OVERVIEW: This tour is designed to introduce you to the town of Kusadasi and unveil its hidden treasures on a guided walking tour.
HIGHLIGHTS: See Pigeon Island, the Byzantine Castle, the Inner Castle, and the Bramaki Art Gallery. Enjoy a Turkish bath which includes a scrubbing massage which will open the pores of your skin, followed by a foam massage to relax and smoothen your body. Delight in local dishes for lunch and enjoy a brief carpet presentation.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles and this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The Turkish bath is not recommended for guests with cardio and breathing disabilities.
This tour is designed to introduce you the town of Kusadasi and unveil its tiny hidden treasures on a guided walking tour. You’ll also enjoy a Turkish bath and lunch.
-Kusadasi: Enjoy a guided walking tour and see Pigeon Island, the Byzantine Castle, the Inner Castle and the Ibramaki Art Gallery.
-Turkish bath: Experience the perfect way to relax and unwind with a bath experience that includes steaming, authentic scrubbing and foaming soap cleansing.
-Lunch: Delight in local dishes for lunch.
-Enjoy the local handicrafts and a brief carpet presentation.
This tour is inspired by Mahmut Ökçesiz, a professional tourist guide and formerly a school teacher as well as a proactive citizen of Kusadasi and provides an introduction to the town of Kusadasi. You will be greeted by your local guide at the port and will start your walking tour of Kusadasi. After a 10 minute walk by the waterfront, you will arrive at Pigeon Island which is located at the close-shore of Kusadasi, connected to the shore with a mole. There you will have the chance to visit the Byzantine Castle built up on sharp rocks. At this point, you will have the chance to watch the beautiful panorama as you stroll around the castle. During the Ottoman Empire period, the castle served as a forward check point against all attacks and was originally called the “Pirates Castle" by the inhabitants because of its strategic location. As the castle was restored, the surroundings started to become occupied by tea houses, bars and restaurants until today. The name of the town Kusadasi actually comes from Piegon Island which in Turkish refers to "Bird's Island".
After visiting the castle, you will walk towards the city center to Kaleici, meaning “inner castle,” where you will enjoy the sweet hurry of the merchants. During your walking tour, you’ll have the chance to visit an Art Gallery building which was originally constructed as a Hometown Hospital at the end of 19th Century by Kusadasi gentry Ibrahim Zeki; also known as IBRAMAKI. The building was donated to the Municipality of Kusadasi in 1925 and has been used as Night Art School for Girls from 1959. Today, only the two way staircase in the front, the water tap and the top floor of the building standing on the castle wall constructed in the beginning of the 17th century remains from the original building which had been constructed with steel carcass system. After the castle walls were renovated the building was reconstructed as well. This building, which reflects the speciality of Ottoman Era Kusadasi Architecture, is now been given back to the community as an art gallery.
After your tour of the Ibramaki Art Gallery, you will continue your walk through the city gate and pass the City Arch on your way to a real Turkish treat which is the Turkish bath experience. A Turkish bath is a great experience and the perfect way to relax and unwind. You may either bring a bathing suit or use the pashmina clothing provided at the venue. You’ll enjoy a scrubbing massage which will open the pores of your skin, followed by a foam massage to relax and smoothen your body. Following the Turkish bath, the only way to regain your energy will be with the delicious dishes of the Aegean Region for lunch. Water, tea or coffee are included during the lunch. Soft drinks and/or alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost.
After lunch, you will see the downtown mosque and the watch tower. Before ending your day in downtown, you’ll enjoy the local handicrafts and a brief carpet presentation during a refreshment break. During the tour, you’ll receive a gift set and bottled water.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash or credit card for shopping
-Sunscreen and a hat
-Insect repellent is recommended in July and August
-Personal bathing items for the Turkish Bath are recommended such as a change of clothes and toiletries
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Please note that conservative attire is recommended when going ashore on this tour. No exposed shoulders or knees. Short pants and tank tops are not acceptable.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with ramps, inclines and steps.
-Due to the nature of this tour, this tour is not recommended for guests using a walker or wheelchair, or who have difficulties in walking, climbing, or managing steps.
-The Turkish bath requires certain health conditions and is not recommended for guests with cardio and breathing disabilities.
-There are not separate sections in the bath for men and women; there is one common section for both men and women.
-A basic package (bath/hamam, rubbing/kese and bubble bath/ köpük banyosu) will be provided in the bath and guests will be given full information about the package and procedures at the entrance. This service is provided by male attendants.
-Extra services in the Turkish bath above the basic package are available at an additional cost.
-The tour is completely a walking tour and no vehicles will be used during touring. All venues to be visited are subject to availability and some venues can be altered with others due to national events, festive days or town activities. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites.
-Due to the amount of walking and the steam in the Turkish bath, this tour is not recommended for children.
- The Byzantine Castle is currently closed due to renovation works. The castle is expected to reopen its doors in July.