Departure in the morning and visit Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated port city, one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. Walk through the marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings like the Temple of Hadrian, Baths of Scholastica, Library of Celsus and Grand Theatre where St. Paul preached during his missionary journey. Stop by Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon drive on to the House of Virgin Mary where she was claimed at the Third Ecumenical Council in 431 A.D. that she had spent her last years in Ephesus together with St. John. Then on to St. Jean Basilica (or, depending on preference, Ephesus Museum, only on private tours) before being transferred to Kusadasi or Izmir airport.

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Drive to Pergamon (Rev: 2-12), one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world whose architects and sculptors were amongst the finest in the Hellenistic world. The majestic acropolis looms behind the modern town. The places to be visited are Pergamon Acropolis with Temple of Trajan, Hellenistic Barracks, Library, Temple of Athena, Theatre, the steepest one in the world, Temple of Dionysus and the Altar of Zeus (the seat of Satan); Asclepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centers in the ancient world; Pass by Red Courtyard, originally served as Temple of Serapis but later symbolized one of the Seven Churches of Anatolia. Drive back to Izmir or Kusadasi.

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Departure in the morning from Izmir or Kusadasi and arrive in Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite which was famous for its sculptors; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Drive back to Kusadasi or Izmir.

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Early departure in the morning and arrive in Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", the ancient Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful petrified waterfalls. Visit to the historical site including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Apollo Temple with the Devil's Hole and the masterpiece Theatre. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in the hot spring waters is one of your year-round options before returning back to Izmir or Kusadasi.

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