This is a general review, not just Terrace Houses ...We booked a private tour to Ephesus ourselves, and did not get to visit Izmir. Worked out well. It was terribly crowded at Ephesus, but still worth it - you just got used to the volume of people. It wasn't easy underfoot as there are marble stones to walk on, which can be slippy, even in dry weather. So you must wear comfortable shoes. The Terrace Houses are very interesting and incur an extra cost of 10 Euros each. They are certainly terraced, so beware quite a few steps - not for people with weak legs. The detail of some of the wall illustrations is amazing. we said that we didn't want to visit a carpet shop afterwards, but after resting with a pleasant lunch, we didn't feel ready to go back to the ship, so we went off to the carpet place. It was interesting to see the way the carpets are made, but we felt uncomfortable - they go to a big show of giving you a drink, and laying out a huge sample of their rugs at your feet, and we knew were weren't going to buy anything. Of course I liked the most expensive one in the place. They did try a bit of sales pressure but soon gave up when they started dropping the price and noticed that the glazed look in our eyes was still there.
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