Duration: Full day (08:30 to 17:30)
Price: 65 Euro (per person)
After picking up from hotel at Kusadasi/Selcuk or Kusadasi cruise port, we are going to start the tour of Didyma, Miletos, Priene, for the visits to:
Priene: The root of this beautiful city are old indeed. On the eleventh century B.C. it was one of the twelve colonies holding the Ionian Confederation and liked considerable prestige and prosperity. It was located below the mass of Samsun Mountain on the sea shore before silting up the port by the river Maeander. Now the sea is just fifteen kilometers away and there are around plains have become wide cotton plantations. The city revolted to Persian authority under King Cyrus and in revenge the Persians destrıyed it to the ground. New Priene occured under Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and after so many struggles and invasions became a Roman state in 129 A.D. . The city had its prosperity under the Emperor Augustus despite having a population of only seven thousand. During the Byzantine control it become a Bishopric. Priene was part of the Ottoman Empire in the fourteenth century. The streets are exceptional in the that they are vertical and horizontal, like a chess board.
Miletos: It locates on a hillside surrounded by large ports at the starting point of the river Maeander at the begining of the gulf of Latmus. Now the sea is not close , filled up by the river. It was a trade bridge with countries on the Black Sea,the Mediterranean, and the Sea of Marmara. Miletus was of the most powerful and crucial Greek capitals in Asia Minor and was leave of the efficient Ionian Confederation. The city encouraged schoolarship and opened several schools attracting scientists, architects, philosophers and geographers. Western philosophy was born in Miletus and it is the native city of famous men such as Hippodamus,Anaximenes, Isidorusand Cadmus . The first coins were made in this city, exact weight measures were used and the perfected Phoenician alphabet. As a conclusion of excavations, it shows that Miletus was the Hittite settlement Millawanda indeed and it was exactly colony of Mycenaean duirng the fourteenth century B.C.
Didyma: A small village near the sea and being enjoyed by foreigners and Turks on holiday for its sandy beaches. The sea however is not the only activity for tourists, more so the traces of the famous Temple of Apollo, a perfect example of architecture coming from the Graeco-Roman period, and a trace of excellence of this area,distinguishing for culture and art. Even before coming to the Ionians, Didyma was a holy place and its wonder was much attacked and much attened. The Persian King Xerxes disturbed the temple in 480 B.C. and plundered many of the sculptures and also carried its very large treasury which thanks its importance to the generosity of Croesus, Lydian King. After getting the victory against the Persians, Alexander the Great determined to rebuild the temple which had never been exactly ended and was still half built under the rules of Romans, probably on account of its huge dimension. Christianity gave an end to pagan rituals and festivals and kept away the temple from being completed.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel or Kusadasi cruise port.
Please take note of the following:
* 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
* The order of visiting sights, may vary slightly from time to time
* You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
* Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops
* Pick up and drop off at your Hotel
* Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
* Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
* Local taxes