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How to Spend 3 Days in Izmir

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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 IzmirDay Trips

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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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Pamukkale and HierapolisDay Trips

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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Small-Group Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour Overnight Tours

Small-Group Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour

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Walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, St Paul and the Virgin Mary on this 3-day tour of Turkey’s historic highlights. Enjoy two different day trips from your base in Kusadasi – explore the mighty monuments and world wonders of ancient Ephesus, and bathe in the legendary thermal baths of Pamukkale, including an optional visit to Cleopatra’s pool. This small-group tour has a maximum of 14 people and includes two nights accommodation in Kusadasi, some meals, and round-trip airport transfers. 
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Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour from IzmirHalf-day Tours

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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Ephesus Port Tour Day Trips

Ephesus Port Tour

Explore the much-photographed ruins of Ephesus and cherry-pick your must-see attractions on this fully customizable private tour from Kusadasi. Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of the ancient city, including the Great Theatre, Celsus Library and Odeon, or upgrade to include visits to the Terrace Houses, the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus Museum or the Basilica of St John.
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Izmir Shore Excursion: Small-Group Half Day Sightseeing Tour in IzmirHalf-day Tours

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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4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus and HierapolisMulti-day Tours

4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus and Hierapolis

Ephesus, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, and Kusadasi are considered among Turkey’s must-see sites, but organizing accommodation, admission fees, and transportation to visit independently from Izmir cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this comprehensive tour, visit all four destinations across four days—with all the important logistics covered. Explore ancient cities and archaeological sites on the Aegean Coast, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 14 people.
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