Day trip

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

Activity provider: Kos Activities
Day trip

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

Activity provider: Kos Activities

From US$ 28.90 per person

Travel 50 minutes from Kos port to visit another country and another continent. Discover Bodrum, or the ancient city of Halicarnassus, where Herodotus the Father of History, was born. Experience Turkish hospitality and culture on an incredible day trip.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Spend a day exploring the city of Bodrum on your own
  • Cruise across the stretch of the sunkissed Aegean Sea that splits Kos from Bodrum
  • Visit the castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus
  • Get to know the local cuisine and enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a cafe
  • Walk through an incredible bazaar and try out your bargaining skills
Full description

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. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Boat ticket from/to Bodrum
  • Legal document preparation for travelling
  • Food and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • You must bring your passport and/or visa documents to enter Turkey
  • It is very hot in Bodrum in summer; do not forget a bottle of water and wear a hat, and comfortable walking shoes
  • Single parents with children can travel to Bodrum with a document signed from the other parent that allows the child to travel to Bodrum. Full custody also works for the passport control and authorities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 222 reviews

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Booking provider messaged day before to get passport details and tell you info. This is exactly as advertised, picking up tickets was easy and quick, boat was nice and ran on time. If you plan on a day trip to Bodrum then consider booking to make everything run smoothly.

March 31, 2023

Alles wie beschrieben gelaufen. Man wird am Abend vor Abfahrt kontaktiert, erhält alle notwendigen Infos, gibt seine Daten durch, ist rechtzeitig beim Check-In und nach Passkontrolle direkt auf dem Boot. Die Bootsfahrt ist ein klein wenig länger als angegeben, ansonsten alles sehr gut organisiert und nettes Personal auf der Fähre.

March 31, 2023

This booking is for a solo day trip to Bodrum. Basically it is the price for the ferry trip, don’t expect any guiding etc. Probably it is cheaper if you book directly in the Kos harbor, but we liked the convenience of doing it online and being sure our passport and visa needs were checked before. Company contacted us the day before via WhatsApp and asked for a copy of our documents and explained where to get the tickets in the harbor pier area (with photos etc). Really clear and easy to follow. Overall really nice staff, also in the boat! Only issues: 1. Boat left 40minutes later than scheduled due to the fact they were waiting for late passengers. Don’t know if they got stuck in immigration… They said they can’t leave without them, so be aware that you it can happen that your trip also gets delayed. 2. But the boat crew was lovely and also delayed our return time in 30minutes to compensate (nice!). 3. Journey took 35-40min, not 20m as advertised, but it’s a nice boat ride! :)

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 120241