Aegean coast; Ephesus & Pamukkale

Tour Code : DAT 08

–    Aegean coast culture and history
–    Ancient ruins of Aphrodisias 
–    Pamukkale & world heritage Hierapolis 
–    Ancient Ephesus & house of the virgin Mary
–    Selcuk; known as Ayasoluk 


Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
4 Days / 3 Nights


Difficulty Level
= A (Easy) 


Hotel    :    3 Nights

Day 1 : Izmir to Pamukkale via ancient ruins of Aphrodisias

Meet at the Izmir airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Pamukkale; on the way we take time to visit ancient ruins of Aphrodisias; named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The city was built near a marble quarry that was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The cities school of sculpture was very productive; much of their work can be seen around the site. The Temple of Aphrodite was a focal point of the town, but the character of the building was altered when it became a Christian basilica. A monumental gateway, or Tetrapylon; monument of cubic shape, leads from the main North/South Street of the town into a large forecourt in front of the Temple or Sanctuary of Aphrodite. The Bouleuterion (Council House) is centred on the north side of the North Agora. After visiting Aphrodisias we will continue driving to Pamukkale, where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 290 km (Izmir – Pamukkale via Aphrodisias)
ON: in Pamukkale at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Pamukkale; Cotton Castle & World Heritage Hierapolis – Selcuk

Pamukkale has the meaning “cotton castle” and is one of the most remarkable natural sites with its cotton white plateaus, pale blue waters topping of the shallow pools and gently cascading down the drape-like stalagmites onto the lower levels for over 300 feet. The city contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC; people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius. Parts of the archaeological site of Hierapolis are the great bathes, which were constructed with huge stone blocks without the use of cement, and consisted of various closed or open sections linked together. In the late afternoon; we drive to Selcuk where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 190 km (Pamukkale – Selcuk)
ON: in Selcuk at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Selcuk; ancient Ephesus & house of the virgin Mary

After breakfast we visit Ephesus; one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome. Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Only an estimated 15 % has been excavated. The ruins that are visible give some idea of the city’s original splendour and the names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life. Close to Ephesus, we also take time to visit the house of Virgin Mary; discovered in the 19th century. The Roman Catholic Church has never pronounced on the authenticity of the house, for lack of acceptable evidence but nevertheless maintains a steady flow of pilgrimage since its discovery.  Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption. In the late afternoon there will be time to explore the city centre of Selcuk, with its traditional Turkish culture and lifestyle. Known as Ayasoluk under the Ottoman Empire, Selcuk is one of the most visited touristic destinations within Turkey. The 6th century Basilica of St. John the Apostle, which, some claim, is built on the site of the Apostle’s tomb, is also inside the town. The old quarter of Selcuk retains much traditional Turkish culture. Ayasoluk Hill dominates the surrounding area, with several historical buildings on its slopes, including the Isa Bey Mosque and the Grand Fortress. We spend the Night in Selcuk at the Hotel.
ON: in Selcuk at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Selcuk to Izmir – Home

Transfer to Izmir airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 60 km (Selcuk – Izmir airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 4: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Izmir airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    3 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips