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We celebrate the Feast of Assumption (August
15th)at the holy house of the blessed Virgin nr. Ephesus.
1 - Izmir(B)
to Izmir and transfer to hotel.
2 - Ephesus (B)(D)
Aug ) Breakfast. Travel and visit Ephesus . This is probably
the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey. A guided
sightseeing tour of Ephesus - the distinguished antique city
in the Christian history, and to where St. John came at the
end of his life with the Blessed Virgin Mary and where he
wrote parts of the Gospel. Visit the Basilica of St. John .
After Ephesus we visit the village of Sirince for lunch and a
taste of the local wine. Sirince is a small 'once Greek'
mountain village where the wine is home made and famous
throughout Turkey. For hundreds of years up until the 1920's
(population movement) there was a community of Greek Orthodox
Christians living in these mountains ' who knew of the shrine
as 'PANAGHIA-CAPOULI' (The door of the holiest ) . Sirince
which is famous for its tasty wine & gozleme cooked in
wooden stove in a traditional atmosphere. In order to discover
the golden heart of the Anatolian people and the traditional
hospitality just stroll Sirince's narrow street and try to
communicate with the peasantry. After Sirince we go back to
our hotel. Rest and then dinner is served (open buffet style).
3 - Ephesus(B)(D)
15th Aug )Today is the Feast of Assumption ) Early breakfast
and then we go to the 'holy house of the blessed Virgin' . We
take part in the holy Feast of Assumption services at this
holy shrine and You’ll get the chance to drink the holy
water from the sacred spring there. For lunch we take a short
trip to Selcuk. Selcuk has been reputed well for its closeness
to the ancient Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House and Seljukian
works of art. After our lunch we will visit The Selcuk
Archeological Museum, housing some very important artifacts
from around the region, Archeological Museum offers a glimpse
of the areas rich history. The two statues of Artemis, a
tableau of Odysseus blinding the Cyclops, erotic statues from
Ephesus brothels and exquisite statue of a boy riding a
dolphin are the most admired pieces in the Selcuk
Archeological Museum.Our next trip today is 'The Temple af
Artemis'. It is one of the highlights of ancient sites in
Turkey, that is once considered as one of the Seven Wonders of
the ancient world. The main part of the temple is displaying
in the British Museum of London today, but only the foundation
part and some columns are enough to prove its former
magnificence.Finally, we take a visit to The Cave of the Seven
Sleepers'. Located on the northern slopes of Mount Pion, near
Ephesus, The Grotto of Seven Sleepers has been discovered by
both Christians and Moslems with a growing interest. According
to the Christian legend seven young men were walled in during
the reign of Decius (250) and yet were seen alive in the
streets of Ephesus during the reign of Theodosius II some
years after the Council of Ephesus (431). Return back to our
hotel to refresh and dinner at the hotel.
4 - Pergamum (B)(D)
16th Aug) Breakfast.Today we’ll depart for one of the
greatest ancient sites in Pergamum , an ancient Kingdom dated
back 323 B.C. This Hellenistic city was the center of culture,
commerce and medical with its philosophers, scientists and
artists like Galen (131-210 AD). Acropolis, remains of
celebrated library, an impressive Hellenistic style 10000
spectator capacity theater, marble columned temples of Trajan
and the Temple of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena, library of
Pergamum once catered 200.000 volumes, (It’s not hard to
guess the first parchment paper was invented here) the
sanctuary of Demeter, Zeus Altar one of the grandest
monuments; Satan’s Throne caused the Christian church
criticised by St. John and great medical treatment center,
Asclepion where the symbol of modern medicine came from. After
ancient city we’ll pop-in the Archaeological Museum in order
to explore the remains and statues from the ancient city.
Lunch at a local restaurant and then return to our hotel.
Dinner is served at the hotel.
5 - Kusadasi (B)(D)
( 17th Aug) Early Breakfast 10.00am Sunday Mass at the 'Holy
House' - then free day - Visit Kusadasi for shopping / sight
seeing or relax at our beach resort hotel (free transfer to
Kusadsi is arranged) Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most
attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important
historical sites including Ephesus. Numerous powdery sandy
beaches with warm&clear waters, providing a peaceful
atmosphere, allow a great variety of water and beach
facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach
volley are only a few choice for the lovers of active life.
After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the
superb sunset. As the sun sets, the attractive cafes and
restaurants through the palm-lined boulevard, get busier. It
is a great delight to watch the comings and goings of the
yachts and ships with accompanience of the panoramic view of
the sunset, on a pre-drink before the dinner. The restaurants,
serving a variety of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean
specialties, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi.
6 - Kusadasi(B)(D)
Aug).Breakfast. Free day - Visit Kusadasi for shopping / sight
seeing or relax at our beach resort hotel.
7 - Transfer
19th Aug ) Tuesday Ends after breakfast. Rooms vacated by
lunch time. Group transfer to Izmir airport / assistance with
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sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
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fees to sites and museums.
restaurants and hotels.
bus driver & tour guide.
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services which are not specifically mentioned.