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

1. 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.

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

2. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

3. Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

Explore Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Visit an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a hotel pickup from Antalya region, travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra Ancient City. According to Strabo, Myra was once a large city, making up one of the most influential parts of the Lycian League in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. After visiting Myra, head to the Church of St. Nicholas. Admire this ancient East Roman basilica church dedicated to the saint who is otherwise referred to as Santa Claus. Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Demre. After lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the Kekova Island for Kekova sunken city tour. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Learn the history of the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

4. Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning, from where you will travel to Demre town. From there, take a boat trip around the sunken city of Kekova for 1 to 1.5 hours. Whilst at this location, you will also be welcome to rent a canoe to get closer to the "sunken city". Following your boat trip, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before visiting the St. Nicolas Church with a professional tour guide. Your guide will provide you with information about the church in several languages. Towards the end of your tour you will visit the Rock Tombs to take photos. You can explore this ancient city with information from your tour guide. Finally, you will be at your hotel between 7:00PM-8:00PM, just before dinner time.

From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

5. From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Turkish Riviera and discover some of the most beautiful locations in the Demre province with a guide. Following pickup from accommodation in Side, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to picturesque Kekova Island. Explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip at the small town of Kale (Demre), and discover the stunning church of St. Nicholas before the transfer back to your hotel.

From Demre: Myra and St. Nicholas Church Archaeological Tour

6. From Demre: Myra and St. Nicholas Church Archaeological Tour

Your chance to discover Demre’s most famous archeological site! A true step back in history as you observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. There is plenty of time to explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia!) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Our tour continues with the Santa Claus Museum in Demre town centre. Originally built in 520 A.D., this interesting archeological building started its operation as a church, built in memory of St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century patron saint. Here you can explore the remains of this former church, taking yourself back in time to when the ancient city of Myra still existed.

From Antalya: Demre, Myra and Kekova Tour

7. From Antalya: Demre, Myra and Kekova Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Myra, located in  Demre. Here, admire impressive rock-cut tombs, streets carved into the rock face, and a breathtaking amphitheater, and learn all about their vibrant history. Afterward, visit St. Nicholas Church, and admire the abandoned church's impressive features and learn about St. Nicholas' miracles and kindness, and how he came to be known as Father Christmas. Later, head to the city of Demre for a boat trip along crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Set sail from Demre Harbor to reach the island of Kekova. Here, located just under the water surface, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Simena. Weather permitting, go for a swim on the island and get the chance to see the remains of houses, tombs, and other ancient buildings. Finally, visit the Lycian necropolis at Teimussa, which collapsed over 3000 years ago, before beginning the journey back to Antalya.

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What people are saying about Myra Ruins

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

A beautiful day with many impressions. Still a little little time for the various activities, which is of course due to the limited time. You pass the ruins of the sunken city quite quickly, the actual sunken city is 60m below the surface, so you could never see through a glass floor in the boat, which we didn't have despite the description for the tour. So only your own imagination remains. The ruins of the historical cities are worth seeing. The guide was excellent and very humorous. We also got a quick swim in a beautiful bay, but not at sunken ruins, so nothing to see underwater. The stop for lunch was after 2pm, very late with a start time of 6am. And the driving time from Antalya almost 4 hours. So 8 hours a day only in the bus. The pick-up time was only known when you had booked. That wasn't so good, you should know beforehand. Otherwise nice trip.

We had an amazing time! What a tour ! Our best day in Turkey ! The tour was organized very well, the people are extremely nice and punctual. The boat trip was insane, full of beautiful views and the lunch was great too. The water was so nice and blue. Simena Village is stunning. What a view from the top. Good tip, go visit the Castle and after the top, go down and turn left to the necropolis. It is stunning. Myra was wonderful too, after the boat trip. 5 stars definitely !

Enjoyable and balanced tour! Our English-speaking guide Alp was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful and he helped us avoid typical tourist traps. The boat trip is amazing and the van is comfortable. Those who come from Antalya city center must take into account that it will be a lot of time on the road for them given the distance of the highlights.

Enjoyed the tour. Good value for money and just the right amount of time spent to get back to Antalya by 7pm. The English tour Guide was excellent and provided a lot of useful insights and local knowledge. Highly recommended

Well organised. Friendly guide. We could see turtles and the landscape was very beautiful.