3 Days Pamukkale Ephesus Pergamon Troy Tour

3 Days Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamon, Troy Tour

Duration:

3 Days

Departing:

Antalya

Time:

3 Days

Pickup Point:

Antalya

Highlights:

Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamon, Troy

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Small Group Tour Price:

252 Euro Per Person

3 Days Pamukkale Ephesus Pergamon Troy 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 we arrive here, it is easy to see why. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape."

  • Pick up From Antalya Hotels
  • Drive to Pamukkale, It takes about 3.30 hrs
  • 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
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch (Drinks Extra)
  • Drive from Pamukkale to Kusadasi Hotels
  • The drop-off at your hotel
  • Pick up From Kusadasi Hotels
  • Drive to Ephesus
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Church of St. John
  • Isabey Mosque
  • Selcuk Castle
  • 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
    • Relief of Niki
    • The Monument of Memmius
    • Relief of Medicine
    • Hercules Gate
    • Relief of Hermes
    • The Fountain of Trajan
    • Relief of Pharmacy
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • Scholastica Bath
    • The Library of Celcius
    • Terrace Houses
    • The Public Toilet
    • Marble Street
    • The Commercial Agora
    • Brothel
    • Foot Print
    • Grand Theatre
    • Arcadian Street
    • Virgin Mary Church (Church of Council)
    • Vedius Gymnasium
    • The Stadium
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch
  • The drop-off at Izmir Airport
  • Flight to Antalya
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Drive to Pergamon, It will take about 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Visit Pergamon Acropolis
  • Temple of Zeus
  • The Temple of Athena
  • The Library of Pergamon
  • Grand Theatre of Pergamon
  • Arsenals
  • Gymnasium
  • Red Basilica
  • After the lunch
  • Asclepion Roman medical center
  • Drive to Canakkale
  • On the way, visit The Troya
  • Troya Ancient City
  • City Walls
  • The Wooden Horse
  • Overnight and dinner in Canakkale

You will be picked up from Hotels in Antalya. Then drive to Pamukkale; The journey from Kusadasi to Pamukkale is 236 km/146,6 miles and will take around 3.30 hours, but there shall be stop-off-breaks along the way so you can stretch your legs and grab some refreshments. Be sure to watch out the window as you can see some of the most beautiful scenery along the way, so keep your eyes peeled on the route.

Also, during your journey, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Pamukkale travertines, Cleopatra’s pool, and Hierapolis. Also, your local tour guide will hand you your Pamukkale map, Hierapolis Map, and a Turkey Map to keep throughout your Pamukkale tour.
Arrival at Pamukkale. First, we will have a lunch break at one of the local restaurants. Then we will drive to snow-white travertine pools and terraces.

White Terraces -Calcium Travertines

Pamukkale and Pamukkale Tours is one of the top Famous Turkey Trips. Pamukkale, or 'Cotton Castle' when translated, has drawn tourists worldwide to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. 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) 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, 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 particularly deep, you can get fully submerged if you want; remember your towel!

Cleopatra’s Pool

You should not leave Pamukkale without having a healing dip in the sacred fountain of 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 Pool's pedigree. 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 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 suits 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 buried here. 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. It was believed that the proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks would ease their journey into the Underworld.

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

After the Pamukkale tour, depart to Denizli bus station. The bus from Denizli to Kusadasi is at 17:00. The bus arrives at Kusadasi bus station between 20:00 and 20:30. We will pick you up from the bus station and transfer you to your hotel Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi. If you are staying in Selcuk, we do not have a bus station transfer.

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 remember 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 2 hours off actions around Ephesus, we will head for a lunch break for about 1 hour. Then we will continue on tour and head to our next stop, the Temple of Artemis (Diana).

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

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. This impressive 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 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.

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; following 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). Visiting the Virgin Mary’s house is surreal. It is a very mystical and sacred place. It has a very different feel. The entire park is beautiful, including a tiny church surrounded by gardens and trees.

The Ephesus tour will finish at around 17:30, and then you will be transferred to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi Adnan Menderes Airport.

Early departure to Bergama. Visit Pergamon Acropolis and the Grand Theatre, the Altar of Zeus, The Temple of Trojan, the Pergamon Library, Arsenals, and the City Wall. Then drive to Asclepion; on the way, photo stops for the Red Court (Red Basilica), Basilica. (The once pagan temple later converted to the Christian church). Next, we visit the Asclepion, the famous medical center of Antiquity. It is located below the acropolis of Pergamum. During the Roman period, emperors such as Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Caracalla visited it. It was one of the most famous in the Roman world.

The ancient physician Claudius Galen (A.D. 131–201) was born in Pergamum and worked here and in Rome. An expert in anatomy, he studied the nervous system and the heart. Eighty of his original 500 treaties are still found in medical libraries worldwide. People came to the Asclepion for "holistic" treatment that included recreation, theater, music, sports, fasting, late–night runs in the nude, mudpacks, cold and hot baths, potions, herbs, dream interpretation, etc.

Treatments included psychotherapy, massage, herbal therapies, clay and bathing treatments, surgeries, and also the drinking of water, which were prescribed in line with what dreams the patient had experienced – it had been believed that dreams recounted a visit by the god Asklepios, who held the key to curing all illness. After the local lunch break, we will drive to Canakkae. On the way to Canakkale, visit the Legendary City of Troy or The famous Helen of Troy.

Suppose you are familiar with Hector, Ajax, Agamemnon, Paris, Helen of Troy, Dardanelles, Hellespont, the Trojan horse, and Odysseus in Homer's Iliad. In that case, you must take advantage of the legendary city of Troy. History comes alive here, and you can imagine the glory of the earlier days. The town of Ancient Troy, Turkey, was built strategically on the Dardanelle strait, connecting the Aegean Sea with the Black Sea. Troy forms a basis for Homer's Iliad, written 500 years after the Trojan War. Ancient Troy holds a unique position in history, literature, and archaeology.

Ancient Troy or Truva in Turkish and its location has been written about by ancient Greek and Latin Authors for centuries; however, the area of old Troy was relatively recently identified. The site of the ancient ruins of Troy became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. Even better if you've just seen the Brad Pitt movie or listened to the Stephen Fry audiobook. On this tour, you will find all your answers. After Troy's sightseeing, we drive to Canakkale to see the Wooden Horse, Hollywood's gift horse brings hordes back to Troy. Tourists descend on the sleepy Turkish town of Canakkale at all hours to gawp at the Hollywood star- a 12-tonne fiber-glass horse, held together with bolts, ropes, and nails, which dominates the seafront.It was a gift from Warner Brothers and a small consolation for the fact that Troy, the $200m blockbuster starring Brad Pitt as Achilles, was not made in Turkey. Overnight in Canakkale.

Note: If you wish, you can extend your tour, or if you request transfer service from us to other cities such as Bodrum, Fethiye, Cesme, Denizli, Konya, Cappadocia, Izmir, Marmaris, Gocek, Selcuk, and Kusadasi.
* 3 days Short Turkey Tour from Antalya is available daily on a Private basis.
* The documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after booking.

What’s Included?

  • Pick-up from Antalya Hotels
  • Transportation by a comfortable AC, nonsmoking Luxurious Car/Van
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Transfer Services
  • Bust ticket from Denizli to Kusadasi
  • Entry fees to the sites and museums
  • Parking fees
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Highway price
  • Drop-off to your Hotel

What’s Not Included?

  • 1 Night Accommodation in Kusadasi
  • Lunch and Drinks
  • On personal expenses
  • Tips to Guide and Driver

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