Sardis welcomes to the land where the first electron coin was invented, in which one of the seven churches in the Bible is situated, where you can still visit the Byzantine sellers’ shops and where you can visit one of the oldest synagogues in Anatolia. Sardes tour promises you more than you expect. Only during the Sardes tour, you might have the chance to hear king Midas singing in Pactolus River. Only during the Sardis tour, you might have the chance to learn the names of the Byzantine sellers’. Only during the Sardes tour, you will have the privilege to take a selfie in front of the colossal entrance to the gymnasium of Roman Sardis. The glorious city of Sardis awaits you to discover. Depending on group gusto, we have the chance to visit Jewelry, Leather, Carpet, or Ceramic centers.
Sardes or Sardis is an ancient city located near the town of Sart in the Salihli district of Manisa and was the capital of the Lydian (Lydia) state.
It is 9 km from Salihli center and 82 km from İzmir, and it is spread over both sides of the İzmir-Ankara highway. Sardes is the place where money was first printed according to known history. It is also the beginning of the famous King’s Road in history. The word “sard”, which is the western name of the orange quartz stone, which has been used as a precious stone for a long time, comes from the Sart region where the stone was extracted in ancient times. Quartz stone and gold extraction is still going on here.
The ruins of the first theater known in history are also present in Sart and they are tried to be unearthed. In addition, about 5 km north of Sart, there is a Lydian royal cemetery with approximately 85 graves called “Thousand Hills”. The Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 temples of Western Anatolia, is located in the town of Sart.
Its historical library and royal thrones are still largely intact and open to visitors. Most of the historical artifacts here are identical, and the originals are exhibited in the Manisa Ethnography Museum. Its location on the Izmir – Uşak road provides great convenience for the visit. The main historical buildings in the ancient city of Sardes are:
Sardes Tour Pick-up place: Izmir airport, Izmir port, hotels in Izmir city
Sardes Tour Pick-up time: 09.00 the tour starts at 9 am, the pick-up time depends on your pick-up place, please indicate your exact pick-up please to have the exact timing.
Lunch: Traditional Meatballs (any kind of drinks are excluded)
Drop-off: Your pick-up place at approx. 17.00
Tour period: From 01/04 – 31/12