Spread out between two crescent bays, Bodrum exudes an "artsy" ambiance. With its gleaming white houses and colorful flower gardens it is one of the prettiest resorts on the South Aegean coast. Recently, it has become very popular with the jet set crowd, while at the same time maintaining an intimate air; there are strict zoning laws preventing over development. Bodrum's main draws are pristine beaches, a busy yachting center and historic sites - a great combination to attract those sailing the Aegean Sea. View more
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Combines two of Bodrums' highlights; its castle and a cruise in the surrounding bays during this full-day tour.
Castle of St. Peter
The striking Crusader's castle, with its tall, well-preserved towers, was built by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John between 1402 and 1437. Later, other buildings were erected within the precincts of the castle. During the Ottoman period, it was used as a place of exile. Today some of the buildings have been turned into a prominent museum. As you tour the castle complex, there are spectacular views of Bodrum and the surrounding area.
Returning to the pier you board one of the local gulets or boats for a leisurely cruise in the bays surrounding Bodrum. During your relaxing cruise enjoy a lunch of local specialties. As you cruise through the idyllic waters, view the many beaches and marinas that have made the area famous. Sip unlimited cool local beverages while plying these tranquil and ancient waters. Conditions permitting, time is available for a swim in the clear waters. The tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves extensive walking and numerous stairs to negotiate at the castle. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up and bring a towel from the ship. Seasonal lightweight clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protction are recommended.
Experience the history and local flavour during this half-day tour.
Few sights match that of sailing into the Bodrum Peninsula; with rolling hills to either side of you, the crusader Castle of St. John jutting far off into the sea, colourful yachts and sailing vessels of all kinds docked right outside its walls.
Depart the pier with your guide for an inside visit to the historical landmark of St. Peter's Castle.
St. Peter's Castle
The towers and battlements of the castle dominate the town as a reminder of its storied past. It was built in the 1400's by the Knights of St. John, who plundered the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for the marble and stones used in the construction of the castle. A papal edict of 1409 declared that anyone involved in the construction of the fortress would gain remission of sins, and certainly motivated the laborers on the task.
Following the visit of Castle, walk through the narrow streets to arrive at a nice fish restaurant for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine. Here, enjoy a a unique small group hands-on cooking experience. The local Chéf of Denizce Restaurant will share his techniques, special ingredients, and family recipes with you. The dishes will be simple and effective tariffs to use in your home as well. Enjoy the atmosphere, the lesson and your fellow guests during this 45-minute interaction.
Following the workshop, stroll along Bodrum's narrow streets enjoying some free time before returning to the restaurant again to taste Aegean foods; mezes, salad and fish (includes the special mezes you prepared during the workshop).
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Seasonal clothing, flat, walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Discover the castle and it's many treasures with an expert during this half-day tour.
Bodrum (or ancient Halicarnassus) is situated on a peninsula facing the Island of Kos, which was the hometown of Herodutus. Today, it is a very popular resort town, which draws millions of people every year.
Join your expert guide Mr. Oguz Alpozen, the former Director of the Museum. Mr. Alpozen, who retired in July 2005, deserves credit for implementing the "living museum" concept thereby attracting thousands of visitors annually to this location. This museum has also earned international recognition by receiving the Museum of the Year Award.
Castle of St. Peter
The entrance to the Castle of St. Peter is just a short distance from the tender landing. The striking Crusader's castle, with its tall, well-preserved towers, was built by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John between 1402 and 1437. Later, other buildings were erected within the precincts of the castle. During the Ottoman period, it was used as a place of exile. Today some of the buildings have been turned into a prominent museum. As you tour the castle complex, there are spectacular views of Bodrum and the surrounding area.
Museum of Underwater Archaeology
The inner castle, which houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology, is reached after passing through seven gates embellished with coats of arms and inscriptions. The museum is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the world. It contains many objects discovered by submarine archaeology, including amphora and large copper ingots recovered from a ship, which sank by Cape Gelidonya. Some of the relics once belonged to ancient vessels that foundered off Bodrum. In the Shipwreck Hall there is an outstanding collection of hundreds of colorful, almost phosphorescent glass jars, bottles and vases, salvaged from shipwrecks.
Following your unique visit, re-join your transport for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for long periods and numerous stairs to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, seasonal, clothing and flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour is extremely limited; we suggest reserving your space early to avoid disappointment.
Experience the nature and beauty of mountains an the daily life of the villagers during this memorable full-day tour.
Once, Lake Bafa was connected to the Aegean Sea and was the most remote part of the deep Gulf of Miletus. The lake is surrounded by the Latmos Mountains Besparmak, which rise up to 4,593 Feet (1400 metres). Today, there are 224 known bird species living around Lake Bafa. On the slopes of the Latmos Mountains, twenty different orchids and endemic plants are to be found. Lake Bafa was declared a national park in 1989. The park covers 25 square miles (65 square kilometres) and is home to birds like the Dalmatian pelican, Fish eagle, Common tern, Pygmy Cormorant and the Heron, while the lake itself is populated by those famous eels, Bafa grey mullet, sea bass and sea bream. Wild boar, foxes, wildcats, hedgehogs and badgers all inhabit the surrounding Latmos Mountains. The unique flora and fauna of the lake and its surroundings attract bird-watchers, botanists, painters and nature lovers; the giant slabs of rock and the ancient walking trails are a paradise for hikers.
Trekking and Exploration
Depart the pier for the 1-hour 45-minute drive to the ruins of Heraklia to begin your trek; the ruined town lies on the Northeast shore of beautiful Bafa Lake and forms part of the new long distance walk from Heraklia to the Stylos monastery and around Latmos Mountains. The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the way of life of the inhabitants of the quaint old stone and timber villages on the route; visit village houses, see local handicrafts, watch cheese and yogurt being made and enjoy lunch in a local village home.
After approximately 3 hours of trekking and exploring, rejoin your transport for the scenic drive back to Bodrum and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves extensive walking and is for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection.