Ephesus and Pergamon are two of the best treasures Turkey holds. On Ephesus tour you will visit also the Temple of Artemis (once one of the seven world wonders) and the House of the Virgin Mary. And in Pergamon you will find ancient ruins which are one of the oldest and best preserved in the world.
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Architecture / History & Archaeology / Religion / Art / Lanscape
*You can combine this tour with with our other destinations in Turkey: Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Istanbul, Antalya, Troy...
Temple of Artemis
The tour starts with our driver picking you up from the hotel and driving you to Istanbul’s airport for a morning flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival at Izmir’s airport, you will be met by your new driver and connected to Selcuk to join the Ephesus and Pergamon Tour.
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: 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 ends, your driver will take you to Izmir’s airport for an evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, at Istanbul’s airport, our staff will await you with a sign with your name and transfer you to your hotel.