Private Village Traditions of Sirince

Private Village Traditions of Sirince Tour from Kusadasi (Menderes River, Cirkince)
From $52.00/person to $164.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Tastings
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over cobblestone pavements. Many of these are uneven. As the town is on a hill, steps or inclines are required to reach some areas.

Private Village Traditions of Sirince

After you meet your professional private guide at the Kusadasi pier, your shore excursion will depart from Kusadasi and follow the coast to the Menderes River valley, where you will see the ruins of Ephesus in the distance. You will continue to the hillside village of Sirince.

The first inhabitants of the village named it Cirkince (ugly), in an attempt to keep foreigners from visiting. However, word of the village's genuine beauty reached the outside world, people did visit, and eventually, the name was changed to Sirince (charming). The town is best known for its houses and a variety of wines. The wines are made from fruits including apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, mandarin orange, melon, orange, peach, strawberry, and occasionally, wine grapes. As you approach the village, the road passes through vineyards, orchards, and olive groves, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Tuscany of Turkey.

The village is a synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture, as it was inhabited by many Greeks until the 1920s. After the Independence War, the Greek descendants returned to Greece and were replaced with Turks, many of whom had been living in Greece. Although the exteriors of the houses still reflect the typical Greek architecture, the interiors have a distinctly Turkish flavor. Several of the houses have been beautifully restored and are open to visitors. In one courtyard is a nicely restored Orthodox church. Have your cameras ready as you stroll with your guide up and down the narrow cobblestone lanes between buildings of stone, wood, and plaster. The fragrance of burning wood or the local orchards in bloom will captivate your senses. You will experience the village scenes of women weaving, men carving, a fruit market under a tree or the local merchants tempting passersby with their fruit wines, hand-pressed olive oil, or local produce.

Returning to the town of Kusadasi, guests will have the option to end their tour in the shopping area, where they can attend a Turkish carpet explanation and shop, explore the shops filled with jewelry, carpets, leatherware, and copper goods, or both. Turkish salespeople expect you to haggle and quite often you can get 10-15% off the listed price. Treat it as an adventure. The cruise pier is a 5-10 minute walk from the main shopping area. Guests not wishing to attend the optional carpet shopping should advise their guide and they will be taken directly back to the pier.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  2 ReviewsReview This Tour
Highlight of our trip!
November 19, 2012
Best tour of our trip! Mr Verdi was a fantastic guide who really made the tour. Small group, wonderful area with warm welcoming people. Really need to go back to Turkey.
Reviewer: Lacey
5 Stars
Just Wonderful!
December 15, 2011
A really nice mix of history, culture and service! Our guide was most accomodating and flexible. He was well versed and informed about the region we were experiencing and always made sure we were comfortable and enjoying the surroundings.
Reviewer: mayorswife
5 Stars