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From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

1. From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide.  See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost.  After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Artemisa and take pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting.  End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

Private Sirince Village Tour from Kusadasi

2. Private Sirince Village Tour from Kusadasi

Hidden amongst verdant hills and whispering olive groves, Sirince Village emerges like a vision from a bygone era. Just a brief journey from the lively coastal town of Kusadasi, Sirince stands as a testament to Turkey's rich tapestry of culture and history. With its whitewashed houses, cobblestone pathways, and fragrant vineyards, this hamlet evokes feelings of nostalgia and yearning for simpler times. As visitors meander through the village's winding streets, they are met with a harmonious blend of Greco-Turkish architecture – a poignant reminder of the village's multifaceted heritage. Each building, each stone, seems to whisper tales of the epochs gone by, and of the people who once called these lands their home. Yet, Sirince is not just about historical reverie. The village comes alive with the bustle of daily activities, offering guests a taste of its vibrant local culture. The aromas of authentic Turkish cuisine waft through the air, enticing travelers to sample dishes ranging from succulent kebabs to an array of vegetarian mezes. A standout experience in Sirince is undoubtedly its local wineries. Renowned for their unique fruit wines, particularly those made from apple, peach, and cherry, these wineries invite guests to indulge their senses. The wine tasting sessions, often paired with locally-produced cheeses, become a delightful journey of flavors, further enriched by the stories of the wine makers themselves. For those with a penchant for handcrafted goods, Sirince does not disappoint. The village markets brim with artisanal treasures, be it intricately woven textiles, handcrafted pottery, or the finest olive oil products. Each stall and shop is a window into the soul of this community, reflecting the craftsmanship and dedication of its people. As the day nears its end, a visit to the village's panoramic viewpoint is a must. Overlooking Sirince, with its terracotta rooftops nestled amidst rolling hills, this spot offers a serene space for reflection. It's here that one truly appreciates the village's timeless beauty, juxtaposed against the ever-evolving tapestry of the world beyond. In essence, the Sirince Village tour from Kusadasi is not just a journey across space, but also time. It's an invitation to pause, reflect, and immerse oneself in a world that, while rooted in history, pulses vibrantly with the promise of tomorrow. Don't miss this chance to step into a world where past and present dance together in the most enchanting manner.

Kusadasi : City Discovery Tour

3. Kusadasi : City Discovery Tour

If you bored on cruise and dont want to spend all day on Ephesus ancient city , Lets discover Kusadasi with a local by walking. No rush No Hassle , just discovering freely This activity is just for you , if you looking for ; Best places to see ( Not Touristic) Best Local Food places Local Tea Tasting in a Local place Meet with locals Discovering Turkish Culture and traditions

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

4. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

Spend the day exploring the most memorable places in Ephesus and Şirince on this guided full-day tour from Istanbul, lunch included. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, see the Temple of Artemis, and taste local wine at a vineyard. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Istanbul. Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, meet your driver to head to Ephesus to start the tour. First, stop at the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. The visit to the House of Virgin Mary takes about 45 minutes. After, take a 5-minute drive to Ephesus to continue the tour. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. The city is an important site for Christianity as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk along the city’s marble streets accompanied by a tour guide. See the Ephesus Odeon, Ephesus Prytaneion, State Agora, Memmius Monument, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, and Ephesus Latrines. Next, optionally visit The Private House (so-called “Terrace Houses” brothel). Afterward, carry on to the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, the great theater, and Arcadian Street (Harbor Road). Later, head to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get a chance to take memorable photos of the Church of St. John and İsa Bey Mosque. Before the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, head to Şirince, an old village of Rûm (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selçuk, 7 km from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production. Complete your experience with free time for a wine tasting. At the end of your trip, get transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

5. Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting in Sirince Village

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus on this full-day guided tour. Step into the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore archaeological treasures. Your guide will also reveal the secrets of this mesmerizing city, once considered the most important Greek city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy Ephesus top sights, from the Library of Celsus to the theater, the Odeon, and the Trajan Fountain. Did you know Cleopatra and Mark Anthony had their honeymoon in this city? That’s right, as you walk around this city you will feel like you have traveled back in time. Next, taste some classic Turkish food at an authentic restaurant. After lunch, discover the charming village of Sirince. This cute village is famous for its fruity wines and olive oil. Thirsty? No worries enjoy sampling some of the region's tasty handmade wines. Finish the tour tipsy as you head to your departure point.

İzmir: Flavor Stops With GeziBilen Digital Audio Guide

6. İzmir: Flavor Stops With GeziBilen Digital Audio Guide

Get to know the city at your own pace with the interactive application you download to your phone. Interact with the city's top attractions and discover interesting facts and legends. Start your journey by downloading the GeziBilen Digital Guide application and continue by following the map on the relevant route. On this route, you can listen to the history of all these works from us. Izmir; the capital of Kumru, the motherland of Tulum cheese, the Sultan of tables with its meatballs is such a unique city with its local flavors. We guarantee you'll gain weight when you try to eat them all! We'll start our route with a huge village breakfast, but let's tell you in advance... If you want only one bottle of soda to be enough for making you feel better at the end of the day, you'd better not exaggerate your portions.

🛳️ 🏛️Ephesus Tour &🍷 Wine Tasting at my Family Garden 🧿

7. 🛳️ 🏛️Ephesus Tour &🍷 Wine Tasting at my Family Garden 🧿

🏛️ Discover the secrets of Ephesus with a local wine-tasting 🍇🍷 experience. Walk along the colonnaded streets in Ephesus to get a feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Enjoy tasting the spectacular local wines of this region with a local wine plate! Yummy! You will be picked up from Kusadasi Cruise Port or your hotel by a private luxurious minivan. Discover the secrets of Ephesus and the everyday life of the Romans. Then, get whisked away to a nearby town called Selçuk (Nea Ephesia) where my family garden is. Experience traditional pottery art-making demonstrations in the same garden. If you want to give it a try, roll up your sleeves! Explore the ancient Ottoman Bath right next to the garden. Feast your palettes with the awarded local wines of this region and Turkish delicacies. You will witness the everyday life of the local people in Selçuk, and connect with the region genuinely. You will be dropped off at the pickup point at the end of your tour.

From Cesme: Private Izmir City & Agora Tour with Lunch

8. From Cesme: Private Izmir City & Agora Tour with Lunch

With our Cesme Private Izmir City Tour, you can expect to visit some of the city’s most important locations, and spend a wonderful day in a private setting. For the purposes of this tour, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cesme during the morning. A comfortable and luxurious bus will drive you to Izmir, and along the way, you will meet your guide. The professional tour guide is in charge of providing detailed descriptions about the places of interest, as well as assist you in case you need. It is important to note that, as this tour is fully private, you are free to adjust the schedule as you wish, and decide how much time you spend at each location. In Izmir, expect to visit the ancient Agora. Back in antiquity, this location used to be the main hub for political meeting and discussion. Also, it was used as a marketplace. The city is, also, famous for Kemeratli Bazaar, which is one of the oldest in the country. The bazaar is still fully operational, so you will have the chance to purchase some nice souvenirs. One of the city’s landmarks that you will visit during this tour is the infamous Clock Tower. This impressive structure is 25 meters tall and was built in 1901. Your tour guide is about to explain some key information about this site, and you will have some time to snap some photos. In Izmir you will also visit Kizlaragasi Inn. This incredible building features the typical Ottoman architecture and was constructed in 1744. After visiting some of the most important and famous locations in the city, the bus will drive you back to Cesme. Expect to arrive back at your hotel in the afternoon.

Cooking Class in Selcuk ( Ephesus) and Market Exploration

9. Cooking Class in Selcuk ( Ephesus) and Market Exploration

We begin our gastronomic journey with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Kusadasi or from the port. Our friendly guide will greet you, ensuring you're set for the day's culinary adventure. Market Visit: Wednesday & Saturday: Explore the bustling Selcuk market. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere as you stroll through the aisles filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, and local delicacies. Your guide will introduce you to seasonal specialties, traditional ingredients, and the importance of each in Turkish cuisine. Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Sunday: Dive into the heart of the Kusadasi market. Engage with local vendors, savor the aromatic scents, and hand-pick fresh produce that you'll use later in the cooking class. Cooking Class: After our market exploration, we'll head to a traditional Selcuk kitchen. Here, under the guidance of a skilled local chef, you will: Learn about the historical and cultural significance of the dishes you'll prepare. Get hands-on experience preparing several traditional recipes. Understand the intricate flavors and techniques of Turkish cuisine. Feast: Once our culinary creations are ready, we'll set the table to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Savor each bite, discuss the flavors with fellow participants, and enjoy the company of new friends. Drop-off: With a satisfied palate and a heart full of memories, we'll transport you back to your starting point in Kusadasi, leaving you with stories to share and new recipes to try at home.

🛳🚴E-bike Tour & 🏛️ Ephesus Visit from Kusadasi CruisePort

10. 🛳🚴E-bike Tour & 🏛️ Ephesus Visit from Kusadasi CruisePort

🛳️ Get picked up from Kusadasi Cruise Port by your private tour guide, then transferred to Ephesus Ancient City by a van with AC. 🏛️ Travel back in time to explore the remarkable ancient city of Ephesus, the glory of Roman civilization, and listen to the interesting everyday life of the Romans who lived in Ephesus thousands of years ago from your professional local tour guide. 🌳 After your tour, get whisked away to the villages around Ephesus. Get your e-bikes from Çamlık Village. Wear your helmets and gloves and listen to the cycling tour brief. 🚴🏽‍♀️ Cycle through the picturesque view of the villages (Çamlık, Gökçealan, Çınar) and be amazed by the nature of the places on your pedal-assisted electric bikes. Feel the breeze while cycling through the outstanding scenery of olive orchards and pine trees. Say hi to locals you come across on the way. Observe the everyday life of the villagers. Connect with the region genuinely. Learn about the Turkish traditions of Turkish villagers. 🧿 🌲🍷 🍽️ Don't miss the chance to satisfy your body and mind, and finally your stomach simultaneously with this tour. At the end of the cycling tour feast yourselves with a traditional local lunch paired with the local Turkish wine under the pine trees. 🛳️ Get transferred back to the meeting point (Kusadasi Cruise Port). 👍🏽*Meeting point and drop-off point might be changed if needed. You can be picked up from and dropped off at your hotel or any address that you would share with your tour guide. Please contact me.

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We were picked up at the hotel on time. At Selcuk we were joined by our Guide Nizam who was very friendly from the word go. He had good knowledge about the places we visited and always made us comfortable. he was also very witty . We started off with visiting House of virgin Mary, then Ephesus and also visited silk weaving and carpet making factory, a leather factory and also some local wine tasting to top it all.

The tour guide Nizam was excellent and so was our driver. The pick up was exactly on time and everything was very well arranged. I highly recommend this tour company and the trip to Ephesus!

Well organised tour. Lunch was included and it was very nice. Both the driver and tour guide were good. The tour guide gave a lot of information which was great

Hotel pick up on time, we’ll organised transport transfers, great guide, small group, excellent places visited including many more that just Ephesus. 10/10.

Very good guide ! Volkan is very knowledgeable person and very pleasant to be around . Ephesus is a must see experience