
  • Grand Theatre
  • The House of Archeologist Kenan Erim
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch (Drinks Extra)
  • White Calcium Carbonate Travertines
  • Hierapolis Archaeological Museum
  • Cleopatra’s Pool
  • Hierapolis Ancient City
  • Grand Theatre
  • The Temple of Apollo
  • Nymphaeum (Monumental Fountain)
  • Plutonium
  • Christian Basilica
  • City Gate
  • Necropolis
  • Martyrium of St. Philip
  • 16:30 Transfer to Cardak Denizli Airport- Flight o Istanbul
  • Arrival to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel

05:30 Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport
08:00 Direct Flight from Istanbul to Izmir.
08:10 Arrive at Izmir Airport, meet your guide, and drive to Selcuk-Ephesus ruins.

During your journey, your local tour guide will inform you about Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis. Also, about Turkey, such as climate, different regions in Turkey that hold the most beautiful historical places, and all while standing in front of the Turkey Map as they will then pinpoint these certain places for you, to make it easier to follow the tour guides Turkey Map. Still, your local tour guide will also hand you your Ephesus Map, Pamukkale Map, Hierapolis Map, and Turkey Map.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at our first stop, The House of the Virgin Mary. In accordance with the Predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting years here.

This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus and the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27).

Ephesus Ancient Ruin

After the House of the Virgin Mary, we will visit the Ancient City of Ephesus; The tour here will be a walking tour and will take you to one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world.

Ephesus was once the cultural and economic capital of the Roman empire in Asia Minor; you will be able to see the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course, remember the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues.

It also housed the Library of Celsus, the third-largest library in the Roman world. It housed over 12,000 scrolls and manuscripts in niches along the inner wall. When St. Paul visited Ephesus in AD 53, he found a sizable Jewish community there. Menorah graffiti: The carvings on the stairs of the Ephesus Celsus Library are a mystery.

The menorah was used as a Jewish symbol in the 3rd century; So far, three have been found in ancient Ephesus, which had a thriving Jewish community. The Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached, is the largest in antiquity, with a capacity of 24,000 people. You will then return to the bus down the Arcadian Road, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in the parade.

After your 2-hour exploration of Ephesus, we set off for an approximately 1-hour lunch break.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Then we will continue on the tour and head on for our next stop, which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana); this outstanding temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world.

The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enabled the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world's first bank.

Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe its importance, wealth, and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries.
After the Ephesus tour, drive to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

You will be picked up from your hotel at Kusadasi. Then we will drive towards Pamukkale, the journey from Kusadasi to Pamukkale will take 181 km and about 3. hours; during your journey, the local tour guide will give you information about Turkey, for example, different regions of Turkey with beautiful historical places, climate, and geography will determine it.

Castle Travel is a Turkish Local Travel Agency that will provide you with a free Pamukkale and Hierapolis and a Turkey Map to use during your Pamukkale tour. Along the way, there will be breaks to stretch your legs and have a snack. Be sure to watch out the window as you are sure to see some of the most beautiful views along the way, so keep your eyes on the route.

"Pamukkale translates to 'Cotton Castle'... Once you get here, it's easy to see why. This natural phenomenon, designated a UNESCO Heritage site in 1988, with spectacular white calcium cliffs and beautiful turquoise blue pools, is a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape;

Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools

When translated, Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ has been drawing tourists from around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. Ephesus and Pamukkale are one of the top Famous places to see in Turkey.

The Turkish name refers to the extraordinary surface of the snow-white cliffs, shaped over millennia by the accumulation of calcium deposited by mineral springs. Legend has it that the Cotton Castle formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that giants left out to dry.

Dripping slowly down a vast mountainside, mineral-rich water foams and collects in bowls that terrace the decline down the mountainside spilling over petrified cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. These saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces, also called) wind sideways down the powder-white mountain, providing a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green plain below.

To protect the unique calcite surface, you must traverse the area barefoot. Although the terrace pools aren't bottomless, you can get fully submerged if you want, don’t forget your towel! Don’t worry, if you don't have a bathing suit or towel, you can buy a Turkish Towel, Do not Forget is Cotton’s principal crop.

As a nice suvinour, you can take it away to your home. You shouldn’t leave Pamukkale Tour without having a healing dip in the sacred fountain of Cleopatra’s pool.

Cleopatra’s Pool:

A swim in the effervescent waters of Cleopatra’s Pool should be at the top of any Turkey Travel Itinerary. Strewn about the bottom of the crystal-clear pools are a fantastic collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of the pool's pedigree.

The Cleopatra's Pool has warm, clear fizzy water that bubbles from the source of the spring. With temperatures of 35C, you can bathe in the natural thermal mud and waters and enjoy the water's curative effects (both medicinal and beauty), which had previously benefited the ancient Greek and Roman peoples for centuries.

With its Thermo mineral and magnesium, calcium, carbon dioxide, sulfide, and bicarbonate, this curative water is suitable as a curative treatment in many areas.

The Ancient City of Hierapolis: Overnight and dinner in Pamukkale.

The nearby ancient Hierapolis and its accompanying museums may be overshadowed by the springs but are also fascinating and well worth the visit. After walking along the terraces, we will take a short walk to Hierapolis City, also known as ‘Holy City.’

Just outside the main entrance is the Necropolis (Graveyard), containing more than 1200 tombs and sarcophagi of people who wished to have been buried here. The proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks was believed to ease their journey into the Underworld.

Among the tombs lies the Martyrium, an octagonal 5th-century edifice believed to have been erected upon the site where St. Philip was martyred in 80 CE. The Hierapolis City Bath, the springs of Hierapolis, was particularly popular among vacationing Romans. You will notice that carved into the side of the mountain is the monstrous Grand Theater that dominates the vista of Hierapolis.

At its height, the Grand Theatre could host 25.000 boisterous fans and is still largely intact until this day. It features a vast network of decorative elements from the 3rd century CE, including ornately sculptured statues, columns, and arches, amongst other decretive elements. 

16:30 End of the Pamukkale Day Tour
17:00 Depart from Pamukkale to Denizli Airport
19:30 Flight from Denizli to Istanbul
20:30 Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.

What's Includes:

  • 1 Night 3-4*+ Hotel Accommodation (Ilayda Hotel or Similar Hotels)
  • 1 Breakfast
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Taxe
  • Parking Fees

What's Excluded

  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • The Cleopatra’s Pool
  • Lunch, Dinner, and Drinks

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request bus tickets or transfer service to Pamukkale, Cesme, Canakkale, Gocek, Fethiye, or Istanbul.

*Private two days Ephesus and Pamukkale Package Turkey Tour run daily and is available all year round.
*Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after booking.

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