Izmir, the Sad Princess of Turkey in a 6-hour private tour

Izmir, the Sad Princess of Turkey in a 6-hour private tour


Smyrna; Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Smyrna, where images, thoughts, and unique experiences await in every corner. Despite their contradictions, they come together to embody the essence of Turkey, where the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures is palpable.

As Turkey’s third-largest city and main hub for international trade, Smyrna (known as İzmir in Turkish) boasts a population of 3.5 million and is situated on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Izmir, just 90km east of Krini (Cesme) and facing the picturesque Chios island on the Aegean coast.

Itinerary: Asansor (Historical Elevator), Konak Square, Kemeraltı Bazaar, Roman Agora

Highlights of the Izmir, the Sad Princess of Turkey in a 6-hour private tour

  • Private tour approx 4 hours
  • Discover modern and ancient Izmir
  • Visit the Asansor (Historical Elevator) and Kemeraltı Bazaar
  • Specially designed for cruise passengers, Transfer from/to the port
  • English-speaking tour guide


Description of the tour

As you embark on your journey, your guide will be waiting for you at the port. Together, you will explore a city brimming with captivating sights and stirring feelings. Izmir, the historic city and port of the Mediterranean, holds a rich past as one of the oldest cities in the region, once known as Ionia. Over the course of time, it has undergone two significant transformations. The first dates back to ancient times, documented by renowned Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian Stravon as “Old Smyrna.” The second transformation occurred during the Hellenistic period, when Alexander the Great and his descendants developed the city into what it is today.


With a rich history dating back over 8000 years, Izmir stands out as a fascinating city in Turkey. Its archaeological sites, such as the bustling Market, as well as its close proximity to iconic locations like Ephesus and Pergamon (both just an hour away), make it a must-visit destination. But it’s not just its ancient past that makes Izmir unique. Influenced heavily by its Greek heritage, the city has carved out its own distinct identity. Proudly, many of its youthful and well-educated citizens declare that they reside in the most forward-thinking community in the entire country.

The oldest elevator in İzmir

Step into history and take a ride on the Asansör, a magnificent structure that offers unparalleled views of Izmir Konak Square. This iconic elevator, constructed in 1907 by a Jewish banker, was designed to make the ascent up a steep hill a breeze for both people and goods. Today, after careful renovations, the Asansör remains a top attraction in Izmir, providing the perfect setting for a picturesque sunset. Enjoy the charms of this historic building, boasting two cafe terraces on the first floor, perched 50 meters above ground level. From here, gaze out at the stunning sights of the city and the sparkling sea.

Experience the mesmerizing atmosphere of the Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar, located behind the iconic clock of Izmir. Immersed in a blend of Sunday bazaars and flea markets, this market boasts a vast network of labyrinthine alleys. From artisanal bead shops to tucked-away leather jacket boutiques, and intricate local decor for homes and buildings, you can find it all here. However, the true highlight of this market lies in its charming cafes, where the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the air. Don’t miss out on trying the most famous coffee in the market, Sukru Bey Coffee, brewed by placing the cups directly on the fire.

Concluding our journey will be a visit to the Roman agora, where you’ll be captivated by the exquisite İzmir (Smyrna) while immersing yourself in its rich history.

SPECIAL OFFER: Plus, if you depart from the port, a complimentary lunch will be provided as part of this special offer.

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Included in the tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking guide licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Non-Smoking, air conditioned vehicle and professional driver
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • Pick up and drop off at the port
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

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