2 Days : Ephesus & Pamukkale, Laodicea Summary
Ephesus - Laodicea - Pamukkale
Day 1 : Ephesus & Artemission Temple & The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Your tour guide will meet you at hotel with your name sign. After greetings, you will be driven to Ephesus region.
First stop will be the House of Virgin Mary. It is written in the bible that Jesus entrusted his mother to his beloved desciple St. John the evangelist. After the crusifixion of Jesus, St. John and Mary escaped from Jarusalem because of the torture to early christians and came to Ephesus and spent her final years at Ephesus.
It is time to visit famous ancient city of Ephesus where used to be the 4th largest city of Roman Empire after Rome, Alexandria and Antihocia with over a million population in the 1st AD. It got its fame for its trade port & Temple of Artemis one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will start visiting Ephesus from upper gate. We will walk down till exit where is close to ancient horbour today. While walking down, you will see & visit Water disturibiton system of Ephesus, agoras, bouleuterion, temples, fountains, Roman Baths, latrine, Celcus library where used to be the 3rd largest ancient library. Grand Theatre of Ephesus, the largest ancient theatre in the world with its 25.000 capacity and whre St. Paul preached to Ephesians. You will walk to exit along the Arcadian street where famous historical people walked such as Marc Anthony, Cleopatra, St. Paul, St. John, Virgin Mary and Cicero.
We will complete our tour after visiting Temple of Artemis where is the one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple was dedicated greek fertility goddess Artemis and built in 3rd BC. According to its giant size and being the first temple made of marble, a Greek poet named Antipater listed it one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
After Temple of Artemis you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 2 : Pamukkale & Laodicia Tour
Departure to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Laodicea. The city established in the C3 BCE by the Seleucid Antiochus II, the city was named after his wife Laodicea. Built on the Lycus Tributary of the Meander River, it was surnamed Laodicea on Lycus, to distinguish it from other similarly named cities. Laodicia is the last of the seven churches. As a crossroad of two important roads, this city had an important commercial and logistical position. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Drive back to hotel.
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2 Days : Ephesus & Pamukkale, Laodicea Photos
Professional licensed English speaking guideTransportation with private AC vehicleAll entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
Tour Not Includes
Domestic flight tickets & AccommodationsPersonal expensesAny meals & drinks
Ephesus - Laodicea - Pamukkale