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Took place 1 month ago
Fri 30 Mar 19:30 - Sun 01 Apr 23:30

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What to expect: Explore UNESCO listed Ephesus Antique City & Virgin Mary's House with a professional guide • Lots of wIne tasting in lovely town of SIrince • Visit Other landmarks & an archeological museum to see original statue of Artemis~One of the 7 Wonders of The World • We will not sleep in the bus • 2 nights & 2 days trip • We will arrive late on Friday to our 4 star hotel and sleep before we start Saturday's excursion.

Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the ancient city of Ephesus is where we are going to this weekend to explore. The Temple of Artemis at the ancient city that’s founded in 2 AD, is accepted as one of the world's Seven Wonders. A port city, Ephesus was an important center of politics and trade; but what makes it important even today, besides its heritage, is that Christians believe that this is the place where St. John to wrote the gospel and where the Virgin Mary died. That’s why the ancient city is flooded with visitors from all over the Christian world. Divided into four main areas (Ayasuluk Hill, Temple of Artemision, Ephesus and Selçuk), the ancient city will be visited with the stories of our professional tourist guide.

ŞIRINCE OVERLOOKS A LUXURIANT GREEN VALLEY IN THE MOUNTAIN BEHIND THE AEGEAN. HERE AN OTTOMAN FOUNTAIN, THERE A GREEK CHURCH… NEITHER OLD NOR MODERN...this timeless village is Aegean to the core. Şirince overlooks the Ephesus plain, whose olive groves, orchards, vineyards, and fields of tobacco and cotton stretch to the sea. We will have good enough time to explore Şirince (means charming place). The main street and square are shaded by great plane trees and lined by shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Some writers refer to Şirince as Ephesus in the Mountains, asserting that Şirince - formerly Kırkınca - was established in the fifth century after alluvion carried down by the Küçük Menderes River and flooding made the ancient site unfit for habitation. We will go around the village. The narrow stone streets are full of picturesque shops selling lace and other handicrafts made by local women. There are also stalls selling homemade soap and the local wines for which Şirince is renowned. We will dive into local wine producer's bars and taste all the tasty fruity wines of all sorts.

Şirince is one of the few places in Turkey to have preserved its 19th century texture intact. The window frames and eaves are 'decorated with flower, bird and leaf motifs. Handmade lace curtains hang at the windows. Oleanders and other colorful flower's and shrubs grow luxuriantly in the gardens on either side of the lanes. There are also two churches in Şirince that are now being restored. The Church of St John the Baptist built in Protected content a smaller one from the early 19th century.

~"If there is a paradise on earth, then our Şirince is surely part of it".
By Dido Sotiriyo. Book of Greetings to Anatolia.

We will take our time to explore Ephesus' wealth of ancient civilizations. Join us for new discoveries, health, friendship, fun & laughter.

Price includes: Transportation+Mandatory TURSAB travel insurance+professional tourist guide+2 nights twin accommodation at a 4 star hotel+2 open buffet breakfasts at the hotel+1 open buffet dinner at the hotel+Bus snacks & more in bus surprises.