OVERVIEW: This tour is designed for guests who have been to Kusadasi before and want to experience something off the beaten path. This tour will introduce you to rural life in the Aegean region and includes lunch in Tire.
HIGHLIGHTS: Explore Sirince, an authentic Greek village, and taste homemade fruit wines. See Tire's local handcrafts and mosques. Enjoy a typical Turkish lunch as well as a carpet presentation and time to shop.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles and this tour is not recommended for guests using a walker or wheelchair, or who have difficulties in walking, climbing, or managing steps
This tour is designed for guests who have been to Kusadasi before and want to experience something off the beaten path. This tour will introduce you to rural life in the Aegean region and includes lunch in Tire.
-Sirince: Explore the authentic Greek village and taste homemade fruit wines.
-Tire: See the village’s local handcrafts and mosques.
-Lunch: Enjoy a Turkish lunch in Tire.
-Enjoy a carpet presentation and time to shop.
Start your day with a trip through the ardent countryside on your way to the lovely town of Sirince (pronounced as she-RIN-jay), a small Aegean village of 600 inhabitants, located in the Turkish hillside about 1,000 feet above sea level. Most of the houses in the village date back to the 19th century or earlier and were built when Sirince was predominantly a Greek village. The village lies in a lovely bowl of hills surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves. The higher hills are covered with a pine forest. Nearly all houses command a pastoral panorama extending over many miles, undisturbed by modern developments. Farming remains the principal activity and villagers make wine and olive oil. Some of the best quality peaches and apricots from throughout the Mediterranean are grown there. The people of the village are proud of their rich history and heritage.
The name of the village, Sirince, comes from the word Cirkince which means 'ugly' in Turkish. The village used to sit deserted on the top of a mountain with very limited access and very dry weather. Today, Sirince is a famous location due to its wonderful vineyards and rich wine. The smell of the fruits and the taste of the wine are all there for you to enjoy. You will also have the chance to visit the famous one-of-a-kind Orthodox Church of Sirince.
After exploring the village of Sirince, you will stop in one of the wine houses for a tasting of the homemade fruit wines and then continue your tour with a drive to Tire.
Tire, which is one of the biggest provinces of Izmir, was established at the foot of the northern side of the Aydin Mountains. It is remembered as "Green Tire" due to its geographical structure and natural vegetation. From the First Ages until the periods before Turkish civilizations, the town was called "Teira." It took the name of "Tire" in the Turkish period. The town has a variety of cultural inheritances from different layers of civilizations that once inhabited this area. Tire has a rich cultural accumulation of handcrafts thanks to its ancient settlement in western Anatolia. Among Tire’s handcrafts, you can list rope-making, pack saddling, felting, quilting, matting, horseshoe-making, and embroidery as the main products of genuine Turkish culture and which are considered as dying art crafts.
Tire has a lot to offer its visitors as there are more than 100 mosques in the town and many remain from different civilizations. Another dying art, which is still present in Tire, is felt-making. Felt is made from sheep and lamb’s wool. Felt is diminishing in today’s lifestyle and is used primarily for decorative purposes. It is a dying trade and Tire is one of the last places to give life to this art craft.
You’ll enjoy a lunch at the end of your visit in Tire. Water, tea and coffee are included during the lunch. Soft drinks and/or alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost. On your way back to Kusadasi, you will have a refreshment stop in a native carpet weaving art center with shopping opportunities and a carpet presentation. Following this visit, you will continue to Kusadasi where you will have time to shop and browse the city center.
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
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven surfaces with inclines and 10 - 30 steps.
-Guests need to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
-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.
-This tour does not operate after the end of October.
-The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites.