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If you already spent enough time in Istanbul and still few days left in your calendar here is a great option for you. Two pearls of Aegean Region awaits. Ephesus and Pamukkale (Hierapolis) most visited locations of Turkey. Ancient history and wonders of mother earth in this short but valuable tour waiting for you.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport. Fly to Ephesus. First day you will have guided Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Tour including lunch and stay at hotel. Second day, you will have breakfast and drive to Pamukkale. You will have guided Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour including lunch and fly back to Istanbul. Upon arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Programme details are as below.
Day 1 – Istanbul – Ephesus Tour
05:00 You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to airport.
(Pick up time may change according lotel location)
07:00 Fly From Istanbul to Izmir
(Flight departure time may change according availabilities on your travel date)
07:55 Upon arrival at the Izmir airport you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Ephesus where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your tour with a professional guide to begin your full day tour of Ephesus.
You will first visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana) which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Next you will visit the world famous ancient Greco- Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilisations. You will visit and walk along the street of Arcadian, visit the majestic Theatre, Marble road, the Celsius Library, Market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, Prytaneion, Odeon. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a break for lunch. After lunch you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. Afterwards you will visit the Isabey Mosque. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into hotel and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk.
Day 2 – Pamukkale – Istanbul
Breakfast & Check out from the hotel. You will be picked up from the hotel at 08:00 am. You will then begin the Pamukkale tour with a drive from Selcuk starting at 8:30 am to Pamukkale which will be around 3 hours. En route to Pamukkale after 1.5 hours, there will be a 10 minutes stop for restroom break. Upon arrival around 11:45, the group will be first taken to have lunch and after lunch at around 13:00 you will begin your guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis area with a profession licensed tour guide. In Pamukkale, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also you will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica and Roman Baths. At the end of the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the area on your own. As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale antique pools (at own expense) during this free time. The tour guide will inform you about the exact meeting point and time.
At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to Izmir or Denizli airport for your return flight to Istanbul in the late evening. Upon arrival you will be picked-up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. End of the services.
Combined Ephesus & Pamukkale Tours From Istanbul: