Ephesus Tours from Istanbul

Ephesus Tours from Istanbul

Visit Ephesus, the eastern counterpart of Pompeii.

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About Ephesus

Once the capital of Roman Asia Minor is one of the best preserved ancient cities on the Mediterranean (the second best preserved ancient city in the world after Pompeii in Italy), Ephesus is Turkey’s showpiece of Aegean archaeology. Located about 5 km away from the sea today, Ephesus was once of the wealthiest trading port cities of the Greco-Roman era with a population over 200.000 people.

Some of the most spectacular sites of the ancient city of Ephesus that you will see during the tour are; the Celcus Library which once held over 12.000 scrolls, Temple of Hadrian, Trajan’s Fountain, the Latrines, the Brothel which has the world’s oldest street advertisement on the pavement and the Great Theater which can host about 25.000 people at a time, where St. Paul preached on it’s stage against the worship of Artemis.

10 Reason to Visit Ephesus

1. Great Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient World 2. The third biggest library of the ancient World, Celsus Library 3. Terrace Houses; Houses of rich Romans decorated with amazing mosaics and frescoes 4. Latrines, well-preserved public toilets of Ephesians 5. Tomb of Apostle John at Great Basilica of John dating to 6th century 6. Hadrian’s Temple 7. The Grand Amphitheatre 8. The final residence of Virgin Mary 9. Paul’s sermon in Ephesus 10. Ephesus Museum

Tour Itinerary & Highlights

Ephesus Tour Packages from Istanbul.

DAY 1 - Istanbul to Izmir
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul for a morning flight. After landing, you will be met by one of our representatives at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB). You will be transferred to Ephesus
Ephesus Day Tour (Day 1)
Ephesus, is without doubt one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean bowl. Once it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor, the city had a population of 250.000 and is said to have been visitied by St. John and the Virgin Mary, followed by St. Paul who wrote hi Letter to the Ephesians here. Walking along the marble street to the magnificient Library of Celcus you can imagine how life was in Ephesus during Roman times.

During our Ephesus tour you will visit; the ruins from the period of St. Paul, agoa, Odeon (concert hall), monumental fountains, Temple of Hadrian, the public toilets, Library of Celcus, the amphitheater, Gymnasium, Church and the Stadium.

Temple of Artemis; was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It was so big that it took 120 years to complete. Today only a single column remains from this marvel.

House of Virgin Mary; is where she spent her last years of her life.

If you book one day Ephesus tour from Istanbul, you will returnto Istanbul.
DAY 2 - Priene, Miletus & Dydma Tour
Priene; is an ancient Hellenistic Age city located just to the north of Miletus in western Turkey. It was a holy Greek city and the home of an important temple of Athena. Priene’s picturesque ruins include several columns of the Temple of Athena, much of the city walls, a well preserved theater and a council chamber.

Miletus; is a renowned as the first city to which the principals of modern town-planning were applied, created by Hippodamus. Miletus was home to many of the World’s greatest philosophers, including Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes. Milues was, in its heyday, a center for scientific discovery and the birth of Western Philosophy. One of the architects of Hagia Sophia of Istanbul, Isidore, was also from Miletus.

Dydma; is the site of a breathtaking Temple of Apollo (God of Sun) which was very important for worshippers before Christianity. Dydma was home to an oracle center where people from nearby cities such as Miletus would come to ask questions and give offerings to Apollo. Dydma was never a real town, per se, simply the ending point of a religious pilgrimage.
DAY 3 - Pamukkale Tour
After early breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we will drive to Pamukkale for a full day tour to discover the ancient Hellenistic and Roman city ruins of Hierapolis. See magnificiently preserved Necropolis (graveyard), Roman baths, Domitian Gate, Agora (marketplace), Byzantine Gate, Roman fountains and Grand Theater as well as white travertines of Pamukkale.

End of the tour, transfer to Izmir Airport or Denizli Airport for an evening flight back Istanbul. We will then transfer you back to your hotel.

Ephesus Travel Packages from Istanbul

Below pricing are based on two people sharing. Flights are economy class, unless upgraded.

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