Welcome to Muğla

Muğla (moo-lah) is a rarity for a Turkish provincial capital – compact and relaxed, with plane-tree-lined boulevards and narrow streets that lead to a historic quarter. The whitewashed Ottoman houses are particularly well preserved and there's an array of chilled çay bahçesi (tea gardens) filled with friendly students from the nearby university. Muğla makes for a pleasant (and easy) reintroduction to Turkish urban... Read More

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$46.26 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dalyan River Cruise with Sea Turtle Watching

This trip is just for you if you love nature, animals and beautiful views. After picking you up from your hotel at 6:30am, head through the Taurus mountains chain to the city of Mugla. Stop along the way for a breakfast in local restaurant, at your own expense. After arriving at your destination, a water taxi will be waiting for you on the shore where you will head out on a journey of the Dalyan River.  You will have a chance to bathe in healthful mineral mud and thermal pools with medical water. Spread it all over your body, wait for it to dry then wash it off. It is guaranteed that you will have a lot of fun doing this. After burning calories, it will be time for a tasty lunch by the river. The buffet is included in the price, so you may eat as much as you like. Continue the cruise where you will see the ancient rock-cut Lycian tombs. The trip will stop there so you can take amazing photos. This is a part of the ancient Lycian city of Kaunos. Its acropolis, theater and Roman baths will be visible during the cruise. Cruising between bulrushes on the delta of Dalyan River is an awesome adventure making your way to the river's mouth where it empties into the sea. This is where you can most often see the huge Caretta Caretta sea turtles.  Meet other residents of Dalyan River, such as the blue crabs, that are food for the turtles. If desired, you will be able to eat a crab that will be grilled especially for you. At the end of the day you will get off of the boat straight onto the sandy beach of Iztuzu. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea while tanning. The beach is a breeding ground for turtles, so be careful because you may meet them here.  After some free time, board the water taxi and head back to the starting point. A bus will be waiting to take you back to Bodrum.

$49.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Ancient Ephesus tour with Virgin Mary's House

In the early morning, you will leave the hotel heading to the Mugla city. Here we will stop for a breakfast (at your own expense). Exploring the city of Efez we will start from the administrative part reserved for Roman politics. This is where the odeon (parliament) remains, an agora for meetings and political rallies or ancient hospital. While walking down the marble streets, which were floodlit in ancient times, you will get to the public part including the Roman baths, public house or latrines. You will enter the huge Celsius library, which is at the same time a tomb of the ruler. At the end of the trip around the city there is a huge Roman theatre. We will go on the tribunes to check out its acoustics. After exploring Ephesus with a guide you will be able to buy souvenirs in booths, and then we will head to the restaurant for a lunch (included in price). After the meal we will head to the Selcuk city, passing by the remains of St. John Basilica with his tomb, Temple of Artemis, and a middle-aged fortress. Ephesus is also the last place of Mary, the living of Mother of God. Everyone interested will be able to visit her house - sanctuary with the guide (entrance fees at your own expense). The rest of the group in that time will have some free time in the city of Selcuk. After meeting in appointed place  you will go back to the Bodrum. The ride to Ephesus takes around 3.5 hours.

$110.71 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale Hot Springs Tour from Bodrum

Day 1: Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House (L, D) 4 - star hotel in Pamukkale.In the early morning, you will leave the hotel heading to the Mugla city. Here we will stop for a breakfast (on your own expense). Exploring the city of Ephesus we will start from the administrative part reserved for Roman politics. This is where the odeon (parliament) remains, an agora for meetings and political rallies or ancient hospital. While walking down the marble streets which were floodlit in ancient times we will get to the public part. This is where the entertainments were used, among the others in Roman baths, public house or latrines. You will enter the huge Celsius library, which is at the same time a tomb of the ruler. At the end of the trip around the city there is a huge Roman theater. We will go on the tribunes to check out its acoustics. After exploring Ephesus we will head to the restaurant for a lunch (included in price).After the meal we will head to the Selcuk city, passing by the remains of St. John Basilica with his tomb, Temple of Artemis, and Middle-age fortress. By the time we will stop for a while in Turkish jewellery workshop. Ephesus is also the last place of living of Mother of God. Everyone interested will be able to visit her house – sanctuary on their own expense. The rest of the group in that time will be able to visit the attractions of the city of Selcuk. After meeting in appointed place  you will jump on your bus and continue the trip straight to the hotel to enjoy dinner and relax in the evening. Day 2: Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B)The first stop of the day will be at the gates of Hierapolis just a short drive from the hotel. Hierapolis was a health resort during Roman times. Roman baths, basilica, gymnasium, “column” street and ancient necropolis, where you will find over 1000 ancient sarcophaguses are good preserved. The beautiful theater on a hill its worth visiting as well . However, Pamukkale is mainly a white travertines  listed by the UNESCO. You will be able to penetrate them wading in thermal water flooding down the travertines. It will surely be a great massage and relief for tired feet. If you want to try the exact treatment of Pamukkale waters – use a bubble (champagne) bath in Cleopatra pool (with additional fee). Health-bringing water cures among others: obesity, rheumatism, asthma and skin diseases, and most important brings back the fresh, young look. They say that, that Pamukkale was the secret of the beauty of the seductress Cleopatra.After sightseeing and bathes, you will visit and shopping in the real center of leather and carpet factory in which many Turks are specialized since centuries. Don’t forget about the tradition of bargaining over the price!  The way back will lead you again through Taurus mountains and you will be in Bodrum in the evening.

$102.80 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-day Ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale Hot Springs Tour

1 day: Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House (B, D) 3 star hotel in Pamukkale In the early morning, you will leave the hotel heading to the Mugla city. Here we will stop for a breakfast. Exploring the city of Ephesus we will start from the administrative part reserved for Roman politics. This is where the Odeon (parliament) remains, an Agora for meetings and political rallies or ancient hospital. While walking down the marble streets which were floodlit in ancient times we will get to the public part. This is where the entertainments were used, among the others in Roman baths, public house or latrines. You will enter the huge Celsius library, which is at the same time a tomb of the ruler.  At the end of the trip around the city there is a huge Roman theater. We will go on the tribunes to check out its acoustics. After exploring Ephesus we will head to the restaurant for a lunch (on your expense). After the meal we will head to the Selcuk city, passing by the remains of St. John Basilica with his tomb, Temple of Artemis, and Middle-age fortress. By the time we will stop for a while in Turkish jewellery workshop. Ephesus is also the last place of living of Mother of God. Everyone interested will be able to visit her house – sanctuary on their own expense. The rest of the group in that time will be able to visit the attractions of the city of Selcuk.  Jump on your bus and continue the trip straight to the hotel To enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening. 2 day: Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B) You will start your day with breakfast in the hotel and just 5 min after you leave hotel you will be at the gates of Hierapolis. Hierapolis was a health resort during Roman times. Roman baths, basilica, gymnasium, “column” street and ancient necropolis, where you will find over 1000 ancient sarcophaguses are good preserved. The beautiful theatre on a hill its worth visiting as well .  However, Pamukkale is mainly a white travertines  listed by the UNESCO. You will be able to penetrate them wading in thermal water flooding down the travertines. It will surely be a great massage and relief for tired feet. If you want to try the exact treatment of Pamukkale waters – use a bubble (champagne) bath in Cleopatra pool (with additional fee). Health-bringing water cures among others: obesity, rheumatism, asthma and skin diseases, and most important brings back the fresh, young look. They say that, that Pamukkale was the secret of the beauty of the great seductress – Cleopatra. After sightseeing and bathes, you will visit onyx stone workshop and carpet factory in which many Turks are specialized since centuries. Don’t forget about the tradition of bargaining over the price!  The way back will lead you again through Taurus mountains and you will be in Fethiye around 7:00 pm.

$77.10 Shore Excursions

Shorex:Village Tour from Marmaris

When your ship moors in Marmaris, meet your private guide at the port and board your private, air-conditioned minivan. Then, absorb the country views on your way to Akyaka, a pretty fishing town on the Gulf of Gökova.After roughly 30 minutes, arrive and enjoy ample time in this seaside town where life has hardly changed for centuries. Tucked between pine-coated hills, the Gulf and the Azmak River, Akyaka is built in the traditional style of the Muğla province, with pine-timbered octagonal houses adorned with hand-carved balconies framing the streets.Admire the mountain vistas, mingle with the locals, and pass shops, restaurants and coffee houses where old men play tavla (backgammon). Check out the ornate balconies and octagonal shapes of the houses as your guide explains how new buildings in the village are required to adhere to the style.Perhaps visit a local market, watch fishermen mending their nets on the beach, and road-test Akyaka’s growing foodie reputation. Head for the fish restaurants along the Azmak for lunch (own expense) to enjoy everything from delicious homemade meze to succulent fresh fish such as sea bass and red mullet.After around 3 hours, head through forested mountains to the quaint village of Gökçe, famed for its orange groves. Stop for refreshments (own expense) and watch village life unfold before driving to Icmeler Bay, a resort area known for its natural springs.Drive through Icmeler and stop at Pamucak to capture the spectacular sea and mountain views on your camera. Then, return to Marmaris where your trip ends with a drop-off at the cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Marmaris cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$100.82 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day tour from Bodrum

Day one:We will come to pick you up at the hotel between 6:00 - 6:30 am depending on hotel location. First stop will be for breakfast at a local restaurant in Mugla town. After that we drive in the direction to Ephesus ancient city to explore its magnificent monuments, ancient sculptures, temples, etc. You will be amazed by the beauty and majesty of this ancient world. Walking through the remaining ruins of Ephesus you will feel like you are travelling back in time.Explore the ancient amphitheatre, the library of Celsus, the temple of Artemis, the gate of Augustus, etc. And then visit the House of Virgin Mary which is located between the Selcuk and Ephesus. It is believed to be the last residence of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The ancient ruins of Ephesus will take your breath away. After the first day’s program is finished you will have a lunch break and then drive to Pamukkale.On arrival to the place you will check in at the hotel, have an open buffet dinner and rest after a long day of exploring.Day two: Your second day starts with an open buffet breakfast at the hotel. Next you will have a short drive to an awesome natural wonder – Pamukkale (meaning Cotton Castle in Turkish). You can walk on white calcium terraces and swim in its natural pools with hot spring water. Enjoy stunning views over the area, make great photos and continue exploring. You can visit an ancient Cleopatra’s Pool and swim there (optional for an extra charge). Then discover the ruins of Hierapolis ancient city (necropolis, bathhouses, amphitheatre, town walls, and tomb of St. Philip etc.) and learn more about the rich past of this place. In total you are going to stay 3-4 hours in Pamukkale, after have a nice lunch and begin your back journey to Marmaris. Approximate arrival time at the hotel is 7:00 pm. This amazing 2-day trip will enrich your knowledge about the cultural and historical heritage of the Aegean region.