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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 into 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.

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.

Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Hop aboard this boat tour for a fun-filled day exploring Black Island. Relax with plenty of time to swim and discover the island's beautiful bays. Enjoy alcoholic beverages and soft drinks onboard throughout your day at sea. Start your tour with a stop for a refreshing swim at the Black Island hot spring cave. Then, discover Meteor Bay, where a meteor crashed many years ago, and jump in. Stop at Aquarius Bay for a lunch break and time to swim. Make your way to Red Bay for a swim and enjoy complimentary fresh fruit. End your tour with a visit to Rabbit Bay. Enjoy some tea and biscuits before heading back to Bodrum.

Bodrum City Tour: 5-Hour Private Excursion with Lunch

4. 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.

Turkey (Türkiye): eSim Mobile Data Roaming Plan

5. Turkey (Türkiye): eSim Mobile Data Roaming Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Turkey and the other 39 most visited regions in Europe. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, La Reunion, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered is Malta, Martinique, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): mobiledata Local operator info: Turkey: Vodafone-Telsim The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

6. 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 a day of journeying along the spectacular Bodrum Peninsula, begin your voyage back to the port.

Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

7. 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.

Bodrum Peninsula Private Boat Tour with Lunch

8. Bodrum Peninsula Private Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day on a private boat trip just with your friends and/or family and visit the most beautiful bays on the Bodrum peninsula. The advantage of hiring a private boat all to yourself is that you can choose when and where on the Bodrum coastline you would like to go. You can also simply relax and trust the captain to take you to the most beautiful bays. This private boat tour can be adjusted to your special wishes and needs. It's also the perfect choice for private parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or any special occasion. Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch on board (including three Turkish starters), fresh fruits, afternoon tea/coffee and cake or biscuits. Lunch includes fish or chicken or meatballs, salad, pasta, fruits, tea or coffee and cake, The boat has lifejackets, a changing cabin, a bathroom and a shower. There is a large cushioned area and front deck for sun bathing. If the sun gets too hot there are shady places available for your comfort. The boats are fully licensed and insured and have a friendly English-, German- and Turkish-speaking crew. Now all you have to do is relax and enjoy the day.

Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

9. 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.

Ölüdeniz: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swim Stops and Lunch

10. Ölüdeniz: Pirate Boat Cruise with Swim Stops and Lunch

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.

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We loved it! The staff were super friendly and we got to swim in crystal clear waters. Great value for money too.