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In a nutshell

From the monumental ruins of ancient Ephesus to the pastoral environment of a small Ottoman village. You'll taste local wines that taste of fruit and will discover what life is like in the small wooden houses with red tiled roofs. Round off the tour beautifully by enjoying a traditional apple tea, and visiting a small shop selling wonderful examples of local handicrafts.

Main stops
  • Ephesus, guided tour of the main monuments.
  • Şirince, visit to the village, tasting of local wines and Turkish apple tea in a traditional tea room.

The programme
  • The day starts with a guided tour of Ephesus: you'll see the small theater, the Fountain of Trajan, the Scholastica Baths and, in the Temple of Hadrian, decorations depicting Medusa, the Amazons, Athena and Heracles.
  • The Celsus Library stored no less than 12,000 rolls of papyrus, while the theater seated 24,000 spectators and hosted, among other things, gladiator fights and the sermons of St. Paul.
  • Continue to Şirince, a rural village of Greek origin, famous for its fruity wines, with tones ranging from raspberry to peach, pomegranate to blackberry: of course there'll be some for you to try too.
  • enjoy the slow pace of life in the village, wandering through the winding streets with Ottoman style homes built with stone, plaster and wood. In a traditional tea room we'll serve you a wonderfully fragrant apple tea.
  • It's time to head back to Kuşadasi but before you leave would you like to take home a few souvenirs? We've arranged a stop in a shop where you can buy local handicrafts and then, before you get back on board, a final tour of the colorful markets and bazaars.

Good to know
  • Be prepared to walk for about 3.2 km on uneven, cobbled surfaces, with sloping ground and 10-30 steps.