Izmir, historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country's largest port after Istanbul. It is located in the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. Izmir has almost 3,500 years of urban past, and possibly that much more of advanced human settlement. Modern Izmir also incorporates the nearby ancient cities of Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis and Klazomenai.
(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir)
As you float serenely over the distinctive volcanic rock formations of the ‘Valley of Fairy Chimneys’ in a hot air balloon, you’ll get a birds-eye view of this spectacular natural wonder.
(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Izmir, Canakkale)
As you descend into the dark underground city the lies beneath the streets of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, the 7th-century ghosts of this ancient subterranean settlement stir in restless corners of the eerie labyrinth.
Ancient rock formations stand in rigid skyward salute in an other-worldly landscape as the setting sun casts its golden hue on the prehistoric valleys of mysterious Turkey.
(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir)
Gather your courage as you descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu where Christians fled to escape 7th-century persecution.
(Istanbul, Canakkale, Sirince, Izmir)
Sink your teeth into Turkish delights with this gastronomic feast of a tour through the historical & culinary highlights of Istanbul, Canakkale, Sirince & Izmir. From İskender kebaps to dolma, unveil the secrets of mouth-watering traditional dishes from a local chef. Hunt for ingredients in fragrant spice filled bazaars, sip sweet fruit wines in villages, sample Turkish coffee & dine in celebrated restaurants. Between meals, tour the Hagia Sophia, the ruins of Ephesus, fabled Troy, cruise the Bosphorus & more.
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