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From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

1. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

2. Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

Your full day excursion begins in the early morning when you’re picked up at your Antalya hotel and begin the drive to Pamukkale. After a lunch break you’ll visit the cascading snow-white terraced cliffs of this mysterious Cotton Palace. The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter high cliff that overlooks the plain. Marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains and the agora. After the tour, have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee.

From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

3. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Antalya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Perge, Aspendos, and Side. Travel into the Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD.  Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.  Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

4. Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour of bustling Antalya, known for its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, traditional coffee, and winding Old Town streets. Ascend a 605-meter high hill on the Tünektepe Cable Car, enjoy lunch with sea views, wander the historic streets of Kaleici, and discover rushing waterfalls. The tour begins with an airconditioned bus ride from your hotel to Antalya's city center. Upon arrival, board the Tünektepe Cable Car and ascend a 605-meter-high hill, taking in picturesque views of the harbor and Mediterranean sea. Relax with a coffee or tea at the local cafe or wander the hilltop. Continue to Kaleici Old Town to visit Hadrianus Gate, a historic arch built in 130 BC to welcome Emperor Hadrin. Feast your eyes on the Fluted Minaret's Selijuk architecture and a 9th-century medieval clock tower. Use your free time to visit local shops, walk the streets, or stroll along the harbor. Then it's time to visit the Lower Duden waterfall in the Lara district, which empties into the Mediterranean Sea from towering, 40-meter-high cliffs. Take a photo at the waterfalls and visit Lara beach before boarding the bus and heading back to your hotel.

Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

5. Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

Explore ancient Lycia on a day trip and yacht cruise from Antalya. See a historic rock tomb from Lycian times, marvel at ancient Greco-Roman amphitheaters, and sail to the beautiful Kekova Island. Meet your driver outside your hotel and begin your adventure with a drive through the ancient state of Lycia. Marvel at an ancient rock tomb from the Lycian times and stop to visit the Greco - Roman amphitheater. Next, visit the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Demre city. This ancient church sits above the 4th-century burial place of St. Nicholas, the original inspiration for Santa Claus. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to Kekova Island. Board a glass-bottomed yacht and sail through pristine waters to reach this fascinating island. Sail by the mysterious sunken city of Kekova, an ancient Lycia city, destroyed by an earthquake. Spot the ruins of the city and the Simena Castle from the side of the boat and under the water through the glass bottom. Before heading back, jump into the refreshing water for a swim. Finally, return to your hotel, having experienced Turkey's rich ancient history.

Antalya: Waterfall, Cable Car and Old Town Tour with Lunch

6. Antalya: Waterfall, Cable Car and Old Town Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in Antalya's rich culture and natural beauty on this full-day tour in the company of a guide. Walk through the city, Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off and a delectable Turkish meal. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the Lower Duden and Kurşunlu waterfalls. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the breathtaking beauty of the falls and visit. Later, enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town to experience the lifestyle of the locals. Then, make your way to a traditional Turkish restaurant to sit down for a delicious lunch. Next, ride a cable car up to Tünektepe, taking in sprawling vistas over the city,  the Gulf of Antalya, peaks of the Taurus Mountains, and its pine-forested surroundings. Once you reach the hilltop viewpoint, take photos of the panoramic vista. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

7. Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

After being collected from your Kalkan or Kaş accommodation, you will be ready for your full-day boat trip through the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Beginning from Ucagız village, you will sail for 1 hour to arrive at the heart of Kekova. Here you will be able to take your first swim break at Tersane Bay, viewing the sunken city ruins through the glass-bottomed boat. You will then have the opportunity to dine on a delicious open buffet lunch at Gokkaya Bay, where guests will have a second chance to swim through the clear water. From there, you will visit the pirate cave and Burc Bay, before eventually stopping at Simena. Once at Simena, you will have the choice to walk up to the castle that boasts magnificent views over the bay. Alternatively, you can explore the village and settle into one of the cafes well known and admired for their home-made ice-cream. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy a final swim near Ucagız Village, before the drive back to Kalkan.

Sunken City Kekova, Demre & Myra Day Tour

8. Sunken City Kekova, Demre & Myra Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the beautiful Demre province in Turkey, and visit some of its most beautiful locations. Begin this fascinating tour with a visit to the ancient town of Myra located on the beautiful river Myros, and visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a complimentary lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Take advantage of the opportunity to swim and snorkel through the crystal clear waters surrounding the island, and continue the tour to the small town of Kale (or Demre) and visit the stunning church of St. Nicholas.

From Antalya and Kemer: Phaselis Pirate Boat Tour with Lunch

9. From Antalya and Kemer: Phaselis Pirate Boat Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-of-a-kind foam party aboard a pirate ship. Listen to music provided by live DJs, take a swim or two, enjoy a buffet lunch, and visit the ancient city of Phaselis if you wish. Begin with pickup from your accommodation in the region. After you've set sail, head first to Phaselis Bay. If you wish, take some time to explore the ancient city here or stop for a swim. Lunch is typically served at this point. Take a second swimming break at Cennet Bay. It's a beautiful cove where fresh and saltwater meet. This secluded spot cannot be accessed from the land as it's surrounded by mountains. During the tour, enjoy a foam party and DJ entertainment will be provided. The last stop is at Kiriş Bay where you can stop for another swim. Afterward, return to your accommodation.

From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

10. From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

Join a full day boat trip to Kekova. This trip departs in the morning to maximize daylight hours for the best views of the surrounding landscape and ocean scenes. Prepare for a day of relaxation and aboard the boat at Demre Harbor.  From the harbor set out to Kekova. Enjoy a dip into the sea or snorkel in crystal waters. Dry out with some sunbathing on the large deck with plenty of space to share.  Witness the beauty of Kekova area and see the Sunken City of Simena. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served onboard and spend the rest of the day chilling out and swimming in deep turquoise waters in beautiful and quiet bays before returning back to Demre Harbor.

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based on 92 reviews

I had been looking forward to this tour for a long time and it did not disappoint. Pickup and drop off were easy and without any problems. The tour guide gave lots of information (in clear and concise English) and then gave us several hours to explore the site on our own (which I really appreciated). He was available in a set location for us to ask additional questions. The amount of time we had to explore was just right...usually, I feel rushed by tours but this was prefect. The meal was a buffet style meal (with drinks not included). The food was decent and there were even a few selections for dessert.

I’m really glad I booked this tour, my hotel was in Kemer (away from Antalya main city) so I was worried that I won’t get the chance to explore these places! But this tour made my day. My opinion that it worth the price. The tour guide had good knowledge about the history and explained to us everything. Just one thing, I was hoping to go to a cheaper place for Shopping.

Pickup communicated clearly the day before. Pick up was at 5am, worth it getting up so early. Two stops on way to Pamukkule . Informative and humorous tour guide. Value for money

Top value for money, very clean and comfortable transport. The organizer (especially Baris) is very helpful and easily accessible for any short-term adjustments :) Thanks again!

Good organize . The car came to pick up uș in time . And the guide Ali Baba was fantastic. He gave uș a lot of informations in english languqge .