Missing Ephesus?

Aug 2nd, 2012, 12:25 AM
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The special recipe required American onions. What can i say?

And, Adu was not prepared to pay for the use of our balcony for the privilege of taking fireworks photographs!!!!

He also mistreated his girl friend in our presence by sitting at the dinner table before she did.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:05 AM
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He also mistreated his girl friend in our presence by sitting at the dinner table before she did.

That was no girl friend, that was my wife.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 06:32 PM
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You guys are a hoot!
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Aug 5th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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hope its ok to piggyback on this thread. i'll be in Istanbul in September (omg thats next month!) for a relatively short stay - 4 days - then Cappadocia for 2.5 days - then back to Istanbul for 2. I REALLY would love to do a long day trip to Ephesus. I hate the thought of missing it (specially after reading this thread). so, my question is - can anyone recommend a 1-day all inclusive? in other words, i dont want to get there and then try to figure out how to get around. thank you!
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Aug 5th, 2012, 08:45 AM
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I believe Purduegrad is taking Atlas jet to izmir airport and back, which provides free shuttle serviıce to selcuk which is very close to ephesus. You can then take a taxi to Ephesus from the bus depot (upper entrance) and hire a guide or get an audio guide to walk you down. This can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on how interested you are. (take water at gate before you enter. have hat and sunscreen. also have some cat food if you love cats)

Take taxi back to selcuk from lower gate. have lunch at restaurant of Hotel Bella.

visit Selcuk museum.
visit saint john's basilica
visit the mosque next to the basilica
if it is a market day, walk through the excellent street market.
if you still have time, and are interested, you can take another cab to virgin mary's retreat (a small chapel in an idyllic setting).

So, you will not need a personal tour from Istanbul. If you still opt for one, ask locally at Nazhan hotel or Bella hotel which are next to each other, and they will help you get one for a reasonable price.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 10:21 AM
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calla, OC is correct about doing our trip, but in another thread on this forum (http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...eaten-path.cfm) MinnBeef mentions doing an all-inclusive day trip to Ephesus with a company called AboutEphesus, and Minn seems very pleased with them. I do believe that this company receives high marks from TripAdvisor. AboutEphesus probably booked the same flight that we're taking, as Minn mentions leaving at 7 AM, as we are. I believe that they will arrange a door-to-door trip, including airport transfer, flights, tour, lunch, etc. Minn says that they were very good to work with. I'm sure there are other companies that would be happy to do the same.

I'm just stubborn and want to do it myself (albeit with lots of help and advice from forums such as this one) as much as I can.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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Oh, and whatever you choose, make sure your trip includes a visit to the Terrace Houses. I'm not entirely sure what all this entails, but I infer it was the ritzy section of town and you can see how first century members of the 1% lived -- St. Paul probably camped out on the other side of town. ;-)
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Aug 5th, 2012, 04:37 PM
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> MinnBeef mentions doing an all-inclusive day trip to Ephesus with a company called AboutEphesus, and Minn seems very pleased with them.

I could be mistaken, but I don't think MinnBeef has taken his trip yet.

> make sure your trip includes a visit to the Terrace Houses. I'm not entirely sure what all this entails

As you approach the library from the upper gate, you will find a covered structure to your left - the Terrace Houses, for which there is a separate admission. Pay it!!! Still being excavated, you will enter a space of several interconnected multi-story homes with some absolutely stunning decorations - marble wall panels, murals, mosaics, columns.... Amazing.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 05:56 PM
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No, kja, you're right. I misremembered what I read here and what I read on TA. The *TA* folks are very pleased with the company; hope MinnBeef will be, too.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Nope, I have not left yet but I CANNOT WAIT!!! I leave on the 24th. Yes, I have been very pleased with About Ephesus in that they were very responsive to my email questions. Not including the flight, which I booked on my own, I am paying $185 for an itinerary that includes Ephesus, including the Terraced Houses, Archeological Museum, Temple of Artemis, St. John's Basilica, and the House of the Virgin Mary.

PurdueGrad...I haven't kept up on all these posts. When do you leave and have you decided to include Ephesus?
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Aug 6th, 2012, 07:25 PM
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thank you so much for responses. MinnBeef, i'm so interested in hearing how you like the AboutEphesus itinerary and guide once it is complete. Thank you for the $$costs. Its helpful in my decision-making. I think I will just wait till I get there and see if i can tear myself away for a day. We originally thought we were going to have plenty of time but now i'm bummed we didn't take a few extra days. Well... still SO excited to chill in Istanbul. On another note: I love smoking Hookah and looking forward to having the experience in Turkey. Does anyone have any recommendations? thoughts?
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Aug 7th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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MinnBeef, we're not going until October, but we're already getting excited (maybe not as excited as you, but we still have two months to wait ;-)).

We leave October 18, spend four nights in Sultanahmet, then go to Cappadocia for four nights, and then return for five nights in Beyoglu. And yes, we have decided to visit Ephesus, in a long day trip apparently very similar to yours, during the Beyoglu stay. Your comments are responsible, in part, for this decision -- figured that if you could do it in a day, then so could we. You'll see another question about the best way to get to the airport at 5 AM in another thread: http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...to-ephesus.cfm

I'll be looking forward to your posts when you get back. Hope you have a wonderful trip!
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Aug 7th, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Turkey quickly became one of our favorite trips.

In case you confined to bed. Here is my Turkish trip report. You will see that Other is a recurring character.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...continents.cfm
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Jan 25th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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Stop spamming the threads please.
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