3 Days Private Ionic Triangle Tour Ephesus Pamukkale Priene Miletos And Didyma

3 Days Private Ionic Triangle Tour Ephesus Pamukkale Priene Miletos And Didyma


3 Days




09:00 am

Pickup Point:

Izmir, Selcuk or Kusadasi


Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Priene Ancient Ruins, Temple of Athena, Theatre, Odeon, Miletus, Temple of Apollo, Hierapolis, Cleopatra Pools, White Calcium Pools, Pamukkale


Regular Price:

€ ----- Per Person

3 Days Private Ionic Triangle Tour Ephesus Pamukkale Priene Miletos And Didyma

This special 3-day Ionian Triangle Tour offers the perfect opportunity to discover the history and natural beauties of Turkey. Experience the magic of the ancient world by visiting Roman ruins in Ephesus. Admire the white travertine terraces created by hot water springs in Pamukkale. In Priene, Miletos and Didyma, you will discover the mysterious atmosphere of ancient Greek cities. This tour, which combines historical and natural beauties, is designed for you to accumulate unforgettable memories.

  • 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
    • 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 Kusadasi
  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Pick up From Kusadasi Hotels
  • Drive to Pamukkale, It takes about 3 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)
  • 16:30 End of The tour. Drive back to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Pick up from Hotel
  • Drive to Soke and Gullubahce
  • Visit Priene Ancient City
    • The City Wall
    • Temple of Demeter
    • Temple of Athena
    • The theater
    • The 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 Ionic Triangle Tour. Transfer to Bodrum or Izmir.
  • 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.

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.

You will be picked up from your hotel at Kusadasi. Then we will drive towards Pamukkale, the journey from Kusadasi to Pamukkale will take 181 km and about 3. hours; during your journey, the local tour guide will give you information about Turkey, for example, different regions of Turkey with beautiful historical places, climate, and geography will determine it.

Castle Travel is a Turkish Local Travel Agency that will provide you with a free Pamukkale and Hierapolis and a Turkey Map to use during your Pamukkale tour. Along the way, there will be breaks to stretch your legs and have a snack. Be sure to watch out the window as you are sure to see some of the most beautiful views along the way, so keep your eyes on the route.

"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 a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape;

Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools

When translated, Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ has been drawing tourists worldwide to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. Ephesus and Pamukkale are one of the top Famous 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 giants left out to dry.

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 aren't bottomless, 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 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 pools are a fantastic collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of the pool's pedigree. The 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 water's curative effects (both medicinal and beauty), 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 as a curative treatment in many areas.

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 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.

The proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks was believed to 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 decretive elements. 

16:30 End of the Pamukkale Day Tour. Depart from Pamukkale to Kusadasi.
19:30 Arrival Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

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 historiThales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, and the city planner Hippodamos. Miletus, dominated by free thought 2,600 years ago, became a center of attraction and 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 Includes

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

What's Excluded

  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Dinner and Drinks
  • The entrance fees of Cleopatra’s Pool

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 Tour runs daily and is available all year round.
*Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after booking.

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