Top Tours & Activities in Izmir
As Turkey's western pearl, Izmir is a thriving Aegean port city with a rich cultural heritage. It boasts ancient architecture, natural beauty, and is also an hour's drive to the spectacular ruins of Ephesus. If you fancy a cruise this is a favorite stop.
It's Turkey's second oldest train station and hub for tourists with a taste for adventure. If you want to visit Turkey's many historic landmarks, then this is a central stop.
This turn-of-the-century elevator is one of Izmir's must-see attractions. With stunning city views, a quick ride to the top will take you to an excellent traditional restaurant.
Just a short journey outside of Izmir is this spectacular rocky expanse. Picnic on the banks of its beautiful lake Karagöl or climb to the ancient tomb of Tantalus on its mount.
At the heart of Konak Square is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. With a classic Ottoman design, the clock tower is one of Turkey's jewels and a picture-perfect tourist spot.
Make a pilgrimage to Izmir's oldest church, famous as one of only seven holy buildings mentioned in the Bible. Plan in advance, as it is only open to tourists on special days.
Packed with hidden gems, Izmir's ancient market is a must-see for adventurous tourists. It's particularly good for leather, clothing, and jewelry - perfect for holiday bargains.
At the edge of the ancient site of Manisa is this towering, natural beauty. Reached via Izmir's winding mountain roads, visit its base where the famous Weeping Rock of Niobe sits.
Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, Izmir is hot and dry in the summer and mild in the winter. Its tourist attractions are open year-round, so the perfect time to visit is completely up to you.
Whatever your budget, there are plenty of sleek, modern hotels and cozy traditional guesthouses in Izmir. For a combination of the two, The Key Hotel comes highly recommended. This reimagined 1950s bank boasts high-tech rooms with stunning sea views. Or, for a touch of luxury, check into the Swissôtel Büyük Efes in the city's center with wonderful spa facilities.
- CurrencyTurkish Lira (₺)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+90
- Best time to visitTo enjoy some great sightseeing weather with fewer tourists, plan your visit for spring or fall.
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What People Are Saying About Izmir
We booked for the trip and were expecting to see a whole bus, but it was only the six of us and it tuned to be a private tour with the best guide (Gökçe thank you again!). We were with people visiting Ephesus for third time, and they said that this guide gave them more information than both times before.
Our guide was on time and well prepared for this excellent excursion to Ephesus. She answered all questions, as well as pointing many interesting facts about these sights we would only learn from a local expert in history.
We had a private tour, since it was late in the season, and our guide was courteous, friendly and very knowledgeable. We much appreciated his professionalism.
I thought the tour was good and was appreciative of the arrangements. The tourist lunch selection was terrible and out of the way which took too much time from the alotted tour time. We could have spent more time at each location if we hadn't bothered with the terrible lunch at the terrible location. We liked the guide. The driver was very good.