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Are you looking for the ultimate sightseeing excursion during your holidays? Izmir Sardes Tour promises to take you to some of the most notable sites and monuments in Anatolia in order to explore the culture and history of the area. Admire the ancient structures of the city, visit one of the oldest synagogues and observe Roman ruins. Sardes Tour will upgrade your holidays experience and enhance your memories.
Izmir Sardes Tour begins during the morning. A comfortable and modern bus will pick you up from your hotel in Izmir or from the airport. The road trip has an approximate duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes and a professional tour guide will accompany and assist you during the day.
The starting point of this guided tour is the ancient city of Sardes, which used to be the capital of the Lydian Empire. The most interesting highlight about this settlement is that the first coin ever was invented there, meaning that the city was a key commercial and trade centre. Accompanied by the tour guide, you will visit the temple of Artemis which was built during the 3rd century BC. It is located close to the Acropolis of Sardes and from there you may take some nice photos of the site.
The tour continues towards the ancient city of Sardes where you can observe and admire several interesting and important structures. Among others, you may observe the Roman gymnasium and its impressive structure. It features an enormous gate with a marble street. The street leading to the gymnasium had multiple shops of Jewish merchants, as the signs indicate.
Among the most important buildings there, is the Jewish Synagogue that was constructed during the 3rd century and was operating for 500 years. According to the findings, Sarde used to host the largest Jewish community outside Palestine. This synagogue is also one of the oldest in the broader area of Anatolia. Among the ruins of the synagogue you can observe beautifully made mosaic floors, columns, and Greek and Roman inscriptions.
This exciting sightseeing exploration includes a lunch break that will take place at a local restaurant. There, you can enjoy typical recipes and relax in a cosy setting. In addition, a shopping stop will also take place at a workshop of handcrafts in order to receive interesting information about the production and shop some souvenirs. By the end of the tour, the bus will drive you back to Izmir. You will arrive at your hotel during the afternoon full of great images and positive emotions.
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Join a full day Izmir Sardes Tour and visit the one of the biggest ancient city in Turkey. Sardes is also known as the city where the first coin was invented and the settlement has a long history waiting for you to unfold its secrets. This tour takes to you some of the most notable sites and places of interest with an incredibly informative guided tour. Beautiful landscapes, roman aesthetics, archaeological sites and deep-rooted culture are some of the things you should expect.
Pick Up: Sardes Tour takes place on a daily basis from Izmir. For your own comfort, members of our team can pick you up from your place of accommodation, from the airport or the port. Pick up service is scheduled to take place during the morning.
Temple of Artemis: The first site to visit is the Temple of Artemis which is situated close to the ancient city. It was constructed during the 3rd century BC. In a short distance, there is the acropolis of the ancient city of Sardes and from there you may enjoy some panoramic views.
Ancient city of Sardes: Then you will proceed with an exceptional guided tour at the ancient city of Sardes. During antiquity, it used to be the capital of the Lydian Empire. An interesting highlight is that, archaeologists discovered there some of the first coins ever made and used. The abovementioned, signals the importance of this settlement in terms of trade and commerce.
Roman Gymnasium: During your exploration in the ancient city, you will observe some of the most notable structures of the settlement. One of them is the Roman gymnasium which illustrated imposing aesthetics and architectural design. The road leading to the gymnasium is made by marble and on the sides of the road there used to be small shops of Jewish merchants, based on the signs that were found.
Jewish Synagogue: Another important structure is the Jewish synagogue. In fact, this synagogue is the oldest in Anatolia and impresses visitors with its amazing design. It was built during the 3rd century and operated for 500 years. Among the ruins of the synagogue you can observe mosaic floors, ancient columns, and Greek and Roman inscriptions.
Lunch: This tour includes also a lunch that will be served at a typical local restaurant in the nearby area. There, you can taste some delicious recipes and relax.
Shopping Stop: For those who wish to purchase some souvenirs, a shopping stop is included in the schedule. You will visit a local workshop of handcrafts in order to observe how they are made and get some interesting information about the production.
Return: The tour finishes during the afternoon. By the end of the sightseeing experience, the bus will drive you back to Izmir, either at your hotel or at the airport. Sardes Tour will be a truly amazing excursion for you, your friends or family.