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Departure from Istanbul to Selcuk (Ephesus), by overnight bus. We will pick you up from the hotel at night and transfer you to the bus station
Explore the ruins of Ephesus by taking a walk at the Celsus Library which was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus. Admire the Temple of Hadrian which is one of the best preserved and beautiful structures. The Trajan Fountain, the finest monument in Ephesus and the Great Theater, a magnificent structure. We will continue with the Temple of Artemis, which consirered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! A Greek temple that was dedicated to the goddess of the hunt Artemis. After a break for lunch, follows the House of Virgin Mary. A Catholic shrine, believed to be the House of the Virgin Mary, who accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. (After the end of the tour you will be transferred to Selcuk to stay overnight)
Right after breakfast, you will check out and start the tour to Didyma-Miletus-Priene, three age-old and impressing cities, that were parts of the Ancient Ionia!
Didyma: was the site where was located an ancient Greek sanctuary, which contained a temple and the oracle of Apollo, called Didymaion. There is a view that, the site took its name because of the meeting that took place there, between Zeus and Leto. After their meeting, they gave birth to gods Apollo and Artemis!
Miletus: was an ancient Greek city that was surrounded by four different harbors! Due to its strategic coastal location, considered to be the healthiest and the wealthiest of all, during the Hellenistic era. Miletus is also the birthplace of the Hagia Sophia’s architect, Isidore!
Priene: was also an ancient Greek city, built overlooking the ocean! Today, after several centuries of changes in the landscape, it is an inland site. There are sanctuaries dedicated to god Zeus, Demeter and most importantly the Temple of Athena!
Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be transferred to your hotel