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The easiest and most frequent way to travel between Greece and Turkey is on a ferry from a Greek island to the Turkish coasts. Some Eastern Aegean and Dodecanese islands are less than an hour ferry ride from the Turkish coasts, which results very convenient for a daily excursion or quick transfer between the two countries.
Ferries to Turkey (both motorboats and hydrofoils) depart from at least five Greek islands. It is recommended that ticket reservations are made in advance. Itineraries are daily and frequent, mostly in summer when the tourist season is at its peak. In winter, ferries to Turkey are not that frequent and there may be only one boat a week or there may be no service at all.
Ferries depart from the port of Chios Town and arrive in Cesme 45 minutes later. Cesme is a popular holiday resort in Turkey, just 85 km from Izmir, the third largest city of Turkey.
Frequent ferries depart from the port of Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos, and cover the route to Avyalik in just 90 minutes. Avyalik is a lovely seaside town with sandy beaches and lies in close distance to Ancient Pergamon, an impressive ancient-Greek town where visitors today can see the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Asclepius and Seraris Temple.
Ferries and excursion boats depart from Vathi, the capital of Samos, and go to Kusadasi in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Kusadasi is a cosmopolitan coastal town in Turkey, where many cruise ships dock in summer. The town is famous for its lively port and the busy market. Tour buses leave from Kusadasi and go to Ephesus, a famous ancient Greek town with amazing sites to see, such as the Ancient Theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus.
Only an hour from Kos Town, there is Bodrum, a cosmopolitan town with a large port for cruise ships and private yachts. Bodrum has developed a lot over the last years as a popular tourist place and it is famous for its colorful market, the organized beaches, and the Medieval Castle.
Only an hour away from Rhodes Town by catamaran and two hours by normal ferry, Marmaris is an attractive tourist destination with architectural charm. The small port, the organized beaches, and the Medieval Castle are the main attractions of this lovely resort.