Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

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18 reviews

Activity provider: Unique Ephesus Tour

Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

Activity provider: Unique Ephesus Tour
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Enjoy a full day tour from Istanbul to ancient cities of Ephesus and Pamukkale/Hierapolis which includes flights, guides, lunch, entry fees, and transportation in an airconditioned van.

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Duration 11 - 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Istanbul.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor with an expert local guide
  • Decide on the places you would like to see, focusing on sights of interest
  • Swim in Pamukkale's hot springs and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis
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Travel back in time on a guided tour from Istanbul to the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. 

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul in the early morning and transfer smoothly to the airport to catch your flight to Izmir. Be greeted upon your arrival and travel to Ephesus to meet with your guide.

Explore this iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey.

Discover the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine markers of civilization. Visit the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, and the Library of Celcius.

Be awed by the the Great Theater with its capacity for 24,000 spectators, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Continue to Pamukkale which is known for its natural thermal spring waters. 

Find out why this site is known as the cotton castle as you see how the chemical properties of the water have formed pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces that line the mountain’s slope, resembling piles of cotton.

Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of this site is be the Sacred Pool, which you can enter if you choose. There, shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins that lie beneath.

Head to the Necropolis of Hierapolis which contains 1200 gravestones, including that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos. After your tour, transfer back to Denizli Airport for your evening flight back to Istanbul and be transferred back to your hotel.

  • Guide
  • Flights (Istanbul to Izmir, Denizli to Istanbul)
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Lunch (except drinks)
  • Local transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Personal expenses
  • Dinner
  • Entrance to Sacred Pools
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Entrance to Sacred Pools is not included
  • Drinks with lunch are an additional expense
  • Dinner is an additional expense
  • Gratuities are optional and not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Great trip seeing Ephesus and Pamukkale in one day. Esan our guide was very patient with us. Pamukkale was as expected. Heard on Youtube before that the water source in Pamukkale may have dried up, but it was not the case when we were there, plenty of water filling the travertines. Great experience. Disappointed that we did not get to see the ancient Romans toilets in Ephesus. The mandatory visit to the carpet shop during lunch break was unexpected, preferred to have saved some time instead.

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March 26, 2023

This private tour was excellent as it allowed us to visit 2 significant sites in one day. Our guide Ozlem was knowledegable and flexible. We were met door to door by driver and tour guides. I would highly recommend this if you do not have a lot of time in Turkey and yet would like to visit outside of Istanbul to see this amazing country

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March 26, 2023

The sites were spectacular and our guide was friendly, professional and informative. The only down side for us was that we spent too long over lunch learning about local carpet making and being pitched a sake, which left us only one hour to spend in Pamukkale which was very disappointing.

March 26, 2023

Product ID: 260777