All a part of the City of Ephesus. This is the last major site before you leave the city and it is amazing. As you go throught the city you will see all of the major sites.
The acoustics are wonderful and the theatre is in wonderful shape. It is definitely something to see.
If you have any interest in archaeology and ancient civilization this is the place to go. Only a small part of the original town of 250,000 residents has been excavated but it is magnificent to see.
This is a huge site with lots to see, the grand avenue, the ancient library, and the huge amphitheater. We went with a tour and I was glad because the guide was able to give us a lot of information as we walked thru the site.
I was not sure if we should spend the money to go here ($300 per person from Istanbul) but if you like this sort of thing it is well worth the money. There are a lot of vendors that try to capture you when you leave but you can ignore them if you want.
We booked our tour through dailyistanbultours.com and they did a good job on this tour and the Istanbul City tour I booked through them. The only downside on this tour is when you leave Ephesus they take you to lunch at a place called Sultans ? and it is for tourists only. You don't order anything except your drinks. There is a food bar to pick off of. The food was barley edible but we were so hungry we ate it. The hot food was cold and the cold food was warm. They have you trapped because there is no other place around that can feed the hordes of hungry tourists. This was in March and the place was not even really crowded. I can't imagine what it is like during the high season.
After lunch we also had to endure a stop a rug factory and a leather store on the way back to the airport. Apparently most of the tour companies have deals to take the tourists in these places so if you are on a tour it is something to endure.
There is really nothing else to do anyway if you are going back to the airport to catch a flight so it does kill some time.
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