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How to Spend 1 Day in Kusadasi

How to Spend 1 Day in Kusadasi

With its sandy beaches, upbeat vibe, and great outdoor activities—not to mention the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Ephesus nearby—there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a day in Kusadasi. Here are some of the best ways to fill 24 hours in this buzzing town.

Morning: Sightseeing, Sand, or Sea

Start with a trip to Kusadasi’s ancient showpiece, 2,000-year-old Ephesus, just a short drive from the city. This once-powerful Greek and Roman port boasts well-preserved streets and ruins, including the spectacular Library of Celsus and a theater where St. Paul once preached. Go with a guide—on either a shared group or private tour—to ensure you hear the story of the ruins and cover the highlights.

Alternatively, dedicate the morning to Kusadasi’s beaches and seas. Sunbathe on the town beach or Ladies’ Beach, or join a boat trip to swim and snorkel in bays inaccessible without a rental car. Another option is a visit the traditional hill village of Sirince to learn about rural Turkish life and sample local fruit wines.

Afternoon: Adventures Beckon

If you didn’t take a morning-and-afternoon boat trip earlier, dive into Kusadasi’s outdoor adventures this afternoon. Join a Jeep safari to visit hidden canyons and coves, or open the throttle of an all-terrain vehicle to zoom over sand dunes. Other options include horseback treks through shady pine woods—a perfect way to get active while also staying cool. If you’re drawn to the sea, seize the chance to experience Kusadasi’s underwater world: check out the Aegean’s reefs and marine life on a private scuba diving package—tour options include an introductory taster for those new to the sport.

Evening: Pamper and Party

This evening, recover from the day’s exertions at a Turkish bath, which includes a sauna, a foam bath, and an aromatherapy massage. Choose from various bath experiences, some of which offer round-trip hotel transfers. Afterward, stroll by the beach and relax over dinner at one of Kusadasi’s many restaurants offering fish and typical Turkish dishes. If you’re in a party mood after dinner, make a beeline for the lively, packed Bar Street to hit its neon-lit clubs and watering holes.

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Kusadasi Jeep Safari Adventure

Kusadasi Jeep Safari Adventure

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Enjoy a rush of adrenaline in the countryside on this full-day tour. Depart from your Kusadasi hotel and head out in a jeep with a driver-guide. Explore Peninsula National Park and Echo Canyon. Go for a dip in the Cave of Zeus and pause for a barbecue lunch in the forest.
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Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi&Selcuk

Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi&Selcuk

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Let your imagination run wild as you explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus and learn its long history of Greek and Roman rule on this 4-hour, small-group tour from Kusadasi, including hotel or port pickup. Follow your guide around the magnificent ruins, including the Great Theater, the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian, then visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis and learn how the sparse ruins were once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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  • 4 hours
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Kusadasi Quad Safari Adventure
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Kusadasi Quad Safari Adventure

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Take to the golden sands of Pamucak Beach on the back of a roaring all-terrain quad bike on this nature tour with a twist. Tear through the dunes and woodlands north of Kusadasi for 1 hour and 30 minutes, seeing all sorts of views with your fellow quad-bikers. Each adventure only has a handful of bikes available so if you want to experience the thrill of riding around the Turkish Riviera on one, make sure to book in advance.
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  • 3 hours
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Daily Kusadasi Boat Trip
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Daily Kusadasi Boat Trip

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Enjoy an up-close experience of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast when you sign up for this full-day sailing tour. Following shuttle pickup directly from your Kusadasi hotel, travel to the port and climb aboard. You’ll spend the day trawling the vivid waters, will stop in three different bays for swimming and snorkeling, will enjoy a traditional Turkish buffet lunch, and otherwise soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
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  • 6 hours
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Horse Riding in Kusadasi

Horse Riding in Kusadasi

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Take in the gorgeous scenery of Kusadasi while riding a horse during this half-day horseback riding tour. Receive instruction for riding your horse, which has been selected to be suitable for your level of riding experience. Set out with your guide who leads you through pine forest and along the coast. Convenient round-trip transfers from your hotel are included.
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Turkish Bath Experience in Kusadasi

Turkish Bath Experience in Kusadasi

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A Turkish bath is not just a relaxing indulgence, it’s also an important part of the country’s heritage. Participate in one of Turkey’s most time-honored cultural forms with this exclusive hammam package, which includes sauna, body scrub, foam bath, and aromatherapy oil massage. Discover the centuries-old cleaning method used since Ottoman times and sweat out travel toxins as you unwind with a traditional scrub and rub.
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