En route to your hotel, You will visit Ephesus, famous throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis. You will first visit Odeon Theatre that had double function in use. First it was used as a Bouleuterion for the meetings of the Boulea or the Senate. The second fuction was the Odeum as a concert hall for the performances. Then, view the Hadrian Temple, It was dedicated in the beginning of the 2nd century AD to Hadrian, Artemis, and the people of Ephesus but greatly reconstructed in the 4th century. This impressive Corinthian style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch. According to the belief of Ephesians, the Medusa head on the porch, would protect the city from its enemies.
Proceed to Celsus Library, the library is the best preserved structure of its kind. The inscription on the side of the building’s front staircase says that the library was build by Julius, in his father honour, after his death. His father, Celsus was the Roman governor of Asia Minor early in the 2nd century AD. Celsus Library is probably the most distinctive building commonly associated with Ephesus.
You will visit the newly excavated spectacular Terrace Houses (Villas) located on top of the hill within the City of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians, and are finely decorated with mosaics and frescos. In the year 1960, the excavation process was started. The excavated frescoes parts as well as the mosaics that were successfully uncovered were displayed into a museum to put all these under protection and for restoration reasons. In later years, it came to a point, the terraced houses were displayed for the public. The restoration of the houses is an ongoing process and every year there is something new to admire there
The Great Theatre which is the biggest ancient theater in Turkey, dates back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD it was successfully reconstructed, expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25.000 people; 24.000 seats and 1000 standing places. Marble Road, runs between the Library of Celsus and the theater and is a part of the sacred walk way.
Lunch recommended at Selçuk Koftecisi serving local meatballs accompanied by salad, rice and onions
You will visit the Ephesus Museum. Many of the artifacts displayed here were found in Ephesus and other ancient sites in the region. Highlights include a few artifacts from Ephesus‘s great Temple of Artemis (the Artemision), and finds from some of the many other significant ancient Hellenic, Hellenistic and Roman cities in the region, the fresco of Socrates, statues and heads of Eros, crosses, coins and the works of the 1st century AD such as glass trays and theatrical masks, and much more.
At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel.