Day 1 – Ephesus – Artemission Temple – Virgin Mary’s House Tour
Your tour guide will meet you at port / hotel / airport holding your name sign. After greetings, you will be driven to Ephesus region.
First stop will be the House of Virgin Mary. It is written in the bible that Jesus entrusted his mother to his beloved desciple St. John the evangelist. After the crusifixion of Jesus, St. John and Mary escaped from Jarusalem because of the torture to early christians and came to Ephesus and spent her final years at Ephesus.
It is time to visit famous ancient city of Ephesus where used to be the 4th largest city of Roman Empire after Rome, Alexandria and Antihocia with over a million population in the 1st AD. It got its fame for its trade port & Temple of Artemis one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will start visiting Ephesus from upper gate. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, , Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D.
We will complete our tour after visiting Temple of Artemis where is the one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple was dedicated greek fertility goddess Artemis and built in 3rd BC. According to its giant size and being the first temple made of marble, a Greek poet named Antipater listed it one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
After Temple of Artemis you will be driven to your hotel.
Day 2 : Pamukkale Tour
Departure to Pamukkale, Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Drive back to your hotel.
Day 3 : Pergamum & Troy Tour
Early departure from your hotel in Kusadasi or Izmir for tours of Troy and Pergamum. Visit the ancient town of Pergamum with its magnificent Acropolis and one of the steepest theatres in the world. Its impressive temples, library and medical facilities made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. After lunch you will continue with the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, Queen of Sparta. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 : Gallipoli Tour & Istanbul arrival
After breakfast depart from your hotel for tour of Gallipoli. The World War 1 battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine – Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair – New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, Ariburnu Cemetery, Johnston’s Jolly (where you’ll visit original Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels), 57th Regiment – Turkish Memorial, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. Drive for Istanbul and arrive in late afternoon.
End of services.
✅ Professional licensed English speaking guide (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese speaking guides can be organised when requested)
✅ Transportation with private AC vehicle
✅ All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary