Marmaris, Turkey

Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

• Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
• Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
• Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.


Dalyan River & Turtle Beach

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.

Turkish Bath

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.

Marmaris Bike Tour

You’ll experience everything from bustling bazaars to quiet pine forests on this bicycle trip. Your tour starts when you collect your bike from the port and pedal past the luxurious white yachts in the marina on your way to Marmaris old town. You’ll weave through the narrow streets before pausing outside the grand Eski Cami Mosque. Then, you’ll pay a visit to the colourful bazaar, the city’s market and an ancient amphitheatre. The rows of seats in the amphitheatre were cut into a hill back in the Hellenistic era. Leaving Marmaris behind, you’ll follow your guide through the Armutalan district to the seaside town of Icmeler. You’ll cycle through quiet pine woods, getting glimpses of the sparkling Aegean Sea and making regular photo stops to capture the views. After that, you’ll stop at one of the region’s picturesque beaches, where you can spend some time swimming or grabbing a bite to eat in a bar or café. Finally, you’ll soak up some more sea views as you cycle along the promenade back to the port.

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