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How to Spend 3 Days in Izmir

How to Spend 3 Days in Izmir

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

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

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Travel back to times to see the ancient christian ruins of Ephesus and visit St. Mary’s House during this guided day trip from Izmir. Along the eastern Mediterranean, discover the old yet well preserved city of Ephesus. Then, traverse to a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary spent her remaining days.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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Marvel at the petrified lime cascades of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis during this guided day trip from Izmir. This tour not only journeys to the stunning natural wonder of Pamukkale, but will venture to fascinating Roman ruins at Hierapolis built during the 2nd century AD. Here you will see the Theater and the Necropolis, the biggest ancient graveyard in Anatolia.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour from Izmir

Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour from Izmir

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Izmir Shore Excursion: Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Izmir

Izmir Shore Excursion: Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Izmir

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at the port, disembark your cruise ship and meet your guide. You’ll hit all the top highlights of Izmir on this introductory tour: discover ancient Agora, visit Konack Square and wander the Archaeological Museum. Return to your ship in time to catch your cruise to your next port.
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  • 3 hours
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