Izmir, Turkey

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Cesme Castle & Harbour
Library of Celsus at Ephesus
Konak Square

Introduction to Izmir, Turkey

"Beautiful Izmir" - the "Pearl of the Aegean".

The ancient city of Izmir is fast becoming one of Turkey’s most exciting and most important modern cities, a vast metropolis that continues to develop at a rapid rate. Vibrant, busy and thriving, the industrial and commercial Izmir of today is packed with modern shopping malls, stylish cafes and restaurants, a world away from the city that the Trojans founded in around 3000BC.

Set within a stunning bay and surrounded by vast mountain ranges, Izmir is not only exciting, it’s beautiful too, with plenty of natural attractions to enjoy, including an array of palm-lined beaches and charming parks. Within the city centre there aren’t many original buildings and monuments to discover, as much of the city was destroyed by a great fire in the 1920’s. There are however, a number of interesting sites from the 20th century, including the famous clock tower in Konak Square and the clever Asansör elevator – built in 1907 to transport locals to the top of the hill. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the city and the surrounding natural beauty. 

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EPHESUS (TOUR A)

  • Discover the impressive ancient site of Ephesus
  • Marvel at the marble-paved streets lined with historic ruins, including the awe-inspiring Library of Celsius
  • Visit what is believed to have been the last residence of the Virgin Mary

 

Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
  • Discover the impressive ancient site of Ephesus
  • Marvel at the marble-paved streets lined with historic
    ruins, including the awe-inspiring Library of Celsius
  • Visit what is believed to have been the last
    residence of the Virgin Mary
This tour provides a fascinating insight into the history of one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities – Ephesus. 
 
Begin your tour with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. The house is believed to have been the last residence of the Virgin Mary, and was brought to public attention by a bedridden nun, Katarina Emmerich, in the 19th century. She had visions of the Apostle John and Mary travelling to Ephesus after the Resurrection of Christ, and her descriptions of Mary’s house were recorded. 
 
After your visit, you arrive at the archaeological site of Ephesus, where you can gain an idea into the original splendour of the city. Some of the highlights that you will see include the ruins of the Library of Celsius, the Forum, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastika Baths and the Great Theatre, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. 
 
Next, visit the Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana. The temple was built around 250 BC and was made entirely of marble. All that remains of the Seventh Wonder of the World today is a column and fragments on the ground. After a short time here, you will enjoy lunch. Your final visit is to the Basilica of St John. It was believed that St John spent his final years in the area around Ephesus and was buried here. The foundations and marble floors have been partially reconstructed, and more recent excavations have revealed a baptistery and central pool. 
 
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

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TOUR NOTES: Please note that a strenuous amount of walking and standing is involved in this tour, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Uneven ground and steps will be encountered. Please be aware that Ephesus is a busy site, therefore it is important that guests remain with the group. The walk through the archaeological site of Ephesus is compulsory – your tour coach will relocate near to the exit during your visit. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes; a hat, sun protection and a bottle of water are also recommended. The ground at Ephesus can become slippery when wet, so guests should exercise due care and attention when walking through the site. Depending on the berth of the ship, there may be a walk of up to 400 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. 

Izmir, Turkey

IZMIR CITY TOUR (TOUR C)

  • Explore the main sights of Izmir, a city built on the coast of the Aegean Sea
  • Savour impressive views of the city 
  • Browse for souvenirs at the Kizlaragasi Hani caravansei
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £15.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Explore the main sights of Izmir, a city built on the coast of the Aegean Sea
  • Savour impressive views of the city 
  • Browse for souvenirs at the Kizlaragasi Hani caravansei
Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, and the country’s largest port after Istanbul. Located on the Aegean Sea, it is the ancient and medieval city of Smyrna. Spend time taking in the many highlights of the city. 
 
Begin with a journey to Asansör, also known as the ‘Elevator’. Built in 1907 by Nesim Levi, the Asansör is one of the principal landmarks of Izmir. It used to work by a water-driven mechanism, but was later restored and is now powered by electricity. The elevator offers an impressive view over the city and the bay. 
 
From here, you continue to the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna located at the foot of the Pagos hills. It is said that the Agora was built during the reign of Alexandra the Great. Destroyed by an earthquake in 178 AD, it was rebuilt by Faustina, the wife of Marcus Aurelius. Turkish and German archaeologists excavated the site between 1932 and 1941, and the Agora has now been arranged into the Open Air Museum of Izmir. During your visit, you can view the architectural remains of the ancient shops. 
 
Your final stop is at Kizlaragasi Hani, a caravanserai built by Haci Beşir Ağa in 1744. The typical Ottoman inn is an impressive construction with a 4,000 square metre courtyard and a roof covered completely with lead. Originally an inn for travellers from the East carrying silk and spices, today the caravanserai shelters stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts and carpets. You will be able to browse the stalls prior to the return journey to the quayside and your awaiting ship. 
 
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that although it is possible visit these sights independently, this excursion is for those who appreciate an organised tour with a knowledgeable guide. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and there may be some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Depending on the berth of your ship, there may be a walk of up to 400 metres from the ship to the tour vehicles. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. 
 

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