Daily Bodrum City Tour
Bodrum City Tour covers historical, adventurous, cultural, and natural sites of Bodrum Peninsula. It is a guided city tour in Bodrum.
Pick up from the hotel in the morning and drive to St Peters Castle which is the symbol of Bodrum. The Crusader castle was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409. After being defeated in Smyrna (The ancient name of Izmir), the Knights came to Halikarnassos and began the construction of the castle. Unknowingly, they used many stones from the great tomb of Mausolus. Today on the walls of the castle you can see lots of stones from the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Today the castle\'s rooms are used as a museum where finds from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, and Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period are exhibited. The castle is also home to the largest underwater archeological museum in Turkey. It is one of a kind in the world. The reconstruction of a ship-wreck the museum itself is worth a visit.
Then we proceed to Mausoleum. We see what is left of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Mausoleum, King Mausolus' tomb, is at the origin of the funerary monuments of great dimensions and sumptuous architecture. Mausolus was the ruler of the Caria Kingdom between 377 and 353 BC. He made Halikarnassos its capital. Then he enclosed his new capital with a huge wall. He designed a great Carian shrine dedicated to himself. His sister-wife Artemisia completed it after he died during her own reign. It was so beautiful that it became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The stones were used for the construction of the castle and some parts of the tomb are exhibited at the British Museum in London, England.
The final place we visit is Amphitheatre. This ancient theatre is located on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. It was built during the reign of Mausolus, it stands as one of the very few surviving pre-Hellenistic theaters in Asia Minor and thus one of the oldest. The seating capacity was about 13.000 spectators. The hillside theater that dates from the 4th century BC was built to seat 5.000 people. When the theatre was rediscovered, it has been recently restored as it was in bad condition. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the town from there.
At the end of the Bodrum City Tour, drop you off at your hotel.
- Tour Bodrum Castle and the Bodrum Underwater Museum of Archeology
- Visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
- See the restored Antique Theater, one of the oldest of its kind in Anatolia
- Hotel pick up & drop off
- Entrance tickets
- Transportation in A/C vehicle
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Meals & drinks
- Tips & gratuities
- Personal expenses