This program offers an insight into Turkish life with interesting historical sites & food thrown in.

Turkish Daily Markets

Weekly Markets

Weekly Markets are an essential and integral part of everyday village life in Turkey. Every day in every region, the market traders travel to a different regional locale to sell their goods. Ordinary streets are turned into a vast open marketplace by the farmers. Some markets have their specialties, such as dealing in organic produce, others with farm implements, but generally, they all, to some degree, have all these things. These programs offer this insight into Turkish life with interesting historical sites and food thrown in.

Tuesday – Tire Weekly Market.

After meeting your guide, you will first drive to the Belevi Mausoleum, which was built for one of Alexander the Great’s generals, Lysimachus. From here, we will drive to Tire. We first visit Tire Museum and one of the Ottoman period Kervansarays, and then you will drive to the weekly Sali Pazari or Tuesday market. After the market, we will visit picturesque Birgi Village, famous for its beautiful old Ottoman houses. We then drive back to Selcuk.

Wednesday – Soke Weekly Market

You will first drive to Soke’s Carsamba Pazari or Wednesday market. After spending some time here, wandering the stores and sampling treats like olives, cheese, nuts, and sweetmeats, we will drive to Didyma. The Apollo Temple here was the sanctuary of the Oracle of Didymaion (ancient Greek for ‘twin’); we will enjoy lunch here and continue to the first planned city, Priene. Priene was once a bustling seaport in ancient days is now several kilometers inland. After Priene, we return to Selcuk.

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Friday – Bayindir Weekly Market

After meeting your guide, you will drive to Belevi Mausoleum. Then you will continue to the Bayindir market. Here we will spend some time and buy things we need for our picnic lunch. After the market, you will drive to Birgi Village. After visiting some attractive old Ottoman Houses, you will drive to Golcuk, a small lake near Mt. Bozdag. Here we will have a lovely picnic lunch and some walk around the lake, then back to Selcuk.

Saturday – Selcuk Day Market

If you are in the Selcuk area to visit Ephesus and it happens to be a Saturday, why not enhance your experience with a visit to the Selcuk local Saturday market. We will drive to the market located in the center of Selcuk and take in this bustling regional market. After having lunch here, you will drive to Sirince Village, which is famous for fruit wines. You will have time to wander the alleyways of this village and experience the old Greek houses with your guide. We’ll then drive back to Selcuk.

Sunday – Kirazli Village Organic Market

Why not enhance your Ephesus experience and if you are in Selcuk on a Sunday, then take the opportunity to visit the local market, shop for organic food, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the village. You will meet your guide then drive to the Sunday Market where we will shop for ingredients before lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is included). This local market specializes in organic vegetables and food. You will also have time to wander in the village and spend time with the locals. Then back to your hotel.

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  • All the entrance fees to the sites
  • Assistance of a local guides
  • Transport (local ferries, taxi, tram or private A/C van depending on number)
  • Treats to experience different tastes
  • Lunch

Not Included

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
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