Bodrum, Turkey - Mediterranean Cruises

On the southwester corner of Turkey, Bodrum has drawn admirers for thousands of years. Once, it was famed as the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the remains of which can still be seen. Today, the twin bays overlooked by the gaze of St Peter’s Castle create a captivating scene for modern visitors.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Discover Etrim Village

    Mix with the locals and experience a true authentic village atmosphere at Etrim Village.

    Discover Etrim Village

    Etrim is a nomadic village located in a beautiful setting amongst the mountains. This true working village boasts a population of around 300 residents, whose main occupation is animal breeding, farming, carpet and kilim weaving.

    After a scenic drive of around an hour you’ll arrive at Etrim Village, where you’ll be greeted by a warm welcome from the locals. The villagers have nomadic roots and live off the land, with the ladies producing wonderful pine honey, local cheeses, black olives, jams and special village bread. The women are also experts in the art of carpet weaving which helps to support their families. Step back in time as you wander around the village at a leisurely pace capturing authentic photographs. You may also be lucky enough to see the ladies in action, producing their beautiful pieces of art.

    Enjoy a delicious luncheon, accompanied by wine before the opportunity to visit one of the village homes to see how the locals live.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. The journey to Etrim Village is approximately one hour each way. The ground at Etrim Village is cobblestoned with some slight inclines. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

    Tour code

    BRM_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Ancient City of Iasos - Small Group

    As part of a small group, step back in time and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Iasos.

    Ancient City of Iasos - Small Group

    Embark on a scenic drive to the village of Kiyikislacik, where you’ll discover the excavations of the ancient city of Iasos, which dates back to the early Bronze Age.

    The walls are believed to date from the Hellenistic period and there are numerous Roman buildings, including an agora, theatre, aqueducts and baths, as well as the three temples of Zeus Megistos, Apollo and Artemis. One of the most impressive monuments of Iasos is a monumental mausoleum — a temple tomb in a Syrian style.

    One of the two lighthouses has been restored and can be reached by walking along the stones of the harbour wall that rises above the sea's surface.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 1½ hours of walking, over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces, therefore comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The journey to Iasos is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    BRM_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Secrets of Bodrum

    A wonderful opportunity to explore the Bodrum Peninsula, Myndos Gate, Turgutreis and Gumusluk.

    Secrets of Bodrum

    Enjoy a panoramic drive around the Bodrum Peninsula, pausing at Gümbet Hill for a panoramic view of the harbour.

    Continue to the Myndos Gate, facing the city of Myndos. The gate was built during the reign of Mausolos and was the scene for one of the greatest and bloodiest battles during the siege of Alexander the Great. Recently restored to its former glory, the Myndos Gate is one of the original witnesses for the great history of Halicarnassus.

    In Bodrum any house that resembles a tower is known as a Tower House and today only 13 original Tower Houses remain. As you drive past the houses your guide will explain the reasons as to why they were built this way.

    Your scenic drive continues to the charming fishing village of Gümusluk, where you’ll enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee and a local pastry before some free time to explore independently.

    At the end of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to either join your guide for a visit to a local gold centre for a spot of jewellery shopping, or return directly to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately one hour of walking over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces.

    Tour code

    BRM_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Jeep Adventure

    Head off the beaten track and into the hills and villages to experience some wonderful scenery.

    Jeep Adventure

    Embark on a fun-filled journey by 4x4 jeep, to discover local villages and stunning views.

    Your drive will take you along mountain roads passing Bodrum Bay, which in ancient times was named Halicarnassus view. During the drive you’ll experience wonderful scenery.

    Your first stop is at Yalliciftlik Village, where you’ll enjoy a refreshing drink. Afterwards, re-board your jeep and head off-road and inland, passing through the village of Etrim. This working nomadic village is located in a beautiful setting amongst the mountains and boasts around 300 residents, whose main occupation is animal breeding, farming, carpet and kilim weaving. You’ll then reach Turtle Lake, where during a brief stop you may be lucky enough to see some baby turtles.

    Heading back on-road, you’ll journey to the small village of Camlik, which is home to just 60 houses. During your stop, a light local snack will be offered as you gain an insight into village life.

    As you journey back to the pier, a short photograph stop will be made at Tepecik Village.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 jeep and on foot and is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 16 may not participate. Each vehicle is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. It is advisable to take a light jacket with you as the temperature inland can be cool. The sighting of wildlife is not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    BRM_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Best of Bodrum

    Explore the main highlights of Bodrum including the castle, Mausoleum, Great Theatre and Myndos Gate.

    Best of Bodrum

    After a brief drive to Bodrum town, your tour begins with a short walk to the Castle of the Knights of St Peter. Built partly from the remains of the Mausoleum of Mausolus which had collapsed as a result of an earthquake the Castle also houses the largest Underwater Archaeological Museum in Turkey, one of the few of its kind in the world.

    Continue with a leisurely walk to the Mausoleum. The tomb which was built around 350 BC was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’. Re-board your coach and drive to Myndos Gate, the scene for one of the greatest and bloodiest battles during the siege of Alexander the Great.

    A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Great Theatre of Ancient Halicarnassus. Situated on the hillside overlooking Bodrum with a capacity for around 13,000 people, the theatre was built during the Carian reign in the Hellenistic age.

    At the end of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to either join your guide for a visit to a local gold centre for a spot of jewellery shopping, or return directly to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves over two hours of walking, over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces with gradual inclines and over 120 steps. The Glass Wreck Hall and Carian Princess Hall sections in the Castle are not included as part of the tour, but can be visited for an extra cost, payable directly. A small snack box will be provided during your tour.

    Tour code

    BRM_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Herakleia & Bafa Lake

    Enjoy wonderful scenery and uncover Aegean rural lifestyles on this charming tour.

    Herakleia & Bafa Lake

    Journey to the breathtaking Bafa Lake which is perceived by many as an open air museum. Visit the ruins of Herakleia, which is a village built on top of the historical site and soak up the atmosphere of local daily life.

    Join the townsfolk of Kapikiri for a drink in the Village Tea House or try knitting with the local Turkish ladies. After a brief orientation of the village, you’ll have free time to explore independently and perhaps meet some of the colourful locals.

    Round off your tour with a stop at a local gold centre. This is an optional stop for those guests who wish to shop and discover how the jewellery is made by hand.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves over an hour of walking, over uneven and cobblestoned surfaces with gradual inclines and steps as well as soil and rocky ground. The drive between Bodrum and Bafa Lake is approximately 1½ hours each way, dependent upon traffic conditions. Refreshments of a Turkish tea or coffee will be offered in the village.

    Tour code

    BRM_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

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