After arriving in Istanbul the students caught a connecting flight to Izmir where their tour bus and historian met them. On their way to their hotel in the port town of Kusadasi, the students started their sightseeing in Turkey with a visit to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and St John's Basilica both located in the town of Selcuk in the Izmir Province.
Kusadasi is a pretty resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and boasts a major cruise terminal, due to its close vicinity to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus - which the students will tour tomorrow.
A photo of the Kusadasi waterfront taken from the hotel has been added to the gallery.
By Ella Woodgate and Tia Shadford
We were excited! For many of us this was going to be our first international flight - it couldn't be any more exciting than this. We had found seats, traded seats so that we weren't sitting next to strangers and then we set off. Our travel would see us flying for almost eight hours to Singapore then waiting five hours for our next flight. Eagerly boarding our 10.5 hour flight to Istanbul and then finally jumping on a 45 minute flight to Izmir. Oh, and a bus ride to get us all of the way to the hotel.
In the 24-plus hours we travelled, we have discovered that we are all pretty good travellers. No one was sick in transit and everyone was quite comfortable with sleeping on the airport floor whilst waiting for our flights.
When we arrived in Turkey we drove south to St John's Basilica and Artemis Temple remains. It was here that we heard the stories of St John and the ruins that remain. This site was awesome! We got to touch marble and stone that had been there for thousands of years! This was pretty spectacular. At times, we took photos and the sheer size of the site overwhelmed us. This was ancient and we were experiencing it in the modern worked. It was a great experience to be able to actually visit places that we had learnt about in history class.
This page was last reviewed on 20 Apr 2016 at 03:56PM