If you have been to Ephesus already, this is the trip for you!
Depart from the pier in Izmir for an hour and a half drive inland to the ancient city of Sardes.
We'll begin with a visit to Sardes and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, the remains of the Byzantine Church, and the site of the ancient marketplace of Agora.
As you stroll along the kingsway, you'll see the remains of one of the oldest synagogues in Asia Minor and the wonderfully restored facade of the gymnasium, where both scholars and athletes were trained.
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Alasehir and sample one of the regional Turkish wines vinted in this part of Anatolia.
When you return to Izmir, you'll visit the Kemeralti Market area, where you'll see the Kizlaragasi Han (The Ottoman Inn), a fine example of 18th century architecture. Browse through the narrow streets and enjoy some shopping before returning to your cruise ship.
- The price of this trip includes a driver and air-conditioned vehicle, all transportation costs, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and entrance and parking fees to all sites.
- Always communicate your needs and expectations to your driver/guide. They are there to take care of you in any situation, and are more than willing to adjust the day accordingly, upon immediate request. For example, if you are not interested in purchasing a certain local product, let your guide know. There is never any obligation for you to purchase anything.
- This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers.
- Please alert ShoreTrips in advance of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will do our best to accommodate.
Days offered: 7 days a week