Didyma Tours

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Didyma
Modern-day sun lovers worship Didyma’s golden beaches, but in classical Ionian times this was the legendary site of the Temple of Apollo.

In its heyday, Didyma’s famous temple was the home of the oracle of Apollo, who provided the Hellenic world with divine predictions from the gods. The sanctuary at Didyma was the most significant temple in the territory of the legendary city of Miletus, approached via the Sacred Way. It was renowned for its wealth and sacred spring, a revered site predating the era of the Greeks.

The symbol of Didyma is the beautiful stone heads of the Medusa that crown the temple’s Ionic columns. Monumental steps lead to the remains of more than 100 equally huge pillars, two of which are linked by a sole surviving architrave.

Recent excavations have unearthed other temples, including one dedicated to Artemis, destroyed by fire and earthquake over the millennia.

Take a wander around the site and you’ll come across innumerable fragments of giant toppled columns and marble shards as you begin to grasp the tremendous scale of the original temple site.

Practical Info

Didyma is now called Didim (previously Yenihisar). It’s 73 kilometers (45 miles) south of Kusadasi. Taking a tour from Kusadasi is the best way to visit on a day trip.
Address: Ataturk Boulevard, Didim 09270, Turkey
Admission: Free
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Priene Miletus Didyma Day Tour From Kusadasi

Get out of the city and spend a day in the countryside on this 7-hour tour of Priene, Miletus and Didyma from Kusadasi. Your professional guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you out to Priene, formally an active port during the Ionian Federation. Next up is the town of Miletos, home to many famous world philosophers. At the Temple of Apollo of Didyma you can wander through the famous oracles and learn about its turbulent history. You’ll enjoy a delicious Turkish lunch during the tour and be returned to your hotel at the end of the day.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour to Priene, Miletus and Didyma

Travel back in time and discover the glory of Ancient Ionia on this private full-day tour of Priene, Miletus and Didyma from Kusadasi. Marvel over Pytheos’ Temple of Athena and walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great in Priene; learn about the classical philosophers that once inhabited ancient Miletos; then visit the sacred Temple of Apollo in Didyma.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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