2 DAYS EPHESUS - APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE PRIVATE TOURS

2 DAYS EPHESUS - APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE PRIVATE TOURS

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Kusadasi or Selcuk

Time:

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Pickup Point:

Kusadasi or Selcuk

Highlights:

Ephesus, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias

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2 DAYS EPHESUS - APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE PRIVATE TOURS

If you have chosen Izmir this time for your holiday, then you must check out the wonderful Ephesus, Aphrodisias, and Hierapolis Pamukkale tour that is at your fingertips. Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey.

Traveling back in time to Ephesus, Visit the Temple of Artemis, The House of the Virgin Mary, and Ephesus ruins. Pamukkale is a miracle of nature and is famous for its white thermal pools. Aphrodisias is the city of the goddess of love and beauty. After the tour drives back to Kusadasi or Transfer to Denizli Airport.

Day 1: Ephesus Ancient Ruin

  • 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
    • 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 Pamukkale or Denizli
  • Overnight and Dinner in Pamukkale

Day 2: Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Travertines and Pools

  • Hierapolis Ancient Ruins
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Archaeological Museum
  • Cleopatra Pool
  • Local Lunch
  • Aphrodisias Ancient City
  • Stadium
  • Tetraplyon (Monumental Gate)
  • Odeon
  • Grand Theater
  • The Temple of Aphrodite(Diana)
  • Sebastion
  • The Aphrodisias Archaeological Museum

PS: If you wish, you can an Extention of your tour, You may add an extra day or you may request bus tickets or transfer service to Konya, Cappadocia, Kas, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye, and İzmir.

P.S. Please note that there will be a shopping possibility where you may have the chance to see and buy some special traditional & handmade souvenirs from Ephesus where civilizations lived to make your visit unforgettable.

*Private Ephesus, Aphrodisias, and Pamukkale 2 days Tour run every day and is available all year round. Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after your booking.

Full-day Tour of Ephesus - Overnight in Pamukkale

You will be/can be met at Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Kusadasi. Then we will drive to Ephesus, during your journey your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis.

We are Castle Travel and an independent Turkish Local Travel Agency that will give you special Turkey, Ephesus, Selcuk, Pamukkale Travertines, and Hierapolis Maps as a gift so that you can understand this tour better and make your trip more conscious to keep throughout your tours. The journey from Kusadasi to Ephesus is 18 km/11 miles one way and will take around 30 mins.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at our first stop which is The House of the Virgin Mary by 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 combined with 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 head on to the next destination, the Ancient City of Ephesus; the tour here shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the entire world. You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course let’s not forget Ephesus’s very impressive library. The library is adorned with columns and statues. 

The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest in antiquity with a capacity of 24.000 seats. You will then return to the bus through the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, we will head for a lunch break for about 1 hour is 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 enable 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, its wealth, and the tension that existed between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries.

Drive to Pamukkale (Hierapolis)

Once the tour comes to an end you will head back to your bus and be driven to Pamukkale, during your journey your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Pamukkale, Travertines Terrace, and pools, Hierapolis, and The Cleopatra’s Pool.

The journey from Ephesus to Pamukkale is 179 km/288 miles one way and will take around 2.30 hours but there shall be stop-off-breaks along the way so you can stretch your legs and grab some refreshments. Be sure to keep watch out of the window as you are sure to see some of the most beautiful scenery along the way so keep your eyes peeled on the route. Overnight and dinner at Pamukkale.

Full-day Pamukkale-Hierapolis and Aphrodisias Tour

"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 truly a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape, you have never seen anything like it before".
After breakfast depart to Pamukkale.

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. Pamukkale and Pamukkale Tours is one of the top Famous Turkey Trips.

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 was left out to dry by giants.

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, as they’re 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 are obliged to traverse the area barefoot. Although the terrace pools aren't particularly deep, 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 away to your home e. 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 pool is an amazing collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of the pool's pedigree.

Cleopatra's Pool has warm clear fizzy water that bubbles from the source of the spring, but these days has now been blocked off to prevent divers from disappearing into its hidden depths. With temperatures of 35C, you can bathe in the natural thermal mud and waters and enjoy the curative effects (both medicinal and beauty) of the watewhichıch had previously benefited the ancient Greek and Roman peoples for centuries.
This curative water with its Thermo mineral and magnesium, calcium, carbon dioxide, sulfide, and bicarbonate is suitable in many areas as a curative treatment.

The Ancient City of Hierapolis:

The nearby ancient Hierapolis and its accompanying museums may be overshadowed by the springs but are also fascinating and well worth the visit. After taking a walk along the terraces we will take a short walk to Hierapolis City, which is 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. It was believed that the proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks would ease their journey into the Underworld. Among the tombs lies the Martyrium which is 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 were 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 a selection of ornately sculptured statues, columns, and arches amongst other decretive elements. During Pamukkale Day Tour, you will have 2 hours of free break time to rest, take in the views, and of course, take some refreshments from the onsite cafeteria.

You can use the provided Pamukkale Map and Hierapolis Map to visit other nearby sites your the allotted free time. After Pamukkale and Hierapolis, we will drive to Aphrodisias, we will have a local lunch. After lunch visitst the Aphrodisias.

Aphrodisias Ruin and Aphrodisias Archaeological Museum

Aphrodisias was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love who had here her unique cult image the Aphrodite of Aphrodisias. The city was built near a marble quarry that was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and sculptors in marble from Aphrodisias became famous in the Roman world.

Aphrodisias was one of the foremost cities of the age surrounded by fertile fields producing every type of foodstuff. It also possessed a flourishing wool and cotton industry, highly developed commercial, political, religious, and cultural institutions, a very fine tradition of arts and crafts, world-famous schools of philosophy and sculpture, and a large and energetic body of citizens.

You will see, that the Tetra pylon (Tetra= four; pylon=gate) was the monumental gate of the city. The name Tetra pylon refers to its being composed of four groups of four columns. The stadium in Aphrodisias is the best preserved of all the ancient stadiums in the Mediterranean region. Located in the northern section of the city it is 262m in length and 59m wide with a seating capacity of 30,000, Odeon and Bishop's Palace, Agora, Baths of Hadrian, Theatre, Sebastion (Sebastos is the Greek equivalent of the Latin Augustus) has consisted of a temple dedicated to the cult of Emperor Augustus.

The museum of Aphrodisias is one of the most outstanding museums in western Anatolia. The monuments of unsurpassed value which have been found at the excavations are displayed here. Once the tour comes to an end it will be time to get back on the bus and to be driven back to your allocated drop-off points, we trust that your tour with us today has been excellent, and hope to see you again! Aphrodisias and Pamukkale tour will finish at around 16:00 and then you will be transferred back to your pick-up point at about 20:00.

What’s Included?

  • Pick up From Kusadasi Hotels
  • English-speaking tour guide during the tours
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • 1 Night Accommodation (3-4 Star)
  • 1 Dinner
  • 2 Local Lunch (Vegetarian lunch option available upon request)
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Drive Back from Pamukkale to Kusadasi
  • The drop off at your hotel

What’s Not Included?

  • Swimming fee for Cleopatra Pool
  • Personal expenses and Gratuities

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