Castle of the Knights of St. Peter - DM07
OVERVIEW: The highlight of this tour is a visit to the Castle of St. Peter
HIGHLIGHTS: Explore the most prominent attraction of Bodrum, the Castle of St. Peter which was built using stone from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus. You'll also see the exclusive Carian Princess Hall which houses the remains of Princess Ada.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 100+ steps. This tour is not recommended for guests using a walker or wheelchair, or who have difficulties in walking, climbing, or managing steps.
Explore the biggest attraction of Bodrum, the Castle of St. Peter, which was built using stone from the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus
-Castle of St. Peter: Explore Bodrum’s most prominent feature which occupies over 30,000 square feet at its base
-Carian Princess Hall: See the exclusive hall in the castle which houses the remains of Princess Ada, the sister of King Mausolos
The port town of Bodrum, known as Halicarnassos in ancient times, was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum (377-352 B.C.). Today, it is acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe and has become a popular resort area due to its rich history, crystal clear waters and friendly people. Bodrum is situated on a peninsula facing the island of Kos and is the hometown of Heredotus. Some know Heredotus as the "Father of History,” but to others he is known as the "Father of Lies" because of his fanciful travel accounts.
You will explore the Castle of St. Peter, the most prominent feature of Bodrum. Occupying over 30,000 square feet at its base, construction of this castle took years to complete. The castle was built partly from the remains of the Mausoleum of Mausolus which had collapsed as the result of an earthquake. The Mausoleum of Mausolus was so large that it was included among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The castle’s huge exterior walls were designed in the early 15th century and were strengthened by five towers known usually as the English tower, the Italian tower, the German tower, the French tower, and the Snake tower.
You’ll also see the exclusive Carian Princess Hall which houses the remains of Princess Ada, the sister of King Mausolos. Today, the castle's rooms are used as a museum where samples from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine period are exhibited. The castle also houses the largest underwater archeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. It has a vast collection of artifacts, but the most popular attractions are the underwater section, Amphora exhibition and late Roman ship wreck.
During the tour, you’ll receive a gift set, a map of the city, and bottled water.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash or credit card for shopping
-Sunscreen and a hat
-Insect repellent is recommended in July and August
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with gradual inclines and over 100 steps. Guests must watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries, especially while in the castle.
-Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests using a walker or wheelchair, or who have difficulties in walking, climbing, or managing steps.
-Guests are requested to be on time for the return vehicle as a courtesy to their fellow participants. If guests should miss the vehicle, the return to the vessel is their own responsibility and at their own expense.
-The Castle and Archaeology Museum is not under water, but houses artifacts from under water. The Glass Wreck Hall section in the castle is not part of the tour, but can be visited for an extra fee.
-Transportation to and from the castle will be aboard a boat; other transportation means, such as a bus, will be used depending sea conditions.
-Tour availability is subject to change.