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.
The past comes to life during this private tour to Ephesus and Sirince. At Ephesus, you'll admire historical buildings, including the famous Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian. And in Sirince, you'll have lunch and free time to explore a town permeated with a sense of yesteryear.You'll make the scenic journey from Marmaris to discover one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the world. On arrival at Ephesus, you'll wander down marble-paved streets, 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, you'll stop at a ceramic centre where you can browse local handmade pottery.
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.
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.
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.
The Datca peninsula is a long mountainous finger that points out from Turkey, separating the Aegean from the Med. Kick off at an olive farm before heading to ancient Knidos. Only TUI offers this archaeological site in excursions. Here, you'll discover the legends surrounding one of the most beautifully located classical ruins in the region. Explore ruins that trickle into the sea and gaze up at the circular temple dedicated to Aphrodite. Next, we head to the pretty town of Datca for a lunch by the seafront before setting off to rummage through spice-scented markets. Rounding off the day is a wine tasting at one of Datca's top wineries.
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.
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.
If your idea of a perfect day is to simply rest and relax, then this private Marmaris gulet boat is for you. Sun, sea swimming and slumber are the order of the day on an authentic wooden boat. With lunch on board, tea and coffee and a strict no music policy, nothing will disturb your enjoyment of this fabulous day exploring the beautiful coastline.
Dalyan's been busy rolling out the red carpet a fair bit lately, with stars like Robbie Williams and Dustin Hoffman dropping by for a visit. And now you can follow in their footsteps with a trip to this magical spot. Sail down the River Dalyan on an eco-friendly boat and have fun caking on the anti-ageing mud at the mud baths. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, jump back on your riverboat to see Lycian Rock Tombs dating to 400BC. After alighting, hop on a tractor and head for the ruins of ancient Kaunos. Lastly, continue along the winding river path to Iztuzu Beach. It's famed as a turtle breeding ground.
Pamukkale is one of Mother Nature's masterpieces. On this private tour, you'll enjoy a dip in its calcium-rich waters before journeying back in time to one of the world's oldest health spas in the ancient city of Hierapolis. Plus, there's a Turkish lunch in Akkoy and a visit to an onyx jewellery centre.First up is in Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle. It's a spectacle of terraces formed over thousands of years that look like a cascading snowy waterfall but are filled with calcium carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.The waters have always been said to bring health benefits, which is why the Romans built the nearby spa town of Hierapolis. You'll enjoy a guided tour of its ancient streets, a 13,000-seat theatre and, of course, thermal baths. A dip is extra but well worth forking out for the experience of bathing in an oasis scattered with Roman ruins.
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.
If you're booked on a late-night flight back home, then this is a great way to enjoy your last hours in Turkey. Sail down the River Dalyan on an eco-friendly boat – which doesn't harm marine life – have fun caking on the anti-ageing mud at the mud baths and have a dip in the warm sulphur pool. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, jump back on your river boat to see the Lycian Rock Tombs dating to 400BC before arriving at Iztuzu Beach. On this long, sandy strand, you'll have free time for swimming or sunbathing. And then it's on to have a buffet dinner and freshen up before transfer to the airport.
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.
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.
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.
If Turkey is a shopper's paradise, then Marmaris is its nirvana. 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.It's a glittering start to the morning at the Marmaris Gold Centre, famed for its deals. Expert staff are on hand to give you the lowdown on everything from traditional motifs to designer jewellery. After all that gold, it's time to be a little bold with a visit to the Turkish delight factory. See how it's made during a tour of the production area before enjoying a tasting and a poke around the shop.At the textile centre, you'll be able to check out local and international designs as well as browse the bazaar area. Rounding off the morning is an hour of free time in the town centre. All in all, great shopping and a chance to put your haggling skills to the test.
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.
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.
The Datca peninsula is a long mountainous finger that points out from Turkey, separating the Aegean from the Mediterranean. On this private tour, you'll visit the site of ancient Knidos, enjoy a relaxing seafront lunch and mingle with the locals in the weekly market.Kicking off at an olive farm, you'll learn about the products made from olives before heading to Knidos. Only TUI offers this archaeological site in excursions. Here, you'll discover the legends surrounding one of the most beautifully located classical ruins in the region. Explore ruins that trickle into the sea and gaze up at the circular temple dedicated to Aphrodite.Next, we head to the pretty town of Datca for a lunch by the seafront. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace – and if it's a Saturday, make sure to rummage through spice-scented markets. Rounding off the day is a wine tasting at one of Datca's top wineries.