3 Day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour by Plane Included Balloon

You can discover one of the most popular travel ancient cities with 3 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale tour from Istanbul.

  • Visit the best-preserved ancient city of Ephesus.
  • Take a chance to see a fairy-tale cotton castle from the air
  • Walk on the cotton castle (Pamukkale Travertines) protected by UNESCO.
  • Flight tickets and transfers are pre-arranged
  • Find out about the ancient cities with a professional tour guide
  • Walk in thermal spring water pools
  • Stay in a clean, comfortable hotel located near Pamukkale.
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: Istanbul
Ending Place: Istanbul
Transportation: +
Ephesus: Ephesus Ancient City ➝ Marble streets ➝ The Odeon ➝ The Agora ➝ The Temple of Hadrian ➝ The Monumental Fountains ➝ The Library of Celsius ➝ The Great Amphitheatre ➝ The Roman Baths ➝ House of Virgin Mary ➝ Temple Of Artemis ➝ Isabey Mosque
Pamukkale: Famous Pamukkale ➝ White Calcium Terraces ➝ Hierapolis Ancient City ➝ The Necropolis ➝ Bath and Basilica ➝ Frontinius Gate ➝ Frontinius Street ➝ Latrina ➝ Northern Byzantine Gate ➝ Fountain of the Tritons ➝ The Temple of Apollon ➝ Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool


Day 1 - Flying to Izmir ➝ Full Day Ephesus Tour

Meal: Lunch

03:45 am ─ In the early morning, we will come to your hotel to pick you up and you will be transferred to the airport in Istanbul.
07:00 am ─ Flying to Izmir Airport from Istanbul. The departure time can change according to availability
08:10 am ─ Arrival at Izmir Airport. We will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the first destination of the Ephesus Tour.
We will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the first destination of the Ephesus Tour.

2 days Ephesus and Pamukkale tour from Istanbul starts.

  1. Your tour will start with Ephesus Ancient City. It was built in the 10th century BC by ancient Greek. Its many great buildings such as the Library of Celsus and a large theatre capable of holding about 24.000 audiences. We will continue to the Temple of Artemis which is one of the great buildings belonging to Ephesus Ancient City. This temple was devoted to Artemis who was believed to be a protector of Ephesus Ancient City.
  2. After seeing these beautiful buildings, you will have a break to have lunch at a local restaurant. After having delicious lunch, we will drive you to the House of the Virgin Mary. This house is important for Christianity and is on the list of must-seeing places in Turkey. This sightseeing is believed it hosted the Mother of Jesus. Many Christians believe the Blessed Mary spent her last days on the earth.
  3. We will have another beautiful moment in the Isabey Mosque. It is constructed by Aydinoğlu Isa Bey in 1375. Our professional tour guide will explain well its architecture and history well.

16:30 ─ Ephesus tour ends.
We will transfer you to the hotel. Check into the hotel.
Staying overnight in Kusadasi/Selcuk.

Day 2 - Full Day Pamukkale Tour ➝ Pamukkale

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

08:00 am ─ After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we will come to your hotel and drive to Pamukkale. The bus journey will take about 2 hours 30 mins.

  1. Your tour will start with visiting the Pamukkale travertines. Pamukkale means ‘Cotton Castle’. While walking on these travertines, you will feel like walking on clouds. You can relax in one of the many big and small pools along the mountain while enjoying the view. You will also find healing with its mineral-rich in mineral.
  2. We will continue to Cleopatra’s Ancient Pool which was used as a hospital in ancient times because it was believed that water in this pool made the ill citizens better and you will be able to swim in this pool. (the swimming in the pool will be extra and you will pay in there if you would like to swim there). It is believed that Cleopatra was in Cleopatra’s Ancient Pool thereby she became beautiful. Please note that swimming is extra. Additionally, you should bring your swimming suits or you can buy one there.
  3. Another destination is Hierapolis Ancient City. Hierapolis Ancient City is one of the best-preserved cities in the Anatolian region and Hierapolis is named after Amazon queen ‘Hiera’. The ancient city consists of Latrina which means bathroom in ancient times, you will find out about the ancient cemeteries which positioned this ancient bathroom. Both places are located on ‘Frontinus Ancient Street’. You will feel like a citizen of this city while walking on this street. You will see the complexes such as the Gymnasium and stadium where the sportsmen lived and did their training. Also, you will see the Thyatira which can take almost 20.00 people.

16:00 ─ Pamukkale tour is over.
Transfer to the hotel. Check into the hotel in Pamukkale.
Staying overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 3 - Hot Air Balloon Flight ➝ Pamukkale ➝ Fly to Istanbul

Meal: Breakfast
05:00 am – Early morning in the white cotton fairyland, we will come to your Pamukkale hotel to pick you up for the hot air balloon flight. We will drive you to the balloon area where the balloon will take off. You will watch the arrangement of the balloons before flying. You will be in the air for 1 hour and you will be able to watch Pamukkale travertines from the air. After this amazing activity, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

You will have breakfast and check out from the hotel. Free time to explore around Pamukkale. You can enjoy the hot springs experience or join an activity like paragliding.
You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport in Denizli to take a flight to Istanbul.

19:00 ─ Flying to Istanbul. The departure time can change according to availability
20:00 ─ Arrival at the airport in Istanbul.
We will welcome you at the airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.

3 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale tour from Istanbul with balloon flight ended. Thanks for booking with us!


  • Round trip flight tickets
  • Airport pickup and drop off as mentioned in the program
  • 1-night accommodation in Kusadasi/Selcuk
  • 1-night accommodation in Pamukkale
  • Guided Ephesus Tour
  • Pamukkale balloon flight
  • Guided Pamukkale Tour
  • Professional tour guide on the tours
  • Museum entrance fees
  • 2 Lunch & 2 Breakfast
  • All mentioned transportations
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the Lunches
  • Unmentioned meals
  • Entrance to the antique pool in Pamukkale


Hotel in Kusadasi and Selcuk

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Karaaslan Hotel info tripadvisor
Suhan360 Hotel info tripadvisor
Urkmez Hotel info tripadvisor
Efe Boutique Hotel info tripadvisor
Derici Hotel info tripadvisor
Nilya Hotel info tripadvisor
Rebetika Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Pamukkale

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Venus Hotel info tripadvisor
Melrose Viewpoint Hotel info tripadvisor
Ayapam Hotel info tripadvisor
Tripolis Hotel info tripadvisor
Herakles Thermal Hotel info tripadvisor

The price of the tour covers hotel accommodations as mentioned above or similar quality hotels.

Option 1: We can upgrade your hotel accommodation according to your request at an additional cost.

Option 2: If you would like to book your hotel, we can cut mentioned hotel price out. And, we can quote a new tour package price without the hotel.

You can book the tour directly online if the mentioned hotels are suitable for you. If not, please make a request.


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  • The exact pickup time will be given at the time of booking.
  • You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pickup point 15 minutes prior to the pre-advised pickup time.
  • Comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended as shade is limited in the summertime.
  • The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion.
  • Swimming in the Cleopatra Pool is extra. You will pay in there if you wish to swim.
  • You should take your towels and swimwear with you. The other option, you can buy them on the tour area from sellers


  1. Nigel

    Stepping into Ephesus is like journeying through time to the glory of ancient Greece and Rome. The remarkably preserved ruins, including the iconic Library of Celsus and the grand theater, stand as a testament to the city’s historical importance. Walking along the marble streets and exploring the archaeological wonders provides a profound sense of connection to the past. Ephesus is a captivating archaeological site that allows travelers to immerse themselves in the magnificence of an ancient civilization.

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