Two countries and two cultures in one holiday! We have selected two contrasting areas of Turkey's Aegean coast which combine easily with certain Greek islands to give an intriguing holiday experience. Do go prepared for an early morning wake-up 'call to prayer' from the local mosque though! Please enquire for twin centre prices.
Kusadasi is a large vibrant town which is today a thriving tourist centre. The big attraction here is Ephesus. This world class site is some 20 kms out of Kusadasi and is a must-see. But there is much more to explore.
Kusadasi is a great centre from which to discover the cultural and archaeological riches of western Turkey, including ancient Christian sites such as the House of the Virgin Mary, Roman Pammukale with its calcified bathing pools, ancient Priene and nearby Miletus and Didyma.
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For a break from all the culture try Dilek National Park (also called Milli) with its hiking trails, beautiful forests, wild boar and beaches, a half-hour dolmus ride from Kusadasi (a dolmus is the wonderful Turkish public minibus service - frequent, efficient and very inexpensive).
Kusadasi itself has everything you would expect - sandy beaches, many hotels, restaurant and cafes, shopping and a bustling bazaar. An excellent dolmus service runs just about everywhere, making getting out and about easy and cheap. You will certainly not run out of things to do!
Akyaka at the head of Gokova Bay 184 kms to the south could hardly be more different. With steep pine clad hills to one side and a vast plain to the other, it is a lush natural paradise, small and peaceful for much of the year (it does get busy in season with domestic tourism).
The buildings are in the attractive Mugla architectural style. But Akyaka's distinctive feature is the fast flowing Azmak river which runs to one side.
Restaurants here are a good place from which to observe not only the fast-moving (in one direction!) ducks but also kingfishers and terrapins. Small riverboat trips are a big attraction here, and there is good walking to be had in the area (local walking guidebook/map available). Boat trips also run to Cleopatra's island and the ancient city of Cedreae to be found there. Akyaka is also known for kite-surfing.
The village has a Blue Flag sandy beach, organised with sunbeds, and a very shallow sea. The beach does get busy in peak so it is worth finding alternatives such as lovely Cinar, a 45 minute walk through a forest of eucalyptus.
Akyaka has some 20 restaurants and a fair number of small hotels, but retains its laid back village atmosphere. A really relaxing and charming little spot, authentically Turkish and untouched by overseas mass tourism.
Holidays can be arranged twin-centred – to experience contrasts to the full - between one of the Turkish resorts and a Greek island. For instance it’s easy for Sunvil to arrange one week in Kusadasi and a second in Samos (via 90 minute ferry), or similar between Akyaka and Rhodes (60 minute ferry from Marmaris).
- Either via Samos (90 mins ferry & short onward transfer) or with direct flights to Izmir (Adnan) Airport (1 hour transfer)
- Either via Rhodes (90 mins ferry to Marmaris & 1 hour onward transfer) or with direct flights to Dalaman Airport (1 hour transfer)
All UK passport holders visiting Turkey must have a passport validity of at least 6 months remaining and are required to purchase an entry visa (90 days multiple entry validity). This can be done electronically in advance via www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ .
The cost (at the time of printing) is $20. Those arriving and departing by sea must also pay a port tax of €10-€15 each way (so €20-€30 total, depending on which port you use). These charges are payable locally and not included in the holiday cost. We will also need to pass on your basic passport details to the authorities in order to book your ferry tickets - passport no., nationality and date of birth.
PLEASE NOTE: It is no longer possible to obtain a visa at the port or airport of arrival.
We have a local agent in each area who will meet and transfer you, book cars/trips and give local information
Please ask for more details