While the resorts and their myriad markets, bars and restaurants are fascinating, they are only a glimpse of true Turkish life. To look a little closer it is wisest to book a village tour, where you can see for yourself why Turkey is known for its hospitality and cultural beauty. As well as the stunning landscapes you encounter, there is a culture that has endured for centuries among the people here. A village tour will take you to the far east of the Bodrum peninsula, with its unforgettable sunsets and picture postcard white houses.
If every region of Turkey has its own merits, the Bodrum area of Mugla County sits quietly away from the noise and frivolity of the resort towns, waiting to be discovered by you, and to provide enduring memories of friendly faces in their natural working environment.
You will get to see how life in the village is like and locals are sure to greet you with a smile. You may sample Turkish Tea or Coffee in an authentic setting. If you have never tasted either before you are in for a treat. Tea is served in a glass and the Turkish coffee cup is very small, affording you maybe a handful of sips. Nevertheless once you have tasted the coffee, no other coffee is likely to taste as good to you. Likewise the tea or Cay, is most refreshing served in a glass.
The journey out of Bodrum up through the mountains and to the far end of the peninsula will enchant you and stay with you long after you return home.
In 2023, price of Bodrum Village Tour is 40 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old.
Your journey starts at 10:30 when you will be picked up from your Bodrum hotel. Once everyone is on board the fully air conditioned transport, you will begin the transfer to the Eastern peninsula of Bodrum with its breathtaking scenery.
You will travel to the village of Etrim, famed for its hand woven carpets. You will be able to visit the factory and see for yourself the skills involved in this centuries old skill, still used today by Turkish women all over the country.
You will have lunch freshly prepared and served to you in an authentic Turkish restaurant, where you can sample the delicious fare that Turkey is so famous for.
You will also be able to visit the Olive Oil factory. Here you will be able to see how the olives are processed and pressed for oil. Known as liquid gold, for its wonderful health giving properties, nevermind the delicious taste of crisp green or salty black olives. You will have a chance to purchase from the factory shop if you so wish. Before you buy you can taste for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
Visiting a village chief’s house is also on the route for you. You can see how the Chief lives in his traditional village home. The basic yet comfortable lifestyles of the village life may make you yearn for this simpler way of living. If you are able you may also visit the Mosque.
Finally a visit to a traditional Turkish market where you can see or buy the fresh herbs and vegetables that make the Turkish fare so delicious.
At the end of your day you will be driven back to Bodrum and your hotel.
Cost of Bodrum Village Tour is 40 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old in 2023.
This tour is gentle enough for everyone, even younger children. There is some walking involved in the tour, do bear this in mind when booking.
Included in the price of your ticket is your hotel pickup and return, your air conditioned transport throughout the tour, together with your English speaking guide service. Insurance and lunch are also included.
You may wish to purchase some souvenirs and drinks or snacks throughout the tour so it is a good idea to budget for this.
Ideally you should wear somegood walking shoes and a jacket or sweater for those cooler days. Keep in mind that you are likely to visit a village Mosque which will require modest clothing. There are usually a selection of headscarves at the door for visitors to borrow, but you should cover knees and arms as a sign of respect.
Likewise don’t forget your sun cream and sunglasses, and a good sun hat for those brighter summer days.
It is a good idea to bring your camera or mobile phone with you for those images you wish to keep of your day on the Bodrum peninsula, of which there should be many.