Cruising to Ephesus
A glorious tour that includes the stunning ruins at Ephesus.
Beginning in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus, we cruise from some of the prettiest and most interesting sites in Turkey to the stunning and monumental ruins of Ephesus. Each day the wonders of the timeless coast build and build; from the small harbour of Myndos and the ancient wealthy port of Iasos, once celebrated for its stunning blood-red and vivid white ornamental marble, it’s bustling fish market and splendid and intricate mosaics. Today one can easily see Iasos’ past vitality in the ruins that still stand proudly on the site.
Inland we’ll see two soaring temples. The elegant shrine to Zeus at Euromus sits peacefully amid groves of olive trees, the silence disturbed only by the cicadas and the rustling of tortoises in the undergrowth. At Didyma, the gargantuan oracular temple sits gleaming against the blue of the sky. Once adorned with carvings of griffons and medusa, its column bases carved with beautiful friezes, it remains a stunning monumental site sacred to the god Apollo.
Our final destination is Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia. We arrive as the crowds are dispersing to view one of the very first cities in the world to have street lighting. The site is magnificent - marble streets, agoras, villas, a theatre for 28,000 and an extraordinary library.
You’ll have the wonderful opportunity of exploring the sanctuary of Zeus at Labraunda personally escorted by Dr. Olivier Henry the Director of the excavations. A true enthusiast, Olivier is intimately familiar with the whole region. He has travelled widely through the area and published articles on a number of sites you’ll visit on this tour.