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silversea mediterranean cruise dikili pergamon turkeyThe tiny port of Dikili lies on the northwest coast of the Aegean Sea. Its closest landmass neighbor is the Greek island of Lesbos, which is connected to Dikili by a local ferry service. Although Dikili is off the beaten tourist path, it plays host to a number of cruise ships that call here each year, using the port as a starting point for excursions to ancient and modern Pergamum, or Bergama, as the modern town is called today. The port itself offers at most a very relaxed atmosphere. However, there are few tourist facilities for guests not participating in one of the tours.

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The ship is scheduled to anchor off the port of Dikili. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship's tenders, landing in the town center. Taxis may be available in limited numbers for trips farther afield. English-speaking drivers cannot be guaranteed.


A few small shops are scattered along the waterfront with a limited selection of merchandise. Be aware that not too many residents in either Dikili or Bergama speak English, and dollars may not be readily accepted in shops. The local currency is the lira.


Local dishes are mainly based on fish, lamb, olive oil and spices. Meze are typical Turkish appetizers and include cheese pastries, dolmas and potato fritters. Tuna and bonita are fished locally.

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The main reason to call at Dikili is for the purpose of visiting Pergamum.

Private arrangements for independent sightseeing are not available due to the limited number of English-speaking guides.
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