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$51.38 Shore Excursions

Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion with Ephesus, Miletus, Didyma

When your cruise ship docks in Kusadasi, join up with your private guide at the port and board an air-conditioned minivan. Then, hear about Turkey’s fascinating ancient history from your guide on route to your first stop. After roughly one hour, arrive at Miletus, one of the most important of ancient Greco-Roman cities. Set on the mouth of the River Meander, it boasted four coastal harbors and only declined in the 6th century AD when the river silted up. See its Delphinium temple, bathhouses and other monuments, including the impressive Theater of Miletus, where 25,000 spectators once gathered to watch gladiatoral contests.Continue to Didyma to admire its magnificent Temple of Apollo. Regarded as second only to Delphi, this massive Greek-era temple was the seat of a revered oracle. Stroll around the remaining columns and behold the carved head of Medusa that dominates the entrance as your guide helps you visualize the beauty of the temple at its height.After a break for lunch (own expense), visit Ephesus, probably Turkey’s most spectacular archeological site. Head inside this Greco-Roman city via its Magnesia Gate and on your 2.5-hour tour, hear how it flourished as the Roman Empire's capital in Asia Minor. Walk the marble-paved streets past shops, houses and baths, and see the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan and Temple of Hadrian. Gaze at the stunning Library of Celsus and the 24,000-seater Great Theatre, where St Paul once preached.Having explored Ephesus, return to Kusadasi cruise port, where your tour concludes.Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Kusadasi cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour to Priene, Miletus and Didyma

While you are here, see the Temple of Athena, which was built by Architect Pytheos, responsible for the construction of the Mausoleum at the Halicarnassus, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit the Stoa, the Agora, the Market Place, the Temenos of Zeus Olympic, which dates from the 3rd Century BC., the Bouleuterion, the Prytaneion where municipal or state council representatives met, the Theatre which still retains most of its Hellenistic features, the Sanctuary of Demeter which was dedicated to the deities of Plenty, Demeter and Kore.Also see the Archbishop's Church, the Upper Gymnasium and the Stadium, North-East Gateway, the Temenos of Kybele and the House of Alexander the Great where he stayed during his siege of Miletus in 334 BC.Miletos which has provided its alphabet to the rest of the classical world, was a great port and the hometown of several philosophers and sages.Continue to Didyma's Temple of Apollo with its very well-known oracles and one of the sacred places of antiquity. Walk in the footsteps of priests who visited this great temple to consult the oracle. Although looted and burnt many times, it keeps the original impression. Not too far from the site you see the beautiful beach of Altinkum.

$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour From Kusadasi

PRIENE; was one of the most active ports of Ionian Federation making the site of particular interest, is the system of geometric city planning introduced in the 4th centry B.C. by Hippodamos of Miletos. The theater is the most interesting monument of Priene.MILETOS; like Priene was a great Ionian port and the native land of several philosophers and sages. Most of the monuments at the site are badly ruined except for the theater and the baths of Faustina. The theater reconstructed during the Roman Period is an impressive building leaning against the slope of a hill.DIDYMA; only possesses a single monument, but is nevertheless a marvelous site. The temple of Apollo was one of the most sacred places in antiquity; many times looted and burned. The sanctuary is still impressive and of and elegant beauty. The colossal Temple (measuring 180m by 60m) was surrounded by a portico of double colonnades.Highlights :•    Greek & Roman ruins in cities of Priene, Miletus & Didyma•    Temple of Athena, Altar of Zeus & assembly house in Priene•    Former home of Thales, a famous Pre-Socratic philosopher•    Temple & oracle of Apollo found in Ionian city of Didyma•    Engaging tour guide & delicious lunch served along the way

$1189.70 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey From Istanbul

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul, transfer from airport to hotel; overnight stay in Istanbul.Day 2 - Istanbul Old City tour: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar; overnight stay in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia Closed on Mondays. Grand Bazaar  closed on Sundays. Topkapı Palace closed on Tusedays. Depending on your arrival date ,we may have to make some changings and adjust your program.Day 3 - Bosphorus boat trip; City Walls, Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Church and Spice Market tour; after the tour transfer to airport to fly to Izmir; arrival in Izmir, transfer from airport to a hotel in Kusadasi.Dolmabahce Palace closed on Monday and Thursday replaced with Chora Museum.Day 4 - Ephesus, Virgin Mary`s House and Temple of Artemis tour; overnight stay in Kusadasi.Day 5 -  3 Hours drivig to pamukkakle and Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour after the tour return to Kusadası; overnight stay in Kusadasi Day 6 - Pergamon and Asklepion tour OR Priene, Miletos and Didyma tour; overnight stay in Kusadasi.Day 7 - Transfer to Izmir airport to fly to Cappadocia; arrival in Cappadocia, transfer from airport to hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.Day 8 - South Cappadocia tour ( Green Tour): Optional Hot air Baloon flight early in the morning.  Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Goreme Open-air Museum; overnight stay in Cappadocia. Day 9 - North Cappadocia tour ( Red Tour) : Derinkuyu Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastry; after the tour transfer to airport to fly to Istanbul; arrival in Istanbul, transfer from airport to hotel and overnight stay IstanbulDay 10 - Transfer to airport for return flight

$1200 Day Trips & Excursions

ALL INCLUSIVE PRIVATE 7 DAYS ISTANBUL, CAPPADOCIA & EPHESUS TOUR

ItineraryDay 1: ISTANBULPass By: Ataturk Airports Transfer Service, IstanbulArrive at Istanbul airport, meet our driver at the exit gate who is holding a board that your name is written. Transfer you to your hotel in the old district. Overnight in Istanbul.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 2: ISTANBULPass By: Topkapi Palace, IstanbulYour guide will meet you and a short walk takes you to the Blue Mosque which was completed in 1616. Our next stop will be the Topkapi Palace, more than just a palace, it is an assemblage of museums containing collections amassed by the Sultans for almost five centuries. Next, we walk through the old cobbled streets down Spice Market. We end the tour with a visit to the greatest Bazaar of them all, the Grand Bazaar, one of the most extraordinary shopping experiences in the world. Overnight in Istanbul.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 3: ISTANBULPass By: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), IstanbulOn our last day in Istanbul takes us to a number of Byzantine Relics. We first stroll to the great square which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park-like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern. Next, we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world. After lunch at a local restaurant, we take a short drive to The Chora Church to see the climax of Byzantine Mosaic Art. We end the tour with a leisurely breakfast and take a short drive to the shores of the Bosphorus to visit the Dolmabahce Palace. Then we get on board at Kabatas Pier for a 2 hour private cruise of the Bosphorus. We take the evening flight to Cappadocia then we take an hour’s transfer to our hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia.Day 4: CAPPADOCIAPass By: Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Goreme, CappadociaOur first real encounter with Cappadocia’s almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley, where the rock formations are amazing. A walk through the Zelve Open Air Museum is a journey into the past, with its troglodyte houses. This is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements in Cappadocia. After Zelve we visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with the songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos, a centre of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, for a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. After lunch in Avanos, we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle, giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia.Day 5: CAPPADOCIAPass By: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu, CappadociaOur first stop is the Soganli Valley, an open air museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style rock-cut churches and frescoes. After this, we drive to Mustafapasa for lunch. After lunch in Mustafapasa at an old Greek house hosted by a local family, we descend towards the centre of the earth, with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. We will transfer you back to the airport to take the flight to Izmir. Arrival at Izmir airport, meet our driver and transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a 5 stars hotel in Kusadasi.Day 6: EPHESUSPass By: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastWe start early in the morning to beat the crowds and first drive to the Virgin Mary”s House; afterwards, we visit Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we see the Fountain of Traian, the temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus to name a few. We also visit the Terrace Houses: A number of living units where the rich and the dignitary of Ephesus with the most beautiful ground mosaics, frescoes, terra cotta pipelines and private baths. Later in the afternoon we will visit St John”s Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ”s beloved disciple. From the basilica, we will be able to look down on the remains of the temple of Artemis. We end the day with our visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, then we head on to Kusadasi for a well-earned rest. Overnight in Kusadasi.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a 5 stars hotel in Kusadasi.Day 7: EPHESUSPass By: Miletus, Didim, Turkish Aegean CoastAfter breakfast, we drive first to Prienne, formerly a leading member of the Panionic League. As we drive further South, we visit Miletus and then arrive at Didyma, where we have lunch at a local restaurant, circumstances permitting, across the road from the temple. As the historian Pausanias wrote; “The sanctuary of Apollo at Didymoi, and the oracle there are more ancient than the Ionian settlement.” We will transfer you back to the airport and you will take the flight to Istanbul.Meals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$1990 Day Trips & Excursions

All Inclusive14 Days Turkey Tour

ItineraryDay 1: ISTANBULPass By: Sultanahmet District, IstanbulArrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Welcome meeting and orientation walk in the Sultanahmet square.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 2: ISTANBULPass By: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), IstanbulToday explore the great ancient landmarks of Istanbul in Sultanahmet Square. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, the Byzantine Haghia Sophia, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 3: ISTANBULPass By: Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, IstanbulVisit the Underground Cistern and the Istanbul Archeological Museum, featuring of many Hellenistic and Roman treasures, especially Alexander’s sarcophagus from Sidon. Later, stroll through the bazaars of Istanbul, the Spice Market, and the Grand Bazaar.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 4: KUSADASIPass By: Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastToday fly to Izmir and transfer to Selcuk. Explore the famous ancient site of Ephesus and environs. Ephesus contains extensive ruins of the agora, the Library of Celsus with its imposing facade, the biggest theater, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Also tour the Basilica of John, the Selcuk Museum, and the House of Mary in the afternoon.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a 5 stars hotel in Kusadasi.Day 5: KUSADASIPass By: Miletus, Didim, Turkish Aegean CoastEnjoy the free time in the waterfront of Kusadasi in the morning. Then travel through the delta of the River Meander on where ancient people once sailed. Visit the most important cities of the classical period, the Ionian cities of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma. As the home of the renowned philosophers, these ancient cities are the best example of the Hellenistic cities.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a 5 stars hotel in Kusadasi.Day 6: PAMUKKALEPass By: Aphrodisias, Geyre, Turkish Aegean CoastDrive along the River Meander and visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, one of the most important sculpture centers of the entire Roman world. This remotely site received extensive donations from Roman emperors because of the city’s association with Aphrodite. Then continue to Pamukkale where the mineral water forms the pools of white travertine, one of the most dazzling natural beauties of Turkey.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a 5 stars hotel in Pamukkale.Day 7: ANTALYAPass By: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, PamukkaleDrive along the Lycus Valley and tour the biblical cities of Hierapolis with its extensive necropolis and then Laodicea, one of the seven churches in the Revelation. Travel through the highlands and descend from the Mountain Taurus to Antalya along the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Antalya.Day 8: ANTALYAPass By: Aspendos Bridge, Side, Manavgat, Turkish Mediterranean CoastEnjoy the tour of the Archeological Museum where exhibits all the archeological findings from Perge, Aspendos, and the other sites in the region. Explore Perge, a Hellenistic city that welcomed Alexander on the way to Gordion in 333 BC. Continue to Aspendos for touring the best preserved Roman Theater commissioned by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Enjoy time at leisure in Antalya in the afternoon.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Antalya.Day 9: KONYAPass By: Mevlana Muzesi, KonyaTravel through the most spectacular and picturesque route from Antalya to Konya over the Mountain Taurus. Visit the Mevlana Museum, the center of the whirling dervishes in Konya and discover their humanistic theology based on love and respect to the diversity of the universe.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Konya.Day 10: CAPPADOCIAPass By: Goreme National Park, Goreme, CappadociaContinue to Cappadocia along the Silk Road and visit one the caravanserai where ancient travelers stayed overnight on their journeys. Arrive in Cappadocia and explore the lunar and surrealistic landscape of the region with its valleys and churches.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia.Day 11: CAPPADOCIAPass By: Pasabag, Urgup, CappadociaVisit the Goreme Open-Air Museum and its churches with vivid frescoes depicting the biblical scenes as the best example of the local Byzantine art. Stroll through the fairy-chimneys of the Red and Pasabag Valleys. Visit Uchisar and Cavusin villages with their inspiring settings and dwellings.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia.Day 12: CAPPADOCIAPass By: Devrent Valley, CappadociaStart the day with an optional balloon trip in Cappadocia. Travel to the lesser visited sites of Cappadocia. The dramatic settlement of the Sinassos Village attracts travelers to its distant beauty as well as the vibrant people of the village. Then continue to Ayvali Village to enjoy a village lunch prepared in a village house. End the day by visiting the labyrinths of the Underground Cities of the region.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia.Day 13: ISTANBULPass By: Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), IstanbulTake a morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul visit the Kariye Museum, the church of Holy Savior in Chora. This museum house exquisite frescoes and mosaic as some the best examples of the Byzantine art in the world. Take pleasure in the cruise along the Bosporus on a private boat and enjoy free afternoon for shopping and packing.Meals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet area.Day 14: ISTANBULPass By: Ataturk Airports Transfer Service, IstanbulTransfer to airport for return flight to the United StatesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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