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How to Spend 1 Day in Marmaris

How to Spend 1 Day in Marmaris

With its golden beaches, turquoise waters, ancient ruins, and pine-covered landscapes, it’s no wonder that Marmaris is one of Turkey’s most popular holiday resorts. If you’ve only got one day for your visit, advance planning is essential to see the best of the area in 24 hours. Here’s how.

Morning: Sun, Sea, and Sand

Spend your first morning in Marmaris exploring the town’s top attraction: the Mediterranean Sea. Boat cruises, which tend to depart from Marmaris Bay, let you escape the crowds on land and take you to highlights such as Paradise Island, Phosphorus Cave, and Aquarium Bay—all of which are accessible only by sea. Back on dry land, soak up some sun at either Marmaris’ main beach or on the golden sands of Icmeler Beach, which is backed by lush hills and palm trees. This family-friendly beach is also a burgeoning hot spot for watersports such as banana boating, waterskiing and jet-skiing, and the clear underwater visibility offers ample opportunities for snorkeling. 

Afternoon: Off-Road Exploration

Devote the afternoon to exploring further afield on a buggy or horseback riding tour. These sightseeing options take you off the beaten path to rural forest trails, mountain streams, and pine-covered landscapes, and nearly always include round-trip hotel transfers and lunch. Alternatively, take a break from sightseeing with a traditional Turkish massage, which often can be booked in an authentic hammam; packages typically include a sauna, steam bath, hot tub soak, body scrub, and a massage using foam and aromatherapy oils. 

Evening: Dinner and Dancing

The lively resort of Marmaris really comes into its own at night, when the alfresco areas of restaurants, bars, and clubs burst into life. Kickstart your evening with a dinner-and-show package, which saves you the task of researching restaurants and reveals Turkey’s unique style of music, dance, and cuisine. If you’re keen to experience Marmaris’ famous nightlife, head to Marmaris Marine, where bars thrum with popular songs and are filled with travelers looking to capture the party spirit.

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Journey Upon A Pirate Ship Crusie From Marmaris

Journey Upon A Pirate Ship Crusie From Marmaris

Set sail for a swashbuckling adventure on one of Europe’s largest pirate ships and cruise around sights like Paradise Island, Phosphorus Cave and Aquarium Bay on this 6-hour tour from Marmaris. Your action-packed on-board itinerary includes music, entertainment and games, as well as a buffet lunch and unlimited drinks, but they’ll also be plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel and make use of your ship’s 26-meter water slide.
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  • 8 hours
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Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

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=Spend a day cruising Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast on this full-day boat trip from Marmaris or Icmeler, including hotel transfers and lunch. Take in the highlights of the Dalyan canal, admiring the rock-cut Lycian Tombs of the Kings of Kaunos, taking a dip in the mineral-rich mud baths and viewing the protected Iztuzu Beach, famous for its large population of loggerhead turtles.
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  • 10 hours
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Buggy Safari Experience in Marmaris

Buggy Safari Experience in Marmaris

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Discover Marmaris’ wild side on an exhilarating buggy safari experience – a fun activity for the whole family. Once you’ve learned to drive your buggy, set out on a 1.5-hour tour and test your skills as you bump along dirt tracks, splash through the mud and explore off-road.
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  • 2 hours
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Turkish Bath Experience in Marmaris

Turkish Bath Experience in Marmaris

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Prepare to be preened and pampered like a local at an authentic Turkish bath. Indulge in a sauna, steam bath and scrub, followed by a traditional foam massage and relaxing aromatherapy oil massage, on this 2-hour hammam experience, including hotel transfers.
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  • 2 hours
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$9.19
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Horseback Riding Experience in Marmaris

Horseback Riding Experience in Marmaris

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Saddle up for a memorable 2-hour horseback adventure in the countryside around Marmaris and soak up the scenery as you amble along forest trails and across mountain streams. With well-trained horses and full instruction given, this is a great chance for first-timers to experience the thrill of riding a horse in a safe yet fun environment.
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  • 2 hours
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$17.23
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Kervansaray Turkish Night Dance Show Include Dinner, Marmaris

Kervansaray Turkish Night Dance Show Include Dinner, Marmaris

Whether you’ve just had a long day of sightseeing or you’ve just been sunbathing on the beach, this late night showcase of Turkish dance is a great way to get out of the sun and end the day – or, maybe, start your night. Enjoy a three course dinner of traditional local cuisine as dancers on stage perform traditional Turkish dances. Watch Anatolian folk dancers perform colorful dances of their region and marvel at the dexterity and flexibility of Turkish belly dancing.
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  • 3 hours
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Turkish Night in Marmaris City Center, Traditional Folk Dances, Dinner, Drinks

Turkish Night in Marmaris City Center, Traditional Folk Dances, Dinner, Drinks

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Indulge in a satiating evening out with this Turkish dinner and show combination in Marmaris. Savor a traditional 3-course dinner full of tasty Turkish dishes, paired with unlimited beer, wine, and soda. As you enjoy your meal, feast your eyes on traditional Turkish folk dances. Gaze at belly dancers as they shake their way across the dining floor then admire the elegant whirling dervishes as they twirl before you. Should the mood strike you, hit the dance floor yourself after your meal.
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  • 4 hours
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Marmaris Cruise with Turunc Village and Kumubuk from Marmaris

Marmaris Cruise with Turunc Village and Kumubuk from Marmaris

Spend an unforgettable day on the water during this full-day cruise from Marmaris Bay to Adaköy from Marmaris. After being picked up from hotel by a friendly local guide you’ll be transported to a spacious sightseeing boat with plenty of room in both the shade and the sun. Spend time cruising around gorgeous Marmaris Bay on your way to Adaköy, home to amazing natural phosphorus caves, which you will have time to explore. Feast on a freshly prepared lunch and enjoy unlimited beverages throughout the day, as well as plenty of free time to explore the area on your own. You’ll be dropped back at your hotel at the end of the tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Boat Tour in Marmaris with Lunch and Transfer Included

Boat Tour in Marmaris with Lunch and Transfer Included

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Send the day sailing the Turkish Riviera with a full-day boat tour of Marmaris. Explore the Blue Grotto, and Paradise Island, see secluded Kumlubuk and Turunc beaches, and have time to relax and sunbathe on board. Stop to swim and snorkel along the way and enjoy lunch provided on the boat. Discover hidden coves, and bays reachable only by boat and soak up the sun on a relaxing day on the water.
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  • 7 hours
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