EPHESUS TOUR (16.01.2024)

08:30 : Hotel Pick-Up from Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

Your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark at 8:30 AM. Ensure you have comfortable shoes, suitable winter cloths, sunscreen, umrella and a water bottle for the day ahead. Bring your camera for a full day of exploration.

08:30 – 09:30 Introduction to Ephesus

Upon arrival, your guide will provide an overview of Ephesus, its historical significance, and the day’s itinerary.

09:30  – 10:30  House of Virgin Mary

Visit the House of Virgin Mary, a tranquil pilgrimage site believed to be the final residence of the Virgin Mary. Take in the spiritual atmosphere and hear stories about the house’s history.

10:45 – 12:00 Ephesus Ancient City

Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, witnessing iconic landmarks such as the Library of Celsus, the Grand Theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Terrace Houses.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring Turkish cuisine and taking a moment to relax.

13:45 – 14:45 Visit To Şirince Village and Leisure Time

After lunch, you will drive to the lovely and authentic Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince, which is located on top of a mountain. You will enjoy walking in the narrow cobblestone streets where the local people sell wine, olive oil, fresh fruits, and handicrafts. Sirince village is known for its homemade wines. Take some leisure time to wander through the streets of Şirince, shop for souvenirs, or relax with a coffee in a local cafe.

15:00 – 15:30 Ephesus Museum

Visit the Ephesus Museum to see artifacts and exhibits that further illustrate the history and culture of this ancient city. Gain deeper insights into the lives of the people who once thrived in Ephesus.

15:30 – 17:00 Basilica of St John 

Built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. One can still see graceful columns, mosaics and frescoes.

17:00 – 18:30 Departure from Ephesus and Arrival to the Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

Bid farewell to Ephesus and head back to the Hyatt hotel.

Note: The schedule is flexible and subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances. Your guide will ensure you have a memorable and insightful experience throughout the day.

PERGAMON TOUR (16.01.2024)

08:30 : Hotel Pick-Up from Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

Your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark at 8:30 AM. Ensure you have comfortable shoes, suitable winter cloths, sunscreen, umrella and a water bottle for the day ahead. Bring your camera for a full day of exploration.

08:30 – 10:15 Travel to Pergamon and Arrival

Arrive at Pergamon and start your day with a brief introduction to the city’s history and significance.

10:30 – 12:30 Visit to Acropolis

Explore the impressive Acropolis of Pergamon, a monumental complex featuring the Temple of Trajan, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temple of Athena.

12:30 PM – 14:00 Lunch Break

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring authentic Turkish cuisine.

14:15 – 15:15 Red Basilica – Aqueducts

Visit the Red Basilica, an ancient temple dedicated to the Egyptian gods Serapis, Isis, and Harpocrates. Marvel at its well-preserved red brick structure. Explore the ancient aqueducts of Pergamon, marveling at the engineering ingenuity that supplied water to the city.

15:30 – 17:00 Asklepion – Medical Center

Visit the ancient medical center, where the renowned physician Galen practiced medicine. Discover the innovative medical techniques of the time.

17:00 – 18:30 Departure from Pergamon and Arrival to the Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

Bid farewell to Pergamon and head back to the Hyatt hotel.

Note: The schedule is flexible and subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances. Your guide will ensure you have a memorable and insightful experience throughout the day.

İZMİR CITY TOUR (20.01.2024)

08:30 : Hotel Pick-Up from Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

Your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark at 8:30 AM. Ensure you have comfortable shoes, suitable winter cloths, sunscreen, umrella and a water bottle for the day ahead. Bring your camera for a full day of exploration.

08:30 – 09:30 Head to Kadifekale Castle

Head to Kadifekale Castle, offering panoramic views of Izmir. Learn about the castle’s history and its role in the city’s defense.

10:00 – 10:45 Smyrna Theatre Excavation

The Romans built Smyrna Theatre in the 2nd Century BC on the slope between Agora and the Acropolis hill to host political, cultural, and religious activates. The Romans built Smyrna Theatre in the 2nd Century BC on the slope between Agora and the Acropolis hill to host political, cultural, and religious activates. Excavations work is still ongoing. Seat up to 20000 capacity.

11:00 – 11:40 Agora Open Air Museum

Conclude your tour with a visit to the Agora Open Air Museum, an ancient Roman market with three floors. Explore the archaeological site and gain insights into Izmir’s rich history.

11:50 – 12:10 Portuguese Synagogue

Explore the Portuguese Synagogue, an important cultural site reflecting Izmir’s diverse heritage. Gain insights into the history of the Jewish community in the city.

12:30 PM – 13:30 Lunch Break

Lunch with local dining options. Enjoy some free time for lunch, allowing flexibility.

14:00 – 15:00 Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar and Kemeralti Market

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar, an old market with Ottoman architecture. Explore the Kemeralti Market, the world’s oldest active open-air market, for a unique shopping experience.

15:30 – 16:45 Saat Kulesi and Konak Pier, Pasaport

Meet at the Clock Tower, a symbol of Izmir’s charm with Ottoman architectural features. Discover the history behind its construction and its role in the city. Visit Konak Pier, an iconic waterfront structure with a rich history. Capture picturesque views of the sea and city.

17:00 – 18:00 Tarihi Asansor

Tarihi Asansor, a century-old building with a fascinating history. Enjoy panoramic views and capture memorable photos.

18:00 – 19:00 Departure from City and Arrival to the Hyatt Regency İzmir Istinyepark

After a full day of exploration, return to the Hyatt hotel, marking the end of your comprehensive tour of Izmir.

Note: The schedule is flexible and subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances. Your guide will ensure you have a memorable and insightful experience throughout the day.