Welcome to Sardis


The city's ruins, scattered around the village of Sartmustafa (or Sart), some 80km east of İzmir, make a particularly worthwhile day trip from İzmir.

The ruins of Sardis lie at the eastern end of the village, immediately north of the road. Information panels dot the site.


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$1032.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Seven Churches Tour from Istanbul

Day 1: Ephesus and Laodicea (L-D)05:00 a.m pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for one hour flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, we will meet you at the airport with your name and transfer you to our office in Selcuk town. At 09:30 a.m depart for a full day Ephesus tour, including a visit to The House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis. You will see: Temple of Artemis ( one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World), One of the biggest Amphitheaters, the Celsius Library and amazing ruins of the ancient city. The House of the Virgin Mary, which was her last dwelling before her assumption. The tour ends around 5 p.m. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale Day 2: Hierapolis, Philadelphia, Sardis and Thyatira (B,L,D)Breakfast in hotel. Tour the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, Philadelphia, Sardis and Thyatir. You will visit: the Asklepion and the acropolis, the theater, the temple of Athena and the Altar of Zeus, which St. John denounced to Pergamon church members as a “Throne of Satan”. After lunch, we continue to Thyateira, whose church members were commended for their “steadfastness against libertarianism,” which was viewed as a constant threat to the Christian church. We continue on to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia which also ranked as one of the Seven Sister Churches and as a center of importance for various religious groups. Here we visit the temple of Cybele and Diana (which later became a Church), the beautiful synagogue, and the gymnasium. From Sardis, we continue on to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love founded during the reign of Attalus II. Dinner and overnight in Bergama.Day 3: Pergamon and Izmir (B,L,D)Breakfast in hotel. Tour the ancient city ruins of Pergamon.We will visit: the Asclepion and Health Centre. As our way to the Acropolis, the Red Basilica, originally a temple of Serapis, can be viewed. The most spectacular structure is certainly the theatre, a remarkable piece of engineering built into the steep hillside. Continue to Izmir for the tour the church of St. Polycarp, Kadifecale (Mount Pagos) and what remains of an ancient agora. Dinner and overnight in Izmir or transfer to airport flight back to Istanbul, upon arrive in Istanbul we will meet you at the airport with your name and transfer back to hotel.

$235 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group: Jewish Sites in Sardis

Your tour will depart Izmir for Sardis, capital of ancient Lydia, where once the churches of St. John existed. Sardis is located at the foot of the Tumulus Mountains and overlooks the Hermus River plain. Tour the ruins of the Temple of Cybele and Diana, where a 4th century Basilica and later became a church. See the golden river Pactalos and the Royal Road. Visit the reconstructed Marble Synagogue, the Gymnasium, Archaeological Museum and see Mount Pagus. The Full Day Tour of Jewish Sites in Sardis includes lunch.

$298.19 Cultural & Theme Tours

Izmir and Sardes Jewish Heritage Tour with Kadifekale Castle Asansor Beth Israel Synagogue Dario Moreno Street House Havra Street

In the Izmir and Sardis Jewish Heritage Tour from Izmir, we will drive  to Sardis, was capital of the Lydian Empire, dominant over Aegean Ionia from 680-547 BCE. The Lydians embraced and embellished the existing Hellenic culture, providing the world with dice, balls and coin minting. The expression “rich as Croesus” refers to the Lydian King Croesus, once the wealthiest man in the world. The entrance of Sardis leads to the Marble way, lined by a row Byzantine shops. End of the marble road Synagogue, which houses splendid mosaic floors from 3th century CE. The imposing columns of the Gymnasium, which affirms the historic grandeur of this encient city. After Sardis we will drive to the Izmir city center. Our next stop is above the city at Mt. Pagus is the most enduring of Alexander’s legacies, the Kadifekale Castle, built in the 4th century BCE. From Kadifekale there is excellent  view across the harbour to Karsiyaka. The Agora at the foot of the hill is clearly visible. We will drive to Jews District in Izmir and Visit the one of the Jews Synagogues of Izmir, Then we drive to Asansor, The historical asansor(elevator) running to Asansor the street of Dario Moreno, are places well worth visiting in the city. Dario Moreno (3 April 1921 – 1 December 1968) was a Turkish polyglot singer of Jewish origin, as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist and guitarist, who was born in Aydın, Turkey, in 1921. Asansor built in 1907 by Nesim Levi  Bayrakli. He is the Grand–grand father of Marc Levy, who is a world renowned french writer. Before its construction, a stairway with 155 steps was used to climb to the Halit Pahsa, a district 50 meter above with aid of the two elevators in the tower, the two district were joined.Then we will visit the Beth Israel Synagogue, today our jewish citizens hold their wedding ceremonies in this synagogue. The construction of the synagogue was started in 1905, and it was put into service in 1907. Then we will drive to Kemeralti, Izmir’s one of the best known shopping centers is the historical kemeralti Bazaar, Havra Street is an important street the historical Kemeralti Bazaar. Havra Streets get its name from Many Synagogues (havra) built on it. Today this region hosts 9 synagogues (Signora Giveret Synagogue, Shaar Ashamayan Synagogue, Berkholim Synagogue, Algazi Synagogue, Aydınlı Shalom Synagogue, Bilkour Holim Synagogue, Rosh-Ha-Ar Synagogue, Hevra Synagogue, Shaar Ha Shamaim Synagogue ), of which 4 are currently in use.

$100 Private & Custom Tours

Private Ephesus Highlights from Kusadasi Port

After disembarking from the ship at the Kusadasi Port, you will be greeted by your guide and board your minivan at the bus parking terminal. The drive from Kusadasi to the ancient city of Ephesus takes roughly 20 minutes, during which the guide will give some pre-information about Ephesus. Upon arrival at Ephesus, you will enter through the lower main gate, which is located closer to the important sites.The harbor city Ephesus was the point of departure for the famous royal highway that led through Sardis into Lydia. Due to its location, Ephesus developed into an important political and economic center, and became the capital city of the Roman province of Asia. The remains of this important Ionian city still stand miraculously today, as vivid witnesses of a glorious past. You will visit the gymnasium, the beautiful Celsus Library and the Grand Theater.After your visit, you will walk to the main coach park which is located very close to the theater and continue to the Temple of Artemis which is known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.Then drive to House of Virgin Mary, which is located on Mt. Koressos. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary. Catholic pilgrims visit this place based on the belief that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her death. The shrine has received several papal blessings and visits, the earliest pilgrimage coming from Pope Leo XIII in 1896, and the most recent in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. A water source can be found at the exit of the church area which is said to have healing qualities. Your next stop is the ruins of the Basilica of St. John. This basilica was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century and it supposedly stands over the original burial site of St. John the Apostle. After the Roman and Greek cultural experiences you will have a chance to see something Turkish : Turkish handicrafts.Then you will return back to the ship.

$104 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Jewish Sites in Sardis

Tour the ruins of the Temple of Cybele and Diana, where a 4th century Basilica and later became a church. See the golden river Pactalos and the Royal Road.Visit the reconstructed Roman Synagogue, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area.The Private Full Day Tour of Jewish Sites in Sardis includes lunch.

$415.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Sardis Tour from Izmir with Private Guide

Meet the tour guide at your Izmir hotel. Drive to Sardis, was an ancient city at the location of modern Sart in Turkey's Manisa Province. Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, one of the important cities of the Persian Empire, the seat of a proconsul under the Roman Empire, and the metropolis of the province Lydia in later Roman and Byzantine times. As one of the Seven churches of Asia, it was addressed by John, the author of the Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible, in terms which seem to imply that its population was notoriously soft and fainthearted. Its importance was due, first to its military strength, secondly to its situation on an important highway leading from the interior to the Aegean coast, and thirdly to its commanding the wide and fertile plain of the Hermus.View the significant ruins of Acropolis. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana, which later became a church. See the golden river Pactalos and the Royal Road. Then visit the reconstructed Synagogue, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. Drive back to Izmir.

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