Gain an understanding of the ancient world by exploring the ruins in Ephesus and then wander through the traditional village of Sirince and sample its renowned fruit wines.
After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Ephesus, perhaps the best-preserved ancient city in the region. As you meander through the painstakingly excavated ruins of this World Heritage site, you will behold one spectacular building after another.
You can expect to see the Great Theater where St. Paul preached the Gospel, the Fountain of Trajan with its regal statue of the emperor and the Library of Celsus, a monument constructed as a mausoleum with a separate library for scrolls and codexes. The ruins present a rich picture of life in the ancient world.
Nearby, you will find Sirince, a hillside village surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves. Most of the stone-and-stucco residences are painted white with red-tiled roofs, giving the village a wonderfully uniform and traditional appearance.
While meandering through the atmospheric streets, you will pause to sample some of the local fruit wine. The varieties include melon, pomegranate and kiwi, all of which are prized for their sweetness.
Back in Kusadasi, you will enjoy free time to shop for popular items such as gold jewelry and decorative ceramics. If you wish to buy a Turkish carpet, you might first attend a lecture on the subject to glean valuable information before making the purchase.