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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 Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    3. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    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 Bodrum 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 limpid 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 archaeological museum. Discover...

  • 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...

  • From Alanya: Pamukkale & Salda Lake Guided Tour

    7. 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...

  • Private Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour: Full-Day from Izmir

    8. Private Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour: Full-Day from Izmir

    Join us on our full-day tour to Pamukkale, which in English means “cotton castle”. You’ll understand why it’s called this when you see the site! This unique site should be on everyone’s “must see” list when visiting Turkey. The thermal spa of Hierapolis dates from dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, and is registered as a cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO. Your guide will show you the ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments at the site. You’ll see the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis and have time to relax in the warm spring waters. Calcite-laden waters cascade from springs in a cliff towering nearly 200 meters over the plain, creating a surreal landscape of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. The terraces were formed by the warm cascading waters that contain calcium bicarbonate. As the water lo...

  • Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour from Marmaris and Icmeler

    9. 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.

    The trip was a fantastic day out, a long but great day. We didn't know about the trip to the factories which we would have probably rather not have done and just had longer in Pamukkale & hierapolis.

  • From Kusadasi: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Sightseeing Tour

    10. From Kusadasi: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Sightseeing Tour

    Visit the spectacular natural springs of Pamukkale near Ephesus on this full-day sightseeing tour from Kusadasi. Unique in the world, the hot spring waters have carved fantastic formations in the terraced rocks over many centuries to create a surreal landscape. Used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers, the thermal waters are situated on a picturesque plateau, where a thermal center with motels, pools and the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis attract those seeking relief in the healing waters. There are 17 hot water springs, with temperatures ranging from 35°C to 100°C. The water that emerges from the spring is transported 1,050 feet (320 meters) to the head of the travertine terraces, where it deposits calcium carbonate. After a buffet lunch of Turkish foods, continue to the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, built on the hot springs in classical Phrygia. As wel...

    I mostly enjoyed the trip - guide could have been more enthusiastic about the site - spent more time on facts about Turkey. Meal was mediocre and you should have spent less time/effort on the hotel visit. It wasn't explained the lunch would be in a huge hotel with quite rude staff. The guide didn't eat with us and said afterwards he preferred better quality food which of course undervalued us - obviously we were cattle to be fed! A packed lunch on the bus might have been enough, and more time on the site.

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What people are saying about Hierapolis

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 289 reviews

The tour to Pamukkale was very nice. The view there is unique. The tour guide and the driver were very nice. The tour guide is very talkative. We made a stop at a hotel where we were allowed to swim and ate. If you want to swim in the Cleopatra pool you have to pay the entrance yourself. It was about 100 lira, otherwise everything else was included in the price. Be sure to take a hat and a towel with you.

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).