You want to embark on an exciting trip that combines both historical and natural sights. You will see a unique natural creation – Pamukkale, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the ancient city of Ephesus, where a large number of ancient buildings have been preserved. Pamukkale and Ephesus from Belek will give you a lot of positive impressions and an opportunity to spend time interestingly and profitably.
The program is designed for 2 days to see in detail and slowly all the most interesting in these parts. On the first day enjoy the unique thermal springs of Pamukkale. Formed many centuries ago by the release of thermal waters from the bowels of the earth, they formed wonderful snow-white pools filled with warm turquoise water. This is a real pearl of Turkey, because it is not for nothing that every year millions of tourists come to admire the local landscapes.
Nearby is the ancient city of Hierapolis , which still has many ruins that testify to its former grandeur. As soon as you see the huge amphitheater with a capacity of 15,000 people, you will be immediately immersed in this mesmerizing atmosphere. A gymnasium, the remains of city buildings, a market square, a temple – you will see all this while walking around the ancient city.
In the center of Hierapolis is the Cleopatra Pool. You may be surprised but it was created on the remains of Roman baths. According to legend, Queen Cleopatra herself came here to bathe in healing waters. And she really knew a lot about various anti-aging procedures, because it was not for nothing that she was famous for her beauty and article.
On the second day of your excursion, the ancient city of Ephesus will reveal its secrets to you. Here you can see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the Temple of Artemis . It has gone through several life cycles, has been rebuilt several times after being completely destroyed, and is now a ruin, a reminder of its former grandeur. From here you will take away warm memories and unforgettable photos.
As part of the excursion you will have the opportunity to choose one of two interesting sights – the House of the Virgin Mary or the Basilica of St. John.
Pamukkale and Ephesus from Belek is a real discovery for you and will add variety to your lazy beach vacation. Fill your holiday with bright emotions and leave only good impressions in your memory.
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Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour From Belek
9:30am – 5:30pm
Around 5:00 am, a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle will arrive for you at the hotel and you will embark on your fascinating journey that will last for two days.
At the hotel you will receive a lunch box with breakfast. On the way to Pamukkale, stop at a small Turkish cafe where you can have a snack and a cup of coffee and get some rest from the road. Upon arrival in Pamukkale, you can take a stroll through the snow-white travertines as well as the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. A pleasant addition to the walk is a visit to the Cleopatra Thermal Baths. The first day of the excursion ends with check-in at the hotel, where you will spend the night. Here you will receive a hearty and delicious dinner.
The next day, upon waking up after a hearty breakfast at your hotel, visit the delightful ancient city of Ephesus. After a 2-hour tour, during which you will see the House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John and most importantly, the famous Temple of Artemis, you will enjoy a hearty and delicious lunch. After that, take your seats on a comfortable bus that will take you back to your hotel around 8:00 PM.
Your first day of travel will take place on the territory of one of the most famous natural attractions in the world, rightfully included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Picturesque white limestone terraces cascade down a two hundred meter cliff creating a truly incredible, fabulous landscape. They were formed as a result of calcium saturated water emerging from the ground and flowing down the hill, forming these magnificent terraced baths.
The shells of the natural pools are filled with the purest turquoise water, which always has a constant temperature of +36 degrees. Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in translation, and if you look at the plateau from a distance, you actually get the feeling that it is covered with light cotton.
You will experience indescribable joy as you walk barefoot through these unusual rough pool shells and feel the pleasantly warm water of the mineral springs.
Magnificent surreal views have not left anyone indifferent, because it is not for nothing that these places attract a large number of travelers from all over the world every year.
History lovers have an excellent opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The first mentions of it appeared in the 2nd century BC. Since then it has been rebuilt several times after strong earthquakes. But it reached its heyday in the 1960s when it became famous for its medicinal waters. For the Roman nobility, the city became a place of rest and treatment. A large number of different architectural monuments have been perfectly preserved to this day. The most ambitious of these is the Roman theater. It accommodates 15,000 people and even now regularly hosts various mass events.
You can enjoy the magnificent architecture of Turkey’s largest necropolis. Located behind the fortress gates, it houses very interesting and unusual sarcophagi and monuments.
It will be interesting for you to see the martyrdom of Saint Philip. After all, the city played a significant role in the spread of Christianity. Christian communities appeared in this place with the help of one of the 12 apostles, Philip.
The ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the Triton Fountain, the Gymnasium, the Agora – all of these are reminiscent of the wonderful ancient resort of Hierapolis.
The highlight of the city is the active pool that was created on the ruins of the Roman baths – Cleopatra’s pool. After the immersion, you can relax in the spring’s mineral water and experience its miraculous properties.
The Egyptian queen herself bathed here, prolonging her youth and keeping her body in excellent shape.
The water is rich in various useful substances that treat bronchitis and various skin diseases, as well as strengthen the cardiovascular system.
The water temperature is kept at the same level regardless of the season and is +36 degrees.
Even if you do not suffer from any diseases, bathing in the thermal springs is very useful.
After seeing all the sights in Pamukkale, drive to the city of Ephesus and stay in a cozy hotel near this city. There you will be offered a hearty and delicious dinner showcasing traditional Turkish cuisine. You can buy your favorite drink for an additional fee.
The second day of your journey begins with a delicious and varied breakfast at the hotel. After getting a charge of vibrancy and energy, take a trip to the unique, ancient city of Ephesus that will capture your heart.
Ephesus was founded in the 10th century BC. Founded on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Due to its advantageous location near the sea, it was actively developing through trade. Over the years of its existence, the city passed to different rulers more than once. The Lydian king Croesus, the Persians, Alexander the Great – all at once led him. You may be surprised, but despite the constant wars over the city, it thrived and developed. In the 2nd century it reached the peak of its importance.
In the 5th – 6th centuries the city was moved to the high hill of Ayasoluk because the bay became very shallow. As a result, the city lost its strong commercial position and quietly began to decline. In the 11th century it was already a small village and in the 15th century it was completely abandoned.
Now Ephesus is a fairly large open-air museum. There are a large number of ruins left by the city after its fall.
You can enjoy the majestic stadium reminiscent of the real gladiator fights. You will be amazed by one of the most memorable sights – the Library of Celsus, built in 117 AD. You will see the Agora, the Gate of Hercules, the Bolshoi Theater, the Temple of Domitian, a marble street paved in the 1st century and many other interesting objects.
An exciting two-hour excursion awaits you, after which you will learn a lot of new and interesting things about the culture and life of this wonderful archaeological complex. Time will pass quickly and imperceptibly, and there will be many photos to remember.
Only one pillar remained from the former greatness, which belonged to one of the seven wonders of the world. Unfortunately, the temple, fascinated by its beauty and monumentality, was destroyed. It took a long 100 years to build, but the result was worth it, it was excellent. To gain fame, the inhabitant of Ephesus Herostratus burned it down in 356 to gain fame. Therefore, it is impossible to find out what the interior was like.
In III. century B.C. An exact copy was built, erected on a large podium with only a small addition. The size of the temple was 105 by 52 meters, and its roof was supported by 127 columns 18 meters high. Inside, it was adorned with a magnificent statue of Artemis and the finest paintings of the period.
During the excursion, you can immerse yourself in the incredible atmosphere of ancient Ephesus and feel the spirit of the past.
After circumnavigating Ephesus, go to the house where the Virgin Mary lived or to the Basilica of St. John.
During your journey you can see a mysterious structure surrounded by many stories and legends – this is the House of the Virgin Mary .
It is located on Bulbuldagy Mountain in the middle of a pine forest. The place is sacred to both Christians and Muslims. According to legend, the Mother of God spent the last years of her life here. In the Gospel pages you will find a mention of the fact that Jesus asked his disciple John to take care of Mother Mary. Since it was not safe to remain in Jerusalem, they set out on a journey and settled near Ephesus.
There was no evidence of her whereabouts until German psychic Anna Katarina related her vision. She described the house where the Virgin Mary died at the age of 64 and detailed the location of the dwelling.
An expedition led by a French priest in 1891 discovered the church from the seer’s visions.
In 1967 the Pope visited this amazing place and then recognized it as a saint, attracting a large influx of pilgrims from all over the world.
An energetically strong place where you will feel calm and peaceful.
This magnificent edifice was erected by Justinian in the 6th century and, according to historians, stands directly above where Jesus’ beloved disciple John the Theologian is buried.
Marble, stone and brick were used in its construction. The basilica was cruciform. The interior was great. Mosaics covered the walls and floor. Due to the different arrangement of the parts of the basilica, it gave the impression that the walls were decorated with rich oriental carpets. And right under the altar was the tomb of John.
You can see well-preserved ruins that will help you immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of an ancient temple.
At the end of your exciting two-day excursion, you will be returned to your hotel in a comfortable coach.
The price for A Excursion from Belek to Pamukkale and Ephesus includes transfer from your hotel and back, insurance, English speaking guide, entrance tickets, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and hotel accommodation.
An excursion from Belek to Pamukkale and Ephesus takes 2 days and 1 night
The price of an excursion from Belek to Pamukkale and Ephesus for adults costs … euros, for children from 4 to 7 years old it costs .. euros, and for children from 0 to 3 years old it is free.