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.
Izmir half-day sightseeing tour
Wander through the 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
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 the 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 Agoras 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 historic ruins of Kadifekale’s whose name translated to Turkish means “the velvet castle.” Archaeological Museum: 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”).
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
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Sep 2018
This tour was ok but I would like to add another point to be more interesting this tour. The guide was acknowledged
This trip was disappointing. Although the tour itself could have been a pleasant little historic promenade through Izmir including two museums, the visit of the Kafidekale castle etc., it turned out to be a catastrophe - due to the guide. Güler didn't know I lived in Izmir and that only my parents were here for the first time, as real "tourists". Already within the first five minutes after pick-up, conversation tipped out from historical aspects (which is the actual mean of this trip) to her own political opinions explained in an offensive manner. She simply was unprofessional, this is the best way to describe. She's supposed to having studied history and archaeology but none of this was visible. My parents were constantly correcting her behind or reminding her antique names she had 'forgotten' while explaining history in the museum. In the end she even reminded us "to not forget to tip the driver", in a quite undiscrete and unpolite manner, although she didn't even take 30 seconds to introduce him to us nor to thank him (like guides mostly do), in fact she didn't even introduce herself ! Unprofessionalism pushed to its paroxism. It's sad for VIATOR because other trips I have done with this travel agency were great ! Thank you though for all interesting tours you manage to organize ! Next time will be better.