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  • Location:Izmir, Turkey
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)
Discover three of Turkey’s top crowd-pleasers on this 3-day tour starting from Izmir. From your 4-star hotel base in Kusadasi, enjoy a full-day tour in and around ancient Ephesus, plus a full-day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. See the highlights of Greco-Roman Ephesus, and visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. The next day, view the ruins Hierapolis and stunning terraces of Pamukkale. Along with round-trip hotel and airport transfers, and six included meals, your small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour of Ephesus, Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Izmir with a professional local guide
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, plus the Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary
  • See the remarkable Great Theater, Library of Celsus, Arcadian Way and remains of baths, houses and shops
  • Discover the archaeological site of Hierapolis and white travertine cliffs of Pamukkale
  • Stay two nights in a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi and enjoy six included meals
  • Enjoy round-trip airport and hotel transfers at the start and end of your tour
  • Receive personalized attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to 14 people

What You Can Expect

3-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Kusadasi and Ephesus

Discover the ancient sites around Ephesus on this 3-day small-group tour

Day 1: Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi (L, D)
Start your 3-day tour with a pickup from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport or if you’re already in Izmir, from your central Izmir hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned minibus, and travel to Ephesus, the Mediterranean’s best-preserved ancient city.

After roughly an hour, arrive at this crumbled Greco-Roman city for a tour. See the spectacular Library of Celsus and Temple of Hadrian, and stroll the colonnaded Arcadian Way to the Great Theater, a 25,000-seater stadium where St Paul once preached. Gaze at the remnants of baths, shops and houses and hear about daily life here during Roman times.

After a break for a 2-course lunch, visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary is said to have spent her last days, and see the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. View the single, reconstructed pillar of the building as your guide describes its former magnitude.

Before your tour ends, stop at a Turkish handicrafts center and visit the village of Şirince. Stroll the cobbled lanes of this pretty place, known for its wine and crafts, and sample some local fruit wine. After, drive to the seaside resort of Kusadasi and check in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Grand Onder, Marina or Ilayda Avantgarde hotel in Kusadasi



Day 2: Kusadasi – Pamukkale – Hierapolis (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, set off from your hotel by minibus to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pamukkale. Stop on route at a leather center to see the displays of hand-sewn leather goods, and then, when you arrive at Pamukkale, marvel at the white travertine rock terraces that appear to flow down 656-foot (200-meter) cliffs.

Learn about the geology of the area, and walk to nearby Hierapolis to see its classical ruins. Enjoy time at leisure here and perhaps swim in the ancient thermal pool (own expense). Break for lunch, and then tour the relics, seeing the Roman necropolis; well-preserved Roman theater; and Martyrion of St. Philip. Later, return to Kusadasi and after dinner at your hotel, perhaps enjoy the resort’s souks and nightlife independently.

Overnight: 4-star Grand Onder, Marina or Ilayda Avantgarde hotel in Kusadasi

Day 3: Kusadasi (B)
Enjoy breakfast and time at leisure in Kusadasi this morning, maybe shopping for souvenirs or sightseeing on your own. In the afternoon, check out and enjoy a transfer to Izmir Airport or your central Izmir hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Time tunnel to the ancient Anatolia.. Everyting in the prescriped itineries fits nicely as scheduled. Recommended for those hunger for histories.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

first day is spent at the hotel provided using the pool and discovering kusadasi. second day you visit all the places mentioned, third day you are sent back to izmir. the third day doesnt really count, so its a 2 day tour because on the third day you are collected from the hotel at 10 am and sent back to izmir by 12pm.

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Tour code: 57393_2KUSADASI

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