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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.

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Trip w/Meals

2. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Trip w/Meals

Departure from Antalya takes place during the early morning hours. A fully air conditioned bus will pick you up from your hotel. All transfers are made with comfortable and modern buses. A tour guide will welcome you in the bus and let you know the final details of the schedule. As the road trip from Antalya to Pamukkale is long, several short stops are included to make your trip comfortable. At Korkuteli, you will enjoy an energizing breakfast and have some time to relax. We will visit a stonemason in Pamukkale, where you can learn about this great Turkish art. As soon as we arrive to Denizli we stop for 30 minutes comfort break, where you will have the opportunity to use facilities like toilets and find some refreshments. This is the right time and place to make your self ready for your visit to Pamukkale. On arriving to Pamukkale, our tour guide will explain in detail everything you need to know about this place. Following this, you will have a 3-hour free-time to explore the area on your own! Depending on your interest you can decide how make use of this 3-hour time. You can walk on the white cliffs of Pamukkale or take a refreshing warm bath. You may choose to visit the historical remains of Hierapolis & Necropolis; or take swim in the famous Cleopatra’s Pool. Or you can do these entire options one after the other. The 3-hour free-time is all yours, plan to use it wisely! After your visit to the ancient city of Pamukkale a delicious open buffet lunch is ready for you. In our fancy restaurant you will have 10 different kinds of cold starter plus a large range variety of main course options where you can find also some vegetarian food. Sweets, fruits & fresh Turkish bread is also in your menu. Don't forget that your food is included in the price but you need pay for your drinks here. Our excursion finishes in the afternoon you return back at your hotel.

Antalya: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

3. Antalya: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

A day trip to Pamukkale from the port city of Antalya is a nature and culture trip that you simply cannot afford to miss. The tour is mainly centered on the ancient town of Hierapolis and the world-famous travertine of Pamukkale. The travertine or calcium terraces are locally known as Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ because of their physical appearance. The site is located around 230 kilometers from the city of Antalya and is considered one of the oldest thermal towns in the world. Swimming in the thermal waters is one of the highlights of the travel, with the water temperature at 30 degrees Celsius. According to local legends, the thermal waters of Pamukkale can heal conditions such as heart disease, digestion, rheumatism, skin disease, circulation, and respiration. There are several small thermal pools that you can explore, depending on weather conditions. In addition to the thermal waters, another highlight of this trip is the ancient Greek town of Hierapolis, which translates to 'Holy City'. It was built just adjacent to Pamukkale hot springs by the 2nd BC king of Pergamon and spans about 2.7 kilometers in length, 0.6 kilometers wide, and 0.16 kilometers high. You can explore the main streets and ancient theater among many other ruins from the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. Moreover, this antique city can be seen from the town of Denizli, some 20 kilometers away. For history buffs, the city got its name Hieropolis from the activity of minting bronze coins that were done there in the 2nd century BC, which later changed to Hierapolis. But when Attalus III died, he surrendered his kingdom to Rome, making it a part of the Roman province of Asia. One of the main attractions of the city of Hierapolis is the museum, which houses historical artifacts from the city as well as from Attuda, Tripolis, Laodicea, and Colossae. The exhibition space features three closed sections of the Hierapolis Bath as well as the open sections in the eastern part, which are believed to have been used as the gymnasium and library. Just next to the antique city and Pamukkale formation is the famous Cleopatra pool, which is quite an interesting attraction and visitors can test the waters here too. The pool was not owned by the legendary queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Rather, it is an artificial pool built on top of the ancient columns that fell from the adjacent two during the earthquake. What is more, you can swim amongst these columns and ruins in the Cleopatra pool. This tour gives you enough free time to relax, swim and enjoy the surrounding landscape. There are a total of 17 hot springs in Pamukkale, with a temperature ranging from 30 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius. An important point to note is that this entire site is listed as a UNESCO Heritage, and thus it i0s attracts millions of visitors every year from every corner of the world.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

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

Embark on a full-day trip to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis from Antalya. See the Cotton Palace, Roman theater, Apollo temple, and more while learning about the history from your guide. You will also enjoy a delicious lunch and a refreshing dip in the warm waters.  After being picked up from Antalya start the drive to Pamukkale. Take a lunch break before visiting 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.

Antalya: Pamukkale Tour with Hot Air Balloon and Meals

5. Antalya: Pamukkale Tour with Hot Air Balloon and Meals

Soar high above Pamukkale whilst on an exciting hot air balloon tour. Enjoy a comfortable transfer service and head to the departure site to embark on a scenic flight over the stunning terrain below. Depart Antalya and relax as you take a 3.5-hour drive to the starting location whilst in an air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive in Pamukkale and begin your ascent over the beautiful landscape below. Ascend for a hot air balloon ride whilst in the company of an experienced local operator. Catch the sunrise and enjoy an experience that is a perfect blend of adrenaline and joy. Touch down after your tour and be congratulated by the local staff with a glass of champagne as you are give your flight certificate. Travel back to your original starting point with a stop amongst natural travertines along the way. Get up close to these beautiful natural structures and explore the ancient city of Hierapolis. Discover the tombs, baths, and amphitheater, all of which are well preserved and have decorative details to marvel at. Choose to see the pool of Cleopatra at your own expense. Finish your action-packed day with a transfer back to Antalya.

From Kusadasi: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Guided Tour with Lunch

6. From Kusadasi: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Guided Tour with Lunch

A day trip to Pamukkale from the port city of Kusadasi is a nature and culture trip that you simply cannot afford to miss. The tour is mainly centered on the ancient town of Hierapolis and the world-famous travertine of Pamukkale. The travertine or calcium terraces are locally known as Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ because of their physical appearance. The site is located around 198 kilometers from Kusadasi and is considered one of the oldest thermal towns in the world. Swimming in the thermal waters is one of the highlights of the travel, with the water temperature at 30 degrees Celsius. According to local legends, the thermal waters of Pamukkale can heal conditions such as heart disease, digestion, rheumatism, skin disease, circulation, and respiration. There are several small thermal pools that you can explore, depending on weather conditions. In addition to the thermal waters, another highlight of this trip is the ancient Greek town of Hierapolis, which translates to 'Holy City'. It was built just adjacent to Pamukkale hot springs by the 2nd BC king of Pergamon and spans about 2.7 kilometers in length, 0.6 kilometers wide, and 0.16 kilometers high. You can explore the main streets and ancient theater among many other ruins from the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. Moreover, this antique city can be seen from the town of Denizli, some 20 kilometers away. For history buffs, the city got its name Hieropolis from the activity of minting bronze coins that were done there in the 2nd century BC, which later changed to Hierapolis. But when Attalus III died, he surrendered his kingdom to Rome, making it a part of the Roman province of Asia. One of the main attractions of the city of Hierapolis is the museum, which houses historical artifacts from the city as well as from Attuda, Tripolis, Laodicea, and Colossae. The exhibition space features three closed sections of the Hierapolis Bath as well as the open sections in the eastern part, which are believed to have been used as the gymnasium and library. Just next to the antique city and Pamukkale formation is the famous Cleopatra pool, which is quite an interesting attraction and visitors can test the waters here too. The pool was not owned by the legendary queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Rather, it is an artificial pool built on top of the ancient columns that fell from the adjacent two during the earthquake. What is more, you can swim amongst these columns and ruins in the Cleopatra pool. This tour gives you enough free time to relax, swim and enjoy the surrounding landscape. There are a total of 17 hot springs in Pamukkale, with a temperature ranging from 30 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius. An important point to note is that this entire site is listed as a UNESCO Heritage, and thus it i0s attracts millions of visitors every year from every corner of the world.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

7. Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

On this 1-day tour from Marmaris you will visit Pamukkale, known as the 8th Wonder of the World. Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, this natural formation contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Because of the glorious white travertine and historical value, Pamukkale was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1988. Pamukkale can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 kilometers away. On the top of this white “castle”, which is a total of 2,700 meters long, 600 meters wide, and 160 meters high, the ancient city of Hierapolis was built. Here you can visit an ancient Roman amphitheater, the historical museum which was formerly a Turkish bath, the ancient Cleopatra swimming pool, the monumental tomb of Saint Philippe, and the most magnificent Necropolis of Anatolia.

From Izmir: Guided Pamukkale Full-Day Tour with Lunch

8. From Izmir: Guided Pamukkale Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Pick-Up: Izmir Pamukkale Tour starts during the morning, when a comfortable vehicle picks you up from your hotel in Izmir. The bus will drive you towards Selcuk where a small break will take place. From Selcuk, you will continue with a different bus towards Pamukkale. Our Guides & Vehicles: You will be travelling with a comfortable, modern and fully air conditioned vehicle. During your excursion, you will be accompanied by a professional guide who will be there to assist you. In addition, the guide will explain important facts for the places of interest.Once you arrive at Selcuk, a small break will be made and then you will continue with a bus towards your destination. It has to be noted that the road trip from Selcuk to Pamukkale will have an approximate duration of three hours. However, several short stops will be made in order to relax and take some photos. Pamukkale Free Time: In Pamukkale, you will have 3 hours of free time to spend according to your interests. Pamukkale has a variety of options and locations where you can enjoy your time. The ancient city of Hierapolis can be ideal for those who wish to explore the culture and the history of the place. Pamukkale is also famous for its thermal springs and the Cotton Castle.Forming one of Turkey’s most famous attractions, the Cotton Castle or the Travertines will impress you with the natural beauty that the area has. The Cotton Castle is in fact a naturally shaped white washed mountain with thermal water springs that flow into white terraces. Visitors have the opportunity to swim and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs. The location is also ideal for spectacular photos as the patios of the mountains are of unique beauty. Hierapolis Ancient City: The ancient city of Hierapolis was built during 190BC and became a famous curing centre due to its close proximity to the thermal springs. During the Roman period, the area was one of the most important spiritual and creative centres as many people were visiting the area in order to relax their body and mind. For those who are interested in sightseeing, Hierapolis is a great location to observe the ruins of the ancient settlement. Cleopatra Thermal Pool: During the 3-hour free time, you can also visit the Cleopatra Thermal Pool. The area features a big natural pool with hot springs. During the Roman period people used the pool for health and treatment purposes. You can enter the pool at an extra cost and enjoy all the associated benefits of such therapeutic experience. Return Back: Izmir Pamukkale Tour finishes during the afternoon and the bus will start on its way back. Full of great memories, relaxed and amazed by your exploration, you will arrive at your hotel in Izmir during the afternoon.

From city of Side: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Trip w/Meals

9. From city of Side: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Trip w/Meals

Discover Pamukkale and Hierapolis with this full-day excursion from Side. Travel in air-conditioned comfort, and feel no pressure to buy anything on a shopping-free tour. Enjoy included hotel pickup and drop-off, breakfast, and lunch, and choose from a shared or private tour. After pickup at your hotel in Side, set off on your trip with your guide. To make the road trip more enjoyable, the tour stops at several places along the way. Make your first stop in Korkuteli to enjoy breakfast or relax in a quiet cafe. Next, head to the ancient city of Hierapolis for the first sightseeing stop. In Hierapolis, learn about its history as a therapeutic and spiritual center in antiquity. Hear about the city's thermal springs, and follow your guide to the ancient walls, the ancient theater, the Roman baths, and the necropolis. Continue walking to the imposing Cotton Castle, a whitewashed mountain made from limestone. Discover the mountain's natural pools shaped by water from the hot springs. Snap some photos of the springs, or take a dip if you prefer. If you want to see more thermal springs, continue on to Cleopatra's Pool, another famous spot nearby. Feel free to enjoy the pools here, but know that entry comes at an extra cost. Afterward, stop for lunch in the city of Denizli, the closest city to Pamukkale. Tuck into a freshly made lunch included with the tour. Our excursion finishes in the afternoon you return back at your hotel.

From Marmaris: Pamukkale Cotton Castle & Hierapolis Day Trip

10. From Marmaris: Pamukkale Cotton Castle & Hierapolis Day Trip

Discover the wonders of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and soak in healing thermal pools on a private day trip from Marmaris. Take one-of-a-kind photos of Pamukkale’s white travertines during a 3-hour stop. A packed breakfast meal and lunch at a local restaurant are included in your tour. Hop on a spacious air-conditioned bus to start the drive toward Pamukkale. Make a 30-minute bathroom break in Denizli and enjoy a packed breakfast meal along the way. Get plenty of time to stroll through the ancient city of Hierapolis and hear stories about its history during a 3-hour visit. Discover the captivating white travertines, a unique phenomenon formed by calcified waterfalls that look like they have been frozen in time. Unwind during a relaxing dip in the thermal pools and see where the famous Cleopatra Pools are also located. After Pamukkale, enjoy an open buffet lunch in a modern local restaurant. Lunch usually consists of a cold appetizer, a main course, a dessert, and some fruit. In the afternoon, arrive back in Marmaris for hotel drop-off. 

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Beste was incredible! Felt more like a good friend than a guide! We were picked up from the hotel at the agreed time with a very friendly welcome! All day Beste was amazing with communicating the days plan ahead! The ballon ride was definitely once in a life time and would highly recommend! When we visited Pamukkale Beste knew incredible history from memory and was extremely helpful! The day we visited was my birthday and I was even bought a birthday present which was an incredible surprise! Over all our trip to Pamukkale was the best day of my holiday and would recommend to anyone to visit! And if you get Beste as a guide for your trip it will be made even better! Beste was an incredible guide and I felt feeling like I had spent the day out with friends! A massive thank you too Beste!

The meals could have been better The breakfast was very poor everything else was good and the Guide was always very friendly and explained very well

Excellent trip arrangements. But it is too early to go to the Istanbul Airport. Flight at 7:00 am but we need to go to airport at 4:00 am

Everything was excellent! Artam was so helpful and tried his best to entertain us. 100% recommend this tour❤️

We made pamukkale tour with kerem we love it thank you for everything and Hierapolis amazing