Depart the Kusadasi port with your private driver and guide, passing through lush countryside en route to Ephesus, the most important ancient ruins in Turkey. Upon arrival, enter the Open Air Archaeological Museum where you will see the Odean, Fountain of Trajan, the temple of Hadrian, and the steam baths of Scholastika. The impressive Library of Celsius, adorned with columns and statues is yet another key remnant of the Greek, and later Roman, past that can be seen. One of the largest theatres of the ancient world, and the preaching site for St. Paul, the Grand Theatre, remains at the site of Ephesus, with a capacity of 24,000 seats. See the “houses of the rich” located on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain, opposite Hadrian Temple. You will receive an extra ticket to visit the interior of these houses, in which an ongoing excavation continues. You’ll be escorted through the 9 exhibits of the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, featuring statues, mosaics and other artifacts offering insight into the history of the ancient city. Afterward, you will join a Ephesian style Roman feast (included), comprised of food pertaining to the Golden Age of Ephesus. Following lunch, enjoy a carpet presentation at a handicrafts centre still in operation from Roman times. Return to port.
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