Start your day with a drive to Dalyan, an area of outstanding natural beauty, full of flora and fauna such as the Loggerhead Turtles which return to the area each year to lay their eggs. After driving through the tiny town of Dalyan and passing en route the famous monumental statue of the legendery turtles, you’ll arrive at the waters edge ready to take a scenic boat ride along the Dalyan River. Stopping in amongst the reeds to view the main attraction in the area, have your cameras ready as the ancient Tombs of Kings carved into the cliff face dating back to 4th Century B.C. appear before your eyes. Our experienced and knowledgeable guide will transport you back in time as he relays the fascinating history behind this magnificent spectacle. Next it’s on to Turtle Beach which with over 7 kms of golden sand was voted best beach in the world in 1995. Have your cameras at the ready as you might just catch a glimpse at some of the turtles nearby. There’ll be free time to relax on the beach or swim in the crystal clear sea before making our passage back to Dalyan to rejoin the coach.
If you've never been to a hammam, or Turkish bath, before, this is definitely one for you. Leaving Marmaris behind, you’ll head for one in the Armutalan area. These places have existed in Turkey since Medieval times and they’ve normally got separate baths for men and women. Leave your clothes in a cubicle and head, wrapped in a towel, to the gobektasi, a large heated stone, where you’ll be treated to a body scrub. Once you’ve had chance to cool down, you’ll return to the ship positively glowing, with plenty of time left to explore Marmaris.
You’ll get to see the best of Marmaris on this tour, starting with a short coach ride along the Mediterranean Coast to neighbouring Icmeler. Here, you can haggle your way around the mid-week market. There’s everything from spices to shoes on sale, and once you’ve finished shopping, you’ll make the return journey to Marmaris – stopping on the way to snap a few pictures of the Turkish Riviera. The rest of the tour’s a dot-to-dot of the port town’s most eye-catching landmarks. You’ll start at Marmaris Castle, a stone fortress that’s perched at the northern end of the bay. You can nose around the archaeological museum that’s hidden away inside, before heading to the historic Caravanserai. This centuries-old roadside inn’s now home to souvenir shops and cafés, so you can grab a snack before visiting one of the city’s grandest mosques. Just so you know, you’ll have to take your shoes off before entering the mosque, and women are asked to cover their head and shoulders.
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