Begin with pickup at the Kusadasi port, then travel to Ephesus in an air-conditioned minibus. Continue through Ephesus on foot, tracing a route through the city’s key sites. Visit the Fountain of Trajan, where statues of Dionysus, Aphrodite, and the Roman Emperor once stood guard over an enclosed pool.
See the Library of Celsus, whose 12,000 scrolls made it the third-largest library in the ancient world, then take in Emperor Hadrian’s 2nd-century temple: a quartet of Corinthian columns frame a relief of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune and fate. Get a glimpse of daily life in ancient Ephesus at the Baths of Scholastica, where citizens bathed and socialized together.
Visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis, once a ‘Wonder of the Ancient World,’ then explore two important Christian landmarks. See the 6th-century St. John’s Basilica, built on the legendary site of the apostle’s burial site, then continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, a simple, stone hut on the side of Bulbul mountain.
Sit down for a lunch of grilled kebabs, Turkish salads, and seasonal fruits, then make the return trip to the Kusadasi port, where this tour concludes.