SW Coast - Self Drive

Description

8 day self drive tour through the Aegean Turkey starting from Ephesus and ending in Dalyan. A great combination of history, culture, nature & sea. The tour takes you to the off the beaten places on scenic drives while giving you the chance to see some of the major sites like Ephesus and Bodrum. We have tailored this tour to give the best insight of Turkey on which you can explore ruins, experience local culture by staying in a village house, swim in the nicest coves, taste the local cuisine and take the scenic routes. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Drive to Şirince. 
On your arrival to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, you will pick the car. All necessary files will be ready in the transfer car. One hour drive will take you to Şirince, where you will spend the night. Depending on your arrival time, you may walk around the little streets of this village. 

Total Distance: 80 KM
Dinner & Overnight in Güllü Konakları

DAY 2. Siteseeing in Selçuk & Ephesus. 
The day starts as with visits to St Jean Basilica, İsabey Mosque and the Ephesus Museum. The day carries on as you pay an afternoon visit to the magnificent ruins of Ephesus. One of the largest of the roman cities, Ephesus will charm you with its temples, baths, streets, Library of Celsius and especially with the Terrace Houses. The day finishes as you drive back to the small village of Şirince up on the mountains. 

Total Distance: 40 km
Dinner & Overnight in Güllü Konakları, Şirince 

DAY 3.  Drive to Kapıkırı via Priene, Miletos & Didyma. 
After a leisurely breakfast, take a walk through the streets of Şirince. Decorating a hillside with its traditional houses, Şirince is famous for its fruit wines. 1 hr drive will take you to the ruins of Priene. This fantastic site was the first city to be planned with a grid plan. The theatre and the temple of Athena is a must see. Next stop is the nature museum in Doğanbey, which is located by the skirts of the Dilek Peninsula National Park. After a nice lunch by the sea, carry on to the ruins of Didyma with an optional visit to Miletos. Dedicated to Apollo, the temple was once the major oracle centre of Asia Minor. Another drive of 45 min. will take you to the small village of Kapıkırı set right on top of the ancient Heracleia. 

Total Distance: 160 KM
Dinner & Overnight in Agora Pansion, Kapıkırı 

DAY 4. Siteseeing Heracleia - Neolithic Paintins of Karahayıt - Temple of Zeus in Euromos - Çomakdag 
OPTIONAL HIKE Karahayıt - Gölyaka 6 km.
Undulating path passes by the neolithic wall paintings and reaches  Yediler Monastery. After seeing the Byzantine period frescoes, walk down to Gölyaka village with views of Bafa lake at sight.
Kapıkırı is one of the few places where you can see the past & present in such an amazing atmosphere. Set in the surreal landscape of the Latmos Mountains, Heracleia was once a rich harbour city. The day carries as drive to see the well preserved temple of Zeus in Euromos before you make it to the mountain village of Çomakdag. The village is known for its traditional houses & rich culture. You will be staying in one of the village houses in a private room. Dining with the house owners, sleeping within the same house, you will have an unforgettable experience and a true insight to a village life. 

Total Distance: 50 KM
Dinner & Overnight in village house, Çomakdağ. 

DAY 5. Çomakdağ - Labranda - Mylasa - Bodrum 
Waking up to a beautiful morning, enjoy the scenery and the breakfast. The next hour drive will take you to Labranda, which was once the sanctuary for Zeus Labraundos. The site was set up on terraces with the purpose of housing visitors in the festive days of Zeus. As you walk around these magnificent ruins, you will be surprised that there’s hardly any visitors to the site. After a lunch in the site, the day carries on as you drive to Bodrum via ancient Mylasa. OPTIONAL Sunset Boat trip in the bays of Bodrum.

Total Distance: 80 km
Dinner & Overnight in Antik Tiyatro Hotel, Bodrum

DAY 6. Visit Bodrum Castle. Drive to Çökertme. 
Bodrum Castle, built by the nights of St. Jean, hosts one of the best underwater archaeology museums in the world. Beautifully displayed and explained, the museum well deserves the reputation. After lunch, start your scenic drive to Çökertme Village (1 hr) for a leisurely time by the sea. 

Total Distance: 55 km
Dinner & Overnight in Çökertme Butik Otel

DAY 7. Drive to Dalyan. Boat Trip & Siteseeing in Kaunos. 
Having a nice breakfast, take the coastal road to Akyaka and then carry on to Dalyan. (2.5 hrs). After checking in to the hotel and lunch by the river, you will get onto a riverboat to take you to Caunos Ancient City. You will explore the theatre, main streets, churches and temples. Meeting with the boat, you will be taken to the sandy Iztuzu Beach, a marine turtle nesting area. The day finishes as you go back to Dalyan in the sunset time. 

Total Distance: 120 km
Dinner & Overnight in Dalyan Pansiyon

DAY 8. Drive to Dalaman. 
Depending on your flight times, you may explore the town. 30 min drive will take you to Dalaman Airport where you will hand in the car. 
Total Distance: 30 km