Begin with pickup at the port in Kusadasi, then travel to the Ephesus archeological site in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. With layered remains of Hellenistic and Roman settlements, Ephesus has fascinating history: follow your guide to the Fountain of Trajan, then see the Library of Celsus, whose 12,000 scrolls made it the third-largest library in the ancient world.
Take in the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, visit the Agora and see the Roman Baths as your guide shares stories about life in historic Ephesus. Explore the Christian heritage of the Turkish coast at St. John’s Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary, a humble stone hut on the slopes of Bulbul mountain.
Pause for a traditional Turkish lunch that includes starters, salads, grilled kebabs, and seasonal fruits, then continue to Şirince, a short drive into the foothills. Şirince means ‘pretty’ in Turkish, and the town lives up to the name with streets lined by stucco homes and red tile roofs. Enjoy the village charm of this hillside community, with time to browse for souvenirs in local shops and find perfect views of the surrounding forest and vineyards. After visiting Şirince, make the return trip to Kusadasi Port, where this tour concludes.