Aerial view of the waterfront in Izmir

Izmir Tours and Travels

About Izmir

The vibrant port city of Izmir has long been both a buzzing commercial centre and a popular traveller destination for both foreign and domestic tourists. Visitors will love strolling along the broad, leafy Kordon, taking in the view of the water, stopping for a sip of traditional Turkish tea and soaking up some of the never-ending sunshine. With sweeping bays, thermal springs, bustling streets and picturesque beaches, Izmir really does have it all and is an absolute must for anyone travelling through Turkey.

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While day trips to Ephesus and the quaint village of Sirince are popular with visitors to Izmir, there are plenty of things to do without even leaving the city. Rich with history and heritage and benefitting from a range of cultural influences, Izmir is a stronghold of interesting sites. The Agora is an ancient site that was originally built for Alexander the Great and is now one of the most stunning open air museums in the country. Mighty colonnades and impressive statues make up the majority of the landscape within the park.

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.

Izmir Tours

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Izmir Hotels

If you are planning a Izmir holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Ege Palas Hotel Izmir

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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. Breathtaking views of the sunset can be had in the Panorama Restaurant whilst guests enjoy a range of tantalising meals, freshly prepared by the hotel's talented chefs. The hotel also has its own fitness centre, fully equipped with modern machinery. The hotel is located in Alsancak, in the heart of Izmir.

Hilton Hotel Izmir

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Hilton is an elegant and stylish hotel with spacious, modern rooms. With every comfort and need being catered to, the hotel truly lives up to the expectations of the brand. The sauna has stunning views over the city and the restaurant serves up a generous variety of Mediterranean dishes, accompanied by sensational Turkish wines. Hot and cold drinks and snack can be enjoyed in the lounge area. The hotel is close to the city centre, with views over Izmir Bay.

Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

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. Greek, Turkish and Swiss cuisine are all available in the hotel's various dining options and cocktails can be enjoyed in the stunning sky bar. The accommodation is located in the heart of the Izmir’s commercial hub and overlooking the spectacular Kordon Promenade, on Turkey's Aegean Sea

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