Arrive in Antalya and over night stay in Antalya. (D)
Today we shall visit Aspendos and Perge. (Aspendos was
founded by the Hittites, but it was Roman Emperor Marcus
Aurelius (161-180 AD) who ordered its great theater
to be built. Still used for performances today, the
theater really allows you to imagine what it was like
to attend a dramatic performance in Roman times; Perge
is in the city limits of Aksu Bucagi. Because of its
location on the Cilicia - Pisidia road, it was a vital
part of the province of Pamphylia, and was founded around
the same time as the other cities in the area (7th century
BC). It was an important city for Christians of Perge
who had worshipped the mother goddess Artemis. St. Paul
and Barnabas visited the city and wealthy benefactors
like Magna Plancia had a number of important memorials
built here.) After visiting these historical places
which are alive witness of the history, drive to Antalya
museum. (The museum at first operated in the Alâeddin
Mosque in 1922, then in Yivli Mosque beginning from
1937, and then moved to its present building in 1972.
It was closed to visitors for a wide range of modifications
and restorations in 1982. It was reorganized according
to a modern approach for a museum and opened to the
public in April 1985, after the restorations and display
arrangements made by the General Directorate of Ancient
Objects and Museums.) Overnight stay in Antalya. (B,L,D).
3. DAY After breakfast, we’ll drive to Fethiye
via Demre (Myra). (Myra features some of the most impressive
and well preserved Lycian monuments in the country.
These include an excellent collection of rock tombs
and an imposing 2nd century theater.) then visit St.
Nicholas church, (St. Nicholas, born in 245 A.D. in
Patara near Fethiye (known variously as St.Nicholas,
Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Heilige Nikolaus and
Pere Noel) died in 326 A.D., having spent his life in
Anatolia.) Over night stay in Fethiye. (B,L,D).
Today, We’ll visit Dalyan. (Dalyan is just a short
journey by riverboat to the famous Iztuzu Beach, where
the Loggerhead Turtles return each year to breed. Its
unique location in the middle of the conservation area
alongside the meandering Dalyan River make Dalyan very
popular with bird watchers and naturalists.) After a
short walking tour we‘ll be back to our bus and
drive to Kusadasi. Over night stay in. (B,L,D).
We’ll explore one of the famous historical site,
Ephesus to see to see ruins such as agora concert hall,
library, theatre and more.. after Ephesus, we shall
visit St. John Basilica. ( It is located on the left
side of the Selcuk town entrance." It is believed
that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years
in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern
slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the
death of Saint Paul , a small chapel was constructed
over the grave in the 4th century. The church was changed
into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor
Justinlan ( 527 -565 AD).) Over night stay in Izmir.
Today we’ll visit Pergamum. Visit Acropol and
Akslepion. (Ancient Pergamum (or Pergamon) was renowned
in Hellenic and Roman times for its great library and
as the medical center where Galen laid the foundation
for medical practice.) at the end of the tour transfer
to the Izmir ADB airport for flight to….. or optional
accommodation in Kusadasi.