1 Day Tour in Izmir
Arrival at the port of Cesme after 35 minutes and immediate boarding of a bus to the city of Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey, where for decades the heart of Hellenism in Asia Minor was beating. Passing through Alatsata, a purely Greek Orthodox village before 1922, which still retains the traditional Aegean architecture and Vourla, another important cradle of Hellenism in Asia Minor, arrival in Smyrna after about 1 hour. Tour of the most important neighborhoods and attractions. Starting from Kokargiali, Quarantine (Enopi) and Karatasi, we reach Konak Square, where we will see the Clock - a symbol of the city and the Government House with the Ionian elements on its facade, where Metropolitan Chrysostomos testified. Then, we will pass in front of the railway station of Kasambas (19th century), the classical style building of the Hellenic Central Girl's School and the formerly named Hatzifrangou Street in the area of the hospitals. We continue to the English railway station of Aydin, Punta, with the few Levantine houses that survive even Frangomahalas, the most important and largest of all the Frankish districts of the East, inhabited by wealthy Europeans and Greeks.
In the narrow alleys still stand houses from the 19th century, mainly with the emphasis on the classical elements in their architecture, giving an image of the city before the catastrophe. As we cross the beach of the new "Kai", we will highlight the Kapetanaki House, an impressive neoclassical building, which houses again, after 15 years the Greek Consulate, while continuing to Bella Vista, we will pass in front of the classic building of the National Bank and the old customs (Eiffel project).
Then, an optional visit to the ancient market of Smyrna and a tour of the archeological site, where the richest collection of Greek murals in the world was recently discovered with scenes from the daily life of the Roman period. Our next stop is Agios Voukolos, the only orthodox church that survived the 1922 Catastrophe, dedicated to the first bishop of Smyrna, Voukolos. The church has been recently restored and testifies with its presence to the beautiful but also the tragic moments of the Hellenism of Smyrna.
Then, free time in the bustling bazaar of Smyrna, Kemeralti. Here is the old Ottoman neighborhood of the city with labyrinthine alleys, old Ottoman houses and a restored inn from the 18th century. In the afternoon gathering and return to the port of Cesme. Boarding the ship and departure to Chios.
PRICE PER PERSON WITH TOUR: €40
PRICE PER PERSON WITHOUT TOUR: €35
** The trip to Turkey can be completed with passports with a minimum validity of 3 months or police IDs in Latin characters
- Chios - Cesme - Chios ferry tickets
- Greek speaking guide
- Transportation - tours according to the program
- Port tax € 2 per person (regardless of age) for the private port of Cesme, which you pay at check-in at the port of Cesme
- Entrances to museums