Ephesus and Pamukkale Tours Departing from Ankara

Embark on a mesmerizing 3-day excursion from Ankara to Ephesus and Pamukkale, immersing yourself in ancient history and natural splendor. Wander through the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, marveling at its architectural wonders, then journey to the ethereal landscapes of Pamukkale, known for its stunning travertine terraces. With expert guides and comfortable accommodations, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of two of Turkey’s most iconic destinations, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Convenient and well-coordinated flights from Ankara to Izmir, ensuring efficient travel to and from the tour destinations.
  • Open-buffet lunches which prove that we consider the vegetarian and vegan guests.
  • Comfortable accommodation in Selcuk or Kusadasi, offering a relaxing retreat after each day of exploration.


Duration: 3 Days
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: Ankara
Ending Place: Ankara
Sights: Ephesus Ancient City, Library of Celsus, Temple of Artemis, Ancient Agora, Great Theater, Hierapolis Ancient City, Travertine Terraces, Necropolis, Roman Theater, Agora


Day 1 - Take a Plane from Ankara & Ephesus Ancient City Tour

Provided Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Between 07:00 and 08:10 Fly to Izmir from Ankara Esenboga Airport.
Between 08:00 and 09:20 am – Arrival at Izmir Airport.
Upon your arrival at Izmir Airport, our staff will welcome you by your name sign.
Transfer to the first destination of your first day with us in Ephesus.
Upon arrival at Ephesus, your guide will take you on a tour of the ancient city, highlighting its most important landmarks and providing insights into its history and cultural significance. The top attractions to see in Ephesus include:

  1. The Library of Celsus:  This iconic building, completed in 114 AD, was once a part of the great Ephesus Library. Though it now stands as a facade, it’s a must-see for its architectural beauty and historical significance.
  2. The Great Theater:  With a seating capacity of around 25,000, this ancient theater was used for various events, including drama performances and political gatherings. Its impressive acoustics and well-preserved structure make it a highlight of the tour.
  3. The Temple of Artemis:  Though much of the original structure has been lost to time, the Temple of Artemis was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The remaining columns and foundations offer a sense of wonder.
  4. The Temple of Hadrian: Dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, this temple showcases the blend of Roman and Greek architectural styles. It’s a great spot for photography and learning about the religious practices of the ancient Ephesians.
  5. The Odeon: A smaller performance venue, the Odeon was used for musical recitals and other cultural events. Its well-preserved acoustics and stage make it a fascinating stop on the tour.

Around 4 pm ─ the Ephesus Ancient City Tour ends.
Transfer to the Kusadasi and check-into the hotel.
Staying overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 2 - Pamukkale Terraces and Ancient City of Hierapolis

Provided Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
07:30 am – Your day tour begins with a comfortable pickup from your hotel in Kusadasi.
Drive to Pamukkale (approximately 2.5 hours): Enjoy the scenic journey to Pamukkale, passing through beautiful landscapes and small towns. Your guide will share interesting facts and stories about the region along the way.

Upon arrival at Pamukkale, you’ll first explore the Hierapolis Ancient City. This UNESCO World Heritage site features well-preserved Roman ruins, including a theater, temple, and necropolis.

  1. Theater of Hierapolis Ancient City: Like many ancient cities, Hierapolis had a grand theater where performances and gatherings took place. The theater could accommodate thousands of spectators and offered stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  2. Necropolis of Hierapolis Ancient City: One of the most notable features of Hierapolis is its extensive necropolis, or cemetery, which spans a vast area outside the city walls. The necropolis contains a variety of tomb types, including elaborate mausoleums, sarcophagi, and simple grave markers, providing insights into ancient burial practices.

Next, you’ll visit the main attraction, Pamukkale’s travertines, also known as the Cotton Castle. These stunning white terraces are made of calcium carbonate deposits and are surrounded by natural hot springs. You’ll have plenty of time to explore, take photos, and even swim in the pools (bring your swimsuit and towel if you wish to swim).
Around 4 pm ─ After an eventful day, you’ll depart from Pamukkale and head back to Kusadasi. Your day tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Kusadasi, where you can relax and reminisce about your unforgettable experience at Pamukkale.
Staying overnight in Kusadasi.


Day 3 - Take a Plane back to Ankara

Provided Meal: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel and relax until your pick-up time for flying back to Ankara.
According to your flight time, our service will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
Between 10:00 and 18:00 Flying to Ankara from Izmir Airport.
Between 11:00 and 19:00 – Arrival at Ankara Airport.
3 Days Ephesus & Pamukkale Tours from Ankara ends.

Hope to see you next time in Turkey!!


  • Domestic flight tickets as mentioned
  • Kusadasi or Selcuk 1 night accommodation with breakfast
  • Pick up and drop off from/to your hotel
  • Open-buffet lunches on the tours (vegetarian option is available)
  • Entrance fees for Ephesus Ancient City, Pamukkale Travertens and Hierapolis Ancient City
  • Car park, Gasoline, Highway & Bridge Fees
  • All transportations on the tours
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Airport transfers for Izmir Airport
  • Personal Expenses
  • Beverages on the tours
  • Dinners
  • Entrance fee to Cleopatra Antique Thermal Pool


Hotel in Kusadasi and Selcuk

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Karaaslan Hotel info tripadvisor
Efe Boutique Hotel info tripadvisor
Urkmez Hotel info tripadvisor
Derici Hotel info tripadvisor
Nilya Hotel info tripadvisor
Rebetika Hotel info tripadvisor
Sunday Beach 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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  • Ensure you have comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes suitable for exploring archaeological sites and natural terrain.
  • Stay hydrated and carry sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, especially during sunny days.
  • You will have a chance to do some souvenir shoppings during your tour so for that reason we will give breaks for the shopping for souvenirs.
  • The tours can be organized in English or Spanish, please ask us for further languages.



  1. Grace Kang

    “Starting our journey in Ankara and visiting Ephesus and Pamukkale was an excellent decision. The historical richness of Ephesus and the natural beauty of Pamukkale complemented each other perfectly. The tour was well-coordinated, with comfortable transportation and excellent guides who enhanced our experience with their expertise. We highly recommend this tour and Toursce to anyone looking to explore Turkey’s heritage and natural wonders.”

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