Below please find suggested tour program:
Day 1 - Smyrna - Sardes - Thyatira - Pargamon
Depart from your hotel drive to Izmir. Smyrna is the ancient name of Izmır. Visit the remains of Ancient Agora in Smyrna.From ancient Smyrna there is not much left. The remains of the ancient city is under the modern buildings. Smyrna is known today as Izmir. Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey. Mentioned in the Book of Revelation known as the city of prosecution. Continue to Sardes, Once it was the Lydian Kingdoms capital. A very rich city where Lydians invented the coins in a river called pactolus. Drive through the mound tombs of Royal Lydians and ruins in Thyatira to the ancient city of Pergamon. Mentioned in the book of revelation in the new testament among the seven churches of asia minor. The city was known as the city where the throne of satan is located. Drive back to your hotel.
Day 2 - Laodicea - Hierapolis
After leaving your hotel, drive south east through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be Laodicea. Once a trade city which was known with glossy black wool and eye salve trade. Mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the luke warm city. Afterwards visit ancient Hierapolis which is known as Pamukkale today. Natural thermal springs which has high density of chalk inside formed glacier looking terraces on the areas where flowed for thousands of years. Drive back to your hotel.
Day 3 - Basilica of St. John, House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus
After meeting your guide drive through the fertile lands. Your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards proceed to the mountain where Virgin Mary is believed to spent her 9 years. The house is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and running as an active chapel. Roman Catholics believe that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with Saint. John 5 years after the crucification. At the age of 63 she is assumed to heaven. Altough there is no fact that Virgin Mary lived here approximately 1.5 million people visit the site each year. After 30 minutes visit to the House of Mary, drive to ancient city of Ephesus. You will be dropped at the upper gate of Ephesus with your tour guide. Start exploring the city. You will be walking down the hill approximately 1.5hrs. You will see the Odeon, the basilica, domitian square, fountain of Trajan, Celcus library, Terrace Houses (optional), Marble street, the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the Harbour Street. You will be endng your tour at the bottom gate. Your driver and tour guide will take you to another site or drop you at the desired location.
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