MILETUS, DIDIMA AND EPHESUS, BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
My Explorations, 2
The iconic sites of Greco-Roman Turkey on a single excursion: from Ephesus to Didima via Miletus: accompanied by your guide, you'll visit impressive theaters, public baths that are masterpieces of engineering, shrines that are renowned throughout the Hellenistic world and sumptuous libraries. For lunch, there's a buffet waiting for you in a five-star resort.
- Ephesus: Magnesian Gate, Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, theater, Scholastica Baths.
- Miletus: grand theater, Faustina Baths, archaeological museum.
- Didima: Temple of Apollo and an opportunity to shop in the center.
- Five-star buffet lunch at the Venosa Hotel.
- Enter ancient Ephesus through the Magnesian Gate: accompanied by the guide, you'll visit the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan and the Scholastica Baths.
- Hidden among the bas-reliefs that decorate the Temple of Hadrian is Medusa. If, however, you want to know what “Asian Baroque” was like, you'll find a perfect example of it in the Celsus Library.
- From gladiator fights to the sermons of St. Paul: the biggest theater in Asia Minor has hosted all kinds of events. Those holes you'll see in the walls were used to hang oil lamps: all the streets of Ephesus were lit at night.
- Second stop Miletus, with its grand theater, which could seat 25,000 spectators, the Faustina Baths, built by Hadrian for his wife, and the archaeological museum.
- In Didima, you'll visit the Temple of Apollo, second only to that of Artemis in Ephesus, but much better preserved.
- Sticking with the theme, not far from here, a lavish lunch awaits you: a 5-star buffet of Turkish and Mediterranean specialties served in the restaurant of a luxury hotel.
Good to know
- Be prepared to walk for about 4.8 km on uneven, cobbled surfaces, with sloping ground and over fifty steps.
- Before booking the excursion or once on board, contact the excursion office to check the availability of vegetarian or gluten-free dishes and to report any food intolerances.