After breakfast leave Pamukkale towards Ephesus, on the way stop at the Archaeological site of Laodikeia. Visit the Temple of Artemis and continue to Ephesus for a full day sightseeing in the best known and most visited Ancient Cities of Turkey. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Overnight in Ilayda Hotel, Kusadasi
Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner
Ephesus is one of the most magical sites in Turkey, perfectly isolated in a mountain valley, with views out to the sea from the top of the site, you enter a lost world. Extremely well-preserved, the ancient structures of Ephesus date back to the 12th century BC. Originally it was famed for the Temple of Artemis, located just outside the main tourist site, of which one of the original soaring pillars remains. Inside the site itself is the enormous theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, and the spectacular terraced houses once inhabited by wealthy Romans and adorned with exquisite mosaics. Fundamentally a Greek city, Ephesus was one of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation, and remained an important religious centre for much of Turkey’s ancient history. Its coastal location also facilitated its role as an ancient trade centre.
Laodikeia is one of the most important archeological ruins of this area of Turkey. Excavations have shown that the city was settled continuously from 5500BC to the 7th Century, as well as containing the remains of a complex aqueduct system, supplying the city with water. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the original 7 wonders of the ancient world and its location was rediscovered in 1869, after 60 years of searching. The original temple dates back to the Bronze Age and after being rebuilt 3 times since then, only the ruined foundations remain.