Ephesus & Kuşadası Tours, Turkey

Here are some sample Ephesus and Kusadasi city tours and excursions arranged through TTP’srecommended travel agencies.

(The actual programs of each tour company will vary, but these samples give you an idea of what you may see.)

Half-day Ephesus Tour

You can see the best of the great Roman city of Ephesus, capital of Asia Minor, on a half-day tour. Details & reservations…

Full-day Ephesus Tour

To see all of Ephesus, take this full-day tour: Fountain of Trajan, Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the mosaic-filled Private House, the Library of CelsusBaths of VediusScholastic BathsBouleuterion (council chamber) and the enormous 24,000-seat Great Theatre. After lunch (included), visit the Virgin Mary’s House set in a neraby hilltop park, and the Ephesus Museum in Selçuk, where many of the choicest relics of Ephesus are displayed. Details & reservations…

Priene Miletus & Didyma

On this full-day tour you’ll head south from Kusadasi to Priene, perched on a limestone shelf overlooking the flood plain of the Menderes (Meander) River, the first city ever built on a street-grid plan. Across the flood plain is Miletus, once a proserous port with an enormous, well-preserved theater. Farther south is Didyma with its gigantic marble Temple of Apollo, location of a famous oracle (similar to Delphi) in ancient times. Details & reservations…

Sardis Jewish Heritage Tour

On this full-day private Jewish heritage tour you’ll visit various Sephardic synagogues, grandest of which is the Roman Synagogue at Sardis, east of Izmir. You’ll also see Sardis’ great–but never completed—Temple of Artemis and other sights. Details & reservations…

Kuşadası-Pamukkale-Antalya

From coast to coast, Aegean to Mediterranean: have a private car and driver-guide take you on a full-day tour from Kuşadası eastward up the Meander River valley to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), where you’ll enjoy a swim in the naturally warm mineral waters before continuing southeastward through the mountains, down to the Mediterranean littoral and Antalya, the resort “capital” of the Turquoise coast. Your driver-guide will take you right to your hotel and assist you with your luggage—what a way to travel! Details & reservations…

—by Tom Brosnaha


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