Bafa Lake and Heraklia
Duration: 7 hours
Tour Code: BDR-007
Enjoy one of Turkey’s most pristine lakes and havens for bird life and then embark a small boat to wander through ruins scattered about the ancient site of Heraklia.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely, circuitous drive north into the beautiful Besparmak Mountains surrounding Lake Bafa. In ancient times, the lake was part of the Aegean Sea until sediment eventually cut it off its entrance to the sea and isolated the lakeside city of Latmus (now Heraklia), as well.
Today, the relatively shallow lake is one of the country’s most unspoiled bodies of water and supports hundreds of species of birds, including pelicans, dwarf cormorants and sea eagles. The area is a haven for bird-watchers, nature-lovers and botanists, as trails wind through the countryside, much of which is a protected national park. Artists are also often seen painting and sketching the inspirational setting.
After a brief stop to take in the beauty, you will enjoy a short cruise to Heraklia to stroll through its historically important ruins. The Temple of Athena rises behind the harbor, and the remains of a two-story agora stand nearby. The first monastery was established here in the 7th century, and there were once as many as 13 nestled safely among the mountains.
While here, you will also have time for a refreshing swim in the lake, if you wish. A traditional Turkish lunch at a nearby restaurant follows, after which you will return to the pier in Bodrum.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking that includes uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests wishing to swim are encouraged to bring swimwear, a towel, and a change of clothing or cover-up. Uncooperative weather may restrict the swimming opportunities. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.