PRIENE, MILETUS AND DIDIMA: TURKISH ARCHAEOLOGY
Culture & local gems, From 1 to 3 hours walking, Certified guide
Three unmissable sites of Graeco-Roman Turkey on a single excursion, the longest ever. In Priene, Miletus and Didima, you'll visit temples, Greek theaters and Roman baths. For lunch, there's a 5-star buffet of Turkish specialties served at the Venosa Beach Resort. Prepare your question for the oracle of Apollo as you'll have a chance to consult him right after lunch.
- Priene: temple of Athena, ancient theater
- Miletus: grand theater and Faustina baths
- Didima: temple and oracle of Apollo
- Buffet lunch at the Venosa Beach Resort
- A two-hour bus journey will take you to Priene, on a headland that overlooked the sea 2,000 years ago but no longer does.
- Discover what Asian Ionic style is like among the ruins of the Temple of Athena, founded by Alexander the Great himself, and try whistling to test the exceptional acoustics of the Theater. The sculpted lion paws on the front rows indicate that the seats were reserved for VIPs.
- Miletus was also once a seaside town frequented by philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes. Visit the Hellenistic Theater, remodeled in Roman times, which accommodated 15,000 people, and the Baths built by Marcus Aurelius for his beloved wife, Faustina.
- The walk among the ruins of the ancient world will undoubtedly have made you hungry: a buffet of Turkish and Mediterranean specialties awaits you at the Venosa Beach Resort, a 5-star hotel restaurant.
- A short walk is good after a hearty lunch: visit the temple of Apollo in Didima, second only in size to the temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Its oracle is also very popular, surpassed only by the one at Delphi.
Good to know
- Before booking the excursion or once on board, contact the excursion office to check the availability of vegetarian or gluten-free dishes and to report any food intolerances.