Silversea Luxury Cruises A Izmir

Izmir

Formerly known as Smyrna, Izmir is Turkey's third largest city and its major port on the Aegean. Settlements can be traced as far back as 3000 B.C., but most of the remains from its long and eventful history have been swept away by war, fire and earthquakes. In recent times, it was the disastrous fire in 1922 that caused the city to be rebuilt in a modern style, leaving few historic remains. View more

Before the great fire and a Greek invasion, the city, still known then as Smyrna, was the most Western and cosmopolitan of Turkish cities. Many foreign diplomats, traders, merchants and sailors made their homes here. Among famous early citizens included the poet Homer, the founder of Western literature. After wars of destruction, the city lay in ruins until Alexander the Great refounded Smyrna on Mount Pagus, a fortification that still crowns a hill in the center of the modern city. Izmir lies at a central position on the western coast of Asia Minor in the Gulf of Izmir, which forms one of the finest bays in the Aegean region. Backed to the east and south by mountains, the city enjoys a dramatic setting. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board.

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Excursões em Izmir

Izmir Orientation

Your tour begins with an orientation tour along the streets of Izmir. This city is, and has been throughout centuries, a major port and commercial center. The port is famous for exporting rich, aromatic tobacco, succulent grapes and figs. The panoramic tour will highlight the Konak Clock Tower, Konak Mosque, Ataturk Monument, Passport Pier and Alsancak Train Station.


Continue on your tour to the ancient Agora ruins. During an excavations carried out in the quarter of Namazgah in Izmir, a fascinating Agora dating back to the Roman Empire was discovered. In 178 AD the agora, a public market, was completely destroyed in an earthquake that devastated the city. By the order of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Izmir and the Agora was reconstructed . The underground galleries, basilica still stand splendidly and the water penetrating through stonewalls still flows as it did in ancient times.


Your final stop on this tour is a visit to the Archaeology Museum of Izmir. One of the most important museums of the Aegean region, it displays many fine relics from Ionian, Aiol, Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras. After your tour of the museum, board your waiting coach for the return trip to the pier in order to rejoin the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.

Izmir and Sardis

You tour begins with an orientation tour along the streets of Izmir. This city is, and has been throughout centuries, a major port and commercial center. The port is famous for exporting rich, aromatic tobacco, succulent grapes and figs. The panoramic tour will highlight the Konak Clock Tower, Konak Mosque, Ataturk Monument, Passport Pier and Alsancak Train Station.


Izmir has been called "Little Paris" for many years; its residents composed of various religions, languages and cultures, creating a colorful atmosphere. This blend of cultures and heritages has provided the city with a diverse architectural offering. One of the best examples is, the Asansör (Elevator), which is the pride of the residents of Izmir. Built in 1907, the elevator was commissioned by a Jewish businessman to efficiently connect the 50 meter high Quarter of Halil Rifat Pasa and Mithatpasa Street. This structure was appointed as a public service to alleviate the highly congested streets of the city.


After viewing this fascinating highlight, enjoy a light lunch of local specialties at a restaurant in town.


Proceed to Sardis, a city wrapped in legend and history. Sardis was the home city of rich old Croesus, once King of Lydia. Croesus' wealth was famed across empires and is still legendary. Sardis is also famous for its King Road, that connected Persia to the Western territories of Asia Minor. This city changed hands several times before joining the Roman Empire.


This tour will allow you to explore the city via a colonnaded road passing a gymnasium complex, a synagogue left by an old Jewish settlement, a shopping arcade and Roman Bath, a Hellenistic theatre and the remains of a stadium. This fascinating city is also home to the 3rd century B.C. ruins of temple of Artemis, a stunning example of the Ionian style.

After this day exploring the rich history and culture of Izmir and Sarids, board your waiting coach for the return trip to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.

Full-day in Ephesus

Explore the ancient treasures of Ephesus during a scenic sightseeing tour of this historic city. Highlights of your full-day excursion include the House of the Virgin Mary, Terrace Houses on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain, and Basilica of St. John. A local lunch and some time at your leisure is included.

Half-day in Ephesus

Experience the ancient grandeur and highlights of Ephesus during a picturesque tour of this spectacular old city. Your half-day excursion explores the highlights of Ephesus, which once hosted St. Paul, St. John and the Virgin Mary. Next, visit the splendid ruins of the Terrace Houses on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain.

Bergama Town and Ascelpion

This tour has been organized for guests who find exploring the acropolis of ancient Pergamum too difficult. Touring the Asclepion is on even ground.


Depart the pier via coach for the approximate 1.5 hour drive to the modern town of Bergama located at the foot of the Pergamum acropolis. Proceed with a guided walk of the Asclepion.


The Asclepion

Below the acropolis, spread out on level ground, are the ruins of antiquity's first complete health spa and healing center. A 30-minute walking tour of the site includes the Sacred Way, Sacred Well and the Serpent Altar, the design of which was the symbol of Asclepius (god of medicine). The Asclepion's fame was mainly due to Galen, one of the greatest physicians of ancient times. Under his influence, the medical school at Pergamum became renowned, and his work presented the basis for all Western medicine well into the 1500s.

Leaving the site, you will head to the center of Bergama.


Archaeological Museum

Located on the town's main street, the museum houses a large collection of material from the Stone Age to Byzantine times as well as an ethnographic department. Following a brief visit, take a short drive through Bergama's busy streets to the Red Courtyard.


Red Courtyard

The massive brick-built ruins once belonged to the Temple of Serapis, originally built by Emperor Hadrian and converted in Byzantine times into a church dedicated to the apostle John. The building, also known as Red Basilica, takes its name from the red brick walls. After the destruction by the Arabs in the early 8th century, a smaller church was built within the ruins.


After your visit there is some free time to explore the Bergama town center before starting the return drive to Izmir.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking (Approximately 1 km/ 0.6 miles) on occasionally uneven ground. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair who must be able to transfer from the chair to the coach via steps. Sturdy walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended.

Pergamon Acropolis and Ascelpion

Discover the archaeological ruins from the ancient Roman city of Pergamon and the ancient health center, The Asclepion on this half-day tour.


Pergamum

Depart from Izmir port to Pergamum, passing through the fertile plains watered by the Selinus River, a site settled by one civilization after another since ancient timamum was ruled by Lydians and by Persians before falling to Alexander the Great in 334 BC. When Alexander died, control of the city passed to one of his generals, Lysimahchus, who controlled a great part of the Aegean region. After Lysimachus' death a cascade of kings and emperors ruled the city and the kingdom of which it was the center, from Philatairos to Attalus to Eumenes, to Atallus II, whose will finally declared that Pergamum would become a part of the Roman Empire after his death.


500 years later, around 300 AD, this already great city's golden age began with the invention of parchment in the city. You will tour the remains of the city's most famous landmark, a library that contained 200,000 volumes and put Pergamum on a par with Alexandria as a cultural center of the Roman Empire.


As you walk around the acropolis, located atop a steep hill with a spectacular view, you will get the impression that the city was built to be an inaccessible fortress. And it was. Continue on, admiring the celebrated library, a steep and impressively dignified theater, temples of Trajan and Dionysus, the monumental altar of Zeus, the sanctuary of Demeter, a gymnasium on three terraces, and the Agora.


Asclepion

Your next stop will be the Asclepion, named after the god of health, which is reached via a sacred road lined with still more monuments and architectural fragments from antiquity. The Asclepion added to the city's reputation as a center of learning and science, and contained a rehabilitation center, an Ionic portico, sacred spring, latrines, and a "psychotherapy tunnel".


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the 1,5 hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: The visit to Pergamum involves an extensive amount of walking (approximately 1.5 km / 0.9 miles) uphill and downhill across uneven ground. The site of the Asclepion is on level ground. It is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Sturdy walking shoes, a sun hat and long pants to avoid scratches from the briar bushes are recommended. Guests will need to take a cable car to reach the Acropolis that is located on a hilltop. Order of the sites visited might vary

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

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Explore Izmir at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Izmir at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.