2 Days Pamukkale and Ephesus Small Group Tour

2 Days Pamukkale and Ephesus Small Group Tour

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Izmir

Time:

06:00

Pickup Point:

Izmir

Highlights:

Pamukkale, Hierapolis, The Cleopatra Pool (extra), Hierapolis-Pamukkale Archaeological Museum, and Calcium Terraces. On The Second day, Ephesus Ruins, The House of the Virgin Mary, The temple of Artemis (Diana)

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2 Days Pamukkale and Ephesus Small Group Tour

We design experiences in Turkey just for you. Nothing is left to chance; careful planning and attention to detail are at our heart. Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and explore Turkey independently with our licensed, professional guides who are passionate about what they do.

You will remember it for a lifetime. With this program, you may visit Turkey's most famous historical and natural beauties in 2 days. Visit amazing ancient cities and ruins such as Ephesus and Pamukkale on the Unesco list in Turkey.

Day 1 : Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Travertines and Pools

  • Hierapolis Ancient Ruins
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Archaeological Museum
  • Cleopatra Pool
  • Local Lunch

Day 2 : Full-Day Ephesus Tour

  • Ephesus Ancient Ruin
  • Local Lunch
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • Overnight and dinner at Pamukkale

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

*Private Ephesus 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 booking.

Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour 

“Pamukkale translates to ‘Cotton Castle’... 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. Once you get here, it is easy to see why. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape; you have never seen anything like it”.

Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools

Pamukkale, or ‘Cotton Castle’ when translated, has been drawing tourists from around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. Ephesus and Pamukkale are one of the Famous top 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 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 are 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 are not bottomless, you can get fully submerged if you want, do not forget your towel! Do not worry; if you do not have a bathing suit or towel, you can buy a Turkish Towel, Do not Forget it 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 Pool is a fantastic 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 water, 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 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 they are also fascinating and 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. 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, 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 decorative 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 and Hierapolis Map to visit other nearby sites in your allotted free time. The tour of Pamukkale will finish at around 16:30, and then you will be transferred to the Izmir hotel.

Full-day Tour of Ephesus -The House of Virgin Mary- The Temple of Artemis

You will be/can be met 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. Your local tour guide will hand you your Ephesus and Turkey Map. The journey from Izmir to Ephesus is 80 km/50 miles one way and will take around 1.10 hours.

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.

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 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 fantastic 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.

What’s Included?

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

What’s Not Included?

  • Swimming fee for Cleopatra Pool
  • Personal Expenses and Gratuities

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