Ports: Izmir Cruise Port

Izmir

Once the ancient city of Smyrna, Izmir stands as Turkey’s third largest city and one of its most important ports. It has transformed into a modern and bustling commercial centre, with its sweeping Kordon esplanade the perfect place to soak up the Aegean coastal views and a nightlife that is second to none. In addition to exploring its famous Kemeralti Bazaar, Izmir is also on the doorstep of some of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, including the World Heritage listed city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John.

Izmir’s Archaeological Museum is a good first port of call, overflowing with exhibits and artefacts that reveal the city’s ancient history. You can then see first hand the ruins of Smyrna at the Agora marketplace, now an important excavation site, which dates as far back as 3000 BC.

Most visitors docking in Izmir don’t miss the chance to visit the Ancient City of Ephesus, considered one of the most impressive and well-preserved ancient sites in the world. Tour its fascinating ruins, including the Great Theatre, Library of Celsius and Temple of Hadrian, and witness its famed Terrace Houses, before continuing on to the House of the Virgin Mary.

For those with more time, the ancient cities of Pergamon, Miletos, Priene and Didyma all boast impressive ruins and intriguing histories, which can be easily explored on shore excursions from Izmir. Or take the picturesque drive to the “cotton cliffs” of Pamukkale that cascade down a hillside below the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.

Not only is Izmir a vibrant destination in itself, but its proximity to some of Turkey’s most impressive ancient wonders make it a deservedly popular destination. Our selection of Izmir shore excursions will enable you to see as much as possible during your stay and have you back at the port well in time for your cruise ship’s departure.


Shore Excursions

Ephesus Exclusive

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Selcuk Ottman Castle Panaroma, Pigeon Castle Panaroma

9 hours

SHARED

941 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 830 ZAR to 3,193 ZAR

Ephesus Exclusive

Sardes Ancient City

Sardis Ancient City, Temple of Artemis in Sardis

8 hours

SHARED

701 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 572 ZAR to 3,026 ZAR

Sardes Ancient City

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary

5 hours

SHARED

794 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 701 ZAR to 3,119 ZAR

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary

Pamukkale (UNESCO World Heritage) & Hierapolis

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

11 hours

SHARED

830 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 664 ZAR to 4,023 ZAR

Pamukkale (UNESCO World Heritage) & Hierapolis

Ephesus & Temple of Artemis

Ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis

5 hours

SHARED

683 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 591 ZAR to 2,713 ZAR

Ephesus & Temple of Artemis

Priene, Miletos and Didyma

3 Ancient cities of Priene, Miletos and Didyma

8 hours

SHARED

978 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 812 ZAR to 4,318 ZAR

Priene, Miletos and Didyma

Pergamon & Asclepion

Pergamon, Asclepion, Acropolis

8 hours

SHARED

794 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 627 ZAR to 3,322 ZAR

Pergamon & Asclepion

Ephesus & Sirince Greek Village

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Ancient City, Sirince Greek Village

5 hours

SHARED

720 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 609 ZAR to 3,211 ZAR

Ephesus & Sirince Greek Village

Izmir Highlights

Kemeralti, Kadifekale, Kordon, Elevator, Agora

5 hours

SHARED

646 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 738 ZAR to 2,417 ZAR

Izmir Highlights

Biblical Ephesus Tour

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John

7 hours

SHARED

886 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 757 ZAR to 3,100 ZAR

Biblical Ephesus Tour