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Dalyan Full-Day Boat Trip from Marmaris

1. Dalyan Full-Day Boat Trip from Marmaris

Enjoy a relaxing full-day tour of Dalyan on Turkey’s Lycian Coast, sailing by boat across the turquoise sea to Turtle Beach (officially known as Iztuzu Beach). Departing from Marmaris, admire the remarkable rock cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos along the coast. Founded around the 9th-century BC on the border of the Kingdom of Lycia, Kaunos became an important Carian city around 400 BC and its culture reflected aspects of both kingdoms. The tombs were designated for the kings and other powerful people of the city, and filled with food, money, jewelry and other valuable items. Marvel at the Dalyan Canal as it weaves its way from Köyceğiz Lake to the beach, a peninsula jutting out from the mainland. Famous for the endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) that lay their eggs in the sand, as well as blue crab, the beach is now protected to help conserve the turtles, making it out of bounds to the public from May through September. Jump into a mud bath for an indulgent and therapeutic wallow before your return transfer to Marmaris.

Marmaris Bays and Islands All Inclusive Boat Trip

2. Marmaris Bays and Islands All Inclusive Boat Trip

Spend the day in the sun on a full-day gulet tour from Marmaris. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Marmaris or Icmeler, transfer to the pier to board your boat. Once on board, laze in the sun as cabin boys bring complimentary drinks to your sunbed. Sail the coastline looking for secret islands, caves, and bays. Swim in crystal clear waters, discover secluded beaches, and more. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you pass sights such as Paradise Island, Kumlubuk, and Turunc Beach. At around noon, a lunch will be served on board the boat. Continue in the afternoon to the “blue grotto” of Phosphorus Cave. Swim in magical waters as the light from the sun reflects on the water and cave walls. Cruise back to the pier for a transfer back to your hotel.

Marmaris: 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari Experience

3. Marmaris: 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari Experience

Start your adventure with a short test run to establish your confidence, then head off on a 30-minute safari along riverbeds and through the forest. Afterward, head back to the practice track to speed things up a little as you race around the track. Stop to swim and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish countryside, and see how it is different from the seascapes. Absolutely all riders will come back to the starting point very dirty and dusty but in great spirits. Enjoy a wonderful day, full of fun and adventure.  Quad biking in Marmaris guarantees only positive emotions and unforgettable impressions. Make sure to prepare for the most memorable experience of your life. 

Marmaris: Pirate Boat Trip with Lunch, Foam Party, and Stops

4. Marmaris: Pirate Boat Trip with Lunch, Foam Party, and Stops

Embark on a cruise aboard the Davy Jones Pirate Boat in Marmaris and visit Paradise Island, Phosphorous Cave, Turunç, and more. Enjoy lunch, unlimited drinks, on-board entertainment, a foam party, and plenty of activities to keep kids busy and having fun. Make stops for shopping and swimming. Start your adventure by hopping on board and stepping into the pirate life. Along with an authentic pirate theme, the Davy Jones Pirate Boat features 3 floors with sunbeds on the top floor. Once settled in, the ship departs from the harbor in Marmaris, toward sights including Paradise Island, Aquarium Bay, and Phosphorous Cave. Along the trip, you’ll make 4 stops for swimming and other fun. If you want to snorkel, you can bring along your own gear. Stop at Turunç for a shopping break and swimming. At lunch time, sit down and get served chicken, meatballs, salad, and pasta. Pair unlimited local alcoholic and soft drinks with your meal. Then, continue to Kızılkum for a second swimming break. For the final part of your day, enjoy a foam party and disco on the second and third floors. Take advantage of a full entertainment team and many other activities for your group to enjoy while on board. With kids in mind, there are also face painting activities and free take-home souvenirs such as bandanas, pirate certifications, bracelets, and necklaces. When your adventure on the high seas comes to an end, return to the marina in Marmaris for drop-off back at your pickup location.

Rhodes to Marmaris Full-Day Trip by Boat

5. Rhodes to Marmaris Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark at the tourist port of Rhodes and cross the Aegean to the magical seaside resort of Marmaris. Discover how Marmaris has evolved from a tiny fishing village into a popular tourist resort with numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and a bustling marina. Explore at your own pace and use the time to visit the medieval castle on the hilltop. Stroll around the Old Town to see the traditional houses and visit a museum with archaeological finds from Knidos, Datça, and various shipwrecks. Try the local cuisine or go to the bazaar to purchase spices, traditional artwork, and sweets. Take an optional shopping tour of Marmaris by bus. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and swim in the cooling lagoon along the 10 km long beach before the return boat trip to Rhodes.

Marmaris: Full-Day Boat Trip with Unlimited Drinks and Lunch

6. Marmaris: Full-Day Boat Trip with Unlimited Drinks and Lunch

Your tour will begin at 9:30AM, at which point hotel pickup will begin from hotels in the region. From there, you will be transported to your boat. Adaköy'te will be the first stop of your tour. Here you will discover fish farms, where mullets can be thrown bread. After about 15 minutes exploring the fish farm, you will take your first swimming break on the "Island of Paradise". After a swimming break of about 45 minutes, you will depart for some nearby caves. You will then have a short break, before exploring the local cave for 30 minutes, with 5 minutes for a photo shoot following your exploration. Following 45 minutes of sailing, you will take a break for food. Your good will be prepared and served onboard, with a menu usually consisting of grilled chicken, salad, and pasta. Following lunch, a 1hour break will be given, in which you can swim at Turunc Beach, or explore the nearby quaint town. You will then have time to relax with a drink on your way back to Marmaris. After arriving back at the port, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

2-Hour Turkish Bath Experience in Marmaris

7. 2-Hour Turkish Bath Experience in Marmaris

Start your vacation in Marmaris off right with a visit to the Turkish bath. Upon arriving, you will be taken to the hamam (sauna), where you will enjoy a steam bath that softens your skin and opens your pores. This will be followed by a scrubbing that will help remove dead skin. Continue on to enjoy a foam massage, followed by an aroma therapy oil massage. Then you will retire to a cooling room for a period of relaxation. After your experience is over, you will also have the option to purchase other services at the baths, including pedicures, manicures, facial masks, additional massages, and more.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

8. Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

On this 1-day tour from Marmaris you will visit Pamukkale, known as the 8th Wonder of the World. Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, this natural formation contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Because of the glorious white travertine and historical value, Pamukkale was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1988. Pamukkale can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 kilometers away. On the top of this white “castle”, which is a total of 2,700 meters long, 600 meters wide, and 160 meters high, the ancient city of Hierapolis was built. Here you can visit an ancient Roman amphitheater, the historical museum which was formerly a Turkish bath, the ancient Cleopatra swimming pool, the monumental tomb of Saint Philippe, and the most magnificent Necropolis of Anatolia.

From Marmaris: Day Trip by Glass Bottom Semi Submarine

9. From Marmaris: Day Trip by Glass Bottom Semi Submarine

Explore the underwater world of the eastern Mediterranean without getting wet aboard a glass bottom semi submarine. Benefit from hotel pick-up, and then set sail from the port in Marmaris at 09:30 AM. Find yourself in an incredible world where you can see the fish and plants underwater. Marvel at the sea caves and magnificent canyons and stop for a swim in the turquoise waters. Avail of the boat's facilities, including an air-conditioned fast food hall, comic books for children and deck chairs on the upper deck. Enjoy a lunch of mackerel or chicken and chips with rice and salad aboard the boat before sailing back to harbor at 4:30 PM.

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

10. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 387 reviews

Very relaxing day island hopping with breaks to swim off the boat… There was a chance to do some water sport. Lunch was basic but fine. The staff aboard couldn’t do enough for us and a fun day was had by all!!!

Amazing day out, amazing drivers, be prepared to get wet and dirty though.. overall great fun!

Fantastic day!! Loads of different activities within the day and everyone was friendly!

Superb day but too many swim stops. Could have spent more time elsewhere.

Stunning little spa, so content, amazing treatments, would go again.