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Kusadasi for Second Timers # 4: Izmir(sm) (8 Hours)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Kusadasi, Turkey

Valid for Travel Now Through: 14 Jul 2019

Kusadasi for Second Timers # 4: Izmir(sm) (8 Hours )

Kusadasi, Turkey

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

An "Exclusively Virtuoso" Preferred Specialty Tour Operator, we specialize solely in Turkey, working with Travel Consultants of the Virtuoso Consortium; and, we have the distinction of having in house a former Professional Turkish Tour Guide and Turkish Archaeologist who has served as Official Guide to the British Royal Family during the tour of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Ephesus. Whether arranging a customized Shore Excursion or developing a complex Special Interest Tour itinerary in Turkey, Virtuoso Members communicate directly with the U.S. Headquarters of TURKEY AT ITS BEST(sm), enjoying (1) Immediate responses to their inquiries without delay from the time zone difference with Turkey, (2) Quotes in U.S. Dollars, rather than in Euros, (3) The security and cost savings of having the credit cards of their clients charged in the U.S., and in U.S. Dollars, (4) Prompt receipt of their commission checks, drawn on a U.S. bank, issued and mailed in the U.S., and (5) The peace of mind from receiving enhanced 24/7 customer support and service from our own Operations Center in Turkey for their clients.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

Lunch

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description


Your guide will meet you at 9:00 a.m. at the Port of Kusadasi and take you to Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city which is located on a bay of the Aegean Sea; it is one of the prettiest cities.


There are quite a few interesting sites to see in Izmir, besides sitting at a seafront café and watching Izmir Bay, people, pigeons, and horse-drawn carriages going by!


You can have a short Jewish Tour around Izmir. The historical heart of Izmir's Jewish life was in the synagogues of "La Judiera", the area of the bazaar where the synagogues are located and where some Jewish merchants still work. The biggest and the most popular synagogue is the Beth Israel Synagogue, a handsome Ottoman Victorian-style building dating from the turn of the last century. After visiting the synagogue, walk to the Asansör, a nineteenth-century public elevator which had been built to take passengers from the shore road up to the sheer rock cliffs with the “desirable residential district” above. Inscriptions above the door in French and Hebrew declare that the elevator was constructed by Nissim Bey. [Izmir where some familiar celebrities’ families have come from, such as Neil Sadaka, Eydie Gorme, and the famous European singer Dario Moreno]. (If this is not of interest, you could, instead, visit the ancient Agora as well as the wonderful Archaeological Museum).


Excavations are still going on at the ancient Roman Agora and the Castle overlooking the city – after all, Izmir’s history goes back thousands of years!


You can visit İzmir Archaeology Museum which is reached with a short walk up the hill from Konak Square. It houses a fine collection of Greek and Roman artifacts. Look out in particular for beautifully decorated sarcophagi, head of a gigantic statue of Domitian that once stood at Ephesus, and the impressive frieze depicting the funeral games from the mausoleum at Belevi (250 B.C.). Next door is İzmir Ethnography Museum; originally built in 1831 as St. Roche Hospital, this lovely old four-story stone building houses colorful displays (including dioramas, photos and information panels) showing local arts, crafts and customs. You'll learn about everything from camel wrestling, to pottery, to the techniques of tin-plating and felt-making, to embroidery and the art of making those curious little blue-and-white 'evil eye' beads. Other displays include weaponry, jewelry, and beautifull illustrated manuscripts. You will return back to Kusadasi after the tour.

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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Fantastic Tour Guides

By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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