Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter and Archeological Museum
- Castle of St. Peter: More than 30,000 square feet at its base, this magnificent 15th-century structure boasts massive walls and five distinctive fortifying towers.
- Museum of Underwater Archeology: The castle halls display coins, jewelry, metalwork, and glassware going all the way back to the Bronze Age.
- The world's oldest shipwreck: The museum's most popular exhibit, a late Roman ship and its cargo, gives rare insight into 7th-century Mediterranean seafaring life.
About this Bodrum tour
The "Ship Trap" is an aptly named submerged reef off the coast of the Bodrum peninsula. Since the Bronze Age, it has snared unsuspecting ships of all types and nationalities, leaving the bottom of the sea strewn with valuable artifacts and relics. Retrieved from the wrecks, these treasures are now compelling displays in 14 exhibition departments within the castle. It's perhaps the most important museum of its kind in the world. And absolutely fascinating.
In about 626 A.D., the reef trapped a small vessel carrying nearly a thousand amphorae, the two-handled jugs traditionally used for eons to transport wine, olive oil, grain, and other goods. The ship settled to the bottom on the sea, where it lay for more than 13 centuries. Its discovery in 1982 was one of archeology's richest finds, and today it brings alive the maritime world at the beginning of the Byzantine Empire.
It took ten years to retrieve the ship. The details of the carefully reconstructed vessel are astonishing. You'll understand the Greco-Roman building technique of using iron spikes to fasten planking to the frames. You'll see the ship's galley, where the cook prepared sailors' meals on an iron grill. You can't help but wonder what was cooking on the day the ship met the Trap.
Perhaps most impressive is the cargo of treasures: precious gems, ivory, gold jewelry, and scarabs, including one once owned by Egypt's Queen Nefertiti. Sailors carried these scarabs for good luck – and perhaps they worked. The ship sank close enough to land that all aboard possibly swam to safety on shore.
Recycling day, 11th century A.D.
The museum's Glass Wreck Hall displays piles of broken glass recovered from an 11th-century shipwreck. Usually, archaeologists can reassemble glass artifacts from pieces found in the general vicinity, they couldn't with this wreck – the ship was apparently transporting the fragments to a recycling factory. To date, no ship carrying egg cartons, plastic jugs and newspapers has been found.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking lot and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
The Castle of St. Peter includes many steps and guests should be able to negotiate the uneven terrain and steps without assistance.
Please consider your mobility and physical fitness before selecting this tour. Participants must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 100+ steps.
Adventure, Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour
Luxury air conditioned minivan.
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. There is no maximum age restriction, but we ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations, and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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