Izmir is Turkey’s largest port after Istanbul and is a free zone, which was established in 1990. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean basin, with areas believed to be dating back to the mid-Chalcolithic and Neolithic ages. Being invaded over the ages, from Roman and Byzantine to Seljuk Turks and Ottoman rule, Izmir (Smyrna as it was known in ancient times) suffered even after the Greco-Turkish war, right up to the 1970’s with an influx of people from the Anatolian inland.
Standing on Mount Yamanlar (Dagi), the tomb of Tantalus was designed with a grave room in the plan of the fountain, displaying a style called isopata, meaning the construction has a rectangle plan, covered by vaults. It is thought to be the tomb of the Basileus or Tyrant who ruled ancient Smyrna in 580-520 BC.
Izmir harbor has a stunning the Clock Tower, a beautiful marble tower that rests in the middle of the Konak district, standing 25 meters in height. It was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père in 1901 for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the ascension of Abdülhamid II. The clock workings themselves were given as a gift to the then Ottoman Empire by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The tower features four fountains which are placed around the base in a circular pattern.
Tailormade Holidays to Izmir
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Turkey — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Izmir.
The Crowne Plaza is an elegant hotel with spacious and stylishly decorated rooms. The hotel has a spa and wellness centre with thermal pools and a Turkish bath.
Ege Palas is a lovely hotel with panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. The rooms are spacious and modern and feature a balcony. The hotel has a sauna and hair salon.
Set in 40 thousand square meters of landscaped gardens, the Swisotel Grand Efes is a five-star deluxe hotel. The well-appointed guest rooms and suites have spectacular views over Izmir and the sea.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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