Drive from Izmir to Pamukkale (Road Journey)
After breakfast drive to Ephesus, famous for its Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its cult to Artemis and its Hellen civilisation with Heraclites the "Skotinos" philosopher of "Panta caRei". During the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. Upon arrival at Ephesus follow your guide to enter this ancient site through the Magnesian Gate and discover innumerable monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre built in the Hellenistic period, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics, and is where St Paul preached. Also visit Virgin Mary's House.
Continue to Sirince. A paved road of 8 km leads to this attractive village set in the hills above Ephesus, surrounded by an idyllic landscape of vineyards and peach orchards. Sirince retains its traditional architecture almost wholly intact, thanks to landmark rules which have been implemented since the 1980s. Most houses in the village date from the 19th century. After visit to village, stop at the Sirince Artemis Wine House for the wine tasting.
Late afternoon continue to Pamukkale, "the Cotton Castle" with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside.
Translated as 'Cotton Palace', Pamukkale is the Turkish name for the hill upon which the city of Hierapolis was built. Famous for the bright white mineral deposits that cover it, the site is now protected by law.
A village that shares the same name is located adjacent to the site and, although a tiny place, it offers great views of the calcite shelves. Within the village, there is the chance to buy some of the region's famous cotton and home wares.
You will be staying at Richmond Hotel, Bed & Breakfast