Depart the Izmir port with your private driver and guide, driving approximately one hour to your first off-the-beaten-path ancient site, Metropolis. Still under excavation, the first settlement of this ancient site was founded nearly 5,000 years ago. The city rapidly developed as a trade centre before being abandoned following the Turkish conquest in the 15th century. After your Metropolis tour, you will continue to Claros, a prophecy centre of Colophon. This sacred site dates back to the 7th century B.C. and features the Temple of Apollo, an extremely important symbol of prophecy. A sacred cave near the Temple points to the presence of Cybele cults. The spiritualism of the ancient site is astonishing. Continue with a short drive to a handicraft centre for refreshments and a carpet demonstration. Return to port.
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