Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

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Activity provider: Unique ephesus tour

Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

Activity provider: Unique ephesus tour
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From US$ 437.87 per person

Enjoy a 1-day tour package from Istanbul to visit Ephesus and Pamukkale/Hierapolis. Inclusive of flights, guidance, lunch, and all land transport, this is the best way to see two ancient cities in one day.

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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Istanbul.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor with an expert local guide
  • Decide on the places you would like to see, focusing on the sights that matter to you
  • Swim in Pamukkale's hot springs and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis
Full description
Enjoy a full-day package trip that takes you on a guided tour from Istanbul to 2 of Turkey’s most fascinating attractions: the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. You’ll start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, bright and early at 5:15 AM for a transfer to the airport for your 7:30 AM flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to Ephesus to meet with your guide and take your Ancient City Tour. Ephesus is an iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Explore the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine markers of civilization. Visit the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, the Library of Celcius, the Great Theater (with capacity for 24,000 spectators), the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary.   On the second half of your day, you’ll be taken to Pamukkale, known for its natural thermal spring waters. Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish—due to the chemical properties of the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain’s slope, resembling piles of cotton. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of this site will be the Sacred Pool, which you can enter if you choose. There, shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins that lie beneath. You’ll also see its Necropolis, which contains 1200 gravestones, including that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.   After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to Denizli Airport for your 7:00 PM flight to Istanbul, and then taken back to your hotel.
  • Guide
  • Flights (Istanbul to Izmir, Denizli to Istanbul)
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Lunch (except drinks)
  • Local transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Personal expenses
  • Dinner
  • Entrance to Sacred Pools
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Entrance to Sacred Pools is not included
  • Drinks with lunch are an additional expense
  • Dinner is an additional expense
  • Gratuities are optional and not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

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This private tour was excellent as it allowed us to visit 2 significant sites in one day. Our guide Ozlem was knowledegable and flexible. We were met door to door by driver and tour guides. I would highly recommend this if you do not have a lot of time in Turkey and yet would like to visit outside of Istanbul to see this amazing country

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May 7, 2022

The sites were spectacular and our guide was friendly, professional and informative. The only down side for us was that we spent too long over lunch learning about local carpet making and being pitched a sake, which left us only one hour to spend in Pamukkale which was very disappointing.

May 3, 2022

Product ID: 260777