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From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

1. From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide.  See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost.  After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Artemisa and take pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting.  End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Trip with Lunch & Optional Transfer

2. Bodrum: Orak Island Boat Trip with Lunch & Optional Transfer

Soak up the sun on a boat trip to Orak Island with a 3-course lunch and optional hotel transfers from Bodrum included. 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. Savor a 3-course lunch served on board. 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.

From Istanbul: Day Trip to Ephesus with Flight and Lunch

3. From Istanbul: Day Trip to Ephesus with Flight and Lunch

See the highlights of Ancient Ephesus including the popular pilgrimage sites such as the Temple of Artemis and the House of the Virgin Mary. Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and arrive at the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. Meet your local driver and enjoy the ride to Selcuk, where you will join other group participants and begin your tour. Start off with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site known as the house where Mary spent her final days. Contınue on to explore Ancient Ephesus, one of the best preserved classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean and once considered the most important trading center in the region. Marvel at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk along the streets of Ephesus and admire beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world and the largest Roman theater on the Asian continent. Drive back to Izmir for your return flight to Istanbul where your driver will greet you and take you back to your hotel.

From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

4. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

Get picked up at your hotel and then travel to the port to climb aboard a boat. Set sail along the beautiful coastline north of Kusadasi. Marvel at the rugged landscape of the Aegean coast. Stop at 3 different bays to snorkel with the magnificent marine life, and swim in the turquoise waters for approximately 1 hour at each location. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board the boat at Karasu, and feast from a delicious menu of meatballs, chicken, salads, pasta, potato salad and fruit. Return to the port in Kusadasi after your 3rd swimming stop, and get dropped off at your original departure point at the end of an amazing day at sea.

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

5. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

Discover the stunning Santorini coastline on this catamaran tour from Vlychada Marina. Sail to sights like Red Beach, White Beach, and the volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with local wine and beer. Embark on a day trip around Santorini starting with convenient pickup (with extra charge) from your accommodation and a transfer to your catamaran. Discover unique parts of the island that are not reachable by car and uncover worlds under the waves with the included snorkeling gear. Depart from the Vlychada Marina in the morning or afternoon. Along the way, there will be many beautiful spots to relax, swim, and snorkel at Red Beach, White Beach, and Mésa Pigádia beach. Admire views of Indian Rock and the 18-century Venetian Lighthouse Keep your camera ready to capture the magical sunset onboard if you choose the sunset cruise. Enjoy lunch prepared onboard of fresh seafood, chicken fillet, and salads, or a vegetarian meal (upon request). Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

6. Kusadasi Buggy Safari Adventure

Journey off the beaten tracks in a buggy safari adventure. Enjoy driving along dirt paths, rivers, and on the beach. Follow your guide along a meandering river and spot the bright birds that nest alongside the water, then enjoy sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. Be ready to see lizards and snakes, while burning up the sandy parkour and passing through the marshes and forest. Ride the buggies through clouds of dust on the dusty roads. Take some perfect shots for your Instagram. Take a break at Pamucak Beach for a refreshing swim, or test the limit of the buggies. Enjoy a stable, comfortable, and easy-to-steer vehicle.

Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

7. 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 Kusadasi: Full-Day Jeep Safari to National Park

8. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Jeep Safari to National Park

If you like adventure, join this Jeep Safari Tour with Land Rover Jeeps. The national park is about 15 miles away from Kusadasi. After your pick-up from Kusadasi hotels/ port, you will directly drive to national park. Along the way, feast your eyes on the beautiful Agean Sea view with lush olive trees and Turkish villages. The first place you wıll visit will be Echo Canyon and the old monastery where you can enjoy the view from over 1000 meters above sea level. Take lunch (BBQ) near the fire pool. Then, climb to the waterfall where you can enjoy the naturally rough terrain. The view from this area will include the island of Samos (Greece). You will make an exciting decent of the mountain and stop at Zeus Cave, where you will be able to swim in crystal clear waters. At Long Beach, enjoy a final swim, sunbathe on beach and you will also be able to get some drink in the cafe shop at the beach. After your last swim break at Long Beach, all the jeeps will drive back to the departure point.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

9. 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. 

From Kusadasi: Half-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

10. From Kusadasi: Half-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour

According your pick-up time, meet with your guide and transfer to the first sight in ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classic city in the eastern Mediterranean and the largest open air museum in Turkey. Ephesus contains more then 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still have the marks of ancient chariot wheels. Visit the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and the gladiators once engaged in battle. Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. The face of the Library of Celsus, which has been remarkably restored, is probably the most photographed place in Ephesus originally built in 115 to 125. You might also be able to see the Odeon Temple, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, the steam Scholastica Baths, marble road, agora and the Temple of Domitian. After visiting ancient Ephesus, continue to the Temple of Arthemis. Considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the Goddess of the Hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet by 220 feet wide. St. Paul’s successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this temple. The city reached its Golden Age and became a good model to the ancient world in culture and art. The tour finishes at around 1:00 PM, from here you will return to your hotel or cruise port.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,225 reviews

Although the pick up was a bit late, i thouroughly enjoyed the tour: Other than meal stlops and another rest stop, we only and one “stop” at a ceramics place which was interesting so that was okay. Generally I don’t like stopping at shops and other places and rather spend more time at the destination.

Five stars all around. We were picked up right on the dot. We were transported in a highly comfortable Mercedes van to the temple of Artemis and then to Ephesus. Our guide Metin was highly knowledgeable, very fluent in English and had a great sense of humour. Highly recommend

Such an excellent experience!! There is a family vibe to it, we enjoyed all of it! The food is tasty and not heavy, music not too loud, great atmosphere

Well organised friendly staff, the day went past so quickly which is always a sign of an enjoyable trip. Thank you to the crew for looking after us

Amazing boat, amenities. Wonderful and attentive staff. Delicious food! 100/100 points