Ephesus and Pamukkale are two of the best treasures Turkey holds. In Ephesus you will find ancient ruins which are one of the oldest and best preserved in the world. Starting by the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the world and continuing to Ephesus: one of the greatest cities of the Roman time. The tour ends with a visit to the House of the Virgin Marry.
In Pamukkale: a unique natural wonder and an incredible historical site. Pamukkale is the only place in the world you can see something like this huge cloud. It's like walking on a dream. Besides witnessing the amazing power of nature, you can also visit the ruins of an ancient Roman City which has a truly impressive theater.
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Landscape / Nature / History / Archaeology
* You can combine this tour with other destinations: Pergamon, Antalya, Cappadocia...
Day 1: Pamukkale
This natural site was built by the hot water springs existing in the area. This water falls down the hill from a height of 300 meters while depositing Calcium carbonate which is at first a soft substance but eventually hardens into travertine.
Walking on top of this marvel is like walking on a dream, but this is not just what Pamukkale has to offer. A roman city was built on top of it and is waiting for your visit. The theater is truly impressive and there are several buildings in a great conservation state.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Selcuk (Ephesus) for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Epheusus
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 to spend her last days. In 1980, by the John Paul Pope, the site was declared has a pilgrimage place for Christians.
After the tour ends we will drive back to Izmir’s airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival you will be dropped off to your hotel.