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Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

1. 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.

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Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

2. Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

You won’t want to miss this unforgettable adventure and the chance to see another side of Turkey. On this full-day jeep safari you’ll travel through the landscape of the Bodrum mountains, far from the main streets and city life of Bodrum, and through narrow, dusty valleys, rivers, and mountain ranges. Not only can you be a part of this great adventure but you’ll also have an opportunity to participate behind the wheel of a 4x4. Visit a small Turkish village, swim in a mountain river, and enjoy lunch at a small local restaurant. You’ll drive through romantic ravines and fertile fields into the high Bodrum mountain range the pine forests and remote parts of the region. In the late afternoon, after an extended drive through the mountains and valleys of Bodrum, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

3. Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

Enjoy an excursion to Pamukkale, and see the ruins of the Greco-Roman settlement at Hierapolis as well as the extraordinary natural formation known as the Cotton Castle. Reach Pamukkale and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis to see the Greco-Roman ruins. These include the great Roman theater, the tomb of St. Philip, the Roman baths, the temple to Apollo, and others. The kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis, which is registered as cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO. During your visit to this open-air museum, you’ll also see a massive ancient graveyard that contains over 1,200 sarcophagi, many of which are the size of a small house. Pamukkale’s alien-seeming landscape is the result of calcite-laden waters that flow from springs in a cliff that rises 200 meters over the plain. You’ll see formations that resemble forests and waterfalls, and also a series of terraced basins.

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Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan

4. Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan

This tour will bring you on a unique journey through Dalyan and the surrounding areas. From Bodrum you will drive 3 hours to Dalyan. Dalyan is a uniquely beautiful small town unspoiled by buildings. The Iztuzu Beach which is located 7 kilometers away is accessible by a 45-minute boat trip. The beach is famed as one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, care for them, and finally take their young to sea. The tour will take you on a 15-minute boat trip to the sulfur baths which is a unique and rewarding experience. The mud at the baths contains sulfur and other elements which are beneficial to your skin and make you feel refreshed and revitalized. There is a small spa here where you can relax and be pampered. The next stop is Caunos, the ancient city located near modern Dalyan. Caunos was founded in the 9th-century BC. Once a Mediterranean city port, it now lies several kilometers from the sea, due to silt build-up from the Dalyan River. Caunos is famous for its rock-cut tombs. These tombs were graves for the kings and gentry of the city. As the pagans believed in resurrection, they placed food, money, jewelry, and other valuables at the entrance of the tombs. Unfortunately, due to grave robbing, these items do not remain today. See these wonderful historical sights and allow our guides to bring you back in time with their knowledge and stories of the past.

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Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

5. Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

Tour one of the world's best preserved archaeological sites, and walk in the footsteps of ancients on a 2-day (overnight) tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale, with round-trip transfers from the Turkish Riviera. Marvel at the calcium-filled springs that pour down the mountain side to form a kind of Arctic wonderland called “cotton castles.” Learn more about the Ephesians and the ancient Greek city that they built on the coast of Ionia. See some of the best-preserved ruins, including the Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, and amphitheater. Day 1: Ephesus Meet your guide at 07:00 and depart early, heading west towards İzmir Province in western Anatolia. Enjoy breakfast en route so that you can make good time to reach Ephesus by 10:00. Upon arrival, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the ruins, and walk down the marble streets once walked by the ancients. The city was famed as the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World) and while only a single column remains, much of the rest of Ephesus is remarkably well-preserved. Admire the Library of Celsus, built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath. See stone carvings of Roman and Greek gods, and get a close-up view of the amphitheater. 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. Transfer to your hotel for dinner. Day 2: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before the transfer to the ruins of Hierapolis, built over the hot springs of classical Phrygia. Now enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hierapolis give an insight into the lives of the ancients during pre-Roman, Roman, and medieval times. Admire the remains of the city gates and theater, along with the Nymphaeum in front of the Temple of Apollo. Beyond the city walls, and passing the Thermae Extra Muros (Outer Baths) lies an extensive necropolis that extends for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on both sides of the old road to Phrygian Tripolis and Sardis. Along with an inclusive lunch and a chance to photograph the local villages, you will visit the extraordinary “cotton castles” of Pamukkale over which Hierapolis was built. The hot springs and travertines of the mountains have created terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water, leaving a unique landscape in the River Menderes Valley. Depart Pamukkale for Bodrum in the afternoon for an estimated drop off back at your hotel at 19:00.

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From Bodrum: Full-Day Tour to Ephesus

6. From Bodrum: Full-Day Tour to Ephesus

Discover the magnificent ancient city of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world and a must-see for anyone interested in archaeology and culture. On this full-day tour you will travel 185 km from Bodrum to the unique ancient site of Ephesus. Along the way you can enjoy the scenery of the Turkish countryside on your 3-hour journey through the cotton fields. On arrival at Ephesus you will explore the ruins of the ancient city and learn about the history behind the magnificent attraction, from the Ionians to the Romans and the Byzantines. Discover the excavated ruins as you wander through the site, including the Celsus Library, the Amphitheatre, Hadrian Temple, Scholastikia Baths, the Parliamentary Building, the Town Hall, Domitian Temple, Trajan Fountain, Terrace Houses, and the Love House. After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit Ephesus Museum, one of the richest museums in Turkey. Here you will find pieces such as the Colossal Statue of Artemis, the Fresco of Socrates, the Roman Sarcophagus, the Statue of Dionysus, Eros and the Dolphin, the Statue of Priapos, the God of Fertility, and the Head of Zeus.

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Bodrum City Tour: 5-Hour Private Excursion with Lunch

7. Bodrum City Tour: 5-Hour Private Excursion with Lunch

Begin your ancient Bodrum tour at Crusader Castle, which is the first structure that most visitors see, whether approaching from land or sea. The castle now houses Turkey's Museum of Underwater Archeology, which holds treasures that have been excavated from Turkish waters. During the 5-hour private tour you’ll see St. Peter's Castle, the Myndos Gate, the Roman Amphitheater, and many more relics of Bodrum's ancient past. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is home to the world's oldest known shipwrecks. See the Glass Wreck Hall, late Bronze Age shipwrecks, the Carian Princess Hall, and the amphoras, which were used for transporting and storing olive oil and wine. Next you’ll visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The mausoleum was built in 355 B.C. by Artemisia, the sister and wife of King Mausolos. See the historical windmills standing near the Bodrum harbor. The windmills are made of stone and lined with wooden planks, and were in use from the 18th century until the 1970s. Stop at the Myndos Gate, built by King Mausolus in the 4th century. This is the only surviving gate of the 2 original entrances to ancient Halicarnassus. The last site on your tour is the Ancient Theater of Halicarnassus, which dates to the 4th century B.C. If you’re interested, you’ll have time for some shopping before heading back.

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Village Tour from Bodrum

8. Village Tour from Bodrum

Drive away from the bustle of the city to admire how diverse and amazing the Turkish landscape is. On arrival to the rural area you will have a tea/coffee break in a local coffee house and the tour guide will provide you with general information about village life in Turkey. Visit a traditional village house to see the lifestyle of locals before going to the village mosque to learn about Islamic beliefs and customs.  Then, meet a village chief and stop for a lunch at his house as you experience true Turkish hospitality and sample delicious local food. After lunch you will visit a carpet cooperative, where a short demonstration of carpets and kilims woven by village women ends your unforgettable day at the Bodrum countryside. You may buy some souvenirs, local goods, handicrafts and handmade kilims/carpets directly from the locals. Drive back to Bodrum for drop off at your hotel.

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Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

9. Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

After meeting with your guide, begin walking through the narrow streets of the city. Start at Bodrum Castle, built by the St. Jean Knights on the site of a Turkish Castle built by sailors of the Menteşe Principality in 1261-1269. Bodrum Castle now serves as the Museum of Underwater Archeology. Visit the Mausoleum - one of the 7 Wonders of the World - and admire the breathtaking views of Bodrum from the Antique Theater. During this tour you will also visit the classical site of Myndus and the former house of a well known Turkish singer who used to live in Bodrum.

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Bodrum: City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Bodrum: City Highlights Walking Tour

Visit the most charming places in Bodrum on a two-hour walking tour. You will have the chance to explore Turkey’s southern jewel while hearing fascinating facts and legends about the town during the Ottoman and Persian empires. Soak in the sea views from Bodrum Castle, which is enclosed by not one but two idyllic sheltered bays. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. Listen closely to your guide who will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Bodrum. This is the perfect sightseeing trip for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it.

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What people are saying about Bodrum

A beautiful trip - well worth the effort!

I loved this day out to Dalyan, I read a few doubtful reviews, but so very pleased I did not listen. We had a wonderful day out, pickup from hotel timely, the coach was air conditioned, driver was an expert and safe, the countryside was lovely to see. Everyone enjoyed the mud baths, but my highlight was the boat trip down the river, the tombs carved into the cliff face and YES, we saw turtles. It was an excellent day out with time to enjoy on the local beach. It really is a must do!

The rock tombs are impressive

The tour is easy and interesting. The rock tombs impressed! Along the way, there were many differences sulfur baths, bathing in the Mediterranean with waves, feeding turtles and treating crabs

The cars were not jeep, or classic 4x4. They used buses instead. It remains that the buses were cool and most importantly the guides were very very nice. A big thanks to them !

this is a very well worth day trip, with breathtaking views.

Interesting excursion

Professional guide, air-conditioned car, I liked everything.