Izmir is the 3rd largest City in Turkey and the 2nd largest sea port. Following the Turkish revolutionary war much of the city needed to be rebuilt; as a result the city today is an interesting mixture of modern High rise buildings with wide tree lined boulevards.
Izmir enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, which is probably why the street life is so lively. A walk on the Kordon reveals an endless line of restaurants, Bistros, Bars, Coffee shops and Tea Houses all spilling onto the street.
A visit to Izmir can not be complete without spending a few hours wandering round the Market Area of Kemer Alti. This is a bustling Bazaar where literally anything can be purchased.
The region has been inhabited since 3000 AD so the area is rich in historical sites, these can be found within the city (Kadifekale - Bayrakli) but also within a short drive you can find Ephesus, Pregamum, Sardes, Teos and many more places to explore.
The city is a port of call for major cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean.
When you arrive in the port of Izmir, your private guide will be waiting to lead you to your own luxury vehicle, in which you can relax as your private shore excursion to Ephesus begins. Enter the magnificent city through the Magnesia Gate, and then a walk with your guide into the ruins of ancient Ephesus, was the capital of Asia Minor in Roman era. The route will take you to Odeon, Celsus Library,Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan and Great Theater.
You will then visit the House of Mother Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. The Basilica of St John, built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St John the Apostle,
Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World. It was completely rebuilt three times and was eventually destroyed in 401 AD.
Drive back to Izmir port, where your tour concludes.
This is a private tour and includes a driver and a separate English-speaking guide who will accompany you into all attractions to provide commentary.
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