EPHESUS 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Take a walk back in time through the streets of Ephesus and see the most magnificent excavations in the world. Once upon a time Ephesus was the commercial centre of the Ancient World, now it is one of the largest archaeological sites in Turkey.
Here you will see ruins from the Ionian, Lydian, Persian, Hellenistic and Byzantine civilizations. See the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian and the impressive Library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues.
The Grand Theatre, where St Paul preached, is the largest theatre is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats. One of the most splendid sights is the ‘Temple of the Goddess Artemis’ built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility. The temple was considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
EPHESUS AND VIRGIN MARY HOUSE TOUR
HAMAM TURKISH BATH TOUR
Swap the beaches and bustle of Kusadası for a thrilling outdoor adventure on this 3 hour Quad Bike Safari experience. Travel into the beautiful surrounding mountains and board your own 2-seater quad bike or one driven by an expert. Zoom along forest tracks, zip up and down hills, and splash through streams and muddy puddles on a ride you’ll never forget. With a full safety briefing and expert instructions, no experience is necessary — just a thirst for adventure!
A ferry trip across Izmir bay to Karsıyaka itself is a pleasant part of İzmir. Kemeralti is the historical market (bazaar) area of Izmir and was originally formed from the street that surrounded the shallow inner bay of the city which silted over time during the 17th century enabling the bazaar to extend over a wider area. The bazaar is a great place to spend a few hours shopping and offers many bargains particularly leather goods, clothing and jewellery. There are also flower and bead markets and lots of small tea and coffee cafés offering refreshments and snacks.
IZMIR KEMERALTI BAZAAR
MILETUS: Miletus was the principal port and the richest imperium at the Aegean coast. Thales of Miletus believed that there was a fundamental unity beneath the apparent disorder and complexity of nature and he postulated that water was the basic material for all things. The theatre of Miletus is by far the most impressive of the town’s surviving monuments. There is also the council-chamber, marketplace, temples, baths and Islamic monument: Ilyas Bey Mosque to be visited. After the lunch we will visit the Didyma Apollon temple.
DIDYMA: Didyma was an ancient Ionian city, the modern Didim, Turkey. The town formed just outside of the sanctuary containing a temple and oracle of Apollo, the Didymaion. Didyma was a neighbour of Miletus. To approach it, visitors would follow the Sacred Way to Didyma. Both Herodotus and Pausanias dated the origins of the oracle at Didyma before the Ionian colonization of this coast.
PRIENE, MILETOS & DIDYMA TOUR
DAILY BOAT TOUR
Pamukkale means ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish. It gets the name from the lovely travertines that flow down the hillside from the hot springs, leaving behind a soft white snow of calcium carbonate and bisodium carbonate.
Pamukkale, Hieropolis has a history which dates back to 10 thousand years before. As it was believed that the thermal water flows here cures the diseases it had been an important city of health, religious and art for centuries. It is known that Hieropolis was built in 190 B.C. by Bergamon King Eumenes II, and named after his wife Hiera.
The Temple of Artemis; which was constructed with 127 columns and each was 18 meters high; the Temple of Artemis is known as one of the seven wonders in Ancient world.
Sirince is a village in Selcuk. It was settled in the 15th century after Ephesus was abandoned. Today, it is a village where you can discover typical Turkish village life and houses, Sirince is surrounded by olive groves, tangerine and fig gardens, and wine yards.
EPHESUS & SIRINCE TOUR
Pope Benedict XVI is the third pope who became a "pilgrim" by visiting the House of Virgin Mary in Selcuk town of Aegean city of Izmir. Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II were the other two popes who visited the House of Virgin Mary and became "pilgrims". The Pope held a Mass near a shrine to the Virgin Mary in the ancient western city of Ephesus back in November 2006. It is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
SUNDAY MASS AT THE CHURCH OF VIRGIN MARYíS HOUSE