Cruise Excursions, Daily Tours and Travel Packages of Western Turkey.
The Western Turkey (Aegean Coast) possesses some of the most spectacular and significant of Turkey's archaeological sites with a rich cultural legacy from early Greek, Roman and Ottoman civilisations. The ancient cities of Ephesus and Troy are permeated with the past, where amphitheatres, chariot-rutted streets and columns reek of historical importance. It was here that St Paul laid the foundations for the beginnings of Christianity, and where the face of legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, 'launched a thousand ships'.
Besides historical attractions, the Aegean is known for its magnificent coastal scenery and long stretches of sandy beaches, where pine trees and olive groves clad the hills surrounding popular resorts like Bodrum and Kusadasi. Inland, the calcium-rich mineral springs that surge over the edge of a mountain plateau at Pamukkale form Turkey's leading mineral spa and is one of the most celebrated natural attractions in the area. The city of Izmir, once famous for its figs, is today the modern capital of the region, and a major port and busy commercial centre, with good hotels and restaurants.
Arrival is Cesme will likely be by tender as the small port and marina do not have a berth large enough for most cruise ships. The tender dock is across a small marina from the commercial center of town which is next to the Cesme Castle, the area's most impressive historic attraction which houses two historical museums.Read more
Reviewed May 11, 2016
I came to Ephesus several years ago and took the ship's tour, it was VERY expensive and had over 30 people; I did not enjoy the experience.I wanted my return visit to be more satisfactory and ventured online to discover Celcus Tours, what a difference! it is a small company with individual service, just what I wanted. The staff is well educated, clean and personable. My guide, Semih Tazegul, spoke excellent English and I was surprised regarding his enthusiasm and knowledge of the area and its history. I finally got to see the Terrace Houses and then explored the Ephesus Museum, which is a "must see" after touring the ancient city. If you have the opportunity, come to Turkey and experience the history and culture. It is safe and you will not regret your time there.