Miletus, Didyma, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus (Private Tour)
Tour Style : Private Tour with English speaking guide. On Private Tours, you may ask to have Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German or Japanese Speaking guides.
Duration : 1 Day
You will be met by your guide at the Port of Kusadasi or your hotel where you will begin your Private Tour.
First we will visit Miletus , an ancient city located near the present Akköy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes (meander) River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population of between 80.000 and 100.000. Highly prosperous, it founded many colonies and was the home of the 6C BC philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect Isidorus. Having a prominent position, Miletus became the most important port in this area and it was the most active member of the twelve cities of the Ionian Confederation. In the 7th century BC Lydians besieged the city. The city was then controlled in turn by the Persians, Roman and Seljuk Turks.
The next visit after Miletus will be Didyma ( Didim). The world Didyma meant “twins” and it was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians with a 19 km/12 mi sacred road.
Then we will drive to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world where your guide will explain to you the significance of this important site.
Following this we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. We will visit the Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts and has an amazing capacity of 25,000. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city’s great wealth many years ago. Once the tour has finished some free time for shopping facilities and you will be returned to the Port of Kusadasi or your hotel.