Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
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Approximately 4¼ Hours
Discover Ephesus -- perhaps the most important archeological site in the country. At a local vineyard, you'll get acquainted with local wines and delicious cheeses -- a taste of Aegean Turkey.
Begin with a guided in-depth walk through the ruins of ancient Ephesus. Your guide will point out the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the Baths of Scholastica, the temple of Hadrian and the most famous structure on the excavation site -- the Celsus Library. The façade of this magnificent library has two stories held up by beautiful Corinthian columns.
Wander down the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. This legendary street leads to the Grand Theatre, where St Paul preached early Christianity to the Ephesians. It is one of the largest theatres in antiquity, with 24,000 seats.
After this memorable visit to Ephesus, your bus will take you on a panoramic drive through the countryside to 7 Yedi Bilgele -- the .Set in a amid , Seven Sages is evocative of Tuscany. 7 Yedi Bilgele -- the Seven Sages Vineyard. Set in a stone chateau amid lavender gardens, vineyards and lush rolling hills, Seven Sages is evocative of Tuscany. Learn about Turkey's winemaking industry, which dates back more than 6,000 years, from the resident expert. (S)he will escort you on a tour of the facility. See the state-of-the-art facilities and visit the cellar where the French oak barrels are stored. Sample the wines with an assortment of artisanal Turkish cheeses. You'll also have some free time to explore the vineyard and enjoy the breathtaking location.
Tour requires walking approximately 3.25 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines and climbing numerous steps. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring insect repellent in July and August.