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$52.52 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.

$64.19 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

$3075 Day Trips & Excursions

14 Days Mystic Turkey

Day1Istanbul Arrive in Istanbul , Walk in the Sultanahmet square.Day2IstanbulSultanahmet Square,Roman Hippodrome, the Byzantine Haghia Sophia, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.Day3IstanbulUnderground Cistern , the Istanbul Archeological Museum, Hellenistic and Roman treasures, especially Alexander’s sarcophagus from Sidon. Later,the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar.Day4Kusadasi Today fly to Izmir and transfer to Selcuk.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. Day6KusadasiKusadasi , the River Meander , Priene, Miletus, and Didyma.Day7PamukkaleRiver Meander , 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.Day8Antalyathe 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.Day9Antalyathe Archeological Museum where exhibits all the archeological findings from Perge, Aspendos, Explore Perge, a Hellenistic city . Aspendos for touring the best preserved Roman Theater commissioned by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Enjoy time at leisure in Antalya in the afternoon. Day10KonyaFrom Antalya to Konya over the Mountain Taurus. Visit the Mevlana Museum, the center of the whirling dervishes in Konya.Day11CappadociaCappadocia along the Silk Road.Day12CappadociaGoreme Open-Air Museum . Red Valleys and Pasabag Valleys. Visit Uchisar and Cavusin villages. Day13Cappadocia Start the day with an optional balloon trip in Cappadocia. Travel to the lesser visited sites of Cappadocia. Sinassos Village . Then continue to Ayvali Village ,the Underground Cities of the region.Day14IstanbulIn Istanbul visit the Kariye Museum, the church of Holy Savior in Chora. Take pleasure in the cruise along the Bosporus on a private boat and enjoy free afternoon for shopping and packing.Day15Departure Transfer to airport for return flight to the United States

$58.36 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Gezenthi Travel Agencywe pick up you and start tour from IzmirPass By: MiletusVisiting Temple of Apollon (who is twin of Artemis) and Miletos where borrned biggest City Planner.

$49 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion: Ancient Cities of Miletus, Didyma and Ephesus Private Tour

You will be met at Kusadasi Port by your professionally trained guide and drive to the ancient city of miletus located near Akkoy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes (meander) River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population of between 80.000 and 100.000. Didyma was controlled by Persians, Romans and Seljuk Turks. The next visit after Miletus will be Didyma. Didyma means "twins" and it was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary linked to Miletos by Milesians with a 19 km/12 mi sacred road. After visited Miletus and Didyma you will continmue to Selcuk / Ephesus area. Famous in antiquity for its Temple of Artemus during the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. You will start your Ephesus walking tour at the upper Magnesia Gate, and work your way down through the city, ending near the ancient Harbor. Along the way you will See the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the temple of Hadrian and the impressive library of Celsius. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theater, where St. Paul preached, is the largest theater in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. You will return to your private vehicle through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. Afterwards you drive back to port of Kusadasi.

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