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From Fethiye: Jeep Safari to Saklikent Gorge with Lunch

1. 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.

Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

2. Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Tour from Marmaris

On this full-day trip you’ll explore Ephesus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity. Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world, as you’ll soon appreciate as you walk down its marble-paved streets and see mosaics and frescoes still decorating the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city's brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you’ll enjoy impressive views across the main street that’s lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the humble house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days.

Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

3. Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

After meeting with your guide, begin walking through the narrow streets of the city. Start at Bodrum Castle, built by the St. Jean Knights on the site of a Turkish Castle built by sailors of the Menteşe Principality in 1261-1269. Bodrum Castle now serves as the Museum of Underwater Archeology. Visit the Mausoleum - one of the 7 Wonders of the World - and admire the breathtaking views of Bodrum from the Antique Theater. During this tour you will also visit the classical site of Myndus and the former house of a well known Turkish singer who used to live in Bodrum.

Ephesus: Day Trip From Marmaris

4. Ephesus: Day Trip From Marmaris

Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, and among the most wonderful places in the world for one to genuinely "soak in" the atmosphere of Roman times. Scattered over hills close to Turkey’s west coast, this 2,000-year-old Roman city is a living, breathing outdoor museum. You will travel there in a fully air-conditioned bus, accompanied by your professional tour guides. Once there, you will walk along the well planned streets, and marvel at the first temple dedicated to a Roman Emperor, the ancient Iatrina. You will also visit one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world called Ephesus. You will then see the footprints carved into stone that lead to an ancient brothel. You will later visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), and the 1,000-year-old amphitheater which has recently hosted stars such as Tom Jones, Diana Ross and Sting.

Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

5. Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

Just 12 miles off the coastline of Bodrum, the Greek island of Kos is near enough for a pleasant day trip. A speedy hydrofoil departs Bodrum at 09.00 AM, taking just 20 minutes to reach the island. On this day trip you’ll have the full day to explore Kos on your own. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in historical sights and ancient ruins, including the 14th-century Castle of the Knights, numerous temples and ancient Roman ruins. The major attraction of the island is Asklepion, one of the largest and oldest healing centers of the ancient world. Kos is said to be the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and just behind the castle is the famous tree of Hippocrates. According to legend, Hippocrates taught his students the art of medicine under the shadow of this tree. Enjoy some time relaxing on a sandy beach, lapped by the calm waters of the Aegean Sea. Be sure to return to the harbor before the departure time of 4:00 PM.

Marmaris: Romantic Tour

6. Marmaris: Romantic Tour

Immerse yourself in romance as you explore charming locations around the beautiful coastal city of Marmaris. Learn the fascinating love stories of the area, from the heartbreaking to the hilarious. Find out what is special about the Dancing Fountains, and be spellbound by the magical atmosphere. Discover the best spots for a date night from an informed local expert, and take photographs together to treasure.

From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

7. From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

Tick both Ephesus and Pamukkale off your bucket list on one trip with hotel pickup in Marmaris and İçmeler and an overnight stay in Pamukkale. Visit the amazing Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, on the first day and the breathtaking "Cotton Castle" Pamukkale on the second. Get picked up and head toward one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world, the city of Ephesus. Stop along the way for breakfast at Cleopatra Bay and for a tea break en route. See the House of the Virgin Mary, the 1,000-year-old amphitheater, and the Temple of Artemis. Have lunch in Seljuk before departing for Pamukkale. How better to end this magical day than with a romantic sunset over the white terraces of Pamukkale? Enjoy a tasty local dinner and a dance party as the eve's entertainment. Stay overnight at a luxe hotel. Wake refreshed for hotel breakfast and head off for a full day of fascinating travertines and thermal springs. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis and take some free time for the terraces and baths. Discover some spots in Turkey not yet touched by tourism. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to a local carpet school with another tea break before returning to your original pickup location.

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Have a good day ... a little long

The excursion is nice. Only the organization, certainly very difficult certainly, is to be reviewed. We were picked up at the hotel at 6:40 am for a departure from the boat at 9:30 am, which also left about ten minutes late. The excursion is not yet started that it's been 3 hours since you left .... we are distributing a rather nice flyer, with lots and lots of sponsorship but no prices displayed ... too bad! On your ticket it is written back at 4:30 p.m. when it is 5:30 p.m. and there was written no return to the hotel when fortunately it was well planned that we had inquired in advance otherwise we might have booked an additional return elsewhere ... if not overall it's good, the boat has several floors including one well sheltered to rest on the return. For this excursion I advise you to rent a scooter so much better to see the most beautiful landscapes. Thank you for this excursion.

Great day well worth doing - check activities in Kos before you go and passport control can be slow in Kos so get off the boat near the front- great cafe gplaza great reviews on trip advisor and had a great burger also well known for cocktails - really friendly

being in this part of Turkey, it's worth going to Greece. trip organized really well. time in Kos is enough for sightseeing and for food and the beach

Interesting.

It was very interesting. Unfortunately we have not been able to see the house of the Virgin Mary due to crowds. We went to the museum afterwards

Great to do

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