Just a couple of hours during your visit to Kusadasi are all it will take to enjoy a rejuvenating yoga lesson with fully qualified English-speaking instructors. Each class begins with a short meditation to calm the mind and bring awareness to the body....
The hills around Kusadasi are home to two of Turkey's most popular historical sites – the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. Your guide will lead you into and around the archaeological site of Ephesus and point out its highlights while regaling you with fascinating historic tales. You'll stroll down marble-paved streets where mosaics and frescoes still decorate the walls of ancient Roman houses, gaze up at the Temple of Hadrian and you'll be blown away by the Library of Celsus. The grand finale comes at the ancient theatre, where 25,000 spectators would watch gladiator clashes and performances.
A quick hop over the sea from Kusadasi and you'll find yourself on the Greek Island of Samos. Visit the famous Archaeological Museum, browse for souvenirs at the main square, amble along its cobblestone streets and relax into the island pace of life. Set around a horseshoe bay, you'll be able to stroll along the bustling quayside filled with tavernas and cafés. Known for its Muscat wine, here you'll be able to try the island's speciality. You'll also have time to travel to Pythagoreio, relax on the nearby pebble beach or head up to the rooftop pool at Samos Hotel.
Forested mountains and sea-framed peninsulas are the backdrop to this scenic 4x4 drive. Hop into your 4x4 vehicle with your friendly local guide and head off into the mountainous countryside. Quaint Çamlık is the first stop, a traditional Anatolian village with a rustic feel. Then trundle on to a pretty Kirazlı, a hamlet of terracotta-topped houses surrounded by vineyards and patchwork fields. There's also a stop in Gökçealan for a traditional Turkish tea. After a break for lunch at Selçuk, the afternoon takes you to Pamucak beach to round off the day. You'll be able to cool down in fresh jade waters and enjoy views out over the bay.
Discover Ephesus and all it has to offer on a day excursion from Izmir. Book today on Musement to explore the Temple of Artemis, a wonder of the ancient world.
Turkish baths are all about relaxation. Change into your swimwear in the pristine changing rooms before heading to the ‘hammam', or steam room. Feel your pores open up and the toxins leave your body as you luxuriate in warm, steamy air. Follow this by laying yourself down on a treatment bench for an invigorating body scrub, which will leave your skin feeling incredibly cleansed and exfoliated. Next up is a foam massage. Lay back and drift into a state of super-relaxation as the foam is worked expertly into your back and limbs.
You'll journey on land and sea to see the countryside and coastline around Kusadasi on this full day tour. Drive into the surrounding mountains, passing through village after village. Then, we'll arrive at a campsite for a quick rest before your thrilling adventure begins. From here, you'll hop into a 4x4 to zigzag your way up and down tracks and trails. The afternoon portion of the tour takes on a much more sedate stride as you board a boat to cruise around Baradan Bay where lunch will be served on deck. Afterwards, you'll have time to cool off with a dip in the sea.
It's fast, it's furious and it's one of Kusadasi's top waterparks. The names of the slides tell you all you need to know. Headdown, Water Coaster, Black Hole, Hillside Slide XL, Red Phantom and attractions such as Amazon Family Slide, where six can sit in a large boat. Over at the children's area, a pool with a mushroom shower and slides allow kids to have fun in a safe and supervised area. There's also a rafting attraction, where you raft against the raging waves with the two-seater boat as well as the themed Safari Park.
If it's thrills and spills you're after, Aqua Fantasy waterpark promises plenty. Daredevils can plunge down the Black Hole Tunnel, spin ‘round the Space Bowl or take the ultimate white-knuckle experience on the X-Treme – a super-steep slide that shoots you down at heart-thumping speed. Little ones can make a beeline for the mini-fountains and chutes of the kids' pool while all the family can enjoy the more relaxing side of the park. There's an enormous wave pool, a hot tub area and even a Disney-style castle.
Enjoy a more relaxed way to end your holiday with the Bodrum Airport VIP Lounge. On arrival at Bodrum Airport, you'll be greeted and, when available, you'll be assisted with check-in, security clearance and passport control. Then, once you're in departures, you'll be able to take advantage of the VIP lounge. Leaf through international newspapers and magazines, use the free Wi-Fi and let the children play in the kids' corner – it's a great way to pass the time before your flight. What's more, depending on the time of day, there's breakfast, hot and cold starters, or soup, bread and salads.
Off-road quad bikes are the ultimate way to explore remote spots. Your expert guides will give you a safety briefing, and a quick driving demonstration and test, before leading you into the countryside. If you're lucky, you may even spot a few bright pink flamingos as you journey through the swamps – they come to feast on the plankton buried in the mud. From here, you're on the home stretch – a high-speed run back to the camp that splashes through streams and bounces over hills.
The sheltered waters that surround Kusadasi are crystal-clear, warm and teeming with marine life. Let your PADI-certified instructor teach you all you'll need to know about scuba principles and equipment in the safe environment of one of Kusadasi's premier dive schools. Then it's off to a local dive site, renowned for the quality of its marine life. Glide with shoals of silvery fish darting through the water, and maybe even shyer species, like eels and octopus.
Exploring your surroundings by horse is a fun and natural way to discover the Turkish countryside. No riding experience is necessary, as you'll receive expert indoor instruction in the indoor arena at a premier riding school. Once you're comfortable with the reins in your hand and the trusty steed beneath you, it's time to take to the open trails. Settle into your rhythm as you amble along the beautifully rustic trails for much of the morning. Then, it's time for a refreshing swim and a bit of down time before gently trotting back to base.
Ephesus is one of those places that brings history to life. Crammed with temples, relics and religious statues, you'll walk the marble streets as your guide explains their history. A star attraction is the Insta-perfect Library of Celsus. Strolling between the column-lined avenues, you'll peep into crumpled shops and houses on route to the Grand Theatre – a colossal amphitheatre where St Paul once preached. After the tour, we'll round things off with a visit to a ceramics shop to see how traditional pottery is made and the chance to snap up some souvenirs.
Thanks to its sweeping harbour, seafront eateries and palm-lined pier, Izmir Town is known as ‘the beautiful waterfront'. Explore Turkey's third-largest city with a tour that has it all. You'll tour all the top sights, take a ferry ride across the bay, visit Izmir's aquarium, and even get to indulge in that favourite Turkish pastime, shopping.
The hills around Kusadasi are home to two of Turkey's most popular historical sites – the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. On this small group tour, you'll be whisked through centuries of history at Ephesus, see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and visit a shrine on Mount Koressos all in one morning.Travel into the sun-soaked hills all the way to the House of the Virgin Mary before heading to the ancient city of Ephesus, where a journey through history awaits. Your guide will lead you into and around the sprawling archaeological site and point out its highlights while regaling you with fascinating historic tales.You'll stroll down marble-paved streets, where mosaics and frescoes still decorate the walls of ancient Roman houses. Gaze up at the Temple of Hadrian, and you'll be blown away by the Library of Celsus. The grand finale of the tour comes at the ancient theatre, where 25,000 spectators would watch brutal gladiator clashes and performances.
This beginner-level scuba diving experience will give you expert instruction in scuba diving in the sheltered waters that surround Kusadasi. Let your PADI-certified instructor teach you all you'll need to know about scuba principles and equipment before heading to a local dive site, renowned for the quality of its marine life.
A natural masterpiece combines with an ancient one for this excursion. First up is in Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle. It's a spectacle of terraces formed over thousands of years that look like a cascading snowy waterfall. On arrival, you'll firstly have lunch at the Pam Hotel and hit the thermal pools there before heading to the thermal pools of Pamukkale. The waters have always been thought to bring health benefits, which is why the Romans built the nearby spa town of Hierapolis. You'll enjoy a guided tour of its ancient streets, a 13,000-seat theatre and, of course, thermal baths.
There's lots of sightseeing and little travelling in this history-steeped tour to Selçuk and Şirince. There's a guided visit to the ruins of the sixth century Basilica of St John and the partially restored Selçuk Castle, which stands on a hill overlooking the town and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Make the short journey to Şirince. After an authentic Turkish breakfast, there's a guided walk through cobblestone streets fringed by whitewashed homes. Enjoy a local wine tasting and then visit a ceramic workshop, where you can paint your own souvenir pottery.
The coastline north of Kusadasi offers fantastic scenery from the sea. Board your luxury vessel at Kusadasi harbour in the morning and push out into the sparkling Aegean Sea, gliding past the coastline's sand-laced coves and rugged cliffs. Head to the stunning northern bays, where you'll swim in the clear, turquoise waters from the boat – or maybe just sunbathe on the ample deck. Let your friendly crew-member row you to the golden sands of a nearby beach – and pick you up again in time for lunch aboard your boat.