Visit the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, followed by some time in an authentic village.
Just a short drive by air-conditioned vehicle from the pier lies one of the world’s most fascinating ancient cities.
Your journey through time begins with a pleasant drive along the Aegean Coast. Soon, the hills broaden into a wide plain and Ephesus can be seen in the distance. At one time, the city was the gateway to Asia Minor and boasted a population of 250,000. Formerly a seaport, it now lies several miles inland due to deposits of river silt that have collected over the centuries. The region is steeped in history. Visit the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). You'll also be able to view the Basilica of St. John and the 12th century Isa Bey Mosque.
Enter ancient Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world, through the Magnesia Gate. As you walk along the old marble streets, you'll pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You'll also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Terrace houses, the beautifully restored façade of the Celsus Library, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora, and the Theatre, which accommodates 15,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. Continue along the colonnaded harbor boulevard on your way out, passing the gymnasium and the remains of the stadium as you head toward the exit gate.
Now, you'll re-board your vehicle for the short drive to picturesque Çamlik Village, where you'll relax and enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch amid a pristine pine forest. After lunch, enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings, and see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and the differences between silk, flosh, wool, and cotton weavings for handmade rugs.
Afterwards, drive to Kirazli Village, experiencing en route the varied tones of green on the valleys and spectacular view of Kusadasi gulf from the high mountains. This countryside is reputed for its immense agricultural lands, including cotton, grains, and olive crops.
In Kirazli village you'll experience the perfect synthesis of Turkish culture and world-famous Turkish hospitality. Stroll through the streets, see the old-fashioned stone-and-stucco houses, interact with friendly and hospitable villagers, and walk among the nearby hillside vineyards and orchards. Afterwards, gather and enjoy Turkish tea and the local crepes, called "gozleme."
- The price of this tour includes a driver and air-conditioned vehicle, all transportation costs, an English-speaking guide, entrance and parking fees to all sites, lunch, and tea and gozleme in the village of Kirazli.
- Ephesus gets very crowded and extremely hot in the summer months, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and head covers.
- 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. Do not feel that you have to rush through your tour. Take your time. Ask questions and you may logically determine by the middle of your tour the amount of time you should need to return to the starting point. If you are taken to a shop or school, you may leave at anytime. You are not required to purchase anything.
Days offered: 7 days a week