In Ephesus and Pergamon you will find ancient ruins, two of the oldest and best preserved in the world. Pamukkale has the best of both worlds: a unique natural wonder and an incredible historical site. During the tour you will also visit the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven world wonders and the House of Virgin Mary.
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Architecture / History & Archaeology / Religion / Art / Lanscape
* You can combine this tour with our other destinations in Turkey: Cappadocia, Antalya, Istanbul, Troy...
Temple of Artemis
Day 1: Ephesus
The Tour’s first stop is the Temple of Artemis, once known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World is, nowadays, a place with stories to tell. Let your guide take you through the legends that involve one of the most important places of worship of the goddess Artemis (or Diana).
We proceed to visit Ephesus: The city of Ephesus, as you can visit today, was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals, Lysimachus, in about 300 BC. Ephesus had its best periods during the Hellenistic and Roman eras, and as the capital of the Asian province and a big port, its population was of 200,000 habitants. The Celsus’ library is one of the most impressive ancient constructions that you will ever see and strolling in these streets will make you feel like a roman yourself.
Our last stop is the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary chose to settle and spend her last days. In 1980, by John Paul Pope, the site was declared has a pilgrimage place for Christians.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Selcuk for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Pamukkale
Walking on top of this marvel is like walking in a dream, but this is not just what Pamukkale has to offer. A roman city, Hieropolis, was built on top of it and it's waiting for your visit. The theater is truly impressive and there are several buildings in a great conservation state.
After the tour ends we will drive back to your hotel.
Day 3: Pergamon
In Pergamon is an ancient Greek city, where we will visit the Aesculapium, an ancient medical center built under the name of Aesculapis, the God of Medicine. After lunch the tour will continue with the huge and notable Pergamon Acropolis. İncluded in the tour are also the following places: Athena, Trojan Temples, Zeus’ Temple, Dionysos’ temple, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, the Great Theater and the Roman bathes.
After the tour you will fly back to Istanbul. At the airport you will have a TTG Travel rep. waiting for you and we will transfer you back to your hotel.