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on these three sites — travertine
formations and two ancient cities.
Take a direct bus from Selcuk (and back)...ask us for the schedule.
Selcuk to Pamukkale takes approx. 2 1/2 hours one way.
Guided tours are also available.
Pamukkale and Aphrodisias can be combined as a day trip.
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this ancient city that rivals Ephesus in its
beauty and splendor.
Located inland near Pamukkale, it holds a
great selection of masaics, statues and the
largest and best preserved stadium of ancient
There are no direct buses here unless you join a tour.
On your own you will need to go Nazilli by bus, then to Karacasu by Dolmus, and finally catch another Dolmus to the site itself.
3 city tourThese three ancient cities were once part of the Greek free states and each is unique in its own way.
- Priene is located high up on a mountain side with great views and shady pine trees.
- Miletos is very spread out and has a wonderful ancient theatre.
- Diyma is the biggest Ionic temple in the world.
Several companies offer guided tours for $35
(including lunch, transportation, entry fees and guide)
Though it is possible to do this on your own, there is little advantage
as it will take you very long, and you will not save much money.
If you want to do this, however, ask us for details about which buses to take.
The 7 Churches of the Revelation
- Ephesus — Just a short walk
from our guesthouse!
Be sure to visit the ruins of the
Basilica of the Virgin Mary while you're there.
- Laodicea — Just outside
Denizli on the road to Pamukkale, and
a short dolmuş ride from either.
- Sardis — in the Izmir region
- Philadelphia — in the Izmir region
- Thyatira — in the Izmir region
- Smyrna — known today as Izmir, just an hour north of Selçuk
- Pergamum — north of Izmir, on the way from there to Troy and Canakkale
Sardis, Thyatira, and Philadelphia are located
around Izmir and are your best choice for a day trip.
Laodicea is just outside Denizli,
which is between two and three hours away by bus.
It is far less restored than Ephesus, so you
will feel more like you are discovering ruins.
You can combine this with a visit to Pamukkale.
The ancient city of Smyrna is largely covered
by the modern city of Izmir,
and is totally unlike unlike the other sites.
However, consult a good guidebook for details of what
to look for.
Pergamum is the furthest away of the seven,
but well worth a stop if you are heading toward
Troy or Canakkale.
The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
These were the Seven Wonders of the World
according to classical Greek writers,
listed here in order of distance from
- The Temple of Artemis — Just
about 300 meters away from our guesthouse,
a 5-minute walk and visible from the rooftop!
You can stop here on your way to Ephesus,
or walk down there any time.
- The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
— The tomb of King Mausolus, from
which we got the word mausoleum.
This is the second member of the list
in modern-day Turkey, just down the coast
And it's the only other one really possible
as a day trip — it's about
two hours by bus each way between
Selçuk and Bodrum.
- The Colossus of Rhodes —
This gigantic status stood beside (and
probably not across) the entrance to
the harbor in Rhodes.
Its wreckage remained after it fell,
probably in a storm, until some time
in the past millennium.
If you take the ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes,
you will enter Rhodes harbor past the place
where the statue stood.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus —
This was at Olympia, which is near the
western coast of the Peloponnese,
and not near Mount Olympus,
which is north-east of Athens along the coast.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
(also called the Pharos) —
Along the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt.
The Pyramids and Sphinx —
this complex of monuments on the Giza plateau
on the west side of Cairo is the only member
still standing, and not a "ruins of" or
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon —
South of the modern city of Baghdad.