In March, 2014, following advice gleaned from TripAdvisor contributors and others online, we visited Ephesus, Turkey. This is a small report on that trip from Istanbul to Ephesus which perhaps could be helpful to others. We flew on one of the airlines that has a free shuttle bus from Izmir to Selcuk (Atlas Airlines). The only real hitch there was finding where to catch the shuttle at the airport. You just go out the door opposite where you come in and cross the bridge. At the end of the bridge just past the steps, turn left and walk straight and you will see the Atlas busses. There are several. Look at the placard in the window. Have your boarding ticket stub ready, they will ask for it. (0n the way back, use your confirmed flight documents). Right near the bus stop, which is in front of a small mosque, is a helpful tourist information office who can give you a free map of Selcuk and direct you to your hotel. Also they will tell you to catch the shuttle for the return flight by waiting across the street from the mosque, 2 hrs before plane time.
In Selcuk, we stayed at a beautiful hotel, the Kalehan Hotel, which we found praised online, and our experience was similarly positive. The hotel itself is beautiful, a place that someone has obviously loved. The room was very pleasant, clean, and generous. The staff was attentive and helpful. One of the staff, Seda, is a licensed guide. She took us in a minibus to and very capably guided us through Ephasus, and we went with her also to the Virgin Mary House and St John’s Basilica. Don’t miss the Terrace Houses because they cost extra. In fact, don’t miss Ephasus if you like old ruins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 46 rooms, pool & rose garden with a nice restaurant inside our property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalehan Hotel Selcuk
- Hotel Kalehan Turkey/Izmir Province