Explore the Treasures of Antiquity: Miletos-Didyma-Priene Tour from Cheshme
Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring grandeur of three ancient cities that have withstood the test of time. Our Miletos-Didyma-Priene tour takes you on a captivating journey through history, revealing the architectural wonders, rich heritage, and profound stories of these closely situated marvels of antiquity.
1. Priene: Our adventure begins in the enchanting ancient city of Priene, a 2500-year-old gem nestled at the base of Mykale Mountain. This former port city unveils its artistic and architectural splendors from the ancient Greek era, including parallel marble streets and intricate water channels. Alexander the Great himself bestowed the city with the magnificent Priene Theater and the Temple of Athena Polias.
Visitors to Priene can explore the well-preserved Bouleuterion and the Temple of Athena, alongside ruins such as a Greek theater, Roman baths, gymnasiums, a historic synagogue, and even the residence where Alexander the Great once sojourned during his campaign against Miletus. Priene offers a tranquil escape from bustling crowds, inviting you to savor the tranquility of this Hellenistic relic.
2. Miletos: A brief 20-kilometer journey takes us to the intriguing Miletos ruins. Here, you’ll encounter a 15,000-seat ancient theater, the captivating Miletos Museum, the Temple of Serapis, and the Faustina Bath, a tribute from Marcus Aurelius to his wife. An extraordinary 20-kilometer sacred marble road once connected the Temple of Serapis in Miletos to the Temple of Apollo in Didim, serving as the path of pilgrimage for Miletos’ inhabitants.
Miletos holds a paramount place in the history of western Anatolia as one of the famed 12 Ionian Cities of Asia Minor. This site, nestled alongside the Maeander (Buyuk Menderes) river, exudes historical charm, having been home to illustrious philosophers and scientists like Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Hippodamus, and Hecataeus.
3. Didyma: Our final destination, Didyma, beckons with its golden sand beaches and historical allure. The Temple of Apollo, constructed in 600 BC, stands as a sacred relic of ancient times. As you explore this temple, be prepared to be enchanted by its majestic marble columns.
Didim, a charming seaside resort town in western Turkey, hosts the remnants of the Temple of Apollo and various ancient cities dating back to the 8th and 7th centuries BC. While the Temple of Apollo is the centerpiece, you can also venture to the Temple of Artemis and the Roman theater for a comprehensive experience of the region’s rich heritage.
After our journey through time, we’ll take a well-deserved lunch break at a local restaurant before returning to Çeşme.
- Duration: 10 hours
- Places to visit: Priene-Miletus-Didyma
- Tour Price: $180 USD Per Person
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Professional Tour Guide
- Transportation by A/C vehicle
- Entrance Tickets (Priene-Miletus-Didyma)
- Parking fees for the vehicle
- Drop-off to your hotel
- Drinks (during lunch)
- Any Private Expenses
- Optional tips to the drivers and guides
- Our tours are typically boutique experiences, catering to groups of 6 to 9 people. For private tour requests, please get in touch with us.
- Dress comfortably according to the weather and wear suitable walking shoes.
- This tour may be conducted by a multilingual guide.
- If you have specific dietary requirements, please contact the local tour provider directly (contact information in the voucher after booking).
- Transfer duration is approximately 3 hours, subject to the time of day and traffic conditions.
- Please ensure you have your passport with you for the tour.
- Note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Embark on an unforgettable journey through history, culture, and natural beauty with our Miletos-Didyma-Priene tour. Book your adventure today and discover the timeless wonders of ancient Turkey.
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