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Izmir Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2015

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Modern Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city and, at first sight, may seem a little disorientating and unlovable. Scratch the surface, however, and you'll uncover Izmir's ancient gems: the ruins of Alexander the Great's Castle, remains of the ancient agora (bazaar) and, just outside the city, archeological sites that, in Greek and Roman times, ranked among the world's greatest cities.

Day 1: Izmir Sights

Wander through the wonderfully conserved ancient agora, once a bustling Roman bazaar. From here, visit Alexander the Great's Kadifekale castle, which overlooks the agora from atop a hill and has views over the entire city. Put it all together on a visit to the neighboring Archaeological and Ethnographic museums to see the best preserved antiquities from the region's ancient cities.

Day 2: Ancient Ruins

Just 50 miles (80 km) from Izmir lie the ruins of one of the world's greatest cities: the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. Classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus' incredible ruins include the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, the Theater, the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Church of Mary, House of the Virgin, and the Temple of Hadrian. It only takes just a small amount of imagination to help you imagine what life was like for ancient Greeks and Romans.

Day 3: Thermal Pools

Spectacular Pamukkale is another must-see site for visitors to Izmir. These incredible, limestone cascades are created by a natural build-up of calcium carbonate, which make the cliffs look like they've been covered in icing! You can no longer take a dip in the pools at Pamukkale but, visit the neighboring ancient city of Hierapolis, and you can swim in the thermally heated Sacred Pool among the remains of ancient Roman columns.

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

4.5 star rating: Recommended 134 Reviews

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
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Pamukkale and Hierapolis

4 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Succumb to the spectacular sight of Pamukkale - a unique natural wonder with dazzling white petrified lime cascades. At the ancient city of Hierapolis explore ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00

Izmir Shore Excursion: Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

When your cruise arrives in port, discover the magic of Izmir on an introductory half-day tour that covers all the top sights. Wander through the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover the magic of Izmir on an introductory half-day tour that covers all the highlights. Wander through the ancient Agora, marvel at the ruins of Alexander ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

3-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Kusadasi and Ephesus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover three of Turkey’s top crowd-pleasers on this 3-day tour starting from Izmir. From your 4-star hotel base in Kusadasi, enjoy a full-day tour in and ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $256.82

Ancient City of Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi Port

Under this Private Ephesus Tour, there is 3 options for you to choose from to suit you individual needs. A three hour tour packed with all of the important ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $70.00

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