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From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

1. 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. 

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Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Tour with Swim Stops and Lunch

3. Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Tour with Swim Stops and Lunch

Feast your eyes on the impeccable natural beauty of German bay and soak up some sun on Orak island with this tour form Bodrum. Be served some tasty fruit and invigorating tea along the way. Swim at stunning locations like Red Nose and Tavşan Burnu.  Choose from a group tour, a private tour, or a group tour with pickup in an air-conditioned car at your hotel in Bodrum. Once at the port, hop aboard a spacious boat with two decks. The boat features outdoor areas for sun seekers and indoor lounges for those who prefer the shade.  Relax onboard the fully-equipped boat that has everything you might need and a professional crew that is willing to offer you a truly upgraded experience. Make your way to German Bay, where you can jump into the refreshing waters or snap some phots on deck.  Head to Orak Island bay, for 2 hours of free time enjoying blue waters and fine, white sand beaches. Have the option to chill out under the sun, swim, or capture some remarkable photos.  Continue on with another swim stop at Red Nose where you can admire the imposing grey rocks surrounding the blue waters of the bay. Go for your final swim at the “Tavşan Burnu,” which is a famous for its flawless tranquility. Finish in the afternoon, when the boat returns to the harbor. If you choose the option with the hotel transfers, there will be a vehicle waiting to return you to your accommodation. 

Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

4. 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. After leaving Orak Bay, there will be 2 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 back to Halikarnas harbor.

From Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Trip with Swim Stops and Lunch

5. From Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Trip with Swim Stops and Lunch

Set off on a relaxing excursion with a day trip to Orak Island, Kızıl Burun, and Rabbit Bay from Bodrum. Take a swim, sunbathe, admire the beautiful beaches, and enjoy lunch served on board. Feel your stress melt away as you immerse yourself in nature and enjoy this pristine environment. Depart from Bodrum and enjoy the scenic bays along the way to Halikarnas Port. Once you arrive you'll be greeted by the crew and get settled in on the boat. On the way to Orak Island, pass by Bodrum Castle and admire its impressive architecture. Once you arrive at Orak Island, take a swim on the beautiful beaches of the island surrounded by olive trees and picturesque nature. The bay is the ideal place for a swim and the turquoise color of the water is sure to amaze you. The next stop is Kızıl Burun (Pabuç Burnu). This idyllic location is known for its stunning colors, shining sea, and clear air. After some time here, head to the final stop, Rabbit Bay. With warmer waters than the other bays, it's the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing end to the day before heading back to Bodrum.

Kardamaina: 3-Bay Pirate Boat Cruise with BBQ Lunch

6. Kardamaina: 3-Bay Pirate Boat Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Your cruise departs at 10am from Kardamena port and heads to your first destination, Kefalos Beach at northwest of the island. The boat will arrive at the shore and you can disembark here and enjoy 1.5 hours of free time. Walk across Kefalos Beach and be amazed by its waters and small bays, enjoy some free time to explore the entire beach at your leisure. On your return to the boat, enjoy a Greek Bbq aboard the Maria Magdalini and taste Greek flavors such as a Greek salad and souvlaki. Next, stop at Camel Bay, another deserted beach which took this name as it has a shape of a camel. Spend half an hour there to admire its clear waters take some pictures and enjoy swimming while diving from the boat. Last stop will be at the Bubble Beach (or Paradise Beach) where you will spend 2 hours. This beach has veins of the Nisyros volcano, and due to this the water is warm. You can dive from the boat or if you wish you can swim to the shore and visit its beach which is organized with bars and water activities. This beautiful day has come to an end, and will be back to the port of Kardamena at 16:30.

Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

7. 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.

Bodrum: Roundtrip Ferry to Kos with Hotel Pickup

8. Bodrum: Roundtrip Ferry to Kos with Hotel Pickup

Experience a wonderful day on the island of Kos with a convenient transfer service and ferry ride. Land on the island of Kos and discover many of the island's historical and cultural landmarks whilst relaxing in an idyllic setting. Start your day with a convenient pickup at your accommodation in Bodrum. Arrive at the port and meet your host who will assist you with ensuring you have the correct travel documentation. Embark on a high-speed, modern ferry and take in the stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Arrive at the port of Kos set-out on a journey at your own pace. Discover many of the historical sites that are scattered around the island such as Asklepion and the Old Town. Visit the Old Town and stroll around the narrow streets and immerse yourself in the town's atmosphere. Delight yourself in tasting some typical local food and experience the famous Greek hospitality. Venture on a trip to seek out the many bays and beach bars that scatter the Kos coastline. Soak up the sun and unwind whilst swimming in the Aegean Sea. Spend 8-hours on the island to do as you wish before heading back to the port at Bodrum.

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From Bodrum: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

10. From Bodrum: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale, and the nearby Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis on a full-day trip from Bodrum. See the stunning travertine rock terraces, ancient ruins, and hot spring baths on a day tour filled with history and natural beauty. Your day trip to Pamukkale begins with pickup from your hotel in Bodrum. Drive to Pamukkale to meet your guide, with a travel time of around 3.5 hours in an air-conditioned vehicle. Pamukkale which means cotton castle is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of dazzling white travertine rock terraces that appear to flow down 200-meter cliffs. From a distance, the travertine terraces look like snowy cliffs or frozen waterfalls but are actually mineral deposits from the hot springs in Pamukkale. Walk around these fascinating rocks and see the naturally formed bathing pools while learning about their geology from your guide. See the white travertine terraces contrasting with the brown mountains in the distance. Enjoy some free time to explore the pools at your own leisure. Bring your bathing suit for a dip in Cleopatra's Pools, and relax in the warm natural springs that are separated by ancient columns. An additional entry fee is payable direct to bathe in the pools. Later, join your guide for a leisurely walk up to Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman city with crumbling ruins and geothermic bathing pools. Learn about the Necropolis (Roman burial ground), the vast Roman theater that was capable of seating more than 12,000 people, and St Philippe Martyrion (also known as the Basilica of St Philippe). At the end of the tour, your driver will pick you up and travel back to Bodrum to be dropped off at your hotel.

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I brought my sister to this as a surprise birthday present. What a joy it was! Asli brought us shopping and tasting in the market, followed by prepping lunch in the most beautiful setting of a winery with everything so well prepared with plenty of staff to help. She was fantastic at explaining what to do. Lunch was superb. Served with a selection of wines. My sister was blown away as was I! I'd highly recommend this. We were just two but they can cater for big groups too. Lots of options including overnights and weekend deals. I would return in a heartbeat. The aesthetic of the entire venue is so beautiful, the natural surroundings, the architecture, decor, vineyard, music, just everything! Thank you Asli and crew! Wishing you all a great season.

It was amazing! Not only the places we visited , that had been plenty. My tour guide : Gonul Cetin was so kind, always helping and explaining every single thing. She is so heartwarming too so I felt really welcomed in Cappadocia. Also , the driver was a charm. He was very nice person and fun to be with on the van traveling. I highly recommend this tour, either if you are in a group or alone , because you will get to see and feel Cappadocia. Thank you so much for an amazing experience. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

We had a pleasant and educational day learning about Turkish markets and how to prepare some delicious Turkish staples. It was a highlight of our trip and I've already used some of the recipes at home.

we liked the fact that the boat was private and we were served excellent food by our hosts. The updates from the introducer were frequent, necessary and reassuring. The overall experience was great

The transport company contacted us and sent us a video of how to find the pick up point in the airport. Excellent idea,and so easy for us.