The Turquoise Riviera is just as stunning as the name suggests, with luminous blue-green ocean waves lapping at isolated coves and beaches that range from multicolored polished marble pebbles to miles of yellow sand. Spectacular archaeological ruins are never far away.
This part of Turkey's coast is home to some of the country's most iconic beaches—like Ölüdeniz, Patara, and Iztuzu—it's also the place to find spectacular ruins from ancient cities of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine origin. Termessos, known as the Eagle's Nest, is said to have defied Alexander the Great because he was daunted by its height, and the Roman theater ins Apsendos rivals the Colisseum in Rome.
Destinations include: Antalya, Datca, Kalkan, Belek, Marmaris and Bodrum
Activities while on Turquoise Coast
> Private Tour to Demre, Myra and Kekova
Depart Antalya and travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas the saint to whom is referred to as Santa Claus. After lunch you will sail over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel if desired, so don't forget your bathing suit and towel.
>Private Tour to Perge, Aspendos and Kursunlu Waterfalls
Depart in the morning and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. An important city of ancient Parnphylia, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. Next proceed to Aspendos, which bears one of the best preserved Roman theaters in Anatolia. Enjoy a lunch by the river, followed by a visit to Manavgat Waterfalls before continuing to Kursunlu Waterfalls.
Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbor whose name meant pomegranate. Today a pretty resort town, its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, numerous shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract hundreds of visitors. The magnificent theater of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Other monuments include the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, which is situated near the sea, a fountain and Necropolis. The extensive Roman baths, now a museum, houses one of Turkey's finest archaeological collections.
> Private Tour of St. Peter’s Castle and Bodrum City
Your tour begins with a drive through the main street of Bodrum where you will stop at a central point walk to the Castle that overlooks the city. The Castle houses a remarkable museum with exhibits on underwater archaeology. The walls of the Castle are studded with some 249 coats of arms. A lot of the stones used in the construction came from the tomb of King Mausolus. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, its massive construction survived for centuries until an earthquake brought it down in medieval times. After visiting to the Castle you return to the central point and drive through the main harbor street of Bodrum towards the windmills that stand between Bodrum and Gumbet on the hillside. There will be a stop to take photos of the panoramic view.
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Top things to see and do on the Turquoise Riviera
> Archeological Museum
> Kaleici - Old Town
> Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology at the Bodrum Castle
> Castle of St. Peter / Bodrum Castle
Ancient Greek and Roman Sites
> Myra, Demre
> Side Ancient Theater and Temple of Apollo
> Bodrum Amphitheater
> Myndos Gate
> Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
> Manavgat Waterfalls
> Kursunlu Waterfalls
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