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Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

1. Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

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 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 Bodrum in the afternoon for an estimated drop off back at your hotel at 19:00.

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Unfortunately, the pick-up time at the hotel had to be actively requested. The collection then took place on time. You were driven to the assembly point in a minibus and then distributed to the corresponding tour bus. This was a bit messy. The sufficient time at the sights was positive (Ephesus 2.5 hours and Pamukkale 4 hours). Overnight in Pamukkale in a functional hotel (4 * country category). Unfortunately, there was no opportunity for a balloon flight as a separately bookable attraction in Pamukkale, although this would have taken place early in the morning and the further program only took place after the balloons had landed. Furthermore, it would have to be considered whether this trip offers a surcharge without the three sales events (approx. 3 hours in total for leather, jewelry and handicrafts).

The actual tour was amazing. Absolutely loved all the sites we went to! But the only negative is that they take you to "shops" for 30 - 40 minutes each along the way, and these places present you with what they are selling, so they try to hustle their products to you. By the end the group was over going to these "shops". But apart from that highly recommend the tour.

Good experience

The program was respected and everything went well. The guide and driver we had on the two days were lovely. The time spent on visits is very good. We have time to do everything without hurrying. Business is safe on the bus. It was a good two day trip