Day 03 - Kusadasi – Patmos (B, L, D)
You will arrive in Kusadasi at 7.30 am. After breakfast, go on a half-day tour of Ephesus. Built 3,000 years ago, Ephesus shaped the history of Greek, Turkish and Christian civilizations from its privileged location, chosen (according to legend) by the oracle of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage, due to its proximity to the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) and the presence of major Christian figures (the apostles Paul and John and the Virgin Mary) within the city walls, Ephesus is currently one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The splendour of its golden age is visible throughout its streets and exceptionally well-preserved ruins. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will have the opportunity to breathe in the centuries of cultural effervescence, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian and the astonishing Library of Celsus. You will also have the opportunity to bargain and shop local merchandise such as carpets, leather goods, and souvenirs. Return to the ship and cruise to Patmos at 1.00 pm. Upon arrival in Patmos at 5.45 pm, you can take an optional excursion to the Monastery and Grotto of St. John, or explore the island at leisure. Return to the ship and depart for Crete at 9.30 pm. Overnight on board.