This tour is the perfect fit for anyone wanting to add-on an adventure to Ephesus. Regardless of your reasons, this trip will not disappoint. A domestic flight is included from any city in Turkey in order to position you in Izmir at the start. Ephesus is the most well known, and likely, most breathtaking ancient Roman city within Turkey, hosting more travelers year round than any other site in the country. A major pilgrimage point for Christians for thousands of years, and known well for it’s preserved architecture and history, it is well worth a visit. Odeon, the Bouleuterion, the Celsus Library, Agora, and the Great Theater are just a some of the major sites visited on this exploration. It doesn’t stop there! You will also visit the shrine of the Virgin Mary and explore the Ephesus Museum. Though small, it houses incredible exhibits that cannot be missed. Finally, you will visit the ancient city of Priene, Miletus at the end of the Menderes River, the Oracle of Didyma, the white travertines of Pamukkale, and the ancient city of Hierapolis where you will have the option of visiting the famous Cleopatra baths and swimming in the thermal pools. You will have your pick of several hotel options for your stay. Maybe you want the hustle of Izmir, the quiet small town of Selcuk near Ephesus, or to wake up near the Aegean in the seaside town of Kusadasi, Turkey. Each option offers unique experiences that our team will customize just for you.
The Highlights of Turkey tour is an ideal choice for those that want to see the major historic cities and attractions of Turkey within 10 days. You’ll see the best of Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. After a short flight to Cappadocia, you’ll experience the amazing landscape. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, travel and explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics by day. End your trip with a quick one hour flight to Izmir, and spend a few days exploring the classical sites of western Turkey, including the vast avenues of ancient Ephesus.
The Best of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus Tour is the ideal travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey in a longer tour but without a lot of bus travel. Instead, we connect the major destination cities by short 1 hour flights. We’ll explore Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of this incredible city as you explore the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with it's Imperial Harem. Next, you'll take a short 1 hour flight to Cappadocia where you'll experience an entirely new region of Turkey and be amazed by breathtaking landscapes. While staying at a luxurious cave hotels at night, you'll explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. Sites such as Uchisar Fortress, OrtaHisar, Red Valley, Pasabaglari (Fairy Chimneys), Zelve Open Air Musuem (houses carved in rock, Seljukian Mosque and remains), Esentepe for panoramic view of the Goreme Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery) and Kaymakli Underground City all await! A quick flight departing Cappadocia to Izmir will allow you to experience the unique Aegean culture. With a visit to the wonderful village of Sirince. The next day you'll tour the highlight site of Turkey - Ephesus - once a great Roman city, it still has the glory as a must see site. The next day will allow you to "meander" along the river of its name to the much sought after site of Pamukkale before continuing overland to Antalya. This journey will allow you to see some of the Anatolian landscapes and some impressive mountains along the way to the beautiful, turquoise Mediterranean coast of Antalya. In Antalya you'll enjoy a mix of touring and seaside lounging, where 8000 foot mountains rise from a backdrop of crystal clear waters. 3 nights here will allow you to see a mix of sites and enjoy the warm beaches. You'll return to Istanbul for one last night before departing the final day on your international flight.
One of our most popular tours This private group tour will feature some of the high spots of Turkey’s Christian history including the 7 Churches of Revelation, as well as visit the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. You’ll first discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. The next leg of your journey will take you along the major classical sites of western Turkey where the 7 Churches of Revelation are found, including: Laodiciea and Pamukkale with its thermal pools, Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Smyrna, and Ephesus. The route will generally follow the text of Revelations 1-3. This is a trip designed to explore some of the most featured regions of Turkey, while giving time and attention to the devotional journey awaiting you at the 7 Church sites of Revelations.
Explore everything Ephesus has to offer from the famous Temple of Artemis and magnificent library. The preserved architecture of this historic site will take your breath away as you walk along ancient ruins and roads. If you have interest, continue to a visit to St. John's Church and the Virgin Mary's house, as well. You may select the option to include the cost of round trip flights from Istanbul or other cities when booking.
Classical Seven Churches tour is one of our most popular tours This private tour includes the major classical sites of western Turkey where the 7 Churches of Revelation are found, including: Laodiciea and Pamukkale with its thermal pools, Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Smyrna, and Ephesus. The route will generally follow the text of Revelations 1-3. This is a trip designed to explore some of the most featured regions of Turkey, while giving time and attention to the devotional journey awaiting you at the 7 Church sites of Revelations. Revelation 1-3 (New Living Translation)
The Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour is the perfect combination of two day long excursions. You will have the luxury of staying in your same hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk for both nights of the tour with a private guide and driver picking you up each day to visit the sites. Ephesus and Pamukkale are easily the highlights of this region and you won't want to miss them. Explore everything Ephesus has to offer from the famous Temple of Artemis and magnificent library. The preserved architecture of this historic site will take your breath away as you walk along ancient ruins and roads. Don't miss a visit to St. John's Church and the Virgin Mary's house as well. After a drive to Pamukkale, you will visit the ancient city of Hierapolis to explore and break for a meal. Take in the thermal pools and experience this amazing phenomenon for yourself as you enjoy a relaxing day around the White Terraces of "Cotton Castle".
Walk in Paul’s footsteps This unique Biblical tour contains the main sites involved in Paul's missionary journeys through modern day Turkey and Greece. You will literally follow the footsteps of St. Paul during this 14 day journey. As you travel, you will also visit each of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The tour begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens, with tours also included of the other popular sites in these famous cities.
Pamukkale, meaning Cotton Castle in Turkish, is an incredible location to visit and one of the most important highlights in the Aegean region. Famous for its picturesque thermal springs, the hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. After a tour of the ancient city of Hierapolis located nearby, you will be able to relax at the white terraces of Pamukkale or take an optional dip in Cleopatra's Spring. Your tour can start from Kusadasi or Antalya.