Izmir Port is Turkey's the third largest port and has the best natural harbor. Many ships can load and unload simultaneously, but Izmir is primarily a discharge port for tankers. Port of Izmir is divided into several sections and many cruise ships also dock to the port in Izmir and there is a passenger terminal in service with its own cafes and stores. 3 Duty Free Shops keep serving passengers and seamen when there is a cruise. Izmir Chamber of Shipping provides all kinds of passenger reception facilities and city brochures in the port. Local travel agencies arrange guided tours for cruise guests to the city centre which is known as pearl of Aegean and other touristic places such as Ephesus, Mary’s House etc.
Cruise traffic in the port of Izmir has increased in the last 3 years and Izmir port began to have a serious role in tourism. The number of passengers per year was 400.000 in 2007 but then has started to increase more and more every year. The most common nationalities of passengers who visit port of Izmir with cruise ships is Italian, German, French, Spanish, British and American.
OTTI's Ephesus Tours will give you opportunity to explore Ephesus and around from Izmir port.