2 Day Ephesus Highlights Tour

  • Ephesus Highlights 2 day tour

Ephesus Highlights 2 day tour

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Take a 2-day tour of the Ephesus and Pamukkale region visiting the icons around including the House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis Ancient Wonder. Pamukkale is a perfect place to relax in the wonder of nature with a visit to the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis.


Welcome to Turkey and the Ephesus region. You arrive in the morning and will begin your tour today, starting with a tour of the Ancient city of Ephesus and some of the highlights of the region.

The Ancient city of Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ruins of a metropolis, during the height of its power, there were over 200,000 people living in the city around 3000 years ago. The main street of offers a look at the ruins of the ancient businesses and homes, including; Public Latrines, Homes, with gates showing the ways the street heads to different parts of the city. Outside the city centre, you will find gymnasiums and 25,000 seat theatre.

During the Greek era, they built many opulent and grand temples to the Gods and Goddesses, however few rivals the Temple of Artemis. One of the Seven Ancient Wonders, the temple was described by an ancient Greek poet to put the other monuments, including the statue of Zeus, to shame saying only Olympos the home of the gods surpasses its grandness. Today the ruins do not show the true beauty that was once the temple, however, the foundations and pillars that remain give an idea of how imposing the building would have been original.

From an ancient religion to one that has lasted the test of time, you will head to a humble home hidden in the hills. This home may not seem much when you first arrive, giving an air of simple times have had enough but not too much, this home belonged to the Virgin Mary. As you look around the house there is not a lot of excessivenesses; a food and eating room, a living and sleeping room, and an altar for prayer to good with images of Jesus. The one extravagance for the time is a personal well just outside the building.

Isa Bey Mosque is an ancient place of worship that was designed for the leader of this region of the Aydinid Dynasty. This mosque was built with the leader Isa Bey in mind, with two entrances to the East and West both with fountains to allow for pre-prayer washing to be undertaken. Originally there were two minarets where the call to prayer would have been sung, however, one has been totally destroyed and the other has the top section missing. Inside the open hall, the tall ceilings and large windows offer plenty of light to walk around this ancient place of worship.

Tonight, you will spend the night in Selcuk or Kusadasi


Today you will be heading to the beautiful sights of Pamukkale and visit the Ancient Hierapolis City.

You will start with a journey through the stunning and varied when you arrive in Pamukkale a buffet lunch will be served to allow time to relax and enjoy your first look at the region.

Following lunch, you will begin with time at the Pamukkale white stepped pools. These warm pools offer a spectacular place to take in the view while relaxing. The mineral-rich waters have created the white rock formations that look like fluffy cotton, which gave them the name Cotton Castle or Pamukkale in Turkish. As the water has flowed down over the generations it has created a natural set of stepped pools with natural waterfalls for the water to continue is the task of creating more of this travertine rock formations.

After your time in the natural pools, you will head to the ancient city of Hierapolis. This ruined city was home to the normal arts and sports that were being explored during the period, however, this centre was also popular thanks to the waters of Pamukkale. The mineral water was thought to have healing powers, due to this many come here with illnesses that had no cure, this misconception led to many dying here rather than their hometowns. A large necropolis was created by laying people to rest here. The town also had many bathhouses that used the water from Pamukkale, due to the reputation they were opulent with some still being able to be entered today.

While exploring you will find a wonderful Roman Theatre while parts of the build are destroyed much of the seats and stage are still intact and visible. Two different type of temple can be found in the city, the temple of Apollo is a classic temple although only the foundations are left now. The other place of worship is the Plutonium, this unique place is found next to the temple of Apollo, it is a small cave, only large enough for one person to enter, with stair leading down to an underground opening. Inside this opening is a chamber with poisonous gas. This gas was thought to be to be sent up from the underworld and those who managed to survive were thought to be divinely protected.

After your tour, you will be taken to Denizli bus station or airport. If you have any more questions or queries about further travel in Turkey feel free to ask.

Tour Prices

Rates are:
-Per person
-For a double/twin/triple private room
-Based on standard range accommodation options

Important - Prices can change according to the following options:
-Dorm rooms are available for budget travelers
-Single private rooms are available
-Upgrades to TOP END and PREMIUM accommodations are available (see accommoton options on next tab above)

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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    2 Days
  • Departing Cities
    Kusadasi, Izmir, Selcuk, Ephesus, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
  • Returning Options
    Kusadasi, Selcuk, Ephesus
  • Departure days
    Every day
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  • Tour Type(s)
    Tailormade Package Tour
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    Standard, Top End, Premium
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