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

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

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Izmir

Time:

09:00

Pickup Point:

Izmir

Highlights:

Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, The temple of Artemis (Diana)-Priene Ancient Ruins, The Temple of Athena, Theatre, and Odeon. Then Miletus theatre and ruins. After lunch visits the Temple of Apollo in Didyma

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

In this Ionic Triangle Tour, You will visit the most popular cities and the temples of the Ionian. Ephesus is like Time Travel. Visit the Temple of Artemis, The House of the Virgin Mary, the Grand Theatre, Arcadian Way, Curetes Street, the Latrine, the Celcius Library, and much more.

After the tour, we will drive to Kusadasi. The next day, Visit Priene, its well-preserved theater, bouleuterion (council chamber), and the remains of its grand Temple of Athena. After you’ve explored Priene, head for Miletus. Miletus was an important Ionian city for 1400 years, from about 700 BC to 700 AD. The city has a solid place in history. Thales of Miletus (6th-5th BC), one of the Seven Sages of Greece.

After that visit to the Didyma, The gigantic Temple of Apollo Didyma was among the most famous oracles in the Ancient World. The huge white-marble temple is simply amazing, with a forest of 120 giant columns on the front porch. After the tour drives back to Izmir or transfer to Bodrum.

Day 1: Full-Day Ephesus Tour-Overnight in Kusadasi

  • 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
    • The 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 and Dinner in Kusadasi

Day 2: Full-day 3 Ionian cities Tour

  • Priene Ancient City
  • The temple of Athena
  • The Hellenistic Theatre
  • Gymnasium
  • Agora
  • Bouleuterion (city hall)
  • Miletus Ancient City
  • The theater of Miletus
  • Agora
  • Faustina Bath
  • The last stop will be Didyma
  • The temple of Apollo

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may ask for transfer service to Bodrum, Kusadasi, Izmir, Denizli airport, Konya, Cappadocia, Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, and Fethiye.

*Private Ephesus and PMD 2 days Tour run every day and is available all year round. 

Also, The documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after booking.

Full-day Tour of Ephesus - Overnight in Kusadasi

You will be/can be met at the Izmir Airport or even at your Hotel in Izmir. 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.

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 but also your local tour guide will hand you your Ephesus and a 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. 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. It 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 entire world.

You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and course, lets' not forget the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. The library had 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.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Then we will continue on tour and head on for our next stop, which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana); this unique temple had 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.

The Tour 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 full-day tour, drive 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.

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 had designed by Pytheos of Priene, who also designed the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (now Bodrum).

Priene was important by 300 BC (when the League of Ionian Cities held congresses and festivals here.  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. To the west are remains of private houses and a Hellenistic synagogue; to the south are the gymnasium, stadium, and agora. Also, see the nearby Bouleuterion (city hall).

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 historical figures such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, and the city planner Hippodamos. Miletus, dominated by free thought 2,600 years ago, became a center of attraction, the largest city of the Ionian civilization, a cosmopolitan place where people came and lived from all over the world, and became the capital of society. 

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

Hosting one of the largest temples of the ancient period, Didyma is a spectacular ruin with its 2,300-year-old monumental ruins. 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. 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 of the priests here.

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

After the tour, Drive back to Kusadasi. If you wish, we can transfer you to Bodrum or any place you wish...

What’s Included?

  • 1 Night 3-4*+ Hotel Accommodation
  • 1 Breakfast and 1 Dinner
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Parking Fees

What’s Not Included?

  • Personal Expenses and Gratuities
  • 2 Local Lunch and Drinks

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