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Overland Tour from Marmaris to Bodrum
2-Day Tour 1 Night Accommodation at Pamukkale

Day 1
Disembark from the ship and start two-day overland tour, which will take you to Dalyan, Pamukkale & Aphrodisias.
The first attraction of the program will be a day tour of Dalyan, one of the most interesting places in South Aegean part of Turkey. Modern town of Dalyan is located on the east bank of Dalyan Cayi (River) and the ancient Carian city of Caunos lies on the western bank. The Dalyan Cayi is the stream that meanders down to the sea from Köyceğiz Lake a short distance inland. You will embark the local for a cruise on Dalyan River. You will have a photo stop on the way at rock tombs continue to Ancient City of Caunos, which spreads over two mountain ridges. Formerly on the sea, its position as a great trading city in ancient times was deleteriously affected by silting and malaria. It is now in a reedy delta 2 km. from the sea.

Medieval city walls, an amphitheater, a basilica, Roman thermal baths are among the places to be seen in the city.

See also Iztuzu Beach, natural growing area of Caretta Caretta turtles.

Re-embark the local boat in order to go to the restaurant, where a simple lunch of local specialties and fresh fish will take place.

Following lunch, depart for Pamukkale.

Arrive at Pamukkale and check-in to the hotel. The Turkish name Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) refers to the ruins of a 11 & 12 C fortress which has only survived in fragments by the world famous stalactite terraces falling over 300 ft. from the plateau of the ancient town, and which shine from the steep cliffs far down into the plain of the Cürüksu, a tributary of the Meander. They are formed by the warm springs, at a temperature of 33 C and containing calcium bicarbonate.

If you wish, you will have chance of seeing the sunset on the cliffs of Pamukkale.

Dinner and overnight will take place at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 2
After having breakfast taken at the hotel, depart for a full day tour of the area. The first visit of the tour will take place at Hierapolis Antique City. The earliest literary references to Hierapolis – its Roman name – are from the 2nd C BC, raising the question of whether the hot springs developed about that time due, perhaps, to an unrecorded earthquake. In Roman times, it was a fashionable spa; the springs attracted the people for their curative powers. The large Roman Bath is now part of the Museum of Hierapolis. Temple of Apollo, a large necropolis, basilical church and Martyrium of St. Phillip are among the ruins to be seen during the visit.

Then continue to Aphrodisias, one of the most beautiful antique sites in Asia Minor. Temples, a bishop’s palace, an amphitheater, a huge stadium, baths, a council chamber, and above all of these spectacular finds, a great quantity of beautiful statuary distinguish Aphrodisias as one of the most attractive ancient cities in Anatolia. The earliest finds go back to about 5800 BC. During the Roman Period there was a major school of sculptors at Aphrodisias producing masterpieces white, blue & gray marble that were sent throughout the Roman world. A modern, airy museum at Aphrodisisasis a fitting tribute to the work of Professor Kenan Erim who conducted the excavations here from 1969 until his death in 1990. As a tribute to him, he was buried next to the Tetrapylion, the monumental gateway to the Temple to Aphrodite.

Following the visit, lunch will take place at a local restaurant, which is located very close to the antique site.

Continue to Bodrum by taking old Cine way, which offers nice panoramic view of the natural wonders of the region.

Arrival at Bodrum and embark the ship.

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