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Bodrum: Roundtrip Ferry to Kos with Hotel Pickup

1. 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.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

2. 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 into 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.

From Bodrum: Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Day Tour

3. From Bodrum: Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Guided Day Tour

On this guided, full-day tour from Bodrum, let yourself travel back thousands of years as you journey to the once-thriving metropolis, Ephesus. This ancient city is regarded as one of the best-preserved sites in the Mediterranean. Between archaeological wonders, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your tour with an early pickup from your accommodation in Bodrum. Settle in your air-conditioned vehicle and relax as you travel into Turkey's picturesque countryside. Along the way, learn from your guide about the history of Ephesus and the archaeological conservation of the UNESCO site. Next, enjoy a short stop for breakfast before arriving in Ephesus. Once you've admired the ancient city from the outside, enter for a walking tour of the marble-paved streets. Peer into crumbled shops and houses that once supported one of the largest Roman cities and sea ports. Continue your tour of the ruins of Ephesus with views of the stunning façade of the Library of Celsus. Afterwards, meander towards the Temple of Hadrian, the bathhouses, and the Great Theater, where St. Paul once preached and gladiatorial games were held for audiences up to 25,000 spectators. Break for lunch at a local restaurant, then make your way to the House of the Virgin Mary, known as Meryemana. The small chapel stands today on the foundations of the house thought to be Mary's last home. After exploring the site, return to Bodrum to conclude your tour.

From Bodrum: Full-Day Ephesus History Tour with Buffet Lunch

4. From Bodrum: Full-Day Ephesus History Tour with Buffet Lunch

Embark on the captivating Bodrum Ephesus Tour, a journey through time on your Bodrum getaway. Roam the enigmatic streets of the world's oldest living ancient city and bask in its ethereal aura. Ephesus, a UNESCO gem, invites global travelers yearly to its historical embrace. Elevate your Bodrum holiday with a pilgrimage to the cradle of influential civilizations, Ephesus, a realm once graced by mythic deities. This tour, beloved by cultural enthusiasts, unveils the secrets of an age-old metropolis. The allure of Ephesus beckons from Bodrum's doorstep, crafting an unforgettable odyssey amidst its mystical tapestry. Explore this guide for a curated Ephesus adventure, where history and wonder intertwine.

From Bodrum: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

From Kos: Oriental Bus Tour Bodrum w/Roundtrip Ferry&Pickup

6. From Kos: Oriental Bus Tour Bodrum w/Roundtrip Ferry&Pickup

Take a ferry in the morning from Kos town and sail enjoying the views of Mediterranean Sea. Arrive to the port of Bodrum (ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus) and join guided city tour bus taking a glimpse of oriental surroundings. Visit Golden House with a great collection of Jewelry where you will have a chance of buying original oriental pieces. When dropped off in the city center have a free time to explore the city on your own. Take a walk along picturesque narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere. Drink traditional Turkish coffee in one of the local coffee shops or taste traditional cuisine. Continue your day trying your bargaining skills on the Turkish Bazaar to buy oriental souvenirs, spices and many more. For history lovers not to be missed is a visit in the Castle of St. John, Halicarnassus museum and museum of Underwater Archeology. Sail back to Kos filled with oriental magic!

From Bodrum: Full-Day Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Bodrum: Full-Day Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

Discover the natural wonder of Pamukkale on a full-day guided trip from Bodrum. Explore this historic Hierapolis and refuel with a delicious lunch. Set off from Bodrum towards the natural spa of Pamukkale. Marvel at the white travertines with crystal thermal water. Explore this UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site known for its healing properties. Continue to the nearby ruins of Hierapolis and learn more about this ancient city from your guide. Opt to visit Cleopatra's Bath (ticket not included) and soak in the warm thermal waters. After, enjoy a relaxing return journey to Bodrum.

Captivating Bodrum City Tour: History & Culture Unveiled

8. Captivating Bodrum City Tour: History & Culture Unveiled

Embark on a captivating journey as you experience Bodrum's historical treasures and breathtaking beauty. This guided tour showcases the town's unique attractions, offering unforgettable memories and stories to bring home. Begin by exploring the ancient Amphitheater, a testament to Bodrum's rich past. Marvel at the impressive Castle of St. Peter, where history meets stunning panoramas. Next, wander among the iconic Windmills, a symbol of the town's charm and tradition. Conclude your adventure at the legendary Mindos Gate, a monumental entrance to ancient Halicarnassus. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into each site's history and significance. Immerse yourself in local culture as you stroll through lively streets and absorb the vibrant atmosphere. The tour concludes at a central location, allowing you to further explore Bodrum's enchanting streets, shops, and restaurants at your leisure. Get ready for an unforgettable experience, delving into the heart of this captivating coastal gem.

Bodrum City Sightseeing Walk

9. 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.

From Istanbul: Bodrum and Pamukkale Day Tour with Flights

10. From Istanbul: Bodrum and Pamukkale Day Tour with Flights

Turkey has very deep history and beauties of landscape , recommended of Highlights on Aegean side Bodrum City and Pamukkale Hot springs There are several flight options Istanbul to Bodrum airport , Recommend flight time between 07:00 / 08:00 / 09:00 , up to flight time will pick up you from hotel and transfer to airport Meet with guide at Bodrum airport and heading to Bodrum City which best summer place in Turkiye , Airport to Bodrum City roughly 30 min. drive and Tour of Bodrum Castle Also will take around 30 min Then visit local manufacture of Leather outlet shop , The region is most popular for animal husbandry Then has lunch on local restaurant and heading to Pamukkale city around 2 hrs 30 min. drive Reach to Pamukkale Hot spring pools passing through Hierapolis Ancient city , Also has opportunity to swimming on Cleopatra Pool with ancient Ruins , Pamukkale pool terraces hot springs white scenery never experience. anywhere in th world. Then visit to onyx store which special stones from Pamukkale on memory about Travertines The tour has completed and heading to Denizli Airport around 45 min. - Flight suggestion time 20:00 / 21:00 /22:00 Drive and welcome you in Istanbul Airport then drop to hotel in Istanbul Hope you will have unforgettable day different experience except Istanbul Please contact with us for Domestic Tickets timing as well

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based on 76 reviews

The site is totally worth to visit: I don't think there is anywhere in the world that looks like the "cotton castle", and the archaeological site of hierapolis is so well preseved!! However the place is immense, hot and crowded with turists. Ideally it would be better if you go in a cold season (the pools would be full of water and the lack of shades in the ruins wouldn't bother you), stay in pamuukkale over night, visit the pools early morning (the dawn there must be amazing), and take the whole day to visit the ancient city. What I'm saying that this excursion is better than nothing; however it takes almost 4 hour drive from bodrum and you only stay there 3hrs that are NOT enough. You feel rushed the whole time. Moreover the lunch wasn't the best and the stops at the leather and stones industries were interesting but not what you paid for considering the time restraint. However very comfy coach and nice guide. They will leave you to visit the site alone at your own pace.

Expect a great experience. Certainly very short and very energy-intensive, you have for everything and for everything 2h30 top time to visit the remains - Cleopatra's swimming pool if you opt for this option at around 8€ extra which I recommend but be careful of the rocks and especially pamukkale with its cotton fields!! The French guides speak French and are friendly. A very long trip there and back - if you're lucky enough that your bus doesn't break down, which is almost a habit in Turkey :) Count on a 5-hour outward journey and the same for the return. The only thing we regret is the short time spent on site but no other choice. I recommend !!

Thank you Ali for the tour. It was great, everything was beautiful and very well explained. I wish some people didn’t complain about the program when it was very well explained online. Thank you again!

The tour team were helpful and very knowledgeable. The trip was comfortable and nice but long and exhausting as well. All in all I enjoyed the day.

Super guide super organization, however we were rushed all day. And 30min for lunch. And the driver drives like crazy.