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Marmaris: Jeep Safari with Lunch

1. Marmaris: Jeep Safari with Lunch

If you love outdoor sports and want to take as much advantage as possible of the incredible countryside views, head out on a jeep safari from Marmaris. The jeeps follow a thrilling route up and down narrow roads which wind around the pine forested mountains, and also through wide mountain rivers to find the most breathtaking views of the surrounding rolling hills. You will be picked up from your hotel before gathering at the meeting point to start the jeep safari. Admire the beautiful landscape of Marmaris before driving off road and having fun fighting with water pistols. On the way, you will visit the waterfalls at Hisaronu Bay, where you can enjoy swimming. You will also see an oak tree that is more than 2,000 years old. You will have lunch in Turgut Village and then enjoy a relaxing stop at Jesus Beach where you can walk on water. The day will end by returning back to your hotel around 18:00.

Rhodes to Marmaris Full-Day Trip by Boat

2. Rhodes to Marmaris Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark at the tourist port of Rhodes and cross the Aegean to the magical seaside resort of Marmaris. Discover how Marmaris has evolved from a tiny fishing village into a popular tourist resort with numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and a bustling marina. Explore at your own pace and use the time to visit the medieval castle on the hilltop. Stroll around the Old Town to see the traditional houses and visit a museum with archaeological finds from Knidos, Datça, and various shipwrecks. Try the local cuisine or go to the bazaar to purchase spices, traditional artwork, and sweets. Take an optional shopping tour of Marmaris by bus. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and swim in the cooling lagoon along the 10 km long beach before the return boat trip to Rhodes.

Marmaris: Pirate Boat Trip with Lunch, Foam Party, and Stops

3. Marmaris: Pirate Boat Trip with Lunch, Foam Party, and Stops

Embark on a cruise aboard the Davy Jones Pirate Boat in Marmaris and visit Paradise Island, Phosphorous Cave, Turunç, and more. Enjoy lunch, unlimited drinks, on-board entertainment, a foam party, and plenty of activities to keep kids busy and having fun. Make stops for shopping and swimming. Start your adventure by hopping on board and stepping into the pirate life. Along with an authentic pirate theme, the Davy Jones Pirate Boat features 3 floors with sunbeds on the top floor. Once settled in, the ship departs from the harbor in Marmaris, toward sights including Paradise Island, Aquarium Bay, and Phosphorous Cave. Along the trip, you’ll make 4 stops for swimming and other fun. If you want to snorkel, you can bring along your own gear. Stop at Turunç for a shopping break and swimming. At lunch time, sit down and get served chicken, meatballs, salad, and pasta. Pair unlimited local alcoholic and soft drinks with your meal. Then, continue to Kızılkum for a second swimming break. For the final part of your day, enjoy a foam party and disco on the second and third floors. Take advantage of a full entertainment team and many other activities for your group to enjoy while on board. With kids in mind, there are also face painting activities and free take-home souvenirs such as bandanas, pirate certifications, bracelets, and necklaces. When your adventure on the high seas comes to an end, return to the marina in Marmaris for drop-off back at your pickup location.

Marmaris: Diving with Lunch

4. Marmaris: Diving with Lunch

Discover the crystal-clear underwater world of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. During your trip to Marmaris, enjoy a day in the water that includes 2 dives, swimming, and snorkeling. For your first dive, make your way to Marmaris Bay shore, located nearby the rocky area on the opposite side of the Lighthouse. Dive up to 130 feet (40 meters) and explore a field of amphorae and a part of a sunken ship. Around noon, you will enjoy lunch and relax before moving on to your second dive spot. Next, make your way to another shore, the most famous diving point in Marmaris. Marmaris Bay is mostly interesting for underwater photographers, and you can dive to depths of 165 feet (50 meters). The site includes a conical-shaped cave that looks like a chimney and is home to tiny fish and shrimp. When this dive ends, spend time swimming and snorkeling before returning to your hotel.

Marmaris Jeep Safari: Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

5. Marmaris Jeep Safari: Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

In the morning you’ll be picked up at your hotel and head to at a meeting point, where others will join you in preparation for this full-day jeep safari. In all, 5-15 jeeps will depart in a convoy for the countryside surrounding Marmaris. Head up into the mountains, where you’ll take in stunning views of Marmaris and other small villages. During the day you’ll stop at the Turgut waterfall and have some time to swim at the area’s beautiful beaches. Enjoy a typical Turkish lunch prepared for you in a small village. Your jeep will take you inland through pine forests, and you’ll enjoy fantastic unspoiled scenery, and see flocks of sheep, wandering goats, and villagers in traditional dress riding on donkeys.

Dalyan Full-Day Boat Trip from Marmaris

6. Dalyan Full-Day Boat Trip from Marmaris

Enjoy a relaxing full-day tour of Dalyan on Turkey’s Lycian Coast, sailing by boat across the turquoise sea to Turtle Beach (officially known as Iztuzu Beach). Departing from Marmaris, admire the remarkable rock cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos along the coast. Founded around the 9th-century BC on the border of the Kingdom of Lycia, Kaunos became an important Carian city around 400 BC and its culture reflected aspects of both kingdoms. The tombs were designated for the kings and other powerful people of the city, and filled with food, money, jewelry and other valuable items. Marvel at the Dalyan Canal as it weaves its way from Köyceğiz Lake to the beach, a peninsula jutting out from the mainland. Famous for the endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) that lay their eggs in the sand, as well as blue crab, the beach is now protected to help conserve the turtles, making it out of bounds to the public from May through September. Jump into a mud bath for an indulgent and therapeutic wallow before your return transfer to Marmaris.

From Marmaris: Full-Day Pamukkale/ Hierapolis Tour

7. From Marmaris: Full-Day Pamukkale/ Hierapolis Tour

The ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as Pamukkale's famous white travertines (calcium pools) have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BCE, with people travelling great distances to soothe their ailments or retire here. Pick-up is from your hotel, where you will leave from Marmaris towards to Pamukkale. An open buffet breakfast and lunch will be served. Visiting the white paradise – Pamukkale, impresses its visitors with its appearance. You'll be visiting the Hierapolis Ancient city, Roman theatre, Temple of Apollon, ancient pool and Roman bath. After your visit, take a break before driving back to Marmaris, arriving at Marmaris at around 20:00.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

8. Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

On this 1-day tour from Marmaris you will visit Pamukkale, known as the 8th Wonder of the World. Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, this natural formation contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Because of the glorious white travertine and historical value, Pamukkale was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1988. Pamukkale can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 kilometers away. On the top of this white “castle”, which is a total of 2,700 meters long, 600 meters wide, and 160 meters high, the ancient city of Hierapolis was built. Here you can visit an ancient Roman amphitheater, the historical museum which was formerly a Turkish bath, the ancient Cleopatra swimming pool, the monumental tomb of Saint Philippe, and the most magnificent Necropolis of Anatolia.

Marmaris Horseback Riding Safari Tour

9. Marmaris Horseback Riding Safari Tour

This horseback riding safari is not a just a tour but also a chance to communicate with animals and good natural therapy. The spirit of fun and adventure runs deep so saddle up and enjoy a truly unique Marmaris adventure on some wonderful horses. After you are picked up from your hotel, it will take about 20 minutes of driving to reach Camlı Village. Once you arrive, you will receive some tips and information and take a short break before your ride. The horseback riding safari lasts for about 1-hour with your guide riding through the trees and across a river. Before heading back to your hotel, have the chance to purchase some photos or DVDs of your experience.

Cleopatra Island Boat Trip from Marmaris and Icmeler

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 Conservation Area. İt is not permitted to take any sand with you when leaving the island. On the way back to Marmaris you’ll have another swimming break in Dolphin Bay. The tour ends at around 18:00.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 676 reviews

The excursion was great! Everything went smoothly with the cards. As a little tip for hunger, I can recommend the Love Café with a clear conscience! Clean and is also good for us Europeans :) The tour guide should work with her kind in a bar and not with tourists. I don't want to include that in the rating, because everything else was really great! Instead of taking the bus in Marmaris, I recommend a taxi for €7 to the bazaar, which saves you an hour's bus ride.

Really nice trip with beautiful views and the swimming breaks at the coves we’re really fun. They also provide float vests for those less practiced at swimming which is nice. Lunch options were chicken and beef with rice, chips and salad (vegetarian options would be nice).

had a great time wasn't expecting a coach tour to bazaare. people friendly in marmaris. had 4 hours shopping

Brilliant day trip, highly recommend this boat trip. Loved every minute of it.

It was a super relaxed round trip by boat...recommended.