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 Izmir City.
Your First stop is Archaeological Museum of Izmir. Its filled with exhibits that showcase artefacts that go back as far as the very first days of ancient Smyrna. With more than 1,500 artifacts on display, you can easily spend a day wandering around the halls of this museum. The Archaeological Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.
After that drive to Agora, Smyrna, the ancient Greek city that is now Izmir, is steeped in history as far back as 3000 B.C. While the Agora is certainly not that old, its still very interesting to see. The Agora was a marketplace that served Smyrna and was built during the reign of Alexander the Great, or around the 4th century B.C.Destroyed by an earthquake,the Agora was rebuilt in 178 A.D. by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.
You will continue to Kemeralti Bazaar. The Kemeralti Market, located in Konak district of Izmir, is not only a historical area more than 300 years old, but also one of the best places to shop in Izmir. Sights in the market include the marble fountain the Mayors Building, an important monument from the Turkish War of Liberation. The quest free time at leisure you will have approx. 2 hours free time.
After all the visits, you will turn back to port of Izmir.
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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