Top attractions in Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
Our most recommended things to do in Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
1. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour
Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary. After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last ...
The tour guide was excellent. He was informative and interesting. The tour was well paced and the trip to the Ceramics outlet was worthwhile.
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 coast...
Great value for the money we paid. We went for swimming in different beach spots, all of them beautiful and different. Nice lunch, they even offered tea and biscuits. The crew of the Boat they are all great people.
3. Kusadasi Quad Safari
Begin your 3-hour activity with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to the forest camping site that’s the starting point for the quad safari. A professional guide will provide information about the tour, the quad and the course. Take your quad for a test drive before you head out. During the safari you’ll drive along paths by rivers and through woodland areas. When you arrive at Pamucak Beach, you can enjoy driving along the sand. Stop for a short break at the café (refreshments at your own expense). After the short rest, you’ll drive the quad back to the starting point, and then begin the ride back to your hotel.
4. Blue Lagoon Ölüdeniz Tandem Paragliding from Fethiye
You’ll be met at your hotel in Fethiye, Calis Beach, or Ovacik and head out on a 40-minute drive to the top of Baba Dag, 6,500 feet above sea level. Travel by the operator’s comfortable and modern safari truck as you begin your 3-hour paragliding adventure. Flights are available 5 times per day. The first is at 08:30, with the morning light and very clear air offering the best opportunity for stunning photos. You’ll be able to see more than 200 square kilometers of the beautiful Fethiye scenery. If you choose the second flight of the day, at 11:00, it’s likely to be the longest due to thermal activity. You take off from 6,500 feet and could reach heights of 9,000-10,000 feet above sea, if you want. The flight lasts about 40 minutes. The third flight is at 13:30 and is a bit longer due to stronger conditions. With hazy, misty weather, conditions are not as good for photography, but the...
Everything was perfect, expect that the staff didn't speak German. We booked a German guide to see how their level of German is, in case we recommend it to people who only speak German. Besides that it was great and we would do it again and again.
5. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise
Get picked up at your hotel and then travel to the port to climb aboard a boat. Set sail along the beautiful coastline north of Kusadasi. Marvel at the rugged landscape of the Aegean coast. Stop at 3 different bays to snorkel with the magnificent marine life, and swim in the turquoise waters for approximately 1 hour at each location. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board the boat at Karasu, and feast from a delicious menu of meatballs, chicken, salads, pasta, potato salad and fruit. Return to the port in Kusadasi after your 3rd swimming stop, and get dropped off at your original departure point at the end of an amazing day at sea.
Really had a wonderful time. Boat staffs were so friendly and lovely lunch. Will be coming again
6. Kusadasi: Private Ephesus Ruins + House of Virgin Mary Tour
After meeting your guide at your Kusadasi Hotel, your private, guided tour of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary will begin. Your expedition into Ancient Greek and Roman periods begins with a drive aboard an air-conditioned coach to Ephesus, an ancient city famous for its early Christian roots. Once here you will hear about the settlements of one of the biggest open air museums in the world, which receives over a million visitors each years. You will also see the constructions of the Ephesus Ancient Ruins; the parliament building, the ancient municipality, the ancient hospital, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain, the Celsus Library and the Great Theater. If you are hungry, you will also be able to receive recommendations from your guide. Next, you will experience a place that has been a host to pilgrims for centuries, the House of the Virgin Mary. At this site you will hear a...
7. 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...
8. Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch
Spend a day away from the crowds of the beach resort of Bodrum and sail on the open water on a fun-filled cruise along the coastline. Hop on a sailing boat to discover out-of-the-way islands and caves, including hidden spots only accessible by boats. As you sail along, take plenty of breaks for swims and snorkeling. At one of many coves, soak up some sun with a good read or just gaze over the calming sea. Continue to Kara Ada aka Black Island. Here, plop into its mineral-rich waters and see if its renowned skin healing qualities come true. Since this island is set in Turkey’s legendary Turquoise Coast, keep your eyes peeled for luxurious yachts and gulets (classic Turkish sailboats) floating beside the banks. Around midway through the cruise, take a break onboard for a lunch prepared by your crew. Savor grilled chicken along with rice or pasta and crisp salad or a similar meal. After ...
Great experience, food was good and spots are nice. The timings could be better (starting late, ending late)
9. 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...
10. Cleopatra Island Boat Trip from Marmaris and Icmeler
This full-day excursion to Cleopatra Island offers departures from hotels in both Marmaris and Icmeler. On the way to the island you’ll stop for swimming breaks in Incekum Bay and near Fenerli Island. Enjoy the warm turquoise waters and stunning views of Gokova Bay. A delicious BBQ lunch will be served back on board, and includes chicken or meat balls, spaghetti, salad, and seasonal fruits. With 3 hours or more of free time on Cleopatra Island, you’ll be able relax on the white sand beach, take a leisurely walk through the olive groves, and explore the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and fortifications. The island’s sands are legendary and are believed to have been imported by Mark Anthony as a gift to his lover Cleopatra. This unique sand cannot be found anywhere else in the world: the grains are so tiny and shiny that the beach on Cleopatra Island was declared a National Conservatio...
The boat was lovely and Cleopatra beach was very beautiful, we enjoyed the stops at the other bays for quick swim breaks, the only let down being the lunch which our group got split up and the food wasn't the best. definitely not a BBQ. Other boat trips will offer very similar experience for less (you don't get more with this on unfortunately)
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What people are saying about Aegean Coast Region, Turkey
We really had a great day, even with our baby of almost 7 months, it was super easy to do and you were well helped to get into the water with the baby, we enjoyed it. The food was great and there was a great photographer on board who took beautiful pictures for a small price!!! Super sweet man very child friendly everyone
We had a great experience. Started out with sauna, followed by body scrub in the hammam and then 45 minutes of massage including face mask. Some of the best massages I have received thanks to 2 skilled masseurs from Uganda. Highly recommended to have a luxury experience!
Full tour. English speaking guide is lovely. We have been able to see turtles, and we have been able to fish for crabs. A very nice excursion
Our guide was phenomenal! He did a wonderful tour and we loved it!
Nice riding and friendly people on the horse range :)