Do cruise passengers need a visa for a day?
You can get a 90-day sticker at the port of entry for your passport for $20; however, we asked our EKol tour group operator about the visa, and this was their reply:
"All cruise passangers ( the nationality is not important ) will pass through custom with their boarding passes given by cruise during your embarcation on your first day..
We have many private groups from different cruises every day and no one needed a visa .
Some cruise companies say that you need a visa if you get off for a private tour.
But what will happen to a passanger who does not want any tour, just walk on the street. do they need a visa ???? No.
You can give this info to anyone need . If you enter or leave Turkey by plane or road you will need visa."
You can find the link for information about the $20 sticker below:
If you are really adventurous you could share the cost of a hired car and do it in a day.
We drove from Kusadasi stopping for lunch on the way. the directions were fine and we had no problems - at least we were in control of our departure and visit time
KUSADASI; PAST&PRESENT- OLD&NEW
"PIGEON ISLAND & KUSADASI"
Pigeon Island, with its gleaming image, really deserves to be symbol of Kusadasi. The eye-catching view of the island, uniting with the panoramic colors of sunset attract every visitors. As the island was much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, it was named as Bird Island.
In the times of Ottomans, the name of the island was given to the town and the town was started to be called as "Kusadasi" (Bird Island). Since then, the name of the island was changed into "Pigeon Island". The island was used for military purposes during the Ottoman Era and before, as the location of the island was strategic for securing the shores or preventing the attacks from the sea. The Byzantine castle standing on the rocks, used against pirates, is known as "Pirate Castle".
Pigeon Island , unlike its name, is now connected to the land by a mole. But, it is even an ideal place providing a wonderful opportunity for relaxation. Within the borders of the impressive castle, you may watch the charming yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy waters of Kusadasi or sit in one of the restaurants by the shore and sample fresh sea-food or other Aegean specialties with the panoramic view of Kusadasi and enjoy the unforgettable times in Kusadasi...
Pigeon Island is in the city , close to harbor. So, walking by the seaside may be enjoyable. As it is on the way to "Ladies Beach", it can be reached by Ladies Beach minibuses from the Centrum in every 5 minutes, alternatively....