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Bodrum, Turkey-port

Located in the southwestern corner of Anatolia, Bodrum is a seacoast town in which sleek yachts are anchored in twin bays beneath the walls of a medieval Crusaders’ castle. The town owes its fame to a man long dead (Mausolus) and his famous “Mausoleum,” one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum’s other claim to fame comes from Herodotus, the “Father of History,” and the first person to write a comprehensive world history of the West.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bafa Lake and Heraklia
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Bays Around Bodrum
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Castle of St. Peter
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Highlights of Bodrum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Sailing Around Bodrum By Gullet
    Seated Tour

Bafa Lake and Heraklia

Light Activity /Walking Meal

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.