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

Priene, Miletos and Didyma

3 Ancient cities of Priene, Miletos and Didyma

8 hours

SHARED

1,045 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 867 ZAR to 4,613 ZAR

Priene, Miletos and Didyma

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary

5 hours

SHARED

848 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 749 ZAR to 3,332 ZAR

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary

Sardes Ancient City

Sardis Ancient City, Temple of Artemis in Sardis

8 hours

SHARED

749 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 611 ZAR to 3,233 ZAR

Sardes Ancient City

Pergamon & Asclepion

Pergamon, Asclepion, Acropolis

8 hours

SHARED

848 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 670 ZAR to 3,548 ZAR

Pergamon & Asclepion

Pamukkale (UNESCO World Heritage) & Hierapolis

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

11 hours

SHARED

887 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 710 ZAR to 4,298 ZAR

Pamukkale (UNESCO World Heritage) & Hierapolis

Izmir Highlights

Kemeralti, Kadifekale, Kordon, Elevator, Agora

5 hours

SHARED

690 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 789 ZAR to 2,583 ZAR

Izmir Highlights

Ephesus Exclusive

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

9 hours

SHARED

1,005 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 887 ZAR to 3,410 ZAR

Ephesus Exclusive

Ephesus & Temple of Artemis

Ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis

5 hours

SHARED

729 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 631 ZAR to 2,898 ZAR

Ephesus & Temple of Artemis

Biblical Ephesus Tour

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

7 hours

SHARED

946 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 808 ZAR to 3,312 ZAR

Biblical Ephesus Tour

Ephesus & Sirince Greek Village

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Ancient City, Sirince Greek Village

5 hours

SHARED

769 ZAR per person

PRIVATE

from 651 ZAR to 3,430 ZAR

Ephesus & Sirince Greek Village