Ephesus Private Tours


Ephesus Private Tours – 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, Didyma, Priene, Sardes, Pergamum, Assos, Troy, Bodrum, Marmaris were significant during the ancient Greek and Roman time.

Either to spend a 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 Ephesus Private Tours 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. During one full day tour, we include the entire list.

We may also arrange alternative itineraries for guests who have already visited Ephesus. The alternative program 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.

Below you may find information regarding our Ephesus Private Tours and other ancients sites that are in the region and worth visiting.


Ephesus

Ephesus Private Tours – Few cities can claim that their names so closely linked with humanity’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 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 grand theater, St. Paul preached against the Ephesian’s goddess Artemis; and in a little house outside the city, which is still visible, the Virgin Mary spent her last days.

This history of the city of Ephesus goes back to the 7th century BC. It was one of the most important cities of the Lydia Kingdom. Persians sacked the city in the 5th century BC. In 333BC, Alexander the Great conquered the city. In 133BC, the Republic of Rome sacked the city, and it remained one of the largest and most important cities of the Roman Empire.

Ephesus is known to have remains of the Artemis Temple, which used to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Celsus Library, Hadrian Temple, the Grand Theater, Terrace Houses are the essential parts of the city.

The city has great importance in the History of Christianity, and St. Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesians. Also, three crucial Councils of Ephesus have shaped today’s Christianity.

Virgin Mary’s House is just 7 km away from the city, and St. John’s Basilica is in the northern part of the town.

During the Ephesus Private Tours, you will not only experience the natural and historical beauties of the ancient city but also do some shopping and have lunch at a local restaurant.


Troy Private Tours

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

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

The ancient city has nine different archaeological layers and 11 different cultures. The first settlement layer of the town goes back to 3000BC. The great war mentioned in Homeros’ Illiad happened during the second settlement of the city. Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann believed that he found a treasury that is to be the Treasury of Priamos.

The ancient city is in the North-Western part of Turkey, in the municipality Canakkale covering the Dardanelles and Gallipoli.

For further information about private tours of Troy, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you with any requests.


Pergamon Private Tours

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

Not far from the city’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 happiness of the seaside resorts. This great city is waiting for her visitors to offer her historical, intellectual importance.

Pergamon is known to have a history of 2300 years. After the conquest of Alexander the Great, the city became one of the most important cities of the Hellenistic era. It became part of Rome in 133BC and was the capital of the Asia minor that was controlled by the Romans.

The ancient city has important parts of visiting: Traianus Temple, Athena Nicoforos Temple, Library, Zeus Temple, the Theater, Dionysos Temple, Hera Temple, Demeter Temple, the Gymnasium, Agora and Asclepeion.

For any further information about private tours in Pergamon, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to assist you with any requests.


Pamukkale - Hierapolis Private Tours

Pamukkale is a 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 stalactites.

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

Next to Pamukkale, Hierapolis was another essential Roman city.

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

Hierapolis is also an essential Biblical site and is known to provide the “not hot; not cold water” to Laodicea, which has a part in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.


There are many more sites beside the Ephesus Private Tours. The ones on this page are some of them. This region is rich with natural and historical beauties and has beautiful beaches and resorts as well. A right combination of private tours and leisure times would be a memorable experience. Please contact our agency for further information if you are staying a couple of days in the region.

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