Your guide will meet you at Izmir Port, Kuşadası or at your hotel in Izmir. The guide will hold up a sign with your name on it. Izmir, also once called Smyrna, is Turkey’s third most populous city and the country’s largest port after Istanbul. It is located along the outlying waters of the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. Smyrna was the second city which received a letter from the apostle John in the book of Revelation. Acts 19:10 suggests that the church there was founded during Paul’s third missionary journey.
Driving along Kordon (the waterfront) to see the symbol of the city; Ottoman Clock Tower, which is in Konak Square – the heart of the city. It was built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdulhamit II’s accession to the throne. The clock itself was a gift of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. It is decorated in an elaborate; late Ottoman style. You will drive to the city’s famous Old Public Elevator, is another symbol of Izmir. It was built in 1907 and restored by the municipality in 1993. Restored old houses fill the old Asansor quarter, also known as the Jewish quarter.
You will drive to the Agora. This 2nd century A.D. agora, midway between the acropolis and the harbour, was partially excavated by German and Turkish archaeologists between the years 1932 and 1941. Your local guide will show you the only two-storey agora known to scholars: The first floor was reserved for wholesale trade, with workshops, cooling cisterns and warehouses for goods, while the second floor was designed for political meetings and retail trade.
After visiting Agora time to visit famous shopping centre, Kemeraltı of Izmir. Kemeraltı is historic market (bazaar) district. It was originally formed around the street surrounding the shallow inner bay of the city, which was filled in due course during the 17th century, availing the bazaar to be extended to a wider area. Afterwards, you drive back to hotel in.
TOUR TYPE : Regular or Private Group Tour
PICK UP : 08:00
DURATION : Approx. 10 hours
INCLUSIONS : Hotel pickup and drop off, English speaking guide, Lunch, Entrance fees
EXCLUSIONS : Personal Expenses, drinks, Photos and Videos, Tips (optional)
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