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Discover Turkey's answer to Santorini!
Located in Ayvacık district in Canakkale city, by the north of the Aegean sea, Simurg Inn invites you to delve deeper within yourself in a breath-taking location. The distinctive stone houses give the village a magical feeling surrounded by natural beauty and striking architecture within an ancient landscape of myth and legend.
In fact, Simurg Inn got its name from 'Simurg' the mythological bird from Farid Ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds:
"Simurg expresses spiritual enlightenment and rebirth in life. This extraordinary bird is an immortal, universal entity, and in fact a symbol of an absolute state that is hard to reach. According to many legends in history, it is seen as the symbol of searching for yourself."
With vistas of the Greek island of Lesvos seeming to float on the majestic blue-green of the Aegean Sea on one side, and the ancient temple of Athena and the mythological mountain of Ida on the other, guests of Simurg Inn are freely given the gift of time standing still and everlasting moments to be remembered forever.
Simurg Inn echoes the beauty and generosity of the natural world surrounding it and fits perfectly into the magnificent aesthetics of the blue and green of the local Ahmetce village. Drift off to sleep under a shining blanket of stars and then wake up to sunshine and the welcoming sound of birdsong every morning when you choose to stay at Simurg Inn.
Whether it's for anniversary celebrations, wedding proposals, wedding ceremonies and/or receptions or simply a place to fall in love...Simurg Inn is the romantic destination you have been dreaming of, promising a value for money experience, transforming simplicity into splendour, and focussing on the romantic details that make an intimate getaway feel so special.
Planning your dream wedding? Look no further for your venue than Simurg Inn, steeped in ancient mythology and surrounded by breath-taking views. According to Greek mythology, all kinds of divine events have taken place on Mount Ida, as the gods enchanted each other, seduced and married each other. This rich history blended with magnificent mythology creates an atmosphere unique to Simurg Inn and a wedding day like no other, in full view of the ancient gods.
Choose from our intimate wedding packages on the poolside and terrace with a magnificent view, or instead get married on our private beach. As cocktail reception, we can provide wedding services to a maximum of 75 people and a dinner for a maximum of 25 people.
Simurg Inn features 5 meticulously decorated and totally unique rooms within the main stone house, plus 3 separate luxury, deluxe suites and cabin houses. Inspired by the names of the birds that crossed the valleys and open skies of the mountain, Simurg Inn's accommodation has borrowed beautiful imagery from several different cultures.
Rooms at Simug Inn offer guests beauty, comfort and simplicity with ocean, forest and mountain views. And when not in your room, you can spend your day in peace and tranquillity and relax in the naturally beautiful common areas.
TOP TIP: The most romantic room available at Simurg Inn is named Tavus Kuşu (meaning Peacock). The secluded wooden house is a private residence ensuring that guests will not be disturbed. This accommodation bestows an incredible atmosphere of romance and intimacy featuring 1 grand bedroom, living room with a fireplace and a large terrace providing guests with a spectacular view.
Celebrate your romantic vacation in style at Simurg Inn with a full-day, half-day or sunset private yacht tour. Offering guests a unique experience you can explore a completely new route along ancient waterways with the yacht blue cruise option, including an overnight stay in the beautiful bays of Ayvalık, Cunda, Assos and Babakale. Spend your day and night slicing throught the pristine waters of the Aegean sea with the blue Cruise Route, exclusive to Simurg Inn, Turkey. Visit some of the most famous and legendary places of antiquity by exploring the world-famous and mythological history available en route and experience what it's like to visit one of the most famous places in the known world...Troy.
The Legend of Troy
The name Troy refers both to a place in the legend and a real-life archaeological site. In legend, Troy is a city that was laid siege for ten years. It was eventually conquered by a Greek army led by King Agamemnon at the Trojan War. The earliest accounts of this war come from Homer in his epic, Iliad. It is thought that the Trojan War have taken place near the end of the Bronze Age which is around or before 1200 B.C. It took place around the time when a civilisation, that is now called Mycenaean, flourished in Greece. The Mycenaean built great palaces and developed a system of writing. The reason behind this Trojan War was, according to Homer's Iliad, the abduction of Helen, a queen from Sparta. The abduction of Helen was done by Paris, the son of Troy's King Priam.
A reconstructed Trojan horse is found at the entrance of the site which is an inevitable part of the Troy experience. The real Trojan Horse is what the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the Trojan war. After a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks built a huge wooden horse and hid a select force of men inside. The Greek pretended to sail away and convinced and left the horse at the gate of the city. The Trojans, thinking of keeping it as a victory trophy, pulled the horse inside the city. At the night, those inside crept out and opened the gate for the rest of the Greek forces.
One of the most popular attractions for guests staying at Simurg Inn is the beautiful town of Gallipoli, one of the ancient towns that made up the legendary cityscape of Troy. Encircled by the breathtaking blue of the Aegean sea, Gallipoli is married and entwined with nature making it a once in a lifetime spot for those seeking ancient wonder and romance.
Ayvacık and the natural beauty of its surrounding areas of mount Ida are designated as rare biosphere areas by UNESCO and feature pristine landscapes full of enchanting natural scenery. Experience both the Marmara and Mediterranean climates as a tourist without impeding on the natural beauty of the area by visiting the tourist centre. Ayvacık features a forrest of olive trees, pristine beaches, well preserved ancient villages and many historic sites to offer you an experience that you have never had before.
While staying in the unique and magical atmosphere of Simurg Inn, get back in touch with your spiritual side and discover the treasure within you! Activities available include Yoga, Massage, Nature walks and Sauna, all taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Ida.
Feeling a little peckish and want top try something new? Join one of the working groups in different workshops at the İda Mera and Manici Farm to taste delicious local cheeses and wines.
MOUNT IDA AND DAILY TOURS
Mountain Ida (Geese Mountains) National Park Sarıkız PeakTour We are discovering the unique nature of the Kaz Mountains… Nearly 21,000 hectares of mountain land including the peak known since ancient times as Ida became a state-mandated national park in 1993. The mountain, which hosts 32 different species of endemic plants, is prominent because of its fresh air and goose enclosures in the Sarıkız area. It is known for stone remnants that extend to diameter of one kilometre in extent. At 1726 meters above the Gulf of Edremit, this is one of the beauties that should be visited in order to see a bird's eye view of the large and small islands of Ayvalık and the Aegean Sea. Highlights of Troy Tour (available private only)
Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy”.
The Trojan Horse Helen of Troy The Trojan Wars The battle between Achilles and Paris Sacrificial Altars The 3700 year old city walls Houses of Troy I , 3000 B.C. - 2500 B.C. The Bouleterium (Senate Building) The Odeon (Concert Hall)
VILLAGES AND WATERFALLS TOUR AT MOUNT IDA SARIKIZ TOUR
A full day in villages and waterfalls ... In this tour we will see the villages and waterfalls on and around Mount Ida Sarıkız. The itinerary includes the village of Zeytinli; Hasanboğuldu (Sutuven) waterfall; a monumental tree in the village of Kızılkeçili; the village of Tahtakuşlar and the ethnographic museum at Güre Sarıkız Kazdağı. Also included are visits to the Antandros ancient city ruins, Adatepe village, the altar of Zeus, the village of Yeşilyurt, Mihli river, and Başdeğirmen Bridge. We make a journey to the depths of history at the 2,750-year old ancient city of Antandros on the foothills of Mount Ida, where the world's first beauty contest was held. We also visit the Altar of Zeus and find the opportunity to experience all the natural beauty of the Ida Mountains.
Mount Ida Şahinderesi Canyon Jeep Safari Tour
Are you ready for an adventure at the Şahinderesi Canyon? Permission from the Forest Management Directorate is mandatory in order to visit this exclusive canyon, from which oxygen flows to Altınoluk. After the Swiss Alps, this is the second-most oxygen- producing region in the world and has been popular among adventure enthusiasts for many years. This 27-kilometre canyon is a natural wonder and has a height of 600 meters in some places. We will take you on a special trip in this canyon, which is surrounded around by healing herbs, water and natural life, and will take the opportunity to cool off in the ponds at Dereçatı.
Ayvalık, Cunda Island, Devil’s Feast, Sarımsaklı Beach
Let’s discover the Ayvalık region together… Ayvalık is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the region with its exclusive beaches, preserved houses and unique natural environment. Cunda Island stands out with its cobble streets, unique flavors and worth seeing structures, while the Devil’s Feast is a natural phenomenon formed by the remnant of lava deposits from an extinct volcano. A footprint found here is believed locally to belong to the devil. On our Ayvalık tour we will climb up Devil’s Feast to enjoy the bird's eye view of the region, taste the local flavours while visiting the historic streets of Cunda Island, and sunbathe in the 7km long Sarımsaklı Beach’s golden sands.
Çanakkale, Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park
We are tracing the footprints of history… The strait of Çanakkale (Dardanelles), which successfully resisted the biggest navy in history, is a very special natural and historical region. On this tour we will see the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park, the Çanakkale Martyrs Memorial, Kilitbahir Castle and Kanuni Tower, Eceabat Namazgah Bastion and the War Equipments Museum, as well as Corporal Seyit Martyrs, Rumeli Mecidiye Martyrs and Memorial, Havuzlar Cemetery, Soğanlıdere Martyrs, Şahindere, Sargıyeri Martyrs, Alcitepe Last Arrow Monument, Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial and War Relief, Seddülbahir Ammunition Dump Cemetery, Alcitepe Village, Canakkale Epic Museum, 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial, Conkbayırı Region, Anzac Cove and visit Ataturk’s House at Bigalı Village. We will have the opportunity to see all the history of this very special region where history was made.
Assos (Behramkale) Tour
Let’s discover Assos together… Located on the shores of the Gulf of Edremit at Çanakkale’s Ayvacik town and founded in 900 BC, Assos ancient city has a very special acropolis. This city has been a settlement centre during the Greek, Macedonian, Persian periods and has its temple dedicated to Athena at the highest point of the acropolis region’s peak. After visiting the village of Behramkale and the ancient city of Assos, we leave this beautiful city for Kadırga bay, where we have an opportunity to enjoy the clean , clear and vitalising waters of this special place.
Bozcaada (Thenedos) Tour
We are visiting Bozcaada, the home of wind… God created Bozcaada (Thenedos) for people to have an everlasting life,’ said the Greek historian Herodotus. This peaceful northern Aegean island is located just off the Gallipoli Strait (Dardanelles) with its old stone houses on narrow cobblestones, old citadel, delicious Aegean cuisine, local wines and never-ending breeze. We will visit the island's historic streets, taste its unique flavours, enjoy the sun and the sea at the idyllic beaches.
We are discovering Bergama, the pearl of the ancient world… Although it’s very hard to describe, Bergama is a very special place with an incredible view. You will be rendered speechless – and only by going there and climbing the Acropolis can you understand why. Together we will visit this city, which has an important place in world history, and sit upon the stairs of the amphitheatre. From there, we will allow the scenery of this unique view take us back to centuries ago. We will have the opportunity to see the works found in the excavations in the Pergamon Museum and touch the cultural mosaic on display at the Ethnography Museum
Ephesus, Virgin Mary and Sirince Village Tour
We are wandering through the streets of Ephesus… Located in Selçuk district within the borders of Izmir province, the ancient city of Ephesus has always been an important site throughout its history, which dates back to 4000 BC. Ephesus was founded by the female warriors known as the Amazons and embodies the Artemis Temple, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After letting ourselves in the magic atmosphere of wandering in the streets of Ephesus, a long uphill will take us to Mary’s House. While walking the road through the trees we will encounter a wall covered with offerings. We will finish our journey at Şirince village, which has a special atmosphere. The village will welcome us with its narrow streets, and it is here that you can sample its world famous wines and enjoy spending your time in the small village cafes
Special Yacht Tour
We invite you the vast blue Sea of the Aegean… We invite you to a holiday in the vast blue of the Aegean Sea with your family or close friends with our exclusive yacht options. Let yourself feel purified in the debts of history and culture full of mystical and natural beauties of the Aegean Sea by choosing the travel alternatives from the programmes exclusively designed for you. You will not believe that you have experienced the genuine Heaven! With its long historical journey extended to 330 B.C., a host of Byzantine and Roman civilisations, Ayvalık, historically known as Kydonies, hosts 22 small islands within its bay. It is possible to visit all the virgin islands, none of which are inhabited except Cunda island, only by special yacht tours. For your private yacht tour, you designate your own program together with your captain, will have different menu alternatives of your choice, and will spend time in the unique historic bays depending on whether conditions.
At Simurg Inn breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day which is why every day, guests of Simurg Inn will be treated to healthy and delicious breakfast options. During the day, feel free to order from the snack menu or save your appetite for the chef's menu served at lunch time and dinner. If you have any dietary requirements then the staff at Simurg Inn will be happy to accommodate you if given prior notice so please feel free to let the staff know of your dining necessities.
Dinner at Simurg Inn is served at a long dining table, facilitating great and pleasant conversations in a friendly atmosphere and is one of the most loved features of a stay at Simurg Inn.
Including a private beach and restaurant located on the coast of Asos between the mythological Mount IDA and the Greek island of Lesvos, Simurg Sea offers its guests an almost endless serenity and the finest, freshest cuisine.
All ingredients served are locally produced and guaranteed fresh and delicious with fruit and vegetables grown in their garden and olives picked from their very own olive trees! The eggs are even hatched from the Simurg Inn's very own hens guaranteeing freshness and high quality. Feel the privilege of living amongst nature in a lush, flourishing environment if even only for a few days.
At Simurg Inn, your once in a lifetime, romantic, ecological and legendary vacation awaits you.