Alacati gained great importance in history because of its secure port. Alacati Port is one of the safest ports in the south of Cesme Peninsula. The history of Alacati dates back to 3000BC. Alacatı started to develop at the beginning of 1800's. At the beginning of the 1800s, the phylloxera disease hit the vineyards in Europe and made all the vineyards inefficient. Alacati benefited from this. After 1830, disease-free, quality grapes and wines, which grow on fertile soil of the region, are opened to the world from Alacati Port. The most important factor in the development of the economy of Alacati at that time was wine production and olive oil production.
In the past, the dominant population in Alacati was the Greeks. The Turks, who were very few until the end of the 1800s, After the independence war, Turkish population started to increase. With the arrival of Turkish community, the vineyards started to close down.
Alacati today, is popular resort town, located 79 kilometres south of Izmir. It has rich thermal springs and fertile farm lands producing anise, onion, artichoke. The region has the Mediterranean climate. The winters are rainy, the summers are hot and arid. The winter population is 10.000, and in the summer rises to 50,000. The wind in Alacati is very suitable for windsurfing. Alacati houses world windsurf championships. The city is adorned with beautiful Greek homes from 19th century. Some these houses are converted into luxury boutique hotels. Especially Turkish vacationers prefer to spend their vacation in Alacati.
Day Trip from Alacati to Ephesus
Private Tour of Ephesus starting from Alacati ending in Izmir Airport
After meeting your guide drive through the fertile lands. After 2 hours drive, your first stop will be the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards proceed to the mountain where Virgin Mary is believed to spent her 9 years. The house is approximately 1000 feet above sea level and running as an active chapel. Roman Catholics believe that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with Saint. John 5 years after the crucification. At the age of 63 she is assumed to heaven. Altough there is no fact that Virgin Mary lived here approximately 1.5 million people visit the site each year. After 30 minutes visit to the House of Mary, drive to ancient city of Ephesus. You will be dropped at the upper gate of Ephesus with your tour guide. Start exploring the city. You will be walking down the hill approximately 1.5hrs. You will see the Odeon, the basilica, domitian square, fountain of Trajan, Celcus library, Terrace Houses (optional), Marble street, the Grand Theater of Ephesus and the Harbour Street. You will be endng your tour at the bottom gate. Your driver and tour guide will take you toIzmir Airport at the end of the tour.
Private tour cost: 220 Euro (1-6 people)
- Services of an excellent English speaking Guide
- A/C Mercedes V-Class
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Traditional Turkish Lunch
- Pick up from Alacati
- Drop off at Izmir Airport
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
- Drinks during lunch
There is no prepayment required for the reservation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend to make your private Ephesus tour reservation at earliest possible.
Payment can be made in Euro, Turkish Liras or US Dollar cash at the end of the tour. There is no prepayment required for the booking.
* If the above price is too high. We are also able to pick you up from Uckuyular bus station. In this case we will be making a 50 Euro discount. Take Cesme Seyahat bus at 9am. Get off at Uckuyular Bus Station We can meet you at Uckuyular 10am and start the tour. If requested we can take you back to Uckuyular bus station at the end of the tour for your return transfer to Alacati.