Your Archaeologous private tour starts after being met at your hotel or port side. We take a quick twenty minute drive in your A/C vehicle from Kusadasi to Ephesus, the ‘largest outdoor museum’ in Turkey.If you have read about the history of Turkey, you’ll realize that #Ephesus, was the richest and most important cultural center of the ancient world and now is a favorite tourist destination.
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Ephesus was a thriving mecca of 250,000 residents with a 25,000 capacity Grand Theatre. Dignitaries, royalty, and Biblical greats, all, have visited or lived in Ephesus. Use your imagination when your private guide explains, as you walk around the area, about the political rallies held at the Odeon Theatre and the intellectuals perusing the two hundred thousand books in the Celcius Library, which was the second largest library in the world at the time. Additionally, Hadrian’s Temple, the Roman Baths and more will be visited.
Within the site stands the Terrace Houses which bring a new perspective as to what homes looked like back in antiquity. Seems like there is nothing new under the sky. You’ll see two story townhouses with living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms upstairs, running water, indoor plumbing and art frescoes.
Upon leaving the area we’ll stop for a short visit to what is left of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Ancient 7 Wonders of the World, which in its glory was ‘four’ times as large as the Parthenon in Athens and is why the city was so wealthy!
Yes, we give you time for lunch, so we stop at the charming Hali Village for an organic authentic Turkish lunch in lush shaded gardens. Afterwards, you can be privy to the process of cocoon to six thousand one-of-a kind exquisite Turkish carpets. If so inclined, it is possible to purchase from the weavers directly and receive free shipping as well.
After a lovely hilltop drive to the sanctuary of the House of Mother Mary, you will have time to soak in the quietude where Mother Mary lived in her final days after being brought to Ephesus (Seljuk) by St John. Two different Popes have journeyed to this sacred spot.