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Bodrum Castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
15 Minutes Before Departure
The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Today explore the history of Bodrum Known in ancient times as “Halicarnassus”. Many civilizations found their home here. Herodotus, known as the father of history, was born in Bodrum in 484 BC. We start with the visit to the medieval Castle of St Peter, a fine example of 15th century Crusader architecture. It has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and contains finds from the oldest Mediterranean shipwreck ever discovered. Then we proceed to Goktepe for a stunning panoramic views and to the nearby the second century Antique Theatre, cut into the rock of the hillside. Have Lunch in one of the traditional Turkish restaurants. In the afternoon we visit the remains of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world, built for King Mausolos by his wife. The word ‘mausoleum’ itself comes for the monumental tomb. There will be time to explore the narrow, white-walled streets of old Bodrum before returning back to hotel. (L)