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From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

1. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

2. Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

The Orak Island Boat Tour departs from Halikarnas harbor at 11:00 AM, and makes its first stop at Red Bay, where you’ll be able to enjoy a short swim. Continue to Orak Island, and one of the most beautiful bays in the region. You’ll have about 2 hours to swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the white sand beach. After leaving Orak Bay, there will be 2-3 additional stops at different bays, where you’ll also be able to swim and snorkel. The exact itinerary will depend on sea conditions the day of your boat tour. You can be sure of stopping at a number of beautiful sheltered bays on the Bodrum peninsula. Midway through the tour you’ll have lunch on board, which is freshly prepared by the staff. Meals can vary, but usually include fresh salad, grilled chicken and rice or a pasta dish. In the afternoon, enjoy melon and Turkish tea with biscuits. Admire views of the picturesque coastline of the Bodrum peninsula on the return trip to Bodrum. The tour ends at 07:00 PM, when you arrive back in Halikarnas harbor.

Dalyan Full-Day Boat Trip from Marmaris

3. 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

4. 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.

Oludeniz: Butterfly Valley Tour & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

5. Oludeniz: Butterfly Valley Tour & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

After hotel pickup, drive to Ölüdeniz Harbor and board the 2-deck boat. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze as you pass by the changing coastal landscape. Make your first stop at the Blue Cave where you will have the opportunity to swim in the bright blue waters of the bay and into the cave. Then, continue sailing to the Butterfly Valley nature reserve. Take another chance to swim in the clear waters here and sunbathe on the beautiful beach. After this, enjoy a short hike through the area and climb up to see the waterfalls. Marvel at the wildflowers and spot colorful butterflies as they fly around you, keeping your eyes peeled for the rare Tiger Butterfly. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch back on the boat. Finally, continue your adventure as you sail on towards the next attraction, St. Nicholas Island. When you arrive, discover the ancient ruins of the 5th-century churches. Climb to the island's highest point and admire the spectacular views. Make your last stop of the day at the Cold Spring Bay where you can enjoy a refreshing final swim in the freshwater spring which flows into the sea. Return to Ölüdeniz Harbor where you will be dropped off at your hotel by around 4:30 PM.

Marmaris: 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari Experience

6. 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. 

Fethiye: Saklıkent Canyon & Mud Bath Jeep Safari with Lunch

7. Fethiye: Saklıkent Canyon & Mud Bath Jeep Safari with Lunch

Visit the Girmeler Cave, Saklıkent Canyon, and a mud bath, all on this multi-stop Jeep safari in Fethiye with round-trip transportation. Treat your skin at the mud bath, get free time to explore, and enjoy an included meat or vegetarian lunch. In the morning, get picked up from your accommodation and set out to travel to three of the area’s most beautiful places. First, stop at the Girmeler Cave. Listen as your tour guide gives you more information about the day and takes your orders for lunch. Afterward, walk around the site as you learn about the cave. Next, stop at the Saklıkent Canyon, the second-longest canyon in Europe at 18 km long. To enter, pay a small fee (10₺ adults and 5₺ for students); children are free to enter. Walk along the bridge and see three different water springs. Spend 1.5 hours of free time in the canyon before stopping for lunch. For lunch, enjoy your choice of fish, chicken, or omelet with 3-5 different starters. For the final stop of the day, head to the mud bath, a fun activity that’s good for your skin. Learn about the best way to enjoy the mud with the help of your guide. Choose to get cleaned up in the freezing river, or, if you don’t like cold water, use the showers that are available. Water battles with water guns are another optional activity (not included). At the end of the day, get driven back to your pickup address. 

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

8. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Bodrum and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeological museum. Discover where Cleopatra used to swim, and the monumental tomb of the Christian apostle St. Philippe. Marvel at the Necropolis of Anatolia, filled with sarcophagi, most notably that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.

Dalaman: Jeep Safari from Sarigerme

9. Dalaman: Jeep Safari from Sarigerme

Be collected from your accommodation in Sarigerme. The first stage of your journey takes you through a typical Turkish village and a beautiful liquid amber forest. Travel through the magnificent scenery of the environment and continue to the cold clear waters of the Yuvarlakcay River. Take your first break close to the Yuvarlakcay Spring. Go on a ten-minute walk through the canyon to the sources of the spring, where you will have a chance to cool off in the icy water. After lunch at a fresh trout restaurant, head into the more remote region which are only accessible by jeep. Explore little-known areas and deserted places of unsurpassed beauty. After having a break to sunbathe and swim at Asi Bay Beach, drive up to Bozburun Hill, 600 meters above sea level, where you can photograph the spectacular views of Dalyan, Koycegiz Lake, and Iztuzu Turtle Beach.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 21 reviews

We booked the tour in early May 2022. Due to the low season, there were no more than three excursion boats in the bays. Orak Bay is a dream. Authentic Turkish lunch overlooking the crystal clear water. All in all an absolute recommendation.

Actual excursion amazing but no pick up or drop off which was included in price and arriving where boats were a bit of confusion with the ticket, but we were sorted. Actually would advise to book it direct there, a lot cheaper.

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!!!

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.