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Ephesus Tour from Istanbul 3 – (3 days, by Plane)

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Ephesus Tour from Istanbul 3 – (3 days, by Plane)

The Ruins of Ephesus – The House of Mary – Temple of Artemis – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

DAY 1 – Flight to Izmir, Ephesus tour
DAY 2 – Hierapolis and Pamukkale tour
DAY 3 – Free day in Kusadasi, Flight back to Istanbul

Prices for Istanbul airport – hotel

  • Please contact us for a quotation as a variation of prices are offered by the hotels & airline companies for different periods of the year.

Departure & ending points

  • Departure and ending places of this itinerary can be customized other than Istanbul upon request!


  • Child discount (except flight tickets)
    0-6   age: Free
    6-12 age: %50 discount
Departure dates:
  • Every day, any time departure.
What is included:
  • Professional licensed Ephesus tour guide in preferred language (such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and our tour guides are licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism).
  • Admission fees to the museums as mentioned in the itinerary. No waiting in lines for tickets, your private guide will arrange everything for you.
  • 2 night 4 star hotel accommodation including breakfast at the hotel (2 night in Kusadasi).
  • Tour itinerary includes 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinner.
  • Pick-up from hotel, port, airport and drop off services.
  • Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul to Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul).
  • Private transportation by fully air-conditioned, nonsmoking vehicles such as Mercedes Vito, Sprinter & Bus.
  • Local taxes and service fees.
  • No hidden or extra cost.
What is excluded:
  • Any drink.
  • Tips to the guide and driver.
Optional Places to Visit:
  • Ephesus Museum: This small museum in Selcuk boasts an incredible collection of Hellenistic and Roman statues, carved reliefs and artifacts unearthed from the ruins of Ephesus. The famous statue of Artemis (goddess of fertility) is housed there.
  • Ephesus Terrace Houses: are located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called as “the houses of rich”, these houses were for the important and wealthy people of Ephesus, as only rich people could afford such houses.
  • Basilica of St. John: Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. See the remaining graceful columns and mosaics of the Basilica as you take in the panorama of the rural Selcuk countryside and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis.
Additional notes:
  • The drive from Izmir airport to Ephesus takes approximately 45 minutes.
  • Vehicles are non-smoking, air-conditioned and are provided with drivers and professional licensed tour guides in preferred language. Drivers language skills vary; they can not act as guides.
  • Ephesus requires walking long distances over uneven surfaces; to enter the Basilica of St. John involves some walking at an uphill gradient and a few stairs.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and clothing, a hat, sun glasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • You will enter the Ephesus ruins from the upper gate ( Magnesia Gate ) and left the Ephesus from the lower gate which means you do not have to walk back.
Add an Istanbul Tour (optional):

We provide both Ephesus and Istanbul tours to our guests. It is easy to add an Istanbul tour to your Ephesus tour booking. Whether traveling on a cruise ship which is scheduled to embark to both Kusadasi port and Istanbul port or traveling alone, there are definitely benefits to you. Such as:

  • Special price discount
  • You get all the necessary information and electronic tickets from one place
  • All necessary scheduling, bookings (airline tickets..) done by us

DAY 1 - Flight to Izmir, Ephesus tour

You will be picked-up from your hotel and transferred to Istanbul International Airport for an early flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival to Izmir after an houru0027s flight, we will depart for Ephesus, the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world. We will explore the Temple of Hadrian, the famous Celsus Library, the Great Theater and other Roman sites. We will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years. Then we will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After the tour, we will transfer you to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.


DAY 2 - Hierapolis and Pamukkale tour

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will journey inland to Pamukkale to enjoy the spas, pools, and terraces of this natural wonder, called the u0022Cotton Castleu0022. This name is truly fitting, the brilliant white calcified terraces do truly resemble a castle made of cotton. We will also spend time in Hieropolis, with one of the largest and most diverse necropolis in the world. After the tour, we will return to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay.


DAY 3 - Free day in Kusadasi, Flight back to Istanbul

Free day at leisure to explore Kusadasi on your own. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival to the Istanbul International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. End of our services.rnrn Minimum required time for this Ephesus tour is 3 day.rn Terrace Houses is optional place to visit of 15 $US extra per person.

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  • Kusadasi/Ephesus/Pamukkale/Sirince - Tayf Tours. (Private Tours) Grade A++ (5 out of 5 stars).
    19:51 - 16 Mayıs 2018. Reply

    After my first 2 stops and disasters I was not a “happy camper”. So when our driver picked us up for our private tour from the airport to go to Sirince, and when we arrived and it wasn’t what I expected, I started to balk at the driver. His English wasn’t so good. There was a little bit of a misunderstanding. He got on the phone immediately and then he handed the phone to me and I spoke directly with one of the owners, Volkan, who promptly told me that our happiness was his primary concern and that he would be there in 15 minutes and take over the tour. He took us to the highlights of the Sirince area. Showed us the best views to get photos. We got a private tour of a winery (not a scheduled stop). It was an amazing place. Got to meet the owner of the winery. Volkan was wonderful. He personally reviewed our tour with us. He recommended restaurants and when we arrived back at our hotel, he waited until we checked in and changed and came back down and then personally showed us places he recommended for dinner, told us he would arrange our reservations so that we would receive the best table and then took us to a restaurant with a table right by the Aegean and a fantastic view of the water. Next 2 days our tour guide, Gokhan was the best. He attended to our every detail and answered every question and then some. He was chock full of details on the history, art, architecture, etc.; you name it, he could talk about it. He keyed in on things that he could see were of interest to us. He made sure to let us know where the best views were to get a photo. He took our photo for us so that we were all in it together. He never rushed us and always asked if we were ready to move on. The driver picked up souvenir post cards for us at one stop (this was a surprise) and he had chilled grapes waiting for us in the vehicle after a hot day on another tour. Lunch was included with these tours and the food and locations were great. One of the lunches (near the carpet factory) wound up being some of the best foods we ate our entire trip. We were picked up and dropped us off wherever we wanted to go (and I don’t just mean as part of the tour), we had a driver at our disposal to drop us off for dinner and pick us up afterwards. And it’s not like it was much more expensive than our other tours. The value was exceptional!!! For the little extra cost of private vs. group tour it was so much more worth it. We got to stop and savor instead of being rushed.
    The owner, Volkan, dropped by at the dinner he had made reservations for us at our request to make sure everything was going well. His food recommendations let us experience a great dinner that we may not have known about. The fish served flaming at Cinar was amazing. He really cared that our experience with Tayf Tours was the best. Afterward he also showed us a great nightclub for late night.
    In addition to all the attentive service, the vehicles they use are great. In great condition and very comfortable. Bottled water was supplied for us at no additional cost for all the tours and you can get very hot and thirsty so it was a pleasure having ample bottled water available. Highly recomended..

    Andrea W.
    Moorestown, New Jersey