Footsteps of Alexander - Three Ancient Cities
Brimming with ancient history and magnificent classical architecture, this tour visits Priene, best known for its 4th-century Athena Temple bankrolled by Alexander the Great. A five-thousand spectator theater built in the 3rd century is next, along with a gymnasium and a stadium at Anatolia. Priene was one of the first cities in the world to have streets laid out at right angles. Then take a drive through the rolling hills and scenic farms until you reach the Ancient City of Miletus. Next visit will be Miletus, the oldest of the most powerful of the 12 Ionian cities of Asia Minor is where the world's first coins were minted and exact weights were first established. The main attraction is the theater, originally built in the 4th Century BC and enlarged to a capacity of 15,000 during the Roman period. Then journey back in time via the Sacred Way en route to Didyma.This ancient road was once flanked by lions, sphinxes and statues of priests. In Didyma you will see the Temple of Apollo " considered to be one of the great monuments of antiquity, built in 560 BC. It still remains overwhelming, both by it's enormity and intricacy and was the third largest structure of the Hellenistic world. In the space of a few hours you will have experienced three of the most stunning sites of the ancient Mediterranean cultures. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Didyma where you will be offered a buffet including many classic Mediterranean dishes served with unlimited local beverages. After a relaxing lunch we return to Kusadasi where you may enjoy a carpet demonstration and some time for shopping or return to the ship.
Notes: Please note: Wear comfortable, rubber soled shoes as there is a lot of walking and many steps inside the ancient cities. Wear a hat and sunscreen as it can get very warm here. Bring your camera. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Port: Kusadasi (Ephesus)
Duration: 6.5 hours
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