2 Day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour Program and tour timings are as follows:
Day 1:Pamukkale Tour starting and ending in Kusadasi After departing from Kusadasi or Selcuk, drive east approx. 3 hours. Enter the site from North Gate and walk through the Ancient Necropolis (Cemetery). So far Italian archeologists have excavated over 1200 tombs in the area. The total number is expected to exceed 3000. No where in the world you can see such a gigantic ancient cemetery. Afterwards see the Roman Bath, walk through Domitian Gate, Frantinus Avenue to see the other remains. View the huge Roman theater having a capacity of 10000. Walk on the calcium deposit terraces of Pamukkale. Enjoy the stunning views. The water temperature is 32 degrees. For the ones interested there is an opportunity to swim at the ancient pools of Cleopatra. Return to Kusadasi or Selcuk. Tour Timings: 8.30am - Depart Kusadasi 11.30am - Arrive Pamukkale and visit 02.30pm - Lunch 06.30pm - Arrive back to Kusadasi
Swimming in the antique pools of Cleopatra (8 Euro per person)
* Above rates are not per person costs. They are total to be paid for your group. * If you need a private transfer from Izmir Airport to Kusadasi. The cost of private transfer is 50 Euros. There is no prepayment required for the reservation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend to make your private tour reservation at earliest possible.
Payment Terms: Payment can be made in Euro, Turkish Liras or US Dollar cash at the end of the tour. There is no prepayment required for the booking.
* For the booking, please advise us the names of all the members of your group, your hotels name and your flight details.
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Questions about Ephesus Pamukkale Tour
1.) For Day 1 would it be possible to go and see Pamukkale first thing in the morning, when it opens? We heard this is the best time to go before the tourist groups arrive. Then, go to tour Hierapolis after? > Please note that Pamukkale and Hierapolis is the same thing. Hierapolis is the ancient name of Pamukkale. But if you mean, you would like to walk on the white calcium corbonate terraces as first in the morning before going to the ruins of Hierapolis. Yes, that is possible.
2.) Would it be better for us to stay in Kusadasi instead of Selcuk after Day 1? Which would be the better location for us to start our Ephesus tour? (We heard that Selcuk is a bit "dead" after 6 PM, is this true?) > I would recommend you to stay in Kusadasi rather than Selcuk. Kusadasi is a very lively resort town. For travellers who enjoy modern four- and five-star resort hotels, there are many choices for travellers in Kusadasi. Kusadasi is located 15 miles away from ancient city of Ephesus. Our recommendation is to stay in Kusadasi and do the tour of Ephesus out of Kusadasi. Kusadasi has several beaches, nice restaurants and good hotels that you may enjoy.
Recommended hotels to stay in Kusadasi (booking.com links):
3.) For our meals, will you bring us to restaurants that you would recommend or areas where we can choose a restaurant? > For included lunches, we will take you to restaurants that we have an agreement with. If you would like us to take you to restaurants that you want in this case the cost of the lunch will be on your side.
4.) How big is the van that we will be using? > We will assign you a 9 Seater Mercedes Vito. Please consider that There is a separate driver and a separate tour guide. Below, please find the picture of the vehicle. If your group is more than 6 people, we can assign you a larger Mercedes Minibus.
Pamukkale Ephesus Tour Vehicle - Mercedes Vito
Pamukkale Ephesus Tour Vehicle Interior - Mercedes Vito
6 Large Suitcases can fit into Mercedes Vito private tour vehicle.
a5.) What time do you estimate we will arrive in Izmir Airport at the end of Day 2? > Approx, 6-7pm
6.) Are there any other places/ sites you recommend we go visit on Day 1 (Pamukkale and Hierapolis) and Day 2 (Ephesus and Surrounding Area)? Please do NOT bring us to any factories as we are NOT interested in visiting any factories/ stores. > For Pamukkale Tour, if requested a visit to the Ancient City of Laodicea can be added. For Ephesus: Museum of Ephesus, Terrace Houses, IsaBey Mosque, Basilica of St. John are options Kindly note that the lunch during Ephesus tour is scheduled at the restaurant of a weaving center. After lunch you will have the opportunity to see local handcrafts. If you have any hesitation regarding seeing these, we can take you to a local restaurant. But as mentioned above, the cost of the lunch would be on your side.
7.) With respect to payment, since we do not need to do a prepayment can we do the full payment at the conclusion of the tour on Day 2? > Thats what we ask for too. At the end of the services, we kindly ask the total payment to be done in cash.
8.) What will be the total time for Ephesus tour and Pamukkale tour separately? > Ephesus Tour will take approx. 6 hours Pamukkale Tour will take approx. 9-10 hours. Pamukkale is 3 hours drive from Kusadasi one way.
9.) What will be pick up time on each day? > Recommended pick up time for Pamukkale Tour is 8.30am Recommended pick up time for Ephesus Tour is 9am
10.) Do we have fixed time per location on each day or that is flexible as long as we do not exceed total time? > This is your private tour that means there is no fixed time. You are the one who is going to decide how much to stay.
11.) We will have to load all of our luggage into the van. WIll the van be able to fit all of our luggage plus the 5 of us (plus you and the driver) comfortably? Also, is it safe to leave our luggage in the van while we tour Pamukkale and Hierapolis? > Yes, we will assign you a large van with a big trunk. Your group of 5 and your luggages will fit comfortably. When you are touring with the tour guide, our driver will stay by the van and will keep an eye on your belongings. We only work with trustable drivers. So feel free.
12.) Please summarize the entrance fee amounts and other costs not included that we will have to pay. I can then budget for these. > Approximate cost of entrance fees: Ephesus: 5.5 euro per person (40 Turkish Lira) House of Mary: 4 Euro per person (25 Turkish Lira) Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge Pamukkale: 5 Euro per person (40 Turkish Liras)
Total Cost of Parking: 5 Euros (35 Turkish Liras) for the vehicle
13.) For the Pamukkale trip, we would like to leave earlier than suggested and to visit the calcium deposit terraces first, before the larger tour groups arrive. I understand this is possible from your FAQ. Are there any consequences to this choice from a logistical perspective? > Yes, that is possible. If requested you can start the tour at 7am and at 10am you can start walking on the calcium deposit terraces in Pamukkale.
14.) For the Ephesus tour, are there any extras recommended and are these done at the end of the tour or worked into the itinerary as agreed in advance? Again, we would wish to start earlier so we finish earlier in order to make it to the airport for our flight earlier than your normal time. > You can decide the extra visits during the tour with the tour guides recommendations. This is the main reason we keep the admission fees excluded from the prices. It is possible to start early. Earliest you can start is at 7.30am. The sites open at 8am.
15.) For both days, could you let us know the restaurant we would be using for the included lunch, and whether this is buffet style (which we generally don’t like - we prefer quality over quantity) or not? > During Ephesus tour, lunch will be served at the grounds of a weaving center. It will be a served lunch During Pamukkale tour, the lunch will be served at a buffet restaurant. If you do not want to eat at these locations, our tour guide can take you to other venues. But this will not affect the tour price.
16.) If paying in USD rather than EUR, what would the cost be? Is this amount fixed or dependent on the USD exchange rate to the Euro? We have to buy either currency but get a better rate for USD. > Payment of the tour can be done in USD. 310 Euro equals to 360 USD. This is a fixed amount.
17.) As the price is fixed for a group size is 1-6 people, can we invite friends to join us on the Pamukkale trip if we want? > Yes, same price apply up to 6 people. You can invite friends.
18.) What is there to do in Kusadasi? > Kusadasi, is located at the western part of Turkey. 60 miles south of the 3rd largest city of Turkey: Izmir. Once a small fishing town. Today a well known resort town and a popular cruise port. Winter time population is 100.000 people where this rises up to 500.000 people during summer days. Mainly eastern European tourists prefer having their holidays in Kusadasi. Because of its close proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, a lot of cruise ships dock at the cruise port of Kusadasi. With over 140 hotels, Kusadası offers accoommodation opportunities for land travellers and vacationers. Almost everyone who travels to Kusadasi, visits the ruins of Ephesus. Some also come to enjoy the nightlife, shopping and the beaches of Kusadasi. Although there are some public beaches in the city, the most popular beach, is Ladies Beach (Kadınlar Plajı). Recommended for travellers who enjoy modern four- and five-star resort hotels, there are many choices for travellers in Kusadasi. Kusadasi is located 15 miles away from ancient city of Ephesus. Our recommendation is to stay in Kusadasi and do the tour of Ephesus out of Kusadasi.Kusadasi has several beaches, nice restaurants and good hotels that you may enjoy.
19.) Is it possible to stay in Kusadasi, and enjoy Ephesus and travel to Pamukkale within a day? > Yes, It is possible but not recommended It would be a 13 hour very tiring tour. We recommend you to split it into two days.
20.) Between Kusadasi and Selçuk, Where would I be able go see my historical arts & crasfts and culture? > Yes, It is possible. Carpets and Kilims Turkey is known with handmade carpets and kilims. An art form Turkey is proud of. The Ancient skill of weaving carpets has been decreasing from generation to generation in Turkey. Rugs were originally made for warmth and decoration in the home, as dowry pieces for brides.There are two main kinds of rug: carpets (hali),which are knotted, and kilims, which are flatwoven with vertical (warp) and horizantal threads. Iznik Tiles and Pottery For centuries Iznik tiles have been treasured by art enthusiasts around the world for their flawless quality and exceptionally rich colors. The Iznik tiles made today in the small workshops. Today·s Iznik tiles are created with the same painstaking handcrafted techniques as their historic counterparts.