This Bodrum tour delivers a great mix of sights and activities. Start things off with a visit to the stately Gumbet windmills, which overlook the bay, before heading on to the Myndos Gate – which dates back to the 4th century BC. Then you'll have a guided visit to Bodrum's theatre, which is a wonderfully preserved example of an ancient Greek public arena architecture. The rest of this Bodrum city excursion is dedicated to retail therapy, as you hunt for bargains at local leather and jewellery bargains before enjoying some free time.
The warm, crystal-clear waters that surround the Bodrum peninsula are perfect for scuba divers of all levels of experience. You'll be taken to Bodrum Pier to meet with your PADI-qualified instructors. Experienced divers will be dropped off at a separate dive site, while beginners will head for the shallows of a protected bay – and receive full instruction before taking the plunge. See darting shoals of fish and perhaps even octopus, eels and parrotfish hiding in the rocks. There's a second dive site lined up for the more experienced divers, lunch on board for both parties – and a fun sea swim at the end of the day.
You'll be oohing and aahing the moment you set eyes on Symi town from the boat. After a scenery-rich two-hour boat trip, you'll come into Symi harbour. Tiers of pastel-coloured houses pack the hillsides. After customs clearance, you'll head to Panormitis Monastery, famed for its Byzantine frescoes and waterfront location. You'll also have some free time to poke around on your own. Next up is a guided tour of Symi town followed by a visit to sponge workshop visit, ehere you'll learn about island's sponge diving heritage. You'll then have free time to explore on your own.
A traditional Turkish gulet is your vessel for the day on this exclusive, private cruise. Best of all, it's reserved solely for you and your party. Let your captain sail along Bodrum's picture-perfect coast as you while away the hours sunbathing and swimming – there are at least three swim and snorkel stops. And come lunchtime, tuck into a traditional Turkish lunch on board.
Ephesus is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites from the Classical era. This small group tour explores the best of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. You'll also discover the Temple of Artemis ruins, visit a local ceramic workshop and have lunch in the village of Sirince.You'll be transported through time at ancient Ephesus. Admire the Celsus Library, built with double walls to protect its scrolls from the heat. Peek into houses still decorated with frescoes, and nose around the public baths, brothel and shops. Walk down Marble Street towards the Great Theatre where this spectacular 24,000-seater once rang with the cries of gladiators and sermons of St Paul.The site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is on the list, too. Then, in Sirince, you'll have lunch at a typical restaurant, free time to stroll along its cobbled streets and a visit to the local ceramics factory.
You'll explore the best of both worlds with a tour into the mountains and a boat trip along the coastline. Travel by 4x4 to find quaint mountain villages and panoramic views across the mountaintops then hop aboard for a cruise to secluded bays and islands just a short distance away from Bodrum.The tour starts with an adventure into the mountains by 4x4. We'll drive along forest trails and up Camlık mountain to enjoy panoramic vistas across the entire countryside, and along the way you'll visit some of the most unspoiled areas in the Aegean. Get to know authentic Turkey as you head further inland to tranquil, mountain villages such as Camlik.Then you'll hop aboard the boat for lunch and head out into the open Aegean Sea to islands, inlets and secluded bays. We'll stop for swimming and snorkelling in the refreshing crystal clear water and you'll have enough time to sit back, relax and take in the passing scenery.
Just across the water from Turkey is the Greek island of Kos. Dip into the shops and boutiques in the streets behind the harbour or sip coffees in the square, admiring the huge plane tree – it's said that Hippocrates held lessons under it 2,400 years ago. And admire the sea views from the battlements of the 15th century Knights fortress. History lovers will also want to see nearby Asklepieion. One of Greece's most important classical sites, its marble temples mark where the world's first hospital once stood. Or if you fancy some R&R, take your pick of the town's beaches.
The pine-clad hills above Bodrum will be your playground for the day as you set off on a 4x4 off-road adventure to in the Anatolian countryside. We'll trundle up to Ömerli Tepe for a fantastic view across the peninsula. Next, hold on tight as we hit the country tracks towards the Black Valley. Lunch awaits at Tomato Holiday Village, where afterwards you'll have time to relax or have a swim in the pool. Then, let the fun begin again – you'll hit bumpy roads through forests and mountains on your way to visit and olive oil factory. And rounding off the day is a mudbath to rejuvenate your sunkissed skin.
Pamukkale is spectacular seen from the ground – but even better with bird's eye views. See one of Turkey's top natural treasures from above with this hot air balloon experience. You'll need to rise and shine well before sunrise, but it's all worth it. Soar over the cotton-white calcium terraces before touching down to visit the Roman ruins of Hierapolis, too.
Known as the City of Eternal Love, Stratonikeia is a rich tapestry of history. On this private tour, you'll explore one of Turkey's most significant archaeological sites. Wander past grand colonnades, Roman baths and on cobbled paths to see a grand theatre that could seat 12,000 spectators – it's a glimpse into the city's glorious past. Rounding off the tour is a visit to a traditional tea house.
Istanbul is where Europe and Asia collide, and where the past and present meet. You'll catch an early-morning flight to Turkey's largest city and spend a day exploring its rich heritage. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town before heading to the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome – the site of ancient chariot races. You'll then have free time for lunch. The afternoon is spent exploring the Topkapi Palace. The ‘forbidden city' where the Ottoman sultans lived, it's packed with crown jewels and lavishly decorated rooms. And there-s free time to rummage around the Egyptian Bazaar, too.
A day on the waves off the coastline of Bodrum, this adults-only boat trip serves up all the little luxuries that make being on holiday so special. Whisked to the port, you'll be greeted by the friendly crew and a welcome cocktail on board. Along the way, you can enjoy local wine, beer and soft drinks from the bar as your skipper heads to Bodrum's standout swimming spots like Aquarium Bay. It's ideal for some snorkelling and a cooling dip. Dry off and enjoy a tasty lunch followed by fresh fruit and more time to catch some rays as you head back to land.
The ancient world and old ways come to life during this private tour to Ephesus and Sirince. The classical Greek city of Ephesus was the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis – while time seems to have stood still in the pretty mountain village of Sirince.You'll travel into sun-soaked hills and olive groves to discover one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. Wander down marble-paved streets of Ephesus, gaze at mosaics and fresco-adorned ancient Roman houses and admire impressive historical buildings, including the famous Library of Celsus, the baths, Temple of Hadrian, the grand theatre and more.It's a little less ancient but a sense of yesteryear permeates in Sirince. Here you'll have lunch at a typical restaurant before enjoying some free time to stroll along its cobbled streets. On the way back to your hotel, you'll stop at a ceramic centre and Turkish delight emporium.
The west coast of the Bodrum peninsula is packed with hidden gems, rustic villages and romantic seafront promenades. We'll make a stop off in Turgutreis. Visit its silver-domed mosque and mingle with the locals in the spice-scented bazaar before heading to Gumusluk for a meze lunch. Afterwards, enjoy free time soak up its narrow streets and harbour. In the afternoon, we'll drive to Derekoy, a village so remote only TUI visits it. Learn all about the local artistic handmade pottery, before heading to the pretty seaside town of Yalikavak, which boasts an ultra-luxurious marina.
With glittering turquoise seas and Bodrum's picture-perfect coastline, this family cruise is the ultimate way to enjoy the delights of the area. Step on board a traditional gulet boat that's all polished masts, lacquered sunbathing decks and bright white sails. Your captain will drop anchor a few times for you to jump in and freshen up in the clear waters and relax on the sand of the popular Camel Beach. And when the lunch bell rings, you'll find an array of Turkish treats including meatballs, meze and salad laid out on the captain's table – all complete with local wine, beer and soft drinks from the bar.
Turkish baths are synonymous the world over with relaxation and rejuvenation. The bath house, or hammam, has been a central part of life in Turkey for centuries. Change into your swimwear in a cubicle, wrap yourself in a towel and step into the marble-tiled hammam or steam room. Relax on a heated marble bench and let the warm steam open your pores and ease the toxins from your skin. Then lie on a warm stone slab for an exfoliating body scrub. And after that, you'll be treated to a massage in warm, soapy bubbles. Once you've cooled off, you'll come away feeling utterly refreshed.
Known as the City of Eternal Love, Stratonikeia is a rich tapestry of history. On this small group tour, you'll explore one of Turkey's most significant archaeological sites. Wander past grand colonnades, Roman baths and on cobbled paths to see a grand theatre that could seat 12,000 spectators – it's a glimpse into the city's glorious past. Rounding off the tour is a visit to a traditional tea house.
A 215 km-long arm reaching into the sea, the Bodrum Peninsula packs a punch in the scenery stakes. And alongside its good looks, it boasts a collection of evermore charming towns, too. This private tour includes a guided visit to Turgutreis' silver mosque, souvenir shopping in a market, plus a seafront lunch Gumusluk, and free time in Yalikavak.
Winding river cruises, mud baths, ancient tombs and the chance to catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles – this exclusive Dalyan tour is a nature-lover's delight. The star attraction is a visit to a riverbank that also doubles as a mud bath packed with minerals. After lunch, we'll cruise the river, gliding under the Lycian tombs. These were carved in the form of Ionic temples into the sheer cliffs some 2,500 years ago. Iztuzu beach is the icing on the cake. This long, sandy strand is a protected nesting ground for endangered loggerhead turtle. Enjoy free time before sailing back to Dalyan.
Ephesus is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites from the Classical era. Let your guide transport you back in time. Admire the Celsus Library, built with double walls to protect its precious scrolls and peek into houses still decorated with frescoes.. Walk down Marble Street towards the Great Theatre. Dug into a hillside, this spectacular 24,000-seater once rang with the cries of gladiators and sermons of St Paul. After lunch, it's on to the archaeological site where the Temple of Artemis once stood – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Finally, a visit to a local ceramics factory ends the day.