Atatürk Mh., Temple of Artemis, 35920 Selçuk/Izmir Province, Turkey

Ephesus is not an easy day trip from Istanbul, but for those eager to see the well-preserved Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient world’s seven wonders, the journey is worth the effort. Leave on an early-morning flight to Izmir, which is approximately an hour from Ephesus. For the easiest and most interesting visit, book a guide and driver, who will meet you at the airport and arrange for the day’s transportation. The site, which includes marble-paved streets, frescoes, decorative reliefs, mosaic floors and a 25,000-seat theater, is about 100 miles north of Bodrum, so some travelers choose to continue south. But those returning to Istanbul can also catch a late flight and return to their hotel for a late dinner. Indagare members can contact the bookings team to arrange for a private guide.

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