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The Friends of The




Ephesos, Priene, Miletos, Didyma

and Pergamon

on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th , Sunday 31st May, Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June 2020


 Ionia, the central region of the western coast of modern-day Turkey was one of the cradles of

Greek culture in various periods, but most particularly in antiquity. Here Greeks came into

contact with the local cultures of Asia Minor, which led to fluorescence, particularly in the sixth

century BC. Later developments were built on these firm foundations. Today Ionia is best known

for its majestic ruins which primarily date to the Roman period, a time when the region was once

again one of the most prosperous in the Greek world. On this trip we shall marvel at the majestic

ruins of Ephesos, Priene, Miletos and Didyma. We shall also visit Pergamon, an amazing city

built on a hilly crag and its surroundings, which in the Hellenistic period was the centre of an

important kingdom that punched well above its weight. This is a truly eye-opening excursion,

which will allow us to enjoy the antiquities of the region as well as the beautiful countryside in

the full bloom of spring.



The projected itinerary is:

Friday 29 May

1250                Flight from Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) to Samos

1345                Arrive at Samos airport, by coach to Vathy for a leisurely lunch (not included)

and a visit to the local Archaeological Museum

1800                Ferryboat to Kusadasi

1930                Arrive at Kusadasi, transfer to hotel. Evening free.


Saturday 30 May

0830                Coach pick-up from hotel for full-day tour.

Visit the “House of Virgin Mary” and then continue to the magnificent ruins of ancient

Ephesos, arguably the best-preserved Roman-period city on the eastern Aegean coast, with its

impressive roads, houses and public buildings.  

Our final stop for the day is the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient

World. (Lunch included)

1600                Return to hotel

Evening free.


Sunday 31 May

0800                Coach pick-up from hotel, drive to Pergamon (modern Bergama).

Full-day tour of the ancient city. Among the sites to be visited are the acropolis, the site of the

Altar of Zeus, the Library and the Asklepieion. (Lunch included)

Afternoon        Return to hotel.

Evening free.


Monday 1 June

0830                Coach pick-up for a full day excursion. Our first stop will be the Ionian city of

Priene, famous for its theatre, Agora, Bouleterion and well-preserved houses. We shall then

visit the ruins of the great city of Miletos. Its theatre is by far the most impressive of the

town’s surviving monuments. There are also the council-chamber, marketplace, temples,

baths and Ilyas Bey Mosque to be visited. After lunch we will continue to Didyma, the site of

the world-renowned Temple of Apollo, famous for its great oracle. (Lunch included)

Afternoon        Return to hotel.

Evening free.


Tuesday 2 June

0730                Check out from hotel

0830                Ferry to Samos.

1000                Coach tour and time for lunch (not included). Please note: enquiries are

currently being made into a winery visit. If this eventuates there will be a slight

supplementary payment.

1730                Flight to Athens

1825                Arrive at Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)




Members and Non-Members (plus one guest) who wish to participate in this excursion are

requested to register their place by Wednesday 11 March at the very latest. Note that priority

will be given to currently registered Members, as places are strictly limited.



Please ensure, when making your reservation, you advise the office.


a)  if you will require a single, double or twin (2 single beds)  

b)  provide a contact telephone number (mobile and landline where possible), plus email

     address if available.

c)  provide us with your passport number.



PARTICIPATION COST  (per person) :


Members:                                                        Non-Members 


Single room:               460                                        Single room:               485

Double/Twin room:    415                                        Double/Twin room:    440

Triple room:                400                                        Triple room:                425


If Non-Members choose to become Members before making their deposit they will be eligible

to pay the Members' rate. Single yearly membership is 30, family membership 40. If any

current Non-Members intend to include membership payment in their bank transfer they

should inform the office by telephone or email before doing so.


Cost includes

v Economy air fare Athens-Samos-Athens

v Ferry Samos-Kusadasi-Samos

v Hotel accommodation with continental breakfast for four nights at the four-star Ayma

Beach Hotel, Kusadasi.

v Coach transfers on Samos

v Coach transportation in Turkey

v Guiding by accredited guide in Turkey

v Museum/site entrance tickets included in Turkey-based itinerary

Not included are meals (other than breakfast and lunch in Turkey as indicated in the

itinerary), museum entrance fees when visited at leisure, tips plus any other sundry expenses.  



For all confirmed reservations a non refundable deposit per person of:


100 for Members and Non-Members


should be paid into Alpha Bank IBAN acc. number GR20 0140 1150 1150 0231 0029 916 by

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 at the very latest.  


IMPORTANT: When remitting your deposit please ENSURE your NAME (and that of any

other participants you are paying for) is RECORDED on the PAYMENT SLIP and

then please either fax or email a copy of the remittance slip to the Institute  

(fax no. 210 924 1659, email: to ensure we have a correct record of your



Please note that no reservation will be considered valid or confirmed without proof of

payment by the deadlines given. In the event the places have not been filled by the deadlines

given, then members will be invited to register additional guests, if they so wish, subject to

remaining availability.


Half of the balance must be made into the same Alpha account as above by FRIDAY 3

APRIL. Apologies, but any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable.


The remainder of the balance, final payment must be made into the same Alpha account as

above, by FRIDAY 1 MAY.  



Travel Insurance must be a personal responsibility. Costs arising from

illness or injury cannot be borne by the Friends of the Australian

Archaeological Institute at Athens. Participants are also solely

responsible for ensuring that their required travel documents are in



Places are strictly limited, so please respond within these deadlines, to avoid





PLEASE CALL the Office of the AAIA on 210 924 3256 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm) to

BOOK as places are limited, or fax no. 210 924 1659, email:, including full

contact details




All participants are advised to exercise due caution when visiting archaeological sites, and more

generally while on the excursion, and are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes. We

also advise all participants to bring clothing appropriate to the expected/forecast weather

conditions as well as sun protection if necessary