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Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

1. 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.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

2. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

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. 

Bodrum Peninsula Private Boat Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

Bodrum: Orak Island Boat with Lunch and Optional Transfer

4. Bodrum: Orak Island Boat with Lunch and Optional Transfer

Soak up the sun on a boat trip to Orak Island from Bodrum. Visit Rabbit Nose National Park and German Bay and explore the shores of Orak Island at your own pace. You can choose from a private or group trip. Also choose to meet the boat at the port or get picked up from your hotel in Torba, Bodrum, Gumbet, Bitez, Ortakent, or Yahsi. After boarding the boat, find the perfect spot for sunbathing and take in the views of Bodrum from the water. At your first stop, German Bay, dive into the bay's crystal clear waters or relax on the upper deck and snap some breathtaking photos. Continue to Orak Island Bay, where you will have 2 hours of free time to explore at your own pace. You could go for a stroll on the white sand beaches, snorkel, or swim. On the way back to Bodrum, stop to admire the grey rocks and blue waters of Rabbit Nose National Park. Arrive back to the harbor in Bodrum just in time for dinner.

Göcek: 12 Islands Boat Trip

5. Göcek: 12 Islands Boat Trip

Drive to Göcek Gulf by bus in the morning and take in the stunning views of the mountains, pine forests, and seascapes on the way. Arrive at the harbor in Göcek where you will board a boat and begin your day of cruising around the surrounding islands. First, visit Yassıca Island for a breakfast of delicious homemade pancakes called gözleme. Look out for the wild rabbits which hop around the area.  Next, make a stop at Tersane Island, the biggest island in the region with an important history that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Continue on to Bedri Rahmi bay where you can try to spot the big fish picture on a rock.  Head back to the boat and continue your cruise. Enjoy a lunch of fried chicken, salad, and pasta served on board. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, flying fish, and other local wildlife as you sail. During the trip, you will have free time to swim, sunbathe, and see colorful fishes as you explore the underwater world with a snorkel. Stop at 3 more bays in the afternoon before returning to Sarigerme. 

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

6. 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.

Oludeniz: Butterfly Valley Tour & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

7. Oludeniz: Butterfly Valley Tour & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

After hotel pickup, drive to Ölüdeniz Harbor and board the 2-deck boat. 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. Return to Ölüdeniz Harbor where you will be dropped off at your hotel by around 4:30 PM.

From Fethiye: Jeep Safari to Saklikent Gorge with Lunch

8. From Fethiye: Jeep Safari to Saklikent Gorge with Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the meeting point where you’ll be briefed on the day’s itinerary. From here, set out towards the ancient city of Tlos, one of the region's oldest settlements dating back to 2000 BC. Explore the array of fascinating ruins, including city walls, tombs, theaters, stadiums, baths, and more, preserved from the Lycian, Greek, Roman, and Ottoman eras. Climb through the ruins to reach the top of the hill, where you are rewarded with epic views of Tlos and the surrounding landscape. Continue the tour onto Yaka Park, where you can enjoy free time to relax beneath the shady trees. Breathe in the fresh cool air and listen to the tranquil sounds of babbling brooks. Arrive at Saklikent Gorge next, the second largest gorge in Europe, and embark on a trekking adventure through the canyon. As you explore, marvel at this impressive natural formation and soak up the beauty of the mountain and waterfall scenery. To cool off from the trek, make a splash in the water and go rafting through icy-cold mountain water. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious buffet lunch at a riverside restaurant. Finally, enjoy a well-deserved rest at a nearby natural mud bath before beginning the return journey to Fethiye.

Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

9. 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.

Marmaris Bays and Islands: All Inclusive Boat Trip

10. Marmaris Bays and Islands: All Inclusive Boat Trip

Spend the day in the sun on a full-day gulet tour from Marmaris. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Marmaris or Icmeler, transfer to the pier to board your boat. Once on board, laze in the sun as cabin boys bring complimentary drinks to your sunbed. Sail the coastline looking for secret islands, caves, and bays. Swim in crystal clear waters, discover secluded beaches, and more. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you pass sights such as Paradise Island, Kumlubuk, and Turunc Beach. At around noon, a lunch will be served on board the boat. Continue in the afternoon to the “blue grotto” of Phosphorus Cave. Swim in magical waters as the light from the sun reflects on the water and cave walls. Cruise back to the pier for a transfer back to your hotel.

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based on 1,329 reviews

What an enjoyable day this was! Asli met us right on time at our hotel. She gave us shopping options and we chose to visit a farm and pick fresh vegetables - don't worry, you won't have to do all the work. We then went to her restaurant kitchen (at her home, outdoors) and spent a relaxing afternoon making several dishes. Asli had done a lot of prep work already so that we had time to make 5 or 6 things. We also learned about and sampled olive oils and wines. The meal was delicious and unlike what we found in restaurants. Maybe the highlight was that our son's favorite dish was green beans (!!) and now I have the recipe for it. Finally, we visited the winery where Ansi's restaurant is (we asked - no pressure!) for a wine tasting and purchase. We were delivered by taxi back to our hotel. This would be a great activity any time but I think we especially enjoyed it after 2 busy weeks of sightseeing.

Everything was super organized, although it sometimes made a chaotic impression, everything worked out great, thanks to the dedicated and always approachable tour guide. Booking the tour was definitely the right decision.

our guide was so humorous, oh my god really nice trip, just the total hours was 1.5 hours more than what was described.

So much fun, I absolutely loved it!!! Did not want it to end!

Really enjoyed the excision. Definitely a must do.