Kusadasi, or “birds island”, is set on one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Aegean Sea, center of the seaside district of the same name within Aydın Province.
Born as a small fisherman's village , it soon became the most visited seaside resort in Turkey. Home of the Gran Bazaar a very famous shopping site, which counts more than 1000 stands.
Distinguished by amazing coastal views and important archeological sites, among which we remind the three settlements best preserved of the Ionic era : Didyma, Mileto, Priene.
Kusadasi is also known for the amazing sea and shores, virgin beaches that extend for kilometers, and it's turquoise sparkling waters are the perfect destination for divers and snorkelers.
Unique and evocative is the Pirate's castle, the Fort of Pigeon Island, the complex rises on a small island, connected to the mainland by a narrow path. You can enjoy the landscape from one of the many restaurants while tasting local specialties, or walking through the amazing flower garden.
Itinerary: Sirince Village, Ephesus Ancient City
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
When your cruise ship docks your professional tour guide will be awaiting you with a board where your name is written at the arrival gate of the Port. Then you will join your guide to get to the van. After 30 min. driving you will be arrived to Selcuk town where Ephesus ruins still stand. Firstly, you will stop at Ephesus. The extensive ruins which include The Odeon, State Agora, The Temples of Dea Roma, Prytaneion, Domitian Square, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, The Fountain of Trajan, The Baths of Scholastica, Themple of Hadrian, Celsius Library , The Gymnasium, Grand Theatre.. And much more monuments create the special atmosphere of Ephesus, charming each visitor. Once it was a trade center of the ancient world, later on became a religious center of the early Christianity and today, a famous and unique tourism center proving all its perfects to the visitors around all over the World. Then we drive up to the pretty old Turkish Sirince Village in Greek architectur located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards, peach trees, olive groves, tangerine and fig lands and the rocky cliffs covered with pine trees. The village has synthesis of Turk-Greek culture. One of the best attractions here is the wine shops. Here you find a very unique type of wine – made from different kind of fruits. Try its taste in small cafés or in the former municipal school restored. There is also a nicely restored Orthodox church and mosques. You will be welcomed by the local women on the narrow streets with cobble stone pavements, and selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil and other organic products. Only few houses keep the same typical old Greek house style – inside the layont is very much Turkish though. After the tour, visiting handicraft center and having presentation for authentic Turkish arts and drive back to Kusadasi Port.
The Terrace Houses section is located inside of Ancient ruins in Ephesus and has an extra entrance fee – 15 USD per person. So called as “the houses where the richest romans used to live”, the oldest building dates back into the 1C BC until 7C AD. You will be able to see amazing mosaics and frescoes and the famous water-running and heating system with clay pipes. In this section there are over 100s stairs. We dont recommend for people who has physical disabilities. It takes minimum 30 min. to visit.
You need to inform us prior the tour date if you want to add this visit!
Ancient city of Ephesus it’s an open air museum and includes 2 km. walking. Sun-cream-umbrella or hat is really recommended.
Program order: The order in which visits are mentioned might be changed and/or adjusted, according to circumstances.
Private Professional Licenced Guide;
-Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles;
-Private Professional Driver;
-Entrance fees to the sights mentioned above the itinerary
-Any tips for Guide & Driver;
-Any drinks (unless specifically mentioned);
-Any kind of other personal expenses;