MONDAY & THURSDAY – ADULT 12+ years old 48 EURO – CHILD 3-12 years old 24 EURO- INFANT up to 3 years old NO CHARGE
Departure time: Every Monday & Thursday at 07:00 AM (approx.) from the Pickup Points near to the Hotel you are staying.
Return to the Hotel: 19:30 (approx.)
Travel time to Marmaris from the point of departure, the Commercial Harbour in Rhodes Town, varies from 50 to 80 minutes depending on the boat. Refreshments are available on board. Turkish port tax of 12 euros per person is payable at the port.
Travellers to Turkey must remember to take their passports. Citizens of some non-E.U. countries may need to obtain visas before travelling to Turkey: other non-E.U. citizens may need to obtain visas upon arrival. Please check when booking. E.U. citizens need passports but no visas. Citizens of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland can travel with I.D. cards only if they wish!
Upon arrival at the port, you will be guided to a coach for a tour which is included in the price of the day trip. Tours usually provide local information and a bit of an overview of Marmaris, but always involve visits to consumer outlets: leather, carpet, gold, Turkish Delight, etc. This is fine with many visitors but others dislike being herded into shops and factory outlets. Do be aware that you are not obliged to join the tour and are free to make your own way from the port to the town and back. There are always taxis available–just confirm the price before the journey, making clear which currency you are using. Do ensure that you are clear about the time of departure from Marmaris and the time you are expected to be back at the boat.
Marmaris, a major Turkish port and resort which has developed round a large, sheltered harbour, is divided into distinct areas: the Bazaar, the local shopping streets, the hotel/beach resort, the Old Town, and the Marina.
While shoppers will head for the Bazaar, famous for good quality copies of designer goods and brand names, Marmaris offers many other attractions: the fabulous Marina, picturesque Old Town area with a small Crusader Castle, harbour packed with wooden gulets, beach promenade, mosques, Turkish bathhouses (Hammans), interesting local shops and supermarkets. Repeat visitors to Marmaris may want to do something different such as taking a dolmush (minibus) to the lovely nearby village and resort of Icmeler or a mini-cruise on a gulet. There is a local market in a commercial/residential area of Marmaris every Thursday.
Local specialities include carpets, leather and suede, gold and silver jewellery, watches, sunglasses, accessories, carvings, ceramics, small gift items, traditional Turkish costumes, slippers, trousers, fezes, etc. and high street fashion (Turkey manufactures clothes for many European clothing chains and labels.) Look out for smaller treasures such as great postcards and greeting cards bearing tiny Turkish carpets! Bargaining is perfectly acceptable and can be an art!
There is an endless choice of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars and fast food outlets. While Western food is readily available, it is well worth trying tasty local dishes. Many people love the light Turkish bread and other baked goods. Or at least try an apple tea, Turkish beer or Turkish coffee!
Shops, restaurants, and cafes will accept euros, pound sterling and dollars. Many tourist-orientated shops accept credit cards. Turkish lira would be necessary only for purchases in small local shops but even many of these accept euros, pounds, or dollars.
A Turkish bath is a memorable experience; the whole process can take up to 3 hours so you may want to opt for a modified version!…do check how much time you need when you book in. It is advisable for women planning to visit a Turkish bath to pack a bikini in their day trip bag.
Marmaris is the very Western face of this large and multi-faceted country, but even here one can see that Turkey is at the edge of another continent: the scenery, sights, sounds, scents, cuisine, culture and climate are all slightly and sometimes strikingly different from Greece and other European countries. First time visitors will enjoy discovering traces of the exotic East; repeat visitors will want to return to favourite spots for lunch or shopping.
Please note that when returning to Greece you may be charged customs duty on more expensive purchases such as carpets, leather jackets or jewellery, as Turkey is not in the E.U. More expensive items should be distributed amongst your party (easier if you’re travelling with others of course) when going through Greek customs. Under NO circumstances are you allowed more than 1 carton (200) cigarettes per person age 17 and over.