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: Priene, Miletos and Didyma Ancient Cities Duration: 5 to 6 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. It takes half an hour to arrive the first ancient city, Priene.
Priene Ancient City
One of the most important episcopate center during the Byzantine era, the ancient city Priene north of Miletus was given a very geometric design of intersecting right angles which is so called hippodamus plan(grid-plan). The most important structure in the city is the Temple of Athena on top of the hill with its five columns. In addition, northeast of the city is a 7000 person seating capacity theater constructed in the Hellenistic era which is definitely worth to see.
Didyma Apollon Temple
Close to the town of Didim, it was the center of prophetic oracles behind ranking Apollon Temple at Delphoi in antiquity. The Temple of Apollon in Didim was planned as a dipteros (having two rows of columns) but was never completely finished.
Miletos Ancient City
Located north of Didim, Miletos was a coastal city with 4 ports and one of the most important Ionian settlements. Its golden age was the 7th and 6th centuries BC. During this period philosophers in Miletos were putting down what would become the foundation of Western science and culture. The 5300 person theater built in the Hellenistic era was later enlarged to by the Romans and had a final seating capacity of 15,000. Faustina bath complex is really worth to see as well.
What we recommend? -Advanced walking of steep hillside or climbing. -Comfortable shoes are recommended. -Sunscreans or umbrellas are recommended.
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;