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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 to 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.

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Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

2. 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.

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Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

3. Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

Enjoy an excursion to Pamukkale, and see the ruins of the Greco-Roman settlement at Hierapolis as well as the extraordinary natural formation known as the Cotton Castle. Reach Pamukkale and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis to see the Greco-Roman ruins. These include the great Roman theater, the tomb of St. Philip, the Roman baths, the temple to Apollo, and others. The kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis, which is registered as cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO. During your visit to this open-air museum, you’ll also see a massive ancient graveyard that contains over 1,200 sarcophagi, many of which are the size of a small house. Pamukkale’s alien-seeming landscape is the result of calcite-laden waters that flow from springs in a cliff that rises 200 meters over the plain. You’ll see formations that resemble forests and waterfalls, and also a series of terraced basins.

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Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan

4. Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan

This tour will bring you on a unique journey through Dalyan and the surrounding areas. From Bodrum you will drive 3 hours to Dalyan. Dalyan is a uniquely beautiful small town unspoiled by buildings. The Iztuzu Beach which is located 7 kilometers away is accessible by a 45-minute boat trip. The beach is famed as one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, care for them, and finally take their young to sea. The tour will take you on a 15-minute boat trip to the sulfur baths which is a unique and rewarding experience. The mud at the baths contains sulfur and other elements which are beneficial to your skin and make you feel refreshed and revitalized. There is a small spa here where you can relax and be pampered. The next stop is Caunos, the ancient city located near modern Dalyan. Caunos was founded in the 9th-century BC. Once a Mediterranean city port, it now lies several kilometers from the sea, due to silt build-up from the Dalyan River. Caunos is famous for its rock-cut tombs. These tombs were graves for the kings and gentry of the city. As the pagans believed in resurrection, they placed food, money, jewelry, and other valuables at the entrance of the tombs. Unfortunately, due to grave robbing, these items do not remain today. See these wonderful historical sights and allow our guides to bring you back in time with their knowledge and stories of the past.

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From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

5. From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

Explore the natural landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula on a buggy safari adventure from Bodrum. Ride along the rugged terrain of the surrounding mountains, dirt tracks, sand dunes, and riverbeds. Take in the pine-scented forests and jagged mountain peaks in the distance. After getting picked up in Bodrum, get a safety briefing and short test run to get comfortable on the buggy before you head off into the surrounding mountains and landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula. Take a 20-minute ride to splash along the riverbeds and drive through the forest before heading to the practice track to speed things up. Feel an adrenaline rush as you race around the track. Afterward, cool down with a swim in the countryside. Return to the starting point dirty and dusty, but in great spirits. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Bodrum at the end of your experience.

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Bodrum: Horseback Riding Experience

6. Bodrum: Horseback Riding Experience

Horse riding can be done everyday at 10:00, 14:00 or 16:00. No previous experience is required. You will be picked up at your hotel and after a 20 minute drive, you will arrive at the horse club. It is a beautiful place surrounded by the pine forests. You will have a 15 minute briefing about the tour program and horseback riding instructions. Then, you can have a look around and get acquainted with the horses before your memorable experience begins. You will ride through the picturesque landscapes of the countryside in the fresh air. A professional team of guides, being professional riders themselves, will accompany you throughout the entire journey and will help if necessary. Everybody is obliged to wear a helmet for safety.  In total, you will ride for 1 hour and 30 minutes and have a refreshing swim break in a river. After you come back to the horse club, you will drive back to Bodrum and be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

7. Ephesus and Pamukkale: 2-Day Tour from Bodrum

Tour one of the world's best preserved archaeological sites, and walk in the footsteps of ancients on a 2-day (overnight) tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale, with round-trip transfers from the Turkish Riviera. Marvel at the calcium-filled springs that pour down the mountain side to form a kind of Arctic wonderland called “cotton castles.” Learn more about the Ephesians and the ancient Greek city that they built on the coast of Ionia. See some of the best-preserved ruins, including the Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, and amphitheater. Day 1: Ephesus Meet your guide at 07:00 and depart early, heading west towards İzmir Province in western Anatolia. Enjoy breakfast en route so that you can make good time to reach Ephesus by 10:00. Upon arrival, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the ruins, and walk down the marble streets once walked by the ancients. The city was famed as the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World) and while only a single column remains, much of the rest of Ephesus is remarkably well-preserved. Admire the Library of Celsus, built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath. See stone carvings of Roman and Greek gods, and get a close-up view of the amphitheater. 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. Transfer to your hotel for dinner. Day 2: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before the transfer to the ruins of Hierapolis, built over the hot springs of classical Phrygia. Now enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hierapolis give an insight into the lives of the ancients during pre-Roman, Roman, and medieval times. Admire the remains of the city gates and theater, along with the Nymphaeum in front of the Temple of Apollo. Beyond the city walls, and passing the Thermae Extra Muros (Outer Baths) lies an extensive necropolis that extends for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on both sides of the old road to Phrygian Tripolis and Sardis. Along with an inclusive lunch and a chance to photograph the local villages, you will visit the extraordinary “cotton castles” of Pamukkale over which Hierapolis was built. The hot springs and travertines of the mountains have created terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water, leaving a unique landscape in the River Menderes Valley. Depart Pamukkale for Bodrum in the afternoon for an estimated drop off back at your hotel at 19:00.

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From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Cruise

8. From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Cruise

Enjoy a day at sea with lunch served on a full-day boat cruise from Bodrum. Depart at 11:00 AM and cruise across the turquoise waters of the eastern Mediterranean at ease. Visit several of the most beautiful bays to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters, or simply relax in the sun and enjoy the views and cooling breeze. Go to Black Island (Kara Ada) 30 minutes from Bodrum, and bathe in a grotto said to improve your complexion thanks to the warm mineral waters that flow out from the surrounding rocks.

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Bodrum: Private Airport Transfer Service

9. Bodrum: Private Airport Transfer Service

After arriving at Bodrum Airport, you will be welcomed by your name on a placard at the main arrival hall of the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Bodrum. For departure transfers, your air-conditioned deluxe chauffeur-driven vehicle will collect you from your centrally-located Bodrum hotel, and you will be transferred directly to the BJV Bodrum Airport. Your driver meeting point is in the main lobby of your hotel, and your guide will monitor the live flight schedules, guaranteeing you arrive on-time at the airport. All transfer vehicles are brand new vehicles, driven by fully-professional drivers. You will receive hotel pickup information within 24 hours prior to your departure. Upon arrival your guie will monitor the live flight information, changing your pickup information and arrangements accordingly.

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From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

10. From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

Set sail from of one of Turkey's celebrated coastal cities, Bodrum. Bask in the sun as you cruise the coastline on this full-day tour of its bays, including a stop at Black Island Springs and an on-board lunch. Your tour starts as you set out in the late morning to cruise the turquoise seas of the Bodrum coastline. Visit several of the area's most beautiful bays. Swim and snorkel to your heart's delight in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild coastal breeze. Enjoy stunning views and perfect your suntan to the sound of gently lapping waves. At Black Island, you can bathe in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion. Conclude your tour in late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 155 reviews

A beautiful trip - well worth the effort!

I loved this day out to Dalyan, I read a few doubtful reviews, but so very pleased I did not listen. We had a wonderful day out, pickup from hotel timely, the coach was air conditioned, driver was an expert and safe, the countryside was lovely to see. Everyone enjoyed the mud baths, but my highlight was the boat trip down the river, the tombs carved into the cliff face and YES, we saw turtles. It was an excellent day out with time to enjoy on the local beach. It really is a must do!

I would love to recommended this holiday experience - Was much more relaxing and fun than I thought it would be. I love animals, especially horses and these were very friendly approachable with a great attitude...I could put trust in my horse 100% so I wasn't too apprehensive and able to enjoy the stunning mountain ocean views.

The cars were not jeep, or classic 4x4. They used buses instead. It remains that the buses were cool and most importantly the guides were very very nice. A big thanks to them !

this is a very well worth day trip, with breathtaking views.

It was amazing good people and an amazing experience