If Turkey is a shopper's paradise, then Marmaris is its heaven. This shopping trip takes you to three local retail experiences – the town's famous Gold Centre, a Turkish delight factory and a traditional textile shop. You'll also have free time to browse the shops in the town centre. Great shopping and a chance to put your bartering skills to the test.
Fun and relaxation is the name of the game of this tour. Bumping cross-country and heading inland along off-road tracks, you'll discover authentic villages such as Yeşilbelde and Karaca. Then in Camli you'll set sail to Sedir in the Gokova Gulf. It's popularly known as Cleopatra Island because legend has it the sand was brought here from the Red Sea on her orders. It's silky sand took millions of years to form. After a swim, you'll sail around the surrounding islands, inlets and secluded bays, dropping anchor at Lacivert Cove and Tavsan Island. Unwind, snooze the afternoon away or lose yourself in the beautiful scenery or a good book.
It's probably a good idea to leave your best gear in your hotel room today because you're bound to get dirty on this cross-country quad adventure. The day starts with a safety briefing and a few laps around a practice track. Once you're familiar with your all-terrain vehicle, things take an off-road turn. You'll line up in a convoy and make your way into the forest. Along the way, you'll splash through shallow streams, rev across dusty hills, and speed under waterjets. If your adrenalin meter likes to hover close to the top, this one's definitely for you.
It's the biggest waterpark in Marmaris and it promises all the thrills you could imagine for a day out. Atlantis Waterpark ticks off no less than eight chutes, including a space bowl and a pitch-black tunnel slide. There's something a bit more relaxing, too, like the twisty slides and wave pool. Little ones can keep themselves entertained in the kids' area complete with octopus-shaped slide. When you've worked up an appetite, there are restaurants serving up things from milkshakes to barbecue feasts. Afterwards you can sleep it all off with a snooze in the shade or on the sands of the beach that's directly in front of the park.
This is the gold standard of shopping trips. After pick-up, you'll head to the renowned Gold Centre in Marmaris. High-carat items at great prices are its stock-in-trade. There's a visit to a local Turkish delight factory next. Peruse the great range of sugar-dusted treats before heading to a textile shop. Check out an array of clothing, bags and footwear. You'll then enjoy some free time in the city centre before boarding your impeccably maintained traditional gulet sailboat for a sunset cruise – a lovely way to end your evening Marmaris shopping excursion.
Take the plunge and discover Turkey's underwater world in a trip that caters for complete beginners, seasoned pros and everyone in between. You'll go to two dives in the waters off Marmaris, where there are reefs, tunnels and shipwrecks to explore. Depending on conditions and your experience, your instructors will chose the best location for the dives. Discover exotic marine life, feed the fish, and explore this colourful world in warm, crystal-clear waters. And if diving isn't for you, you can still join your partner but simply spend the day sunbathing, swimming or snorkelling.
Marmaris may be a top tourist spot, but there's another side to this southern Turkish gem. This adults-only trip lets you see what life is like away from the busy beach resorts. You'll visit country villages, enjoy a typical lunch with the locals, and top it all with a cruise along the Turquoise Coast in a traditional Turkish gulet boat.
This off-road safari is dynamite. Things begin with a drive through the pine-cloaked countryside in a military-style 4x4. Spot traditionally dressed locals riding on donkeys as you climb through the mountains and drive through some of the area's time-warp villages. Stop by Ciftlik Bay for a dip in the sea then break for a traditional Turkish lunch in one of the villages. You'll also visit a family-run olive oil factory to discover the old and new ways of producing this local staple. Finally, there's a traditional cup of çay tea by the wishing tree in the charming village of Bayir, before hopping into the 4x4s again and rumbling back to base.
If your idea of a perfect day is to simply rest and relax, then our Marmaris gulet boat is for you. Sun, sea swimming and slumber are the order of the day on an authentic wooden boat. There's plenty of opportunity for swimming and snorkelling as the gulet drops anchor in the many hidden bays along this beautiful coastline. With lunch on board, tea and coffee and a strict no music policy, nothing will disturb your enjoyment of this fabulous day out.
It's only a short trop inland from Marmaris to the Secret Valley but it feels like a world away. This small group tour will see you river boating through the valley's stunning canyons and enjoying a swim on a lake from a secluded beachDrive through amazing mountainous scenery before boarding on to a traditional wooden river craft. Cruise lazily along the placid waters of the Secret Valley, soaking up the views to a soundtrack of tweeting birds, before stopping at a sandy beach.Relax on the soft sands and swim in the cool lake waters and work up an appetite for a typical local lunch. In the afternoon, you'll have another hour to sunbathe on the beach or take a dip in the lake before hopping back on the boat to glide back to the harbour.
Sun, sea, swimming and slumber are the order of the day on an authentic wooden boat. There's plenty of opportunity for swimming and snorkelling – with at least four stops – as the gulet drops anchor in the many hidden bays along this beautiful coastline. What's more, with a maximum 25 guests on board, you're guaranteed a sunlounger and a towel service is provided.
Inject your holiday with a healthy dose of adrenaline on this cross-country buggy adventure. Driving your own off-road vehicle, you'll zoom down dusty tracks and trails to discover all the best bits of Turkey's most untamed terrain. Hop in your powerful off-road buggy and after a quick safety briefing and a test-drive, you'll be ready to ride. You'll line up in a convoy and rumble through the Turkish countryside and into the forest. Along the way, you'll splash through shallow streams, rev across dusty hills, and speed under water-jets. It's one action-packed experience for all.
Sunset on a secluded beach is one of those moments that makes being on holiday so special. Riding in an open-topped vehicle, you'll follow the edge-clinging tracks and trails that pass by ancient mountain villages and grandstand views over the Bozburun peninsula. Then you'll arrive at Bördübet where you can get comfortable for the blazing sunset over the Aegean. After, it's on to Hisarönü where your driver-guides set up a barbecue on the beach. As they do, you can choose to relax on the sand or take a dip in the sea. Then, when the stars come out, there's a tasty dinner, live music and an opportunity to dance the night away.
If you're planning on getting a golden glow while you're in Turkey a hammam, or Turkish bath will get things off to a flying start. Everything starts when we whisk you to one of the best local bath centres. Change into your swimwear and sit in the steam-filled hammam room feeling the warm air soften your skin and open your pores. After that you'll stretch out on a warm marble slab for a body scrub to remove any dead skin cells before being lathered in soft, soapy bubbles. Then it's time for a special extra - a relaxing massage in Turkish aromatherapy oils. You'll come away feeling wonderfully refreshed and ready for a fabulous tan.
You can add another stamp to your passport on this day trip to Rhodes. After a catamaran cruise, you'll arrive in Rhodes town. Here, you can explore the capital's harbour, old quarter and New Town. You'll spend the morning ticking off sights like the charming Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Masters. Make your way along the maze of cobbled streets, where you'll be surrounded by fountains, churches and shops selling Greek delicacies. Later, you can head to Mandraki harbour, once home to the Colossus of Rhodes.
Pamukkale means 'cotton castle' in Turkish – and you'll soon see why as you set eyes upon this magical landscape. A sight to behold, Pamukkale is a series of mountainside terraces where natural springs have solidified into snowy-white stalactites and cliffs. The effect is a winter-like wonderland of petrified tiers and pools. People have bathed here for thousands of years, including Roman emperors. Follow in their footsteps and bathe in one of the thermal pools. Then it's onto to the ruins of ancient Hierapolis – a necropolis, temples, baths and much more. The theatre is a showstopper.
Want to have a night to remember? Then come and join in the intoxicating atmosphere of this evening under the stars – with a Turkish twist – and the Turks really know how to have fun. Colourfully dressed folk dancers will swirl before your eyes in bright, traditional costumes performing dances from all over the country and bewitching belly dancers will weave their magic on you. With a tasty dinner and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the evening – whether you get into the spirit from the side lines or get on your feet and join in, you'll have a great time.
Travel in style with the full VIP service at Dalaman airport. Make your wait at the airport a breeze. Greeted on arrival, the VIP service sees you sail through check-in and security with fast track – giving you more time to take advantage of the comfortable VIP lounge and all its benefits. Inside, you've access to complimentary coffee, tea, water, soft drinks and snacks. What's more, there's unlimited free Wi-Fi and access to TV, magazines, newspapers and even a kids area to keep the little ones entertained – allowing you to relax right up to take off.
If you're booked on a late-night flight back home, then this is a great way enjoy your last hours in Turkey. First up is an eco-friendly cruise on the River Dalyan, followed by a visit to the ancient city of Kaunos – home to Roman baths, a theatre and Byzantine basilica as well as incredible views over the delta. You'll then continue on the boat to a restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, there's a visit to Iztuzu Beach. On this long, sandy strand, you'll have free time for swimming or sunbathing. It's then on to a local hotel for a buffet dinner and time to freshen up before your transfer to the airport.
Bring out your inner Texas cowboy in Turkey. Saddle up for the ride of your life on this horse riding adventure in the countryside. Head to Turkey's top ranch and you'll be matched with a horse that suit your skills. Then don your helmet, hop in the saddle and you're ready to ride. Clip clopping in convoy, you'll set off down dusty trails and forest paths, exploring as you go. Back at the ranch and you can look through the photos snapped by the onsite photographer and help feed the farm animals too.