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Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

1. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days.

Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

2. Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

After meeting with your guide, begin walking through the narrow streets of the city. Start at Bodrum Castle, built by the St. Jean Knights on the site of a Turkish Castle built by sailors of the Menteşe Principality in 1261-1269. Bodrum Castle now serves as the Museum of Underwater Archeology. Visit the Mausoleum - one of the 7 Wonders of the World - and admire the breathtaking views of Bodrum from the Antique Theater. During this tour you will also visit the classical site of Myndus and the former house of a well known Turkish singer who used to live in Bodrum.

Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day Tour from Marmaris

3. Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day Tour from Marmaris

Tour one of the world's best preserved archaeological sites, and walk in the footsteps of ancients on a 2-day (overnight) tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale, with round-trip transfers from the Turkish Riviera. Marvel at the calcium-filled springs that pour down the mountain side to form a kind of Arctic wonderland called “cotton castles.” Learn more about the Ephesians and the ancient Greek city that they built on the coast of Ionia. See some of the best-preserved ruins, including the Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, and amphitheater. Day 1: Ephesus Meet your guide at 07:00 and depart early, heading west towards İzmir Province in western Anatolia. Enjoy breakfast en route so that you can make good time to reach Ephesus by 10:00. Upon arrival, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the ruins, and walk down the marble streets once walked by the ancients. The city was famed as the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World) and while only a single column remains, much of the rest of Ephesus is remarkably well-preserved. Admire the façade of the Library of Celsus, built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath. See stone carvings of Roman and Greek gods, and get a close-up view of the amphitheater. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Transfer to your hotel for dinner. Day 2: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before the transfer to the ruins of Hierapolis, built over the hot springs of classical Phrygia. Now enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hierapolis give an insight into the lives of the ancients during pre-Roman, Roman, and medieval times. Admire the remains of the city gates and theater, along with the Nymphaeum in front of the Temple of Apollo. Beyond the city walls, and passing the Thermae Extra Muros (Outer Baths) lies an extensive necropolis that extends for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on both sides of the old road to Phrygian Tripolis and Sardis. Along with an inclusive lunch and a chance to photograph the local villages, you will visit the extraordinary “cotton castles” of Pamukkale over which Hierapolis was built. The hot springs and travertines of the mountains have created terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water, leaving a unique landscape in the River Menderes Valley. Depart Pamukkale for Marmaris in the afternoon for an estimated drop off back at your hotel at 19:00.

From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

4. From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

Tick both Ephesus and Pamukkale off your bucket list on one trip with hotel pickup in Marmaris and İçmeler and an overnight stay in Pamukkale. Visit the amazing Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, on the first day and the breathtaking "Cotton Castle" Pamukkale on the second. Get picked up and head toward one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world, the city of Ephesus. Stop along the way for breakfast at Cleopatra Bay and for a tea break en route. See the House of the Virgin Mary, the 1,000-year-old amphitheater, and the Temple of Artemis. Have lunch in Seljuk before departing for Pamukkale. How better to end this magical day than with a romantic sunset over the white terraces of Pamukkale? Enjoy a tasty local dinner and a dance party as the eve's entertainment. Stay overnight at a luxe hotel. Wake refreshed for hotel breakfast and head off for a full day of fascinating travertines and thermal springs. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis and take some free time for the terraces and baths. Discover some spots in Turkey not yet touched by tourism. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to a local carpet school with another tea break before returning to your original pickup location.

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It was very interesting. Unfortunately we have not been able to see the house of the Virgin Mary due to crowds. We went to the museum afterwards