Urla and Erythrai with a Scenic Tour from Çeşme


Experience the allure of Urla & Erythrai on this captivating tour from Çeşme. Explore ancient ruins, visit olive oil workshops, and discover charming wineries while enjoying breathtaking coastal scenery. Don’t miss this 7-hour adventure, priced at just $95 USD per person. Includes hotel pickup, a professional guide, transportation, entrance tickets, lunch, and more. Book your journey today!

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Explore the Marvels of Urla and Erythrai with a Scenic Tour from Çeşme

Discover the captivating district of Urla, nestled within the enchanting Urla Peninsula on the northern shores of the Gulf of İzmir. This charming town boasts a unique blend of historical richness and coastal beauty, making it an ideal destination for your next adventure.

The name “Urla” has its roots in the Greek word “Βουρλά” (Vourla), which translates to marshlands. This moniker persisted in Western sources until the 20th century. Urla proudly houses the ancient city of Klazomenai, whose intriguing ruins draw visitors from far and wide. Notably, the coastline of Urla is affectionately known as “Kilizman,” a nod to its former name, Güzelbahçe.

Klazomenai Ancient City Olive Oil Workshop

Step back in time as you explore the remains of Klazomenai, an Ionian city that dates back over 6,000 years. Although little remains of the original city, its pioneering role in olive oil production endures. Visit the Klazomenai Olive Oil Workshop, a remarkable excavation that showcases the ancient art of olive oil extraction, a testament to the region’s favorable climate for olive groves. Turkey is renowned as one of the world’s top olive oil exporters, and you’ll gain insight into this cherished culinary tradition.

Art Street (Sanat Sokağı)

Wander through the heart of Urla’s village, where cobblestone alleyways beckon with delightful eateries and artisanal treasures. Local artists and craftspeople offer a vibrant array of handmade goods, including art, pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps, and antiques. Indulge in a delightful dinner and a leisurely evening stroll in this enchanting setting.


Approximately 10 kilometers north of Urla, Çeşmealtı awaits with its pristine beaches, including the inviting Çeşmealtı Blue Beach (Mavi Plaj). Stroll along the scenic coastline, take a refreshing swim, and enjoy camping facilities nearby. At Güvendik Park, savor a picnic beneath the shade of trees, overlooking the tranquil sea below.


Urla is renowned for its wineries, forming a picturesque vineyard route (Urla Bağ Yolu) throughout the region. With various wineries scattered across the landscape, having a car is convenient for exploring this vinicultural wonderland. Popular wineries such as Perdix, İsabey, Urlice Vineyards, Urla Şarapçilik, Usca Şarapçilik, Mozaik Şarapçilik, and MMG Şarapçilik await your visit. Be prepared to savor top-quality cuisine and service, occasionally rubbing shoulders with local celebrities in Urla’s wining and dining scene.

Historical Sites in Çeşme

Archaeological investigations in Çeşme have unveiled evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age, spanning over eight millennia. The ancient city of Erythrai, situated in Ildırı Village, played a pivotal role as a member of the Panionion Union, uniting 12 significant cities of the Ionia Region during the first millennium BCE.

Erythrai (Ildırı) Ancient Settlement

Formerly known as Erythrai, the village of Ildırı, located 20 kilometers northeast of Çeşme, was named after its red-hued terrain, derived from the Greek word “Erythros,” meaning red. Another theory traces its name to Erythro, the son of Rhadamanthus of Crete, its legendary founder. Discover the rich history of Erythrai, inhabited since the Early Bronze Age, evolving through various rulers and periods, including a short-lived period of tyranny and prominence as a millstone production center.

Tour Details

  • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Places to visit: Erytrai Ancient City, Urla City Center, Klazomenai Ancient City (Limantepe), Olive Oil Workshop, Urla İskele, Art Street (Sanat Sokağı), Çeşmealtı, Wineries

Tour Prices

  • $95 USD per person

Included Services

  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance tickets (Eretria Ancient City, Klazomenai Ancient City)
  • Lunch
  • Parking fees for the vehicle
  • Hotel drop-off

Excluded Services

  • Drinks during lunch
  • Any personal expenses
  • Optional tips for drivers and guides

Important Information

  • All our tours are small group tours. Contact us for private tour requests.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • This tour may be conducted by a multilingual guide.
  • If you have special dietary requirements, please contact the local tour provider directly.
  • The duration of transfers may vary depending on traffic conditions.
  • A passport is required for the tour, and please note that it is not wheelchair accessible.

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