Now continue on to Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best preserved ancient sites in the world. Historians originally believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now it is more commonly thought to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. The Virgin Mary is said to have visited the site between 37 and 45 A.D. With your guide, you will see the Odeion, where the advisory council held its meetings; the Market Basilica; Curetes Street; baths; Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces; Marble Street; and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 24,000 people.
Next, we'll make a stop at the picturesque Çamlik Village for a tasty lunch, followed by an interesting lecture about Turkish weavings.
After lunch, we'll visit the Basilica of St. John, built in the 6th century to house St. John's tomb chamber, and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, which Alexander the Great visited while it was being constructed in 335 B.C.
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - The price of this trip includes a driver and air-conditioned vehicle, all transportation costs, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and entrance and parking fees to all sites.
- Ephesus gets very crowded and extremely hot in the summer months, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and head covers.
- Always communicate your needs and expectations to your driver/guide. They are there to take care of you in any situation, and are more than willing to adjust the day accordingly, upon immediate request. For example, if you are not interested in purchasing a certain local product, let your guide know. There is never any obligation for you to purchase anything.