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Ephesus (Kusadasi)


Excursion 16: Turkish Towns & Villages
Tour Code: KSA-016
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 1/2 hours)

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Board your coach and head to the lovely town of Sirince (pronounced she-RIN-jay), a wonderful little Aegean village of 600 inhabitants. Most of the houses in the village date from the 19th century or earlier, and they 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 pine forest. Nearly all of the houses command a pastoral panorama extending over many miles, undisturbed by modern development. Farming remains the principal activity with many of the villagers making wine and olive oil.

After exploring Sirince and then stopping at a wine houseto taste the locally made fruit wine, you will head for Tire, a large province in the foothillsof the Aydin Mountains. Originally called "Teira," it became known as "Tire" in the Turkish period. As you wander through town, you'll notice the plethora of mosques (there are more than 100) and the variety of crafts, which include embroidery, quilting and rope making.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll stop in a traditional carpet-weaving art center and then continue to Kusadasi. Here, you will have free time for shopping or you may return directly to the ship, which is within walking distance.

Please note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven surfaces, inclines and 10 to 30 steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs or for persons who have difficulties in walking, climbing, and/or managing steps. Drinks are at an additional cost.

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