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Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

1. Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

Take in a full-day tour of Pergamon and the Asklepion from Kusadasi or Selcuk and learn about this important ancient center of medicine. Get picked up at your hotel by your guide and start your tour of the ancient city of Pergamon. Explore centuries worth of history ranging from the Stone Age to the Classical period. Visit the Asklepion, an ancient medical center named after the god of health and medicine. See the place where famous medical scholars like Hippocrates and Galenus worked. Explore the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and other wonders in this ancient marvel. Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour.

5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

2. 5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

Tour the cities of Ephesus and Miletos and visit their main sites as you learn about their histories on a 5-hour tour from Kusadasi. Upon meeting with your guide, drive to Ephesus, one of the most spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and the world. The city will come alive as you walk through 2,000-year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and more. Afterward, continue to the second archaeological site of the day, the ancient city of Miletus. Formerly a prosperous commercial harbor city, Miletus is now home to various noteworthy ruins, including the Great Theater and the Roman Baths. At the end of the day you'll return to Kusadasi.

Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

3. Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

Begin your day at the Kusadasi port, and enjoy a comfortable drive in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional guide and driver. Considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, the ancient city of Ephesus is a must-see for all visitors to Turkey. Walk the city's ancient marble streets, and envision the Romans bustling through thousands of years ago. Visit the stunning Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the spectacular Fountains of Trajan an Polio. Then make your way to the vast Great Theatre, whose 24,000 seat capacity was impressive especially during those ancient times. Continue the tour with a drive Priene, an ancient Ionian city dramatically overlooking the fertile plains of the Meander Valley. Afterwards, make your way to the ancient city of Miletus and that of Didyma, the setting for one of the most colossal temples in the Hellenic World, venerating the God Apollo. End the day back at the Kusadasi port.

Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Full-Day Tour

4. Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Full-Day Tour

Kicking off from your port or hotel in Kusadasi, the tour begins in the city of Priene. This 2,500-year-old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Set dramatically at the foot of a mountain side, Priene overlooks the Meander River.  The tour then moves onto the ruins of Miletos, near the Aegean Sea. Here you can explore the ancient theatre, built around the 4th century BC, which once accommodated more than 15,000 spectators. Here you can visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina, named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius who ordered its construction.  Finally the tour moves to Didyma, which was once connected to Miletos by a sacred road during the antiquity period. Here you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period, before being transferred back to your cruise ship or hotel.

From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

5. From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

Start with early morning pickup from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport. Take the morning flight to Izmir and upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to Pergamon. Once at the archaeological site embark on a guided tour. See the majestic acropolis, which was modelled after the Acropolis of Athens. Marvel at the impressive Athenaeum Library and the partially reconstructed Temple of Trojan. Discover steep slopes of the Theatre of Pergamon which once could accommodate around 10,000 people, and is the steepest theatre of its kind. Enjoy the panoramic views from the hilltop overlooking the site. Later, explore the famous Sanctuary of Asclepius, located in the valley. See the remains of the sacred fountain where people with health problems are reputed to have received visions from the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius, in order to cure their ailments. After a delicious lunch with Turkish specialities, visit the Red Basilica where you can see many original artefacts found on the site. At the end of the day, ride through the countryside to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver will take you back to your hotel.

Full-Day Pergamum Tour From Kusadasi

6. Full-Day Pergamum Tour From Kusadasi

Upon request you will be met at your port or hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Pergamum. Most of the buildings and monuments in Pergamum date to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 BC), including the famed library, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. In the early Christian era, Pergamum's church was a major center of Christianity and was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The ancient city is composed of three main parts: the Acropolis, whose main function was social and cultural as much as it was sacred, the Lower City realm of the lower classes, and the Asklepion one of the earliest medical centers on record. After a great tour the guest will be transferred back to their port or hotel after a full-day of sightseeing. 

From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

7. From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

Your Ancient Greek adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Izmur. Arrive at the Pergamon and take the 15-minute cable car ride up to the Acropolis, admiring the luscious views of Bergama along the way. The Acropolis, which means Upper Town, sits at the top of a large hill and has some of the most important architectural remains of Pergamon. The Upper Town is divided into 3 main parts, the higher sheltered area of the Acropolis is home to the former palaces, temples, water reservoirs, and fountains of the royal families and aristocrats who would have lived here. In this part you can visit the Trajan temple, Zeus Altar, the temple of Athena, the Pergamon Library, and more.  The next stop of the day is to the Asklepion, which would have been the medical center of the town. According to famous writer Pausianos, the medical sanatorium was first established in Pergamon in the 4th century BC and was developed during the Hellenistic period. From your guide, learn about how the Romans created a sacred path between the lower city and the medical center, along which sick patients would walk barefoot and carry images of  organs to help inform the doctors of their ailments. At the end of an educational and insightful day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Izmir.

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What people are saying about Ionia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Really outstanding! Our guide was well prepared, clear, and very engaging. He was our best guide during our two week stay. He has deep historical knowledge and really wove together many centuries of history. We learned a lot and had fun. The driver was also professional and spoke English. Our van was super comfy, too

Better than any guided tour made by now!

Macking a private tour with driver and Profesional guide we gain time and spend quality time sowing that fabulous sites. For shore, in the future I will check first prior any tour if there are Profesional services dedicated to a small group or family interested to feel good :).

Fantastic experience. Best one

The whole tour is beyond my expectation. Ahu is a superb guide. It is a fun filled and learning experience. Couldn't be much better