Looking to travel from Greece to Turkey? Take the ferry! Possible from five major islands, ferry travel is an easy and scenic way to get to Turkey from Greece.
Some ferries run only during the summer tourist season, while others have a drastically reduced schedule in the winter season. You can find general information on ferries from Aegean Speed Lines. Many tourists make ferry reservations on the run, stopping in a port city, going to the port or to a travel agent and booking a ferry trip. Aegean allows you to book online if you find that necessary in the heart of tourist season.
Depending on which islands in Greece you plan to visit, you can visit many different cities on the Turkish mainland from the beach Bodrum to the historic Fethiye.
Samos to Kudasi
If you like visiting ancient sites, the Kudasi route might be your best bet, as the extraordinary sights like Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Aphrodisias are easily accessible.
Kos to Bodrum
Bodrum, a modern resort town built on the ruins of Halicarnassus in 1402, features a 15th-century Crusader Castle (which now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology), an airport, lots of shopping, including a colorful market and a very lively nightlife.
Rhodes to Fethiye
If you want to visit the Greek island of Rhodes, Fethiye is a natural next destination, best known for its beaches and yachting. The ruins of ancient Telmessos are scattered through the city. Ferries run mostly in the summer, from mid-June through August.
Rhodes to Marmaris
Another option from Rhodes, Marmaris is an hour away by catamaran and two hours by normal ferry. It's an attractive tourist destination with architectural charm. The little port, fine beaches, and the medieval castle are the main attractions here. The Marmaris tourist season opens in April and ends in the middle of October.
Chios to Cesme
This route brings you to a pleasant town with good beaches and good restaurants along the waterfront and along the main street. Plus, Cesme is 85 km from Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city.
Lesbos to Ayvalik
Ferries are more popular with Turkish tourists and those folks who like seaside resorts, but if you have a car you might think of visiting some nearby Turkish archaeological sites. Within a short driving distance away from Ayvalık are some pretty well-known ancient sites: Assos and Troy are to the north, while Pergamon is to the east.