This half day Bodrum shore trip visits the famous Castle of St. John and the site of the Mausoleum, which was one of the Seven Wonders of ancient World. You enjoy panoramic views from a couple vantage points above the town.
After meeting your private guide at the Bodrum pier, you immediately depart for the Bodrum Castle which is known as the Castle of St. John. The castle's construction began in the early 15th century and it is located high on a rocky peninsula offering wonderful views of the town and its picturesque harbor. The castle was built from green stones and marble slabs from the mausoleum and it dominates the harbor front.
Once inside the castle, you visit the excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You will see displays of findings from the world's oldest known shipwrecks along the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. Included are displays of Late Bonze Age Shipwrecks and amphorae. These vase-shaped ceramic containers have two handles and a long neck. In ancient times they were used to transport wine and Olive Oil.
Next you drive through the narrow streets of Bodrum until you reach the the hilltop where old windmills are located. You enjoy a scenic photo stop of the town and harbor below.
Finally, you visit the site of the Mausoleum (built in 353 BC) which was one of the Seven wonders of ancient World. You see the remains of the old city walls and the amphitheater. The Amphitheater is accredited to the reign of King Mausolus (4th century BC), however it was enlarged during the Roman era (2nd century BC). Today the well preserved theater is used for concerts and other shows.
At the end of your Bodrum tour you are brought back to the ship, or if you prefer, you can stay in town to enjoy free time and make your way back to the pier on your own.
Tips on visiting Turkey:
Shopping - If additional time is available during your Bodrum excursion, many guides will ask if you are interested in seeing how Turkish carpets are made or if you wish to shop. These free demonstrations are very interesting and quite informative, but they are also a selling opportunity. Decide on your interest and tell your tour guide clearly whether shopping interests you or not. You should never feel obligated to make a purchase on any tour.
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