The area's highlight is the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus which hosts one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the temple of Artemis, as well as a well-preserved amphitheatre and library.
In this region are also the less visited but impressive ruins of the ancient cities of Didyma, Miletus, Priene, Pergamon, and Aphrodisias.
No trip to Turkey would be complete without a look at the breathtaking limestone cascades of Pamukkale, restored to their original luster through the efforts of UNESCO.
The town of Selçuk hosts the House of the Virgin Mary and the St. John's Basilica, built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century. A side trip to the former Greek winemaking village of Sirince offers another view of typical Turkish life.
This is the heart of what was known as Asia Minor, an area that has been drawing visitors since the time of Homer. Izmir, a busy port town and Turkey's third-largest city, is a good gateway for exploring the area, with regular flights to and from Istanbul and some European destinations.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, transfer to the Kordon hotel, located on the sea front.
Overnight with breakfast in a sea view room
In the morning your driver will pick you up at your hotel.
Departure to Pergamon, The city was created by the newly-founded royal dynasty in the mid-third century BC. It became one of the classic late-Hellenistic cities, on a dramatically steep site, with imaginative solutions to the urban design problems created by the site, wonderfully embellished by the generous attention of its royal patrons. The site is divided into two main sections, the steep upper town and the flat lower town. Though today's Bergama is entirely in the lower areas, a number of important remains have survived even there: the Asklepieion, one of the major healing centres of antiquity, the Red Hall (Serapeum), the stadium, a Roman Bridge and a tunnel. The library at Pergamon was believed to contain 200,000 volumes, which Mark Antony later gave to Cleopatra as a wedding present.
Return to Izmir. Overnight with breakfast.
Short drive to Ephesus, the city dedicated to Artemis. Visit the ruins from the period of St. Paul, the Odeon, the Monumental fountain, Temples, the Library, the Great Theatre and the Double Church. You can also visit St. John’s Basilica and his Tomb, and the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life.
Overnight with breakfast in the old Greek village of Sirince at the Nisanyan houses.
Off to Priene, the first planned city of the ancient world. Visit the Theatre, the Temple of Athena, the Prytaneum, the Agora, the Altar of Zeus and Cybele. Then, proceed to Miletus, one of the principal Ionian cities and home of Thales, twice visited by St. Paul. Visit the Byzantine fortress, the theatre, the Nymphoion, the Bouleterion, the Faustina Bath and the Ilyas Bey Mosque. The following site, Didyma has the best-preserved temple of Apollo. Return to the hotel. Overnight with breakfast in Sirince.
Departure to Aphrodisias, an amazing archaeological site with a very interesting museum. See its well-preserved Stadium, Theatre, Baths, Agora and an outstanding Museum.Continue to Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle, one of the most spectacular sites of Turkey. See the wonderful stalactite formations. Half board accommodation at a thermal hotel.
Walk around the ancient city of Hierapolis, the monuments and thermal baths and admire the theatre stage and the Temple of Apollo.
Drive to Kusadasi, “the Birds island”.
Leave your driver at the end of the day.
Half board accommodation at La Vista hotel, the pearl of the Aegean.
Leisure on the seaside, facing the Greek islands. Take the day to explore by yourselves.
Enjoy your last day in whatever way you see fit - lounging by the pool, taking some final rays of sun on the beach, exploring the islands...
Transfer to Izmir airport for your next destination.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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