The cities of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma are filled with ancient ruins, crumbling temples, and dramatic, Greco-Roman history. Explore all three sites in a single day on a full-day, small-group tour from Selçuk and Kusadasi guided by an art historian whose specialized knowledge is an ideal introduction to the area’s culture, architecture, and art.
Start the day with pickup at your Selçuk or Kusadasi-area hotel, then travel to the ancient Greek city of Priene in a minibus. The Ionian city’s theatre, columns and sculpture have an especially dramatic setting between Samsun Mountain and the Maeander River flood plain, with views of cotton plantations that stretch 49 miles (15 km.) to the Aegean Sea.
Continue to Miletus, a hillside city that once commanded a large port on the Maeander River, sending ships around the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Sea of Marmara. Learn about the powerful Ionian Confederation’s role in the ancient world, and about the early Greek coins that were minted in Miletus.
Make a final stop at Didyma, a seaside village whose oracle became an important figure in the ancient Mediterranean. Explore superb architecture from the Greco-Roman period and the ruined Temple of Apollo, where a stone medusa’s head, rows of white columns, and a great stepped base command impressive views of the site. Finish the day with drop-off at your hotel. This tour includes a buffet lunch, all entrance fees, and transport.