|Ephesus and Pamukkale Tours by Bus
What to see : Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Tample of Artemis, Isabey Mosque, Pamukkale, Calcium Terraces, Hierapolis
What Is Included : Hotel & Bus station pick up & Drop off, Guiding service, Museum Ticket, Lunch in the tour, 1 night Hotel, Round trip bus tickets
DAY 01 Departure from Istanbul to Selcuk by night bus
20:00 Depart from Office and transfer to bus. Take the night bus from Istanbul to Selcuk-Ephesus.
DAY 02 Arrive in Selcuk and Ephesus Tour
07:30 You”ll arrive in Selcuk, our local agenc will meet you in the bus station and transfer you to hotel. Around 09:30am you”ll be picked up for the full day
tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary House. After the tour back to hotel and overnight in Selcuk-Ephesus or Kusadasi.
Full Day Ephesus Tour Details;
Ephesus: Of Turkey”s hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved city on the Mediterranean. The home town of the legendary ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, Ephesus boasts a concentration of classical art and architecture and overall it holds a big importance for Christianity.
The ancient traveler Pausanias deemed Ephesus;most wondrous of the Seven Ancient Wonders and the most beautiful work ever created by humankind.The first major structure built entirely of marble and the largest edifice in the ancient Greek world, the Temple of Artemis was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens. The 6th century philosopher Heraclitus was said to have been so enamored of this massive monument that he deposited his enigmatic treatise on the nature of the universe in the temple instead of publishing it (he later claimed that no one but the gods could understand his theories anyway).
Legend has it that the Virgin Mary, accompanied by St.John, came to Ephesus at the end of her life, circa 37-45 AD. In 1967 Pope Paul VI visited the site, where a chapel now stands, and confirmed the authenticity of the legend. A small traditional service, celebrated by Orthodox and Muslim clergy on 15 August each year in honor of Mary”s Assumption into heaven, is now the major event here. To Muslims, Mary is Meryem-ana, Mother Mary, who bore Isa Peygamber, the Prophet Jesus.
DAY 03 Pamukkale Tour and return to Istanbul
08:30 After having breakfast from hotel, you”ll be picked up for the tour of Pamukkale & Hierapolis Ancient City.
Full Day Pamukkale ( Calcium Terraces) & Hierapolis Ancient City Tour Details;
Pamukkale: The archeological datums show that the evidences of the first settlement were seen at the beginning of the Calcolitic Age (5500-3000 B.C.)Between 1954-1959. The Institue of the British Archeology excaveted in Çivril-Beycesultan Tumulus and very important samples were found for the West Anatolian Calcolitic, those are also important for the The Anatolian History. In these days Beycesultan ruins are being exhibited in Hieropolis Archeology Museum.
After the Calcolitic Period, the settlements on this valley continued in the Bronze Ages (early, middle,latest 3000-1200 B.C.)The Hittites reigned this region in 2000-1200 B.C. After the Hittite Emperior had been demolished, the Phrgians controlled the region(700-545 B.C.) Between 545 and 333 B.C. the Persian domination took part.In 333 B.C. the Persian King was defeated by Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Period started. According to the testament, the Kingdom of Pergamum was given to Rome by Attolos III. The Roman period started in Anatolia and the area was joined as a province of Asia(Anatolia) from 129 B.C.
At the end of the tour, transfer to bus station.
20:00 Depart from Pamukkale for Istanbul
07:45Arrive in Istanbul – End of the tour
You”ll arrive in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel and your tour program finishes.