Kusadasi, Turkey

Morning view of Kusadasi, Turkey

Introduction to Kusadasi

Beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue waters feature at Turkey’s main holiday resorts.

Numerous attractive cafes and restaurants can be found scattered along palm-lined boulevards serving a variety of fresh seafood and local specialities. Excursions give you the opportunity to visit Ephesus, ones of turkeys best-preserved ancient cities, as well as enjoying steam baths and the naturals spas available in Kusadasi.

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AEGEAN COASTLINE CRUISE

  • Relax on an exclusive boat cruise along the Aegean coastline
  • Visit secluded bays and pretty coves
  • Cool off in the turquoise waters

 

Boat Tour
Price£135.00 - £160.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Limitationvery limited
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The coastline around Kusadasi offers numerous opportunities for swimming, sailing and relaxation – this tour combines all three.

You will be welcomed aboard by your friendly crew and invited to sit back and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Aegean Coast.

Admire the rugged coastline and turquoise sea, and keep your eyes peeled for the schools of dolphins often seen here.

Your captain will anchor in picturesque bays where you can take a refreshing swim, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the view.

Enjoy a delicious lunch on board, accompanied by soft drinks, before commencing the return journey back to Kusadasi and your awaiting ship.

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 AND 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Whilst this tour involves minimal walking, all participants will be required to negotiate a walk of approximately 100 metres (330 feet) in order to reach your boat at Kusadasi marina. For reference, you will be transferred to and from the marina by minivan. Unfortunately, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Guests wishing to swim should come already wearing their swimming costume underneath casual clothing – don’t forget to bring a towel and adequate sun protection. Swimming is undertaken at the guests’ own risk, and participants are advised to exercise caution.

 


Ruins at Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey

EPHESUS & THE HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY (TOUR B)

  • Explore the archaeological site of Ephesus
  • Visit the last known residence of the Virgin Mary
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Located on the top of the Bulbul Mountain, nine kilometres (five and a half miles) from Ephesus, the shrine of the Virgin Mary enjoys a quiet and secluded atmosphere hidden in the green flora. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days and where you will spend some time before discovering the ancient archaeological site of Ephesus.

Departing the quayside, you will travel 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 stigmatised nun, Anne Katharina 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. Years after her visions, a French clergyman came to the area and found a house matching the nun’s description, but did not receive a good response when he sent word to the bishops of Paris and Rome. Then in 1891, a research team came to the area to see the house, and discovered a small chapel in ruins and a damaged statue of the Virgin Mary. Further research showed that the foundations of the house dated as far back as the first century. The house was restored to its present state in 1950 and has since become a popular place of pilgrimage.

Following your visit, you continue to Ephesus, one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities. Arriving at the archaeological site of Ephesus, you will be able to get an idea of the original splendour of the city. Some of the highlights you will see include the ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Forum, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastika Baths and the Great Theatre, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. In the distance you will also see the Terrace Houses, located on the hill.

Re-boarding your tour coach, you return to Kusadasi and your awaiting ship. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a strenuous tour, which is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be approximately two hours of walking at the archaeological site of Ephesus over uneven ground, plus around 20 steps, and 30 minutes at the House of the Virgin Mary, and around 15 steps to negotiate. Please note that the walk through the archaeological site of Ephesus is compulsory – your tour coach will relocate near to the exit during your visit. Ephesus is a busy site, therefore it is important that participants remain with the group. 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 though the site. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. 

 


Ruins at Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey

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 Celcus
  • Visit what is believed to have been the last residence of the Virgin Mary
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 8 - 8 ½ Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

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, Anne Katharina 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. In 1891, a research team came to the area to see the house, and discovered a small chapel in ruins and a damaged statue of the Virgin Mary.

After your visit, you arrive at the archaeological site of Ephesus, where you can gain an insight into the original splendour of the city. Some of the highlights that you will see include the ruins of the Library of Celcus , the Forum, the Temple of Hadrian, the Scholastica Baths and The Great Theatre, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics.

Enjoy lunch before continuing to your final visit — the remains of 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.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? 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. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.

 


JEEP SAFARI TO DILEK NATIONAL PARK & ZEUS CAVE (TOUR F)

  • Brace yourself for an off-road adventure in a 4x4
  • Discover the beautiful Zeus Cave
  • Visit Dilek National Park, home to a lovely stretch of coastline and forest
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Take off into the hills and countryside which surrounds Kusadasi on this action-packed full day 4x4 jeep adventure. Marvel at Zeus Cave, Dilek National Park, and the ruins of a Byzantine Castle before stopping for lunch and time at leisure on the sandy beaches of Kusadasi.

Your tour begins with a drive out of the city. En route, you stop in the gardens of Kusadasi where you will be invited to taste some fresh fruit, before heading up into the mountains to see ancient tombs, the ruins of a Byzantine castle and an old monastery on Samsun Mountain.

Continuing, you reach the forests of Dilek National Park, which is home to a variety of plant life and animals including wild horses and bears. Enjoy an opportunity to visit a waterfall and take a dip in the ice cold water if you dare.

Next, you venture on to Zeus Cave; hidden from view by plants and flowers, the cave has a mystical feel. Inside is a clear deep water pool where the spring water from the mountains and the salty sea water mix. According to legend, when Zeus provoked and annoyed his brother Poisedon – God of the Sea – he would hide within the safety of the caves calm waters whilst Poisedon during his wrath and anger would make the seas storm and rise.

Your tour will conclude with a stop for lunch and an opportunity to relax on the sands at Long Beach before heading back to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The minimum age for participation on this tour is 10years of age. You will be travelling both on and off-road so be prepared to be bumped around. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility, or guests who have respiratory conditions, asthma, heart or back problems, are recovering from surgery, or pregnant ladies. It is possible that the itinerary may be adjusted depending upon the weather conditions. If you suffer from motion sickness, it is advisable to take precautionary medicine prior to joining this tour. All jeeps are equipped with seat belts, which must be worn at all times; you are strictly forbidden to stand when the jeeps are in motion. We recommend you come wearing causal clothes.


Ruins of Athena temple in Priene, Turkey

PRIENE, MILETUS & DIDYMA (Tour D)

  • Visit three rich ancient archaeological sites
  • Discover how modern street planning first began
Price£85.00-£95.00
DurationApproximately 8 1/2 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Step back in time as you explore the wonderful ancient sites of Didyma, Miletus and Priene on this full day tour.

Departing the quayside, you head towards Priene, set at the foot of a sheer mountain wall overlooking the stunning Meander River. Priene was one of the first planned cities of the ancient world. Enjoy a guided walking tour here, passing by the ancient theatre, the Temple of Athena, the Prytaneion (Town Hall), the agora, and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele.

Continuing, you will join your coach for a short drive to Miletus, one of the principal Ionian cities. The original city was destroyed by the Persians in 494 BC and a new town was rebuilt by renowned architect Hippodamus, who gave Miletus its street grid plan. This revolutionary design of urban planning was soon adopted in Priene and by all Roman cities over the years. During your visit, follow your guide to visit the ruins of the theatre — which at one time could hold over 15,000 spectators — the Byzantine fortress, the Delphinium, the Nymphaeum, the Bouleuterion and the Faustina Baths which were named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius who planned the construction.

Your next visit will be to the classical site of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, which dates back to the 6th century BC. The temple was built around a spring, said to be the basis of oracle visions, which had dried up. Rumour has it that when Alexander the Great arrived, the dry fountain of prophecy came to life and the oracle announced Alexander to be the son of Zeus. A new superb temple was built, but never fully completed, to honour this, and it can still be seen today.

During your tour, lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately three hours of walking, over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.

 


Turkish Bath, Kusadasi, Turkey

RELAXING IN KUSADASI (TOUR C)

  • Experience a traditional Turkish steam bath
  • Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation
Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Your tour today will allow you to indulge in a traditional and relaxing Turkish steam bath. The history of steam baths goes back millennia. Many of the natural spas in Turkey were enjoyed by ancient civilisations, with both Seljuk and Ottoman Turks building elaborate baths to serve their communities.

Departing the quayside, you travel to Pigeon Island Castle, which was a major military base for the Venetians and Ottomans during their eras. The name ‘Kusadasi’, meaning ‘Bird Island’ originates from this castle. Pigeon Island is connected to the mainland via a pathway that runs alongside fishing ships and boats. Its romantic setting provides visitors with a breathtaking outlook of Kusadasi.

From here, continue to Caravanserail, located near the harbour. Built by Grand-Vizier Okuz Mehmet Pasha in 1618, the Ottoman Castle, which was built for overseas trade, was restored in 1966. Its courtyard is approximately 18.5 metres (56 feet) by 21.6 metres (65 feet).

Next comes the highlight of your tour as you proceed to the Ada Saray Hamam for a sensual and refreshing period of relaxation. As you enter the circular room, you should be prepared for the hot steam to soak into your skin. Built into the marble seating areas are water fountains where you can poor cold water over your bodies. As the temperature rises, your pores open up and your skin will become silky and smooth. You will then be prepared for the exfoliation, which is performed by a masseur with a mitten, before the soap sudding begins — the funniest part of your experience. A large muslin bag filled with white suds will be poured over your skin. The final stages of the Hamam involve an invigorating shower followed by a ‘body wrap’ with fluffy towels.

Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you board your tour coach for a brief tour of Kusadasi. Time permitting, you may have some time to browse the shops at leisure before the return journey to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and there are a few steps to negotiate at both Caravanserail and Pigeon Island Castle. Please remember to take your swimming costume with you. Slippers and towels will be supplied upon arrival at the Hamam. Please be advised that any massage and further treatments are not included in the price of this tour, and they will need to be paid locally. The Hamam is not recommended for guests with sensitive skin, heart, breathing or blood pressure problems, and is unsuitable for children. Upon returning to the quayside, guests have to walk through the terminal building to get back to the ship.

 


TURKISH VILLAGES & BIRD WATCHING (TOUR G)

  • Discover the enchanting old village of Doganbey
  • Visit the typical Turkish village of Karina – home to the Karine Lagoon
  • Look out for a variety of bird life, including pelicans
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Take time to explore the charming village of Doganbey, considered by many to be similar to an open-air museum with beautiful examples of age old Greek architecture, before going in search of local bird life at the Karine Lagoon.

Located on the edge of the Dilek National Park, is the delightful village of Doganbey, which dates back to ancient times. The village, previously known as Domatia was populated by the Greeks until the population exchange in 1923 when it became a Turkish village. The village is fast becoming a favourite haunt for filmmakers in search of the perfect location due to its charismatic old buildings and narrow streets.

Many of the stone houses have undergone sympathetic restorations, recreating the charm of the original village. Take time to explore the old mosque which was originally a Greek church and the recently opened cay house, which has been constructed in the traditional style of the area and offers superb views across the village.

Following your guided visit, you drive west to Karina at the tip of the peninsula, where just a couple of small fish restaurants gaze out to sea with only a handful of isolated buildings for company. Here you proceed to the Karine Lagoon also known as Dil Lake located on the Büyük Menderes River delta. The lagoon is one of the most attractive lagoons due to the variety of wildlife including birds to which it provides sanctuary. The approximate depth of the lagoon is one metre, which makes the lagoon an ideal place for fish farming and a perfect hunting ground for birds – keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars ready as your guide explains about the bird life that can typically be found here, including the wonderful bird – a pelican.

With your bird watching coming to an end, you will be invited to spend some time at leisure exploring the small fishing village of Karina and the Aegean coastline.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 WORLD VOYAGE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that guests will be expected to walk and/or stand for the duration of the visit to both Doganbey and Karina. You will need to negotiate uneven, narrow streets, sand and grassy banks as well as steps. We therefore do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We suggest you come wearing casual clothes and shoes with a good grip. A bottle of water and a pair of binoculars would be handy additions to your bag.


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