Ephesus by iPod: A Self-Guided Walking Tour
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
- iPod: Listen to fascinating facts and detailed history about landmarks including the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, and Library of Celsus.
- Detailed map: Feel like an ancient as you easily make your way through streets and find all the top sights, from the baths and brothel to the huge tiered theater.
- Cittantica Ephesus Park: Stop at Turkey's newest theme park, designed to re-create life in ancient Ephesus and keep the authentic spirit of antiquity alive.
- Free time in Kusadasi: See a brief presentation about the time-honored Turkish art of carpet making, or stroll the colorful streets in this lively seafront city.
About this Ephesus (Kusadasi) tour
If you like to go your own way, modern technology is your ticket to ancient Ephesus. It's a great way to imagine what it would have been like to live in one of the capitals of the ancient world.
The Fountain of Trajan honors one of Rome's great emperors with a statue of him overlooking a large pool. Trajan's right foot rested on a sphere, symbolizing his rule over the world – and leading historians to believe Romans knew the world's true shape way back in the 1st century.
At the Scholastic Baths, you'll see a line of stone latrines built against a wall. The original partitions were simply armrests, so privacy apparently wasn't a big deal for the ancients. But the rich and Roman still liked their comforts; it's said they had servants sit on the stone toilet to warm it before they took their seat.
Hercules Gate, depicting Hercules wearing lion skins to represent his first labor (killing a lion with an impenetrable coat), was an early traffic-calming structure to keep wagons from entering the street. It worked – check out the much smoother street beyond it.
The purpose of the brothel where Marble Road meets Curates Street was made abundantly clear by a statue with an enormous phallus found inside. (The well-endowed fellow is now in the Ephesus Museum.)
The Great Theater illustrates an archeological rule of thumb. Archeologists simply multiply theater capacity (25,000) by ten to guesstimate Ephesus' peak population of 250,000. Archeologists also estimate that for every week they excavate, they'll spend up to five weeks conserving and cataloging their finds. That leads you to GoBe's rule of thumb for iPod tours – for every hour you explore, you'll make countless great finds.
Oldest ad, oldest profession
Opposite the Library of Celsus, you can see an advertisement for an Ephesus brothel carved into one of the marble paving stones. It shows a left foot leading the way, a cross, a heart, a woman's face, and coins – a pictograph that says "turn left at the intersection where the affection of a woman can be bought for money." A secret tunnel connected the library to the brothel, a handy way to disguise illicit visits as a love of reading.
Cruise Pier: Look for GoBe at the pier. Hotel: Lobby pickup; Advise GoBe prior of your hotel stay. Izmir International Domestic Terminal - Baggage claim pickup. International Arrivals - meet outside of Customs. Call the operator at the meeting point.
Be your own guide with an Ipod in Ephesus. This tour is non-guided but an escort will accompany participants on the transportation and will return them safely to Kusadasi. The escort will not accompany the guests during tour but will assist them with purchasing entrance tickets at the site and assist them at the end of the tour to get back to Kusadasi. The escort will advise the designated meeting point and return time once you have reached Ephesus.
Please consider your mobility and physical fitness before selecting this tour. Participants must be able to walk continuously for approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and 10 to 30 steps.
Adventure, Cultural, Scenic, Shopping
Luxury air conditioned bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. There is no maximum age restriction, but we ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations, and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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