Uncover the mysteries of ancient cities and castles during a half-day guided sightseeing tour in Izmir. With your local guide explore the remnants of Alexander the Great’s castle, admire ancient Agora and spend time at the Ethnographic and Archaeological museums.

Highlights

  • Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
  • Wander through Ancient Agora
  • Visit the ruins of Alexander the Great's Castle
  • Explore the Archeological Museum home to many Greek and Roman artifacts and the Ethnographic Museum displaying local arts and crafts
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Local handcrafts, Izmir

Kick off your tour with a pick up at your Izmir hotel and then travel with your guide by air-conditioned coach to see the highlights of Izmir. First, head to ancient Agora and discover the former Roman Bazaar. After marveling at the commanding castle of Alexander the Great, visit both the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums where you will delve into Izmir’s traditional art and culture. 

Highlights include:

Ancient Agora
One of the world’s most well preserved Agora’s was home to a lively Roman bazaar. As you explore with your guide, admire the ancient Colonnades of Corinthian columns, see arched rooms and glimpse up at rebuilt archways. 

Kadifekale
Pick out a spectacular view of Izmir from high atop Alexander the Great's Castle. Learn about the history ruins of Kadifekale’s whose name translated to Turkish means “the velvet castle.”

Archaeological Musuem
Enjoy Roman and Greek artifacts at the Archaeology Museum. Inside, see the head of Domitian, an enormous statue that resided long ago in Ephesus.

Ethnographic Museum
Delve into Izmir’s vibrant arts and crafts at the Ethnographic Museum. Here, gain insight into how embroidery wood-block printing and pottery is created. Then, relish the opportunity to see artisans create the centuries old Nazar Amulet (Turkish blue and white “evil eye”).

Itinerary

Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Wander through Ancient Agora
Visit the ruins of Alexander the Great's Castle
Explore the Archeological Museum home to many Greek and Roman artifacts and Ethnographic Museum displaying local arts and crafts

Customer Reviews

michael g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

fantastic despite the rain and bad weather---our guide was terrific

Hamid K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and had a great sense of humor

Usman C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

A great guide who was very informative but felt the tour did not provide enough of an insight into Izmir.

Kamalesh K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

Well planned. The museum was closed. This should be prominently put on the tour description.

HERODOTOS M Cyprus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Very interesting city

Alan B

4 star rating: Recommended May 2012

I went on this tour to get a good idea of what Izmir was all about. And it was very good . Got to see Izmir without trying to do it my self.
Thank you

Fabio D Germany

4 star rating: Recommended March 2012

A very nice City! Thanks to my Guide Murat Y. he make the Sightseeing to a special Day, he show me many Place`s in Izmir, with many interesting Informations!

Leif S

4 star rating: Recommended November 2011

Good overview. The guide added much to the experience.

Shannon

4 star rating: Recommended August 2011

Our tour guide, Sinan was really knowledgeable about the sites which made the tour more enjoyable. It was a good way to see some of the city! Good tour

JAMES P USA

4 star rating: Recommended December 2008

It was great to see life in Izmir. Would have liked to have the option of seeing Ephesus or Virgin Mary's house. Other tours were able to cover in the 4 hours we had in the port.
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