Gentle Aegean breezes blow over the sapphire gulfs and ruffle the silver green leaves of the olive trees along this coast, which witnessed the dawn of Western civilization.

 

The Aegean coast of Turkey is rich with unique natural beauties and also has a deep history. Ancient cities such as Izmir (Smyrna), Ephesus, Miletos, Dydima, Priene, Sardes, Pergamum, Assos, Troy, Bodrum, Marmaris were very important during the ancient Greek and Roman time.

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Ephesus

Either to spend couple of days in the area or just one day shore excursion for cruise ship passengers we may arrange the best tailor made itineraries for you. Our private tours in Ephesus may include the archeological site of Ephesus (the Grand Theater, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastic Baths, the Odeon, the Lower Agora, and the State Agora etc.), its museum, the Terrace Houses, the House of Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, the quaint village of Sirince and the shopping area depending on time. The entire list of sites can be visited during one full day tour.

 

We may also arrange alternative itineraries for guests who have already visited Ephesus. The alternative itinerary could cover either the beautiful ancient cities of Miletos, Dydima and Priene or Izmir & Sardes. The Jewish heritage tour is also another alternative as Izmir is one of the most important cities for the past and present Jewish life in Turkey. Sardes covers 1700 years old synagogue ruins.

Ephesus

Few cities can claim that their names are so closely linked with mankind's intellectual advancement as these cities of western Anatolia. For it was here that thinking was first freed from superstition, that the foundations of experimental science were laid, and that "man became the measure of all things".

 

St. Paul asked: "Is there a greater city?". Along Ephesus' "Arcadian Way", Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra once rode in procession; in the great theater, St. Paul preached against the Ephesian's goddess Artemis; and in a little house outside the city, which can still be seen, the Virgin Mary spent her last days.

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Troy

Here stands Homer's Troy (Truva), one of the most evocative sites of antiquity, recalling the epic struggle of the Iliad. Of the settlement mound's nine levels, going back to the 3rd millennium. The sixth is presumed to be Homer's Troy (Truva).

 

With the desire and dream to find the ancient Troy, Heinrich Schliemann started his excavation in 1871, which was made his dream come true. Although he only found a small part of the excavation, he was the pioneer of today's Troy.

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Pergamon

To the south the ruins of the great city of Pergamon (Bergama), a center of learning and the arts, which possessed one of the greatest libraries of antiquity, containing 200,000 books.

 

Not far from Pergamon's Acropolis are the ruins of the Asclepeion, one of the foremost medical centers of classical times. Contrasting with the tranquillity of these ancient sites is the gaiety of the seaside resorts. Pergamon is waiting for her visitors to offer her historical intellectual  importance.

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Sardes

Sardes was the capital of the Lydian civilization and one of the most important cities in Asia Minor during the Roman era.

 

Even during the Persian invasion it remained its importance. The 1700 years old synagogue ruins prove the strong presence of the Jews in the area.

 

Sardes has one 7 of the churches that was addressed in Bible, Book of Revelation.

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Priene - Miletos - Dydima

These 3 Ionian cities also had important historical roles:

 

Priene's chessboard layout is the oldest example of city planning;

 

Milet gave its alphabet to the rest of the classical world;

 

Dydima's Temple of Apollo with its famous oracle was one of the most sacred places of antiquity.

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale, is the combination of 2 Turkish words: Pamuk (cotton) and Kale (castle). This area is famously rich with its travertines.

 

Thermal spring waters, laden with calcium carbonate running off the plateau's edge, have formed this sparkling white petrified cascade of basins ringed by stalagtites.

 

With its natural beauty Pamukkale is an great example of what nature could give us to amaze.

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Hierapolis

Close to Pamukkale, Hierapolis was another important Roman city.

 

The thermal waters have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers, and behind the waterfall lie the ruins of the Roman city of Hierapolis.

 

Hierapolis is also an important Biblical site and is known to provide the "not hot; not cold water" to Laodicea, which is mentioned in the Book of Revelation in Bible.

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Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias (Geyre) was an important center of art and culture and famous as the home of the greatest sculpturing school of antiquity. It is one of the most beautiful ancient cities in Asia Minor.

 

The famous tetrapylon (monumental gate) would welcome you to this wonderful ancient city.

 

The archaeological site also covers a lovely museum where the beautiful sculpture works are stored for exhibition.

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Laodicea

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot." says the Book of Revelation addressing the church in Laodicea.

 

With its large Jewish population Laodicea became a very important city during the early years of Christianity.

 

It was also a seat of Bishopric during those years.

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For more information about our private tours in Ephesus please contact us.

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 | Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3 34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim

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Examplar Travel

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 | Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3 34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim

Examplar Travel

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 |

Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3

34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 |

Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3

34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim