Spend a week exploring some of the ancient highlights of one of our favourite coastal areas in Turkey.
Base yourselves in a cosy boutique hotel on the Bodrum Peninsula, and balance heading out for adventures with blissful beach time. You’re in just the right location to minimise travel to the must-see spots in the country.
As with all our itineraries, consider this a sample and a starting point only. We can tailor the trip perfectly to your needs. Contact our Turkey specialists to get started.
Day 1 - Welcome to the Aegean Coast!
Your hotel is less than an hour from Bodrum International Airport or around 3 hours transfer from Dalaman Airport. Your driver will collect you from Arrivals and take you to your hotel.
Settle in to your cosy hotel, and enjoy some cocktails at the terrace bar. Your hotel is adult-only and has just 20 rooms. You can expect an intimate and relaxing environment.Accommodation
Day 2 - Wine tasting and vineyard tour
Though not as commonly recognised internationally as wine from it’s neighbours in Europe, Turkey has an ancient winemaking history.
After a leisurely morning swimming in the pool, your driver will collect you for an afternoon trip to Karnas Vineyard. Enjoy an informative farm tour with the chance to try fresh produce from goats cheese to olives, and taste some local wines from the boutique vineyard.
Day 3 - Yalikavak Marina
Head to the Marina at your leisure today, it’s especially lovely to be there for sunset. Here you’ll find an exclusive open-air shopping mall featuring 106 brands, gourmet restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and entertainment venues. Be sure to make a reservation if you’d like to try the in-demand Nurs-et Steakhouse, or one of the special summer pop up restaurants, to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday and Thursday are our favourite days to visit, the local market brings farmers and artisans to the area.
Day 4 - Visit Ephesus UNESCO World Heritage Site
Start early today, and enjoy a scenic two and a half hour drive to Selçuk to visit Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a remarkably well preserved site. It’s a large site, having been excavated over more than a hundred years, and particular highlights are the Library of Celsus, the Amphitheatre and the Terrace Houses. It’s also partially uphill and quite exposed, so wear comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said Mary spent the last days of her life, and the nearby tranquil village of Şirince is a beautiful spot to stop for some food and local fruit wine.
Day 5 - Visit Bodrum City
We recommend heading into the hustle and bustle of Bodrum City today. You can visit the historic sites such as the Castle of St. Peter, and carry further along the harbour to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
This charming coastal town is the entertainment and culture capital of the Southern Aegean, so you can enjoy shopping at the boutiques, dining at beautiful restaurants and there are also often festivals and shows happening in the area in high season.
Day 6 - Pamukkale Natural Springs
Translating as ‘cotton castle’, Pamukkale is a unique World Heritage Site created naturally by heavily mineralized water flowing from springs and pooling in terraces – its striking and almost other-worldly.
Spend the day exploring here, and also the well preserved marble sculptures and greek monuments at Aphrodisias and Hierapolis.
An alternative great option for today is to head to the Dalyan Delta. Sailing along in the river boats you’ll feel lost in a maze and dwarfed by the magnificent rock tombs. You can also spot loggerhead turtles, who nest all along this stretch as you make your way to ancient Caunos and Iztuzu beach. And whether you believe in it’s magic or not, why not cover your bases and stop off at the ‘fountain of youth’ and have a dip in the mud baths….