Take a night bus from Istanbul to Kusadasi to visit the 2 ancient Greek and Roman cities of Ephesus and Pergamum. Walk through the ruins of the former home town of Socrates. Visit the Trojan temples, the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Artemis.
What to Expect
Well known as the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and for housing one of the 7 churches named in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus is an historic and sacred destination waiting to be explored.
On this 2-day tour you will visit the extraordinary site, and continue to the ancient Greek city of Pergamum, regarded as among some of the best preserved classical cities in the Mediterranean.
Arrive on the night bus from Istanbul at Kuşadası, birthplace of Homer and departure point for the ruins of Ephesus. One of the 12 cities of the Ionian League during the classical Greek period, Ephesus was also home to one of the “7 Churches of Anatolia” cited in the Book of Revelation.
Visit the Greco-Roman city and stroll down Marble Street, past the Odeon, the Bouleterion, and the Temple of Hadrian and Serapis. See the Agora and the superb Library of Celsus. Pause at the Great Theatre, the Double Church, the Gate of Magnesia and the magnificent Arcadian Way.
Continue to the last abode of the Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos, and stop for lunch at the picturesque village of Selçuk. Continue after lunch to İsabey Mosque, one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian Beyliks.
Visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “7 Wonders of the Ancient World.”
Return to Kuşadası for dinner and an overnight stay.
Drive to the ancient Greek city of Pergamum, historic capital of the Kingdom of Pergamum. Visit the Aesculapium, the ancient medical center that was built in the name of Aesculapis, “God of Medicine.“ Discover the different healing methods used, such as blood transfusion, meditation, music therapy, and therapy using the sound of water.
After lunch, continue to the splendid Pergamum Acropolis and the Athena and Trojan Temples, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Dionysos, the Gymnasium of Youth, the Odeon, the Library, the Agora, the Great Theatre and the Roman Bath.
Full of history and wondrous sights, transfer to your night bus at Kuşadası for the overnight return trip to İstanbul.
- Round trip bus tickets
- Pick-up transfer from central Istanbul hotels
- English speaking professional guide (other languages are available on request)
- Museum entrance fees
- 4-star accommodation on a half board basis
What's Not Included
- Transfer from bus station to Istanbul hotels at the end of the tour
Know Before You Go
• Minimum 3 days advanced reservation required
• Please note: When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible