Things to do in
Kusadasi

From ancient monuments to a buzzing nightlife, this coastal resort town offers something for everyone.

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From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

1. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

Get picked up at your hotel and then travel to the port to climb aboard a boat. Set sail along the beautiful coastline north of Kusadasi. Marvel at the rugged landscape of the Aegean coast. Stop at 3 different bays to snorkel with the magnificent marine life, and swim in the turquoise waters for approximately 1 hour at each location. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board the boat at Karasu, and feast from a delicious menu of meatballs, chicken, salads, pasta, potato salad and fruit. Return to the port in Kusadasi after your 3rd swimming stop, and get dropped off at your original departure point at the end of an amazing day at sea.

From Kusadasi: Full-Day Jeep Safari to National Park

2. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Jeep Safari to National Park

If you like adventure, join this Jeep Safari Tour with Land Rover Jeeps. The national park is about 15 miles away from Kusadasi. After your pick-up from Kusadasi hotels/ port, you will directly drive to national park. Along the way, feast your eyes on the beautiful Agean Sea view with lush olive trees and Turkish villages. The first place you wıll visit will be Echo Canyon and the old monastery where you can enjoy the view from over 1000 meters above sea level. Take lunch (BBQ) near the fire pool. Then, climb to the waterfall where you can enjoy the naturally rough terrain. The view from this area will include the island of Samos (Greece). You will make an exciting decent of the mountain and stop at Zeus Cave, where you will be able to swim in crystal clear waters. At Long Beach, enjoy a final swim, sunbathe on beach and you will also be able to get some drink in the cafe shop at the beach. After your last swim break at Long Beach, all the jeeps will drive back to the departure point.

Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

3. Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

Journey off the beaten tracks in a buggy safari adventure. Enjoy driving along dirt paths, rivers and on the beach. Follow your guide along a meander river and spot the bright birds that nest alongside the water, then enjoy sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. Be ready to see lizards and snakes, while burning up the sandy parkour and passing through the marshes and forest. Ride along clouds of dust in the dusty roads. Take some perfect shots for your Instagram. When you get dirty enough, take a break at the Pamucak Beach for a refreshing swim, or test the limit of the buggies. Enjoy a stable, comfortable, and easy to steer vehicle.

From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

4. From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning region of Pamukkale and its hot springs on a day trip from Selcuk, Kusadasi, or Izmir. Begin by meeting your driver/guide at the reception of your hotel in the morning and a transfer to Pamukkale. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, built on solid limestone layers formed by mineral-rich waters that flowed for millennia over a raised level plateau. See the most significant sites of the sacred city including the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Necropolis. Admire the Necropolis (Cemetery) of Hierapolis, one of the largest ancient burial sites in Anatolia. See a Roman bath, the Gate of Domitian, the main street of the ancient city, and the Byzantium Gate. Walk to the natural warm water terraces, formed by running warm water rich in calcium and temperatures of 35 Celsius all year-round. Get the chance to see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. Enjoy optional free time to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool before ending the tour with a transfer back to your hotel. And during the tour you'll have the chance to have a look at the Turkish traditional handcrafts

Kusadasi Quad Safari

5. Kusadasi Quad Safari

Begin your 3-hour activity with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to the forest camping site that’s the starting point for the quad safari. A professional guide will provide information about the tour, the quad and the course. Take your quad for a test drive before you head out. During the safari you’ll drive along paths by rivers and through woodland areas. When you arrive at Pamucak Beach, you can enjoy driving along the sand. Stop for a short break at the café (refreshments at your own expense). After the short rest, you’ll drive the quad back to the starting point, and then begin the ride back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: Best of Turkey 8 Days, 7 Nights Guided Tour

6. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey 8 Days, 7 Nights Guided Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Be picked up from the arrivals terminal at Istanbul or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Be transferred to your accommodation and enjoy some time to relax in the city after your journey.  Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) Start with pickup from your accommodation and discover the highlights of Istanbul on a guided tour. Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for some shopping and bargain hunting. Be returned to your hotel at the end of the day and spend a second night in Istanbul. Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner) Begin the third day with an early-morning pickup and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to the Cappadocia region. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, your tour guide will meet you at the airport. Start by visiting the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are the iconic symbol for the region. Descend into the Kaymakli underground city, which is one of the largest and the deepest of its kind in the region. After the tour, be transferred to your hotel for the night. Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner) Discover the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia with spectacular rock formations in the Devrent Valley. Enjoy lunch in Avanos, a center of terracotta artwork since 3000 BC. Watch a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar Rock Castle to get a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. After the tour, be returned to your hotel. Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Breakfast – Dinner) Begin the journey to Pamukkale early in the morning. On the way, visit the Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai, built in the 13th century. Arrive in Konya and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-famous mystic. Continue the journey to Pamukkale and enjoy an overnight stay in a Thermal Hotel. Enjoy a swim in the hotel's rejuvenating thermal pools. Day 6: Pamukkale – Kusadasi (Breakfast – Dinner) In the morning, visit the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis known for its Theater, Apollo Temple, and magnificent Necropolis. Travel onwards to Kusadasi for an overnight stay. Day 7: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight (Breakfast) Depart from Kusadasi and visit the Artemis Temple which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the famous Grand Theater of Ephesus. After Ephesus, visit the Catholic shrine of the House of the Virgin Mary. Located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus, it is said that the Virgin Mary lived here for the remainder of her life after Christ's Ascension into heaven. Then drive to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your return to Istanbul, meet a representative of the local partner and be transferred to your hotel for the night.  Day 8: Departure from Istanbul (Breakfast) After breakfast, check out from your hotel and enjoy a private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home to complete the 8-day excursion.

Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

7. Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, & Artemis Temple Group Tour

A professional licenced tour guide will meet with you at Kusadasi port. After meeting your guide, you will drive to the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles away from Ephesus. You will then visit one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor), located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Walk through its historic marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them: the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Grand Theater. You will then stop at Artemission Temple, which used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as your last stop before driving back to Kusadasi town center and port. Entrance fees are not included in this program; in total they are around 20 USD which can be paid to your guide at the end of the tour in cash. If you want to pay by visa or master card, your guide will stop for a few minutes in the office on your way back to Kusadasi town center.

Kusadasi: Quad Safari Adventure

8. Kusadasi: Quad Safari Adventure

Explore the unspoiled, rugged landscape of Kusadasi on a quad bike along Pamucak Beach. See the jagged peaks of the mountains that divide the coastal region from the plateau of Anatolia. Begin your 2-hour activity with a pick-up at your hotel. Be driven to the forest camping site. Once at the camping site, the starting point for the quad safari, receive information about the tour and course from a professional guide. Take your quad for a test drive before you head out. Drive along paths by rivers and through woodland areas during the safari. Arrive at Pamucak Beach and enjoy a drive along the sand. Stop for a short break at the café (refreshments at your own expense). After the short rest, drive the quad back to the starting point. At the end of the thrilling quad safari adventure, begin the ride back to your hotel.

Kusadasi Diving Experiance

9. Kusadasi Diving Experiance

If you've ever wanted to explore the underwater world and discover an array of marine life then this is the tour for you. This program is designed for beginners and consists of a short theoretical lesson plus 1 dive under the stewardship of experienced scuba instructors. The duration of the dive will be approximately 25 minutes and go to a maximum of 5 meters deep. During the dive, you will be with an instructor and will have all the necessary professional equipment, provided by the diving center, so you don't need to worry. You can also join the tour to snorkel if you don't feel comfortable and confident in trying diving. Pick-up will be at 8:30 AM from Kusadasi hotels or the port. After diving, you will get back to shore around 2:00 PM for the transfer back to your hotel.

Ephesus: Full-Day Archeological Site Tour with Lunch

10. Ephesus: Full-Day Archeological Site Tour with Lunch

Discover the wonders of the archaeological site of Ephesus on a tour that is sure to be a highlight of your visit to Turkey. You’ll begin the full-day tour with a visit to Isa Bey Mosque, one of the most spectacular examples of Anatolian architecture. Head into the ancient city of Ephesus, and take a guided walk to the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain. Explore the historical marble street, and stop at the Great Theater, where St. Paul preached. Lunch will be an open buffet at a local Turkish restaurant. Afterwards you’ll visit a carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. See the shrine of the Virgin Mary, at the site where it is believed she lived her final years. In the late afternoon you’ll visit the Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the site of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Kusadasi benefits from relatively warm weather all year round, although winter is a bit too cold to make the most of your beach vacation! The best time to visit Kusadasi is when the skies are clearest and the temperatures at their most pleasant. That can be any time between May and October!

  • How far is it from Istanbul?

    Kusadasi is 575 km from Istanbul, and you can drive there via the E881. It's also accessible by train or air, but why not take a ferry along the scenic Aegean coast instead?

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year. May through October, however, are the most resplendent months, especially if you plan to hit the beach!

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What people are saying about Kusadasi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 676 reviews

The tour was wonderful and exactly what we were looking for. Ephesus was amazing and there is so much to see! Our guide, Filiz, was fantastic and had so much information to share. She really moulded the tour to suit us as a group so we could get what we wanted out of the day. The small group experience was perfect as you could weave in and out of the bigger ship tours and get the best photos without queuing. Afterwards, Filiz recommended us a family run restaurant for lunch that we thoroughly enjoyed and would probably have never found without her!

Nice boat. They play music the entire trip (you have to feel like it) but the crew is pleasant and not intrusive. Program is fine with 3 swimming spots and short trip in between. Lunch is simple but good. In short, very suitable for a relaxed day on the water

Transfer was on time both from airport to hotel and return. Driver was pleasant and helpful with bags and supplied bottles of water. Would use the service again.

Our guide was Emre. A nice and good English speaking man who was able to tell us a lot about all the sights!

A really great experience! including transfer. All well arranged.