2 Days Ionic Triangle Tour (Ephesus-Priene-Miletos-Didyma)

2 Days Ionic Triangle Tour (Ephesus-Priene-Miletos-Didyma)

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Istanbul

Time:

9:00 AM

Pickup Point:

Istanbul

Highlights:

Ephesus-Priene-Miletos-Didyma

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2 DAYS-1 NIGHT EPHESUS, PRIENE, MILETOS, DIDYMA AND TRANSFER TO BODRUM

In this tour, you will visit Ionian ancient cities and Temples. Visit Ephesus, Grand Theatre, Arcadian Way, Curetes Street, Latrine, and Library. Then the Ancient City of Miletos was the city of many scientists and philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, Hekataios (principle source to Herodotos), and closer to us, Isidorus, the architect of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. After lunch visits the Didyma, Didyma was famous for being an oracle center that was dedicated to the god Apollo which served a purpose like the one in Delphi of Athens.

  • 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
    • Public Toilet
    • The Library of Celcius
    • 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 Hotel
  • Drive to Soke and Gullubahce
  • Visit Priene Ancient City
    • The City Wall
    • Temple of Demeter
    • The Temple of Athena
    • The theater
    • Agora
    • Temple of Zeus
    • The bouleuterion
    • Upper Gymnasium
    • Lower Gymnasium
    • The Egyptian TempleThe house of Alexander the Great
    • Byzantine Church
    • The necropolis and residential areas
    • Then drive 20 minutes to Miletos
  • Visit the Miletos Ancient Ruins
    • Walls
    • South Agora
    • Gate of South Agora
    • Serapeion
    • The Harbour Theatre
    • Theatre
    • Heroon
    • Port Monuments
    • North Agora
    • Delphion
    • Council House
    • Hellenistic Gymnasium
    • Capito Thermae
    • Ionic Stoa
    • Nymphaeum
  • Then drive to Didyma
  • After the late lunch visit to Didyma
  • The Temple of Apollon
  • 16:30 End of the Prien-Miletos-Didyma Tour
  • 18:30 Arrive in Bodrum. Drop off at the hotel

05:00 Early morning transfer to Istanbul Airport
07:00 Direct Flight from Istanbul to Izmir
08:10 Arrive at Izmir, meet your Ephesus guide, and drive to Selcuk (Ephesus)
09:15 Arrive in Selcuk or Ephesus
09:20 Full-Day Ephesus Tour
16:30 End of the Ephesus Day Tour-Transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi

After meeting your Ephesus guide in Ephesus, your local tour guide will hand you; Ephesus Map and a Turkey Map.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside; our first stop will be 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 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 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 world. You will see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and course, let’s not forget the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. 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)

Our next stop is the Temple of Artemis (Diana). This outstanding temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed 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 back to Kusadasi overnight.

Priene Ancient Ruin

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Priene. Priene enjoys a commanding position just below Mt Mykale, giving it a real natural grandeur. This Greco-Roman site is delightful to explore, with pine trees providing shade while its isolated location deters the crowds. Like Ephesus, Priene was once a sophisticated port city with two harbors. But all that went pear-shaped when the changing course of the Meander River silted them both up. Today it's very peaceful, its elevated position giving stunning vistas across patchwork fields.

Priene was important by 300 BC (when the League of Ionian Cities held congresses and festivals here. On a high bluff backed by a stark mountain overlooking what was once the sea stands the ruined Temple of Athena Polias, dating from the 4th century BC. Priene's most prominent and influential structure was designed by Pytheos of Priene, who also designed the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (now Bodrum). Priene's theatre (capacity 6500) is among the best-preserved Hellenistic theatres.

Nearby lie the ruins of a Byzantine basilica from the 5th century AD (note the fine stone pulpit and steps to the apse) and Roman Baths. Also, see the nearby bouleuterion (city hall). To the west are remains of private houses, a Hellenistic synagogue; to the south are the gymnasium, stadium, and agora.

Miletus Ancient City

After Priene, we have a short drive to Miletus. Miletus (Miletos), the capital of civilization, culture, art, and science, is one of the most critical cities in human history with its 3,500-year history. It is the home of people who question and observe nature and try to understand it by thinking, which is accepted as the basis of positive science. Miletus, also known as the "city of philosophers," raised many history Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, and the city planner Hippodamos.

Miletus, dominated by free thought 2,600 years ago, became a center of attraction and became the largest city of the Ionian civilization. In this cosmopolitan place, people came and lived from all over the world, and it became the capital of civilization. 

The theater of Miletus was built at the end of the 4th century BC and was significantly expanded in the 1st and 2nd centuries. The cavea section is so large that it constitutes a landmark in Miletus and the entire Menderes Plain. In the Hellenistic period, large stoas were built surrounding the South Agora. Although the agora is hidden under lush fields today, the massive infrastructures of the stoas can be easily seen in the area, giving an idea of ​​the size of the city center in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

It is only 150 meters from the Miletus Theater; The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius built the Roman Bath. This bath, which the Emperor made in the name of his wife Faustina, was repaired in specific periods. Nusa statues found here are currently exhibited in the Istanbul Archeology Museum.

Didyma The Temple of Apollo

Didyma is a sacred space dedicated to Apollo, the God of Light, Knowledge, and Enlightened Minds. In this area, shaped around a magnificent temple, there are small religious buildings and buildings used for daily life apart from the temple. Hosting one of the largest temples of the ancient period, Didyma is a dazzling ruin with its 2,300-year-old monumental ruins. The Apollon Sanctuary, where ordinary people, kings, and emperors consulted for thousands of years, has been a religious center that shapes history with the prophecies given by the priests here.

An unforgettable experience awaits visitors in the gigantic Temple of Apollo, whose construction continued for 500 years and was never finished. While walking inside the intact temple offers visitors the opportunity to experience the past and travel in time.

16:30 End of the Prien-Miletos-Didyma Tour
18:30 Arrive in Bodrum. Drop off at the hotel

What’s Included?

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

What’s Not Included?

  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Dinner and Drinks

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request bus tickets or transfer service to Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye, or Izmir.

*Private Ionian Triangle 2 days Tour run every day and is available all year round.
*Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after booking.

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