Western Turkey from/to Istanbul
This is a customized 3 days package tour from/to Istanbul by plane. Visit UNESCO sites of Turkey such as Ancient Ephesus; An Archeological treasure, The best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean hold House of Virgin Mary and The Temple of Artemis. Get a chance to swim in Pamukkale’s thermal springs, see Pergamum and Askelepion which is one of the seven churches of revelation. Learn history about early Christians from your expert local guide. Experience shopping in local bazaars, tasty delicious foods from Turkish Cuisine.
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🏁 Tour Itinerary: Western Turkey from/to Istanbul
Day 1: Flight to Izmir / Ancient Ephesus Tour (L)
According to your pick-up time meet with your driver at the lobby of your hotel and drive to Airport for your 1hour 30min domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you wıll be greeted by your driver and drive safely to Selcuk, meet with your group participants, and start your full-day tour. Visit The House of Virgin Mary; located 6km to the north of the ruins of Ephesus, a church was built from the 6C AD to the top of the foundations of a house from 1C AD and it is declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days. Also, it is believed that the Assumption took place there on the 15th of August.
Continue with the Ancient Ephesus; An Archeological treasure, The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1C AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city on the planet after Rome with more than 250,000 citizens. It was in the center of the known world and played the role of a gateway between the East and the West. With its giant harbor, it was also the center of trading in antiquity. It was not only a rich commercial city but also the honeymoon place of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. It is also home to one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis. Ephesus is also so well preserved that, walking on the ancient streets among the beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world or the largest roman theatre on the Asia continent, gives you the feeling of a time traveler.
Next; the Temple of Artemis or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. There were a total of 127 ionic columns with a height of 19m. The temple is also considered to be the earliest bank of the ancient world. After the tour drives you to your hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Kusadasi.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Efe Boutique Hotel or similar.
✈️ Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir is included.
Day 2: Pamukkale Tour (B-L)
According to your pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour and visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth wherein history people traveled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Today Pamukkale is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Visit; the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. Theır shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour drives you back to your hotel.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Efe Boutique Hotel or similar.
Day 3: Pergamon & Asklepion Tour / Flight to Istanbul (B, L)
Upon breakfast at the hotel checkout, According to your tour, pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit Pergamum; When John wrote his letter, Pergamum had been a capital city for almost four hundred years. After the mythical times, Pergamum had been the scene of several cultures, ranging from those of the Stone and Bronze Ages until the Archaic and Classical Periods. Among the temples, palaces, and agora’s, the Asklepion, which were constructed in the course of one century, belonged to the big Zeus Altar and the Parchment Library There you explore the impressive Acropolis, the actual ancient city, and see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the throne of Satan’, Temple of Trajan and the third biggest library of antiquity.
Next Asklepion; was known under the name of “The Pergamum God of Health”. Asclepius the deity of health and medicine served the people for several hundred years; thus making Pergamum a medical center of very great importance. Famous medical Scholars, like Hippocrates and Galenus, were born in Pergamum and worked there. After the tour drives you to Izmir Airport for your 1hour 30min domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be greeted by your driver and transferred safely to your hotel. End of our service.
✈️ Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul is included.
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