Turkey

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey blends the exoticism and intrigue of the east with the architectural grandeur of the west, and has emerged as one of the world’s “must-see” destinations. With a coastline that spans more than 2000 kilometers, bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmaris and Black seas, it has also become a favorite port of call for cruise ship liners. Our Turkey shore excursions encapsulate the essence of this captivating country, allowing you to explore the landscapes, culture and history that have lured conquerors, explorers and travelers throughout the ages.

Coastal beauty
Turkey’s expansive coastline is dotted with postcard-perfect beaches and hidden coves where sun-worshippers can swim in crystal clear waters and soak up the endless sun. With sunken ruins and a myriad of marine life, it is also an impressive snorkeling and scuba diving destination, with small group shore excursions accessing its remotest corners. Explore captivating ancient cities, such as Ephesus and Pergamum, that dot Turkey’s stunning coast, or wander the cobblestone streets of charming old towns like Kas, set right on the water’s edge. Witness the spectacular beauty of the Turkish coastline from on board your cruise ship, then venture into the heart of the region on a small group Turkey shore excursion.

Historical intrigue
As the backdrop for countless events of world significance, Turkey’s historical sites are steeped in legend and tales of conquest. In addition to its 11 properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, it has also been recognized as the location of 11 Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity elements being carefully preserved for generations to follow. From the ancient mosques and elaborate churches of Istanbul to the underground dwellings of Cappadocia, let Turkey’s historical, religious and cultural heritage intrigue you on a small group adventure to witness its most magnificent man-made wonders.

Awe-inspiring landscapes
From rugged mountain ranges to surreal rock formations, the landscapes of Turkey are something to behold. Whether you want to take an easy stroll through its lush forests or soar high above on a parasailing adventure, there is a huge variety of Turkey shore excursions that allow you to experience the country’s landscapes just the way you want. Watch sunrise as you float above the captivating valleys of Cappadocia on a hot air balloon ride, or witness the otherworldly landscape and hot springs of Pamukkale’s chalk terraces. No matter where your cruise ship ports along Turkey’s coastline, the landscapes you encounter during a shore excursion are sure to impress.
Izmir

IZMIR

Once the ancient city of Smyrna, Izmir stands as Turkey’s third largest city and one of its most important ports. It has transformed into a modern and bustling commercial centre, with its sweeping Kordon esplanade the perfect place to soak up the Aegean coastal views and a nightlife that is second to none. In addition to exploring its famous Kemeralti Bazaar, Izmir is also on the doorstep of some of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, including the World Heritage...

14 shore excursions available from Izmir cruise port.

Kusadasi (Ephesus)

KUSADASI (EPHESUS)

Kusadasi is located within a beautiful bay on Turkey’s magnificent Aegean coast, just a short distance from some of the country’s most captivating ancient ruins. Its modern harbor area welcomes countless cruise ships every year and is within walking distance of excellent shopping, as well as the fortified island, Goveroin Ada (Pigeon Island), which can be explored via a footbridge. Visit its Byzantine castle and museum, and wander through the remains of its ancient...

12 shore excursions available from Kusadasi (Ephesus) cruise port.

Istanbul

ISTANBUL

Straddling Europe and Asia, and blending ancient architecture with cutting edge innovations, Istanbul stands as one of the world’s “must visit” destinations. With so much to see and do in this sprawling metropolis, our shore excursions are the ideal way to absorb its enchanting history and captivating beauty in a short amount of time. Situated on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has served as the capital for successive civilizations, with a history that dates back...

8 shore excursions available from Istanbul cruise port.

Marmaris

MARMARIS

Situated on the southwest of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, the beach resort of Marmaris is one of the region’s most sophisticated. It combines a pumping nightlife with an historic Old Town area where winding streets and captivating architecture offer endless inspiration.It’s long, sprawling, pebble beach stretches along the coast, dotted with sun loungers where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun or participate in water sports activities that will keep adrenaline...

8 shore excursions available from Marmaris cruise port.

Fethiye

FETHIYE

With a spectacular setting on the Turkish Riviera, it's no wonder the port city of Fethiye has emerged as one of Turkey’s most popular tourist centres. It is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos and his home to a fascinating collection of ruins, combined with undeniable natural beauty. Although historians know that Alexander the Great captured the acropolis here in around 333BC, the city remains largely undocumented throughout the Byzantine period....

7 shore excursions available from Fethiye cruise port.

Cesme

CESME

Located on a peninsula where the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas meet, Cesme translates as “fountain”, perhaps referring to the many Ottoman fountains that are found throughout this picturesque resort town. Its impressive castle serves as the focal point, now home to a fascinating museum that delves into the region’s rich history. It was built in the early 16th century by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid ll to defend the city from pirates, and its fortifications have been...

7 shore excursions available from Cesme cruise port.

Bodrum

BODRUM

As you arrive into the attractive city of Bodrum by cruise ship, one of the first sights you see is the 15th century Castle of St Peter, overlooking the modern marina and azure blue bay. It’s this blend of old and new that has seen Bodrum become one of Turkey’s most popular resort towns, and often referred to as the “New St Tropez”.Bodrum's atmospheric streets are lined with Greco-style buildings and alfresco cafes, which overlook the sparkling Aegean Sea where...

7 shore excursions available from Bodrum cruise port.

Antalya

ANTALYA

Amasra boasts a captivating setting on a fortified promontory that juts into the Black Sea, making it one of the region’s most beautiful towns. Its history dates back to the 6th century BC when a Greek colony was documented by Homer, before coming under the control of the Byzantines as part of the Pontic Kingdom. Once it was taken by the Ottoman rulers, Amasra’s commercial importance declined, transforming into the laid-back, leisurely town seen today. Amasra’s...

6 shore excursions available from Antalya cruise port.

Kas

KAS

Once known as Antiphellos, the beautiful harbour town of Kas lies in the province of Antalya, with its winding, cobblestone streets tumbling down to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Its atmospheric coastal setting, combined with crumbling ancient ruins and lush surrounding countryside, have made it an idyllic Turkish holiday destination.Initially founded by the Lycians, with its ancient necropolis known as Habesos, it was under Greek rule that it was later named...

6 shore excursions available from Kas cruise port.

Canakkale (Gallipoli)

CANAKKALE (GALLIPOLI)

Located in Turkey’s Marmara region on the southern bank of the Dardanelles Strait, Canakkale’s history stretches as far back as 3000 BC. Today this lively university town is not only a short distance from the historic city of Troy, draped in mythological legend, but also the sombre battlefields of Gallipoli, where both the Allied and Turkish forces saw heavy casualties during World War I. Drive through the rugged landscapes surrounding Canakkale to the ancient city...

5 shore excursions available from Canakkale (Gallipoli) cruise port.

Trabzon

TRABZON

Situated on Turkey’s northeastern Black Sea coastline, the city of Trabzon was once a major trading point along the Silk Road. It became a melting pot of religions, cultures and languages for many centuries, before the Ottoman Empire transformed it into the Black Sea’s busiest port, with its focus on trade with Iran, India and the Caucasus. Trabzon was initially established as a Greek colony in the 7th century BC, prospering due to its location on the trade route...

3 shore excursions available from Trabzon cruise port.

Demre

DEMRE

The ancient Lycian town of Myra, now modern day Demre, is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey’s Antalya Province. With the Taurus Mountains as a backdrop and the azure waters of the Mediterranean lapping at its shores, Demre’s beautiful natural location is matched only by its rich history. It was here that Saint Nicholas of Myra served as bishop, evolving into the figure now known as Santa Claus.It is believed that Myra was one of ancient Lycia’s most...

1 shore excursions available from Demre cruise port.

Sinop

SINOP

Sprawling along the neck of Cape Ince which juts into the Black Sea, Sinop is one of the region’s finest harbors. It was originally established as a prosperous Greek colony in the 8th century BC, and has now emerged as one of Turkey’s most cosmopolitan holiday towns, with a safe anchorage for yachts and cruise ships, even in the Black Sea’s roughest waters. Sinop’s maritime heritage is still strong today, with its antique ships replaced by modern sailing yachts...

1 shore excursions available from Sinop cruise port.

Alanya

ALANYA

Alanya stands as one of the Turkish Mediterranean’s most vibrant beach resort cities, situated on a small peninsula that juts into the sea below the Taurus Mountains. It held a strategic position for successive empires through its history, stretching from the Ptolemaic to Ottoman periods, but much of the city’s architecture was built by the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm during the Middle Ages. Of the Seljuk architectural gems that remain, the fortress complex that overlooks...

Gocek

GOCEK

Located between Fethiye and Dalyan on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline, Gocek is situated around a picturesque harbour, backed by stunning, pine-covered mountains. Its beautiful offshore islands and secluded coves has made it a popular yachting destination, and with high rise development prohibited, it has evolved into one of Turkey’s more upmarket holiday resorts. Gocek was known as Kalimche in ancient times, and legend states that Icarus landed here as he fled...

Dikili

DIKILI

Located opposite the Greek island of Lesbos, the picturesque town of Dikili has become a popular port of call due to its close proximity to the ancient site of Pergamum, situated just half and hour’s drive inland. But in addition to its historical intrigue, Dikili is also surrounded by stunning stretches of beach, where you can wile away an afternoon swimming in the crystal clear waters, as well as therapeutic hot springs, perfect for a long soak.Initially established...

Amasra

AMASRA

Welcome to Amasra, a pretty little town off by itself, set on a fortified promontory jutting northward into the Black Sea.The coastal roads to east and west are not well maintained which makes Amasra a perfect holiday place for those who seek tranquillity as this little town only gets a moderate number of summer visitors. This helps keeping it pleasant and relatively undeveloped, although there are some hotels for vacationers. The place is ideal for sea lovers who do...

Gulluk

GULLUK

Located in Mandalya Bay on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Gulluk is a quiet fishing port, renowned for its beaches, boat cruises and glorious sunsets over the Aegean Sea. It is only 10 minutes from the Bodrum/Milas Airport, making it easily accessible for tourists wanting an authentic slice of Turkish coastal living. Gulluk served as an important trade port for the Greeks throughout the Ottoman period, with the historic warehouses and stores now transformed into restaurants...

Samsun

SAMSUN

Samsun is located between the Kilzilirmark and Yesilirmak Rivers on Turkey’s northern Black Sea coast. This fertile region was settled by Greeks as far back as the 6th century BC, who established strong trade with the people of Anatolia. In the 3rd century, it came under the rule of the Kingdom of Pontus, before the Romans and then Byzantines took charge. Its tumultuous history continued with the Seljuks capturing the town around 1200AD, before Ilhanid Mongols invaded,...

Mudanya

MUDANYA

Situated along the Sea of Marmara in Turkey’s Bursa Province, Mudanya offers an authentic town atmosphere, nestled between lush gardens and vast forested surrounds. The city is home to beautiful early Ottoman-era architecture and Sultan’s mausoleums, but it wasn’t until a railway was built in the late 19th century, connecting Mudanya to Bursa, that the settlement really blossomed. It became an important trade port, with silk one of the most important products exported...

Bozcaada

BOZCAADA

The island of Bozcaada is located off Turkey’s Aegean Coast, just to the west of the Dardanelles Strait. It is Turkey’s third largest island and has been a centre for grape and wine production throughout much of its history.It was originally named Tenedos, appearing in both the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid”, and held an important strategic location throughout Turkey’s history. It was held under the control of successive regimes, from the Achaemenid Persian Empire...