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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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Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

2. Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

There are more than 15 dive points around Bodrum with typical Aegean and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Shallow water diving points offer dives without currents but full of fish for first timers, while some deeper points have small currents for experienced divers. At times visibility reaches up to 40 meters meaning that you are now diving in crystal clear waters, literally! Rock formations in the dive points offer shelter for groupers, octopuses, learfish, barracudas and other different creatures. You also may see amphoras and antique anchors which are more than 2000 years old. There are two reefs with depths ranging from 7 to 40 meters. They are full of fish with good chances for photography. There are two caverns, the first at 12 meters, a bubble cavern. The second is at 6 meters with air in it, and walls reflecting different shades of deep blue. Drop-offs allows you to discover something different.

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Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

3. 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

4. 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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Bodrum: Pirate Boat Cruise

5. Bodrum: Pirate Boat Cruise

Spend an incredible 6-hour day on the Aegean Sea, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathing on the boat, and visiting spectacular bays and beaches. Experience a traditional pirate boat and create lasting memories as you swim and explore on a unique boat cruise. Stop at Black Island featuring a cave with a hot spring and fantastic mud baths. Enjoy the hot spring's 95°F temperature and its soothing skin benefits. Take a relaxing mud bath and rinse off after five minutes to reveal soft skin. Visit the beautiful Poyraz and Aquarium bays where you can see the bottom of the sea, 20 meters deep. Spot wild boars searching for food on the beach and feed the fish from the boat. Head to Diver’s Bay one of the prime locations for snorkeling near Bodrum and take a dip. Swim in Rabbit Bay, a beautiful clean bay with a large beach, perfect for water sports. Finally, admire the panoramic views as you sail back to the harbor in Bodrum.

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Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

6. Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

Experience the cleansing and relaxation of a Turkish bath treatment. The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. With this 2-hour visit to the Bodrum Hammam you can enjoy the sauna, peeling, foam massage, and oil massage – leaving your skin feeling amazing. This full regime will make you feel more fit and healthy. If you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday, indulge in a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions.

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Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan

7. 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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From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

8. From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

Explore the natural landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula on a buggy safari adventure from Bodrum. Ride along the rugged terrain of the surrounding mountains, dirt tracks, sand dunes, and riverbeds. Take in the pine-scented forests and jagged mountain peaks in the distance. After getting picked up in Bodrum, get a safety briefing and short test run to get comfortable on the buggy before you head off into the surrounding mountains and landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula. Take a 20-minute ride to splash along the riverbeds and drive through the forest before heading to the practice track to speed things up. Feel an adrenaline rush as you race around the track. Afterward, cool down with a swim in the countryside. Return to the starting point dirty and dusty, but in great spirits. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Bodrum at the end of your experience.

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Bodrum: Unlimited 4G Internet in Turkey with Pocket Wi-Fi

9. Bodrum: Unlimited 4G Internet in Turkey with Pocket Wi-Fi

Enjoy a pocket hotspot device rental service for between 1 and 14 days to access the web throughout Turkey. Avoid expensive data roaming charges or connecting to insecure public internet points and, most importantly, save yourself the time and hassle of looking for free Wi-Fi every time you need an internet connection. With this service, you won’t have to change your SIM card during your vacation or buy a high-cost data package in advance. This is an unlimited package at truly 4G/LTE speed — it is secure and works everywhere in Turkey. There are no speed limitations at any level of data usage. Watch movies, play games, make online calls, stream your playlists, share your memories, use live navigation, and more.  Order your pocket Wi-Fi device and have it shipped to your destination in before you arrive or make a collection at the airport upon arrival. When you get there, you’ll be ready to enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi throughout your trip.

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Bodrum: Horseback Riding Experience

10. Bodrum: Horseback Riding Experience

Horse riding can be done everyday at 10:00, 14:00 or 16:00. No previous experience is required. You will be picked up at your hotel and after a 20 minute drive, you will arrive at the horse club. It is a beautiful place surrounded by the pine forests. You will have a 15 minute briefing about the tour program and horseback riding instructions. Then, you can have a look around and get acquainted with the horses before your memorable experience begins. You will ride through the picturesque landscapes of the countryside in the fresh air. A professional team of guides, being professional riders themselves, will accompany you throughout the entire journey and will help if necessary. Everybody is obliged to wear a helmet for safety.  In total, you will ride for 1 hour and 30 minutes and have a refreshing swim break in a river. After you come back to the horse club, you will drive back to Bodrum and be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Ask Before Photographing

    Many Bodrum residents will refuse to be photographed because of their religious beliefs, so it is especially important to ask before snapping all those beach pictures.

  • Take off Your Shoes

    It’s always appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a private residence or mosque.

  • Dress Code: What to Wear

    The city can be quite traditional, so use discretion when wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts, and bright colors.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city's population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 509 reviews

Cok Güzel We were completely satisfied. The nieces were beautiful and the sea was crystal clear, turquoise blue and ideal for cooling off. Lunch was very balanced and I actually expected a lot less. The boats are made to a very high quality and you feel like a pirate. Aaarghh

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!

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 !

it was amazing and staff was friendly service was good, I will recommend every one will visit Bodrum to ha e this trip thank u again

It was amazing good people and an amazing experience