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From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

1. From Istanbul: Ancient Pergamon Day Trip with Flights

Start with early morning pickup from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport. Take the morning flight to Izmir and upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to Pergamon. Once at the archaeological site embark on a guided tour. See the majestic acropolis, which was modelled after the Acropolis of Athens. Marvel at the impressive Athenaeum Library and the partially reconstructed Temple of Trojan. Discover steep slopes of the Theatre of Pergamon which once could accommodate around 10,000 people, and is the steepest theatre of its kind. Enjoy the panoramic views from the hilltop overlooking the site. Later, explore the famous Sanctuary of Asclepius, located in the valley. See the remains of the sacred fountain where people with health problems are reputed to have received visions from the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius, in order to cure their ailments. After a delicious lunch with Turkish specialities, visit the Red Basilica where you can see many original artefacts found on the site. At the end of the day, ride through the countryside to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver will take you back to your hotel.

Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

2. Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour

Begin your day at the Kusadasi port, and enjoy a comfortable drive in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional guide and driver. Considered to be one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world, the ancient city of Ephesus is a must-see for all visitors to Turkey. Walk the city's ancient marble streets, and envision the Romans bustling through thousands of years ago. Visit the stunning Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the spectacular Fountains of Trajan an Polio. Then make your way to the vast Great Theatre, whose 24,000 seat capacity was impressive especially during those ancient times. Continue the tour with a drive Priene, an ancient Ionian city dramatically overlooking the fertile plains of the Meander Valley. Afterwards, make your way to the ancient city of Miletus and that of Didyma, the setting for one of the most colossal temples in the Hellenic World, venerating the God Apollo. End the day back at the Kusadasi port.

5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

3. 5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

Tour the cities of Ephesus and Miletos and visit their main sites as you learn about their histories on a 5-hour tour from Kusadasi. Upon meeting with your guide, drive to Ephesus, one of the most spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and the world. The city will come alive as you walk through 2,000-year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and more. Afterward, continue to the second archaeological site of the day, the ancient city of Miletus. Formerly a prosperous commercial harbor city, Miletus is now home to various noteworthy ruins, including the Great Theater and the Roman Baths. At the end of the day you'll return to Kusadasi.

Pergamum Tour from Izmir with Private Guide & Van

4. Pergamum Tour from Izmir with Private Guide & Van

Journey through Turkey's history on a day trip from Izmir to Pergamon and the Asclepion. Pergamon is a Unesco site that bears traces of the Ionian, Hellenic, Roman, and Byzantine civilizations. After pickup, drive to Pergamum Acropolis. Bergama, with its historical and cultural richness, is one of the most special cities in Turkey with 3,000 years of history. Bergama witnessed many civilizations and continues to share the traces and manuscripts of this background. Arrive in Pergamon and get on a cable car for Acropolis (about a 5-minute ride). See the Altar of Zeus, the Temple of Dionysus, the Temple of Demeter, and the Great Library, containing 200,000 bundles of books. Continue to see the theater, gymnasium, royal palaces, the Temple of Trojan, aqueducts, fountains, cisterns, and arsenals, some of the most important structures constructed in Pergamum Acropolis. Drive for about 10 minutes to the Pergamon Asclepion, one of the first hospitals in history. Ancient historians said this is ”the place where death is forbidden to enter and testaments are not opened.” The Asclepion is accessible from the Sacred Way and is a 1-km-long street. The Asclepion is the largest medical center of the period, including the serpentine column which became the symbol of modern medicine and pharmacies and was named after Asclepios, the god of healing and medicine. Findings reveal that surgical operations were also performed in Asclepion in addition to diets, hot and cold baths, and physical exercises as the three basic components. Patients were treated in this center with medicines, herbs, music, mud and sunbaths, and psychotherapy. Later, make an optional visit to the Pergamum Carpet Weaving School. Pergamum is also an important city for the carpet business. Pergamum carpets are among the most advanced crafts of the city and have an ethnographic value.

Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

5. Kusadasi & Selcuk: Day Tour to Pergamon & Asklepion

Take in a full-day tour of Pergamon and the Asklepion from Kusadasi or Selcuk and learn about this important ancient center of medicine. Get picked up at your hotel by your guide and start your tour of the ancient city of Pergamon. Explore centuries worth of history ranging from the Stone Age to the Classical period. Visit the Asklepion, an ancient medical center named after the god of health and medicine. See the place where famous medical scholars like Hippocrates and Galenus worked. Explore the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and other wonders in this ancient marvel. Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour.

Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Full-Day Tour

6. Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Full-Day Tour

Kicking off from your port or hotel in Kusadasi, the tour begins in the city of Priene. This 2,500-year-old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Set dramatically at the foot of a mountain side, Priene overlooks the Meander River.  The tour then moves onto the ruins of Miletos, near the Aegean Sea. Here you can explore the ancient theatre, built around the 4th century BC, which once accommodated more than 15,000 spectators. Here you can visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina, named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius who ordered its construction.  Finally the tour moves to Didyma, which was once connected to Miletos by a sacred road during the antiquity period. Here you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period, before being transferred back to your cruise ship or hotel.

From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

7. From Izmir: Private Guided Day Trip to Ancient Pergamon

Your Ancient Greek adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Izmur. Arrive at the Pergamon and take the 15-minute cable car ride up to the Acropolis, admiring the luscious views of Bergama along the way. The Acropolis, which means Upper Town, sits at the top of a large hill and has some of the most important architectural remains of Pergamon. The Upper Town is divided into 3 main parts, the higher sheltered area of the Acropolis is home to the former palaces, temples, water reservoirs, and fountains of the royal families and aristocrats who would have lived here. In this part you can visit the Trajan temple, Zeus Altar, the temple of Athena, the Pergamon Library, and more.  The next stop of the day is to the Asklepion, which would have been the medical center of the town. According to famous writer Pausianos, the medical sanatorium was first established in Pergamon in the 4th century BC and was developed during the Hellenistic period. From your guide, learn about how the Romans created a sacred path between the lower city and the medical center, along which sick patients would walk barefoot and carry images of  organs to help inform the doctors of their ailments. At the end of an educational and insightful day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Izmir.

Cappadocia to Konya, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

8. Cappadocia to Konya, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

Day 1: You will be met at the airport, either Nevsehir or Kayseri before a delivery to your hotel in Cappadocia. This hotel will be a 4 star or boutique hotel, including a breakfast and lunch. Day 2: First day in Cappadocia, a hotel transfer will pick you up at 9:15 AM, seeing Uchisar, Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Avanos, Pasabagi Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley and Urgup. 5:30 PM you will arrive back to your hotel. Optional Hot Air Balloon tour 120 Euro, per person, extra.  Day 3: Second day in Cappadocia, leaving your hotel at 9:15 AM, to visit Goreme Panorama sights. Afterwards you will see the underground city, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monostry. Finishing the tour for the day at 5:30 PM, you will be driven to the next accommodation at Konya, arriving around 8:00 PM. The accommodation will be a 4 star hotel with breakfast and lunch.  Day 4: Starting at 9:00 AM, first visiting the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, which is an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then to visit the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim Mosque before having a lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. Once lunch is finished, you will be driven to Aladdin Hill, and then drive to Pamukkale. Hotel drop off will be around 9:00 PM in a 4 star Pamukkale hotel with breakfast and lunch. Day 5: Starting your day at 9:30, visiting the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit. Entering then Hierapolis from the North Gate, on to then Necropolis, Bath and Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Latrina, Northern Byzantine Gate, Fountain of the Tritons and the Temple of Apollo. There will be free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool (admission fee extra). The tour will finish with at the Hierapolis portion of your adventure with a visit to the large and well-preserved Theatre. You will be driven to Kusadasi for the night, arriving at your 4 star hotel at around 8:00 PM in Ephesus, with breakfast and lunch included. Day 6: Starting at 9:30 AM, you will see the House of Virgin Mary. Then you will see the Ancient Ephesus and Temple of Artemis (Diana). Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM at your hotel.  Day 7: You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:30 AM, to see the Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion, an ancient hospital, health centre and propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. The close of the tour will be a transfer to either the Izmir airport or Kusadasi bus station. 

Full-Day Pergamum Tour From Kusadasi

9. Full-Day Pergamum Tour From Kusadasi

Upon request you will be met at your port or hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Pergamum. Most of the buildings and monuments in Pergamum date to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 BC), including the famed library, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. In the early Christian era, Pergamum's church was a major center of Christianity and was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The ancient city is composed of three main parts: the Acropolis, whose main function was social and cultural as much as it was sacred, the Lower City realm of the lower classes, and the Asklepion one of the earliest medical centers on record. After a great tour the guest will be transferred back to their port or hotel after a full-day of sightseeing. 

Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

10. Ephesus to Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia Tour (Private)

1. DAY You will join the tour at Izmir airport or Izmir Bus station and travel to Kusadasi Hotel in the city of Ephesus.  2. DAY You will be picked up from your hotel in Ephesus at 9:30 AM. You will wonder at the Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion, Ancient hospital, health center and propylaeumof the Temple of Athena. You will then return to your hotel for the evening.  3. DAY You begin your second day in Ephesus at 9:30 AM where you are picked up from your hotel Kusadasi and proceed to the House of the Virgin Mary. Then you will see Ancient Ephesus and Temple of Artemis (Diana). Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and drive to Pamukkale. Upon your arrival to Pamukkale you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. 4. DAY Your Pamukkale day tour begins, by pick-up at 9:30 AM. First, you will visit the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit. You then enter Hierapolis from the North Gate, visiting the Necropolis, Bath and Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Latrina, Northern Byzantine Gate, Fountain of the Tritons and the Temple of Apollon.You will be given free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool (admission fee extra) and will finish the Hierapolis portion of the tour with a visit to the large and well-preserved Theatre and then you will travel to Konya. 5. DAY You begin this day at 9:00 AM and visit the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then, you explore the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim mosque before having lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. After your lunch you will travel to the Alaaddin Hill and then on to Cappadocia. You will arrive at 8:00 PM at your Cappadocia hotel for the evening. 6. DAY Hot Air Balloon Tour per person 120 Euro (Extra) The first Day in Cappadocia you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM. The first stop is Goreme Panoramic view. After, you will see underground city, Ihlara Valley and Selime monostry. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will return to your hotel. 7.DAY The Second Day in Cappadocia, you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM and you will discover Uchisar, Goreme open air museum, Cavusin, Avanos, Pasabagı Fairychimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped to airport (Nevsehir or Kayseri) or bus station.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Really outstanding! Our guide Filiz was well prepared, clear, and very engaging. She was one of our best guides during all our tours so far. We learned a lot and had so much fun as she took us on a mini tour around Kusadasi too. The driver was also very professional and spoke English. During Lunch time she asked what we prefer and went all the way when we said we have been craving for some Indian food. Took us to the best restaurant in Kusadasi. I recommend if you’re traveling in a group to take this private tour as you cab really customize it however you want based on availability and feasibility of course, but highly recommend.

Really outstanding! Our guide was well prepared, clear, and very engaging. He was our best guide during our two week stay. He has deep historical knowledge and really wove together many centuries of history. We learned a lot and had fun. The driver was also professional and spoke English. Our van was super comfy, too

Better than any guided tour made by now!

Macking a private tour with driver and Profesional guide we gain time and spend quality time sowing that fabulous sites. For shore, in the future I will check first prior any tour if there are Profesional services dedicated to a small group or family interested to feel good :).

Fantastic experience. Best one

The whole tour is beyond my expectation. Ahu is a superb guide. It is a fun filled and learning experience. Couldn't be much better

Very helpful guide, pleasant journey and delicious lunch