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  • Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

    1. 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 addition...

    It was a good trip overall except no breakfast provision and a very ordinary or economical lunch despite paying a hefty price for the tour. Started early morning in a comfortable transport with calm and professional driver cum tour guide. The first stopover was at Salde Lake. We loved that mesmerising place. We then stopped for the lunch before visiting Hierapolis and Pamukkale cotton castle. The guide accompanied us at all major attractions there and explained everything well and gave tips for our convenience. At the end of the tour we were dropped at the hotel as per the committed time.

  • Side: Guided Pamukkale and Salda Lake Tour

    2. Side: Guided Pamukkale and Salda Lake Tour

    Your tour begins at around 4:30 AM as you are picked up from your accommodation in an air-conditioned bus. Your first stop will be at a local restaurant in Korkuteli Town. Following breakfast you will continue driving to the cleanest lake of Turkey, Salda Lake. During a 1-hour stop at this lake (also known as the "Turkish Maldives"), you can enjoy walking along the white sandy beaches and can also swim in the clear turquoise waters. Located among the mountains, Salda Lake has protected its natural beauty and enchants visitors with a great combination of white, green, and blue colors. It is also the deepest lake in Turkey (184 meters), and its high magnesium white rocks on the lake shore are similar to those found on Mars. Following your break in the "Turkish Maldives", you will continue driving to Pamukkale. Before arriving, there will be a stop at a local restaurant where you will hav...

  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis: 1-Day Tour from Fethiye

    3. Pamukkale and Hierapolis: 1-Day Tour from Fethiye

    Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Fethiyefrom Oludeniz and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of clear water pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeologica...

  • Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

    4. Pamukkale Small Group Tour from Kusadasi & Selcuk

    After pick up, have a 3 hours long drive with a break on the midway through breath taking views of Meander Valley, mountains, farming lands, fruit tree gardens, small towns and villages. You will visit Hierapolis. The Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1,200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. Then you take a short walk over to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains high levels of calcium. A swim in the effervescent waters of the Sacred Pool should be at the top of the list on any travel itinerary. In addition to a high level of natural radioactivity, the water contains calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium and carbon dioxide and after a swim, you should simply dry off and let the minerals do their magic. You will be given enough free time ...

    Pamukkale Is beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave extensive information about the history of pamukkale and heirapolis. Our tour guide and driver was punctual, kind, nice, friendly and they made our day a memorable. They were so good and I also booked Ephesus tour with them. I will definitely recommend their tour.

  • Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    5. Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

    Enjoy a full-day package trip that takes you on a guided tour from Istanbul to 2 of Turkey’s most fascinating attractions: the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. You’ll start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, bright and early at 5:15 AM for a transfer to the airport for your 7:30 AM flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to Ephesus to meet with your guide and take your Ancient City Tour. Ephesus is an iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Explore the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine mar...

  • From Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

    6. From Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

    We will depart from Izmir in the morning and two and a half hours later arrive at Pamukkale which means the cotton castle in Turkish. These white rock formations, known as travertines, are world famous and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The water of Pamukkale is famous for the benefits it gives to the eyes and skin. It is also said to cure illnesses such as asthma and rheumatism. It is possible to swim in certain areas, so be sure to bring your swimsuit. Many centuries ago the Romans, aware of the powers of Pamukkale’s water, decided to build a large spa city called Hierapolis nearby. We will visit Hierapolis after lunch, which will be provided. Hierapolis means Holy City in Turkish and despite not having been lived in for several centuries it remains a fascinating place to visit. Hierapolis has a well preserved 12,000 seat amphitheater and the massive Necropolis wh...

  • Pamukkale: Hot Air Balloon Tours

    7. Pamukkale: Hot Air Balloon Tours

    You will start your day as you are collected from your accommodation, one hour before sunrise. This is approximately 6:30 AM in winter and 4:30 AM in Summer. Witness an amazing sunrise up in the air and see perfect panoramic views of the stunning landscape in Pamukkale. Choose from a great variety of routes to see the unique beauty of Pamukkale. The landing point will depend on the weather conditions on the day. Once your balloon has landed, celebrate your experience with fruit juice and cake. Then, as the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of about 1,000 feet (300 meters) for extraordinary 360-degree views of Cappadocia. The wind will transport you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. Toast your landing with a glass of sparkling Champagne, and ...

    Tour included breakfast but we didn't get any. Overbooked as one client had to stand in the van and there were 19 in total squashed into a basket with capacity of 18. Champagne was not cold.

  • From Alanya: Pamukkale & Salda Lake Guided Tour

    8. From Alanya: Pamukkale & Salda Lake Guided Tour

    Get an early start with a pickup service around 6:00 am. Board an air-conditioned bus and stop first at a local restaurant in Korkuteli Town for breakfast. Continue driving to Salda Lake, a pristine lake surrounded by white magnesium rocks similar to ones found on Mars. Make a one-hour stop and enjoy walking along the white sandy beaches and swimming in the lake's clear turquoise waters.  After your refreshing break in the Turkish Maldives, head to Pamukkale. Stop at a local restaurant on the way and have lunch. Then get ready to see one of the world's most unique natural wonders with a 4-hour stop at Pamukkale and Hierapolis. See firsthand why the hot springs was given the name Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish. Stroll along the white calcium travertines overflowing with thermal water. Swim in Cleopatra’s Pool and explore the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapoli...

  • From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Trip, Including Flights

    9. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Trip, Including Flights

    Start your day with private transfer in the early morning to Istanbul airport and fly to Denizli Airport. Your local guide will pick you up from Denizli Cardak Airport in the morning. Then, you will be transferred to Pamukkale for your tour. Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle in Turkish, is a unique place known for its beautiful white travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Pamukkale and Karahayit are also important health centers due to thermal water springs. You can also learn about the history of the ancient city of Hierapolis, while visiting landmarks, such as the amphitheater, necropolis, The Apollon Temple, and The Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle.  Later, enjoy a traditional lunch at a restaurant. After your tour, transfer back to Denizli Airport, fly to Istanbul, and then enjoy transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.  

  • Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale Tour

    10. Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale Tour

    Hierapolis, or "holy city", was an ancient Greco-Roman city in Phrygia, located on top of hot springs in Southwest Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to the modern city of Pamukkale. Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd century B.C, when people came to soothe their ailments and many of them retiring or dying there. Some of the highlights include the large sarcophagi-filled necropolis, the main street with its gates and latrines, the cathedral, the theater, and St. Philips Tomb. The hot springs causing cascades which are called the Cotton Castle. At the conclusion of your day of sightseeing, you will return back to Antalya.

    Really nice day out. Lots of stops so journey did not seem long. Nice guide Jeggers who was upbeat, humourous and informative who worked well with the professional driver. The views were incredible, both Pamukkale and Hierapolis were amazing.

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What people are saying about Pamukkale

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 146 reviews

Pamukkale Is beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave extensive information about the history of pamukkale and heirapolis. Our tour guide and driver was punctual, kind, nice, friendly and they made our day a memorable. They were so good and I also booked Ephesus tour with them. I will definitely recommend their tour.

Guide was very nice to me, well for the rest ... You could eat food, ate similarly bad in other tourist restaurants. Therefor very, very nice staff. Everything in the coffee-trip style, of course, but for the little money I had a very nice day trip! It was worth it for me!

The guide is really very knowledgeable and friendly. The visit is pleasant, the free quarters are frequent and pleasant.

It was a beautiful trip. We had a lot of free time (+/- 3,5 h).

Very good organization and very friendly team. I recommend