Simena Kalesi

Simena Kalesi: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

2. From Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

If you are a complete beginner or novice don't worry, this is a physical activity similar to going for a long brisk walk. The tour starts around 8:30 am when everyone gets on the bus in Kaş for the drive to Uçağiz village, which takes about 45 minutes. Kekova Kayak tour begin with a safety briefing and paddle instruction and then the fun begins! You will then enter the water and start your first paddling session from Üçağiz to get accustomed to the kayak and practice proper navigation. We depart Ucagiz at 09:30 am with motorized support vessel to escort us, and paddle southwest down the coast towards the Kekova Island and arrive Tersane bay at 10:15 am and followed by a swimming break. From there the group will slowly paddle over the ancient Lycian Sunken City of Kekova. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here. So what better way to explore the Sunken City than by Kayaking alongside the ruins; giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. After an exciting of adventure, we’ll head to Simena and arrive at 11:30 am, park in Kaleköy (ancient Simena Castle) for 45 mins, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. A hike up the hillside will give you magnificent views of the Kekova region. If you’d prefer to admire Simena Castle from down below, you can use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. In the afternoon we head back towards Theimussa for an up close view of more impressive Lycian sarcophagi and then return to our Kayak base. Following this you will move on to Üçağiz to enjoy lunch at 13:15 pm

From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

3. From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

Spend the day on the water exploring hidden coves and admiring fortresses and Byzantine ruins. Swim in Yaglica Bay, admire the Lycian Royal Tombs in Kaleköy, and enjoy typical delicacies in the all-organic lunch served onboard.  Meet the Capitan in Kas Marina at 9:30 AM and sip coffee and tea as you sail 1.5 hours through turquoise waters to the fist swim spot: Yaglica Bay. Snorkeling equipment, underwater cameras, kayaks, paddleboards, and underwater jets are all available for use during the tour.  At 11:30 AM, set sail for Akvaryum Bay which resembles an aquarium for its depth and clarity. Enjoy the sun or try your luck at catching fish using the fishing sets provided onboard. Enjoy an all-organic lunch of tasty olive oil dishes and grilled meat before heading to the next stop: Tersane Bay.  Get a glimpse of the city ruins submerged 2,000 years ago due to earthquakes. Cruising by the closest point of the sunken city, keep an eye out for the ruins of a Byzantine church at the bottom of the sea.  Next, head to  Kaleköy and admire the grandeur of the Crusader fortress and the Lycian Royal Tombs from the water. Enjoy one last swimming stop in Inonu Bay before sailing back to Kas Marina.

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

4. 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.

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 Ucagiz: Kekova Island and Simena Castle Boat Tour

6. From Ucagiz: Kekova Island and Simena Castle Boat Tour

Ucagiz Village Get ready for your action-packed day on the water! Make your way to Ucagiz Village harbour in time to depart for the boat trip between 10:20 and 10.40 am. Aquarium Bay Cool off during a whopping one-hour swim break in this picturesque bay next to Kekova Island, and be dazzled by its beauty. Turkish tea and biscuits service at Aquarium Bay. Kekova Island and Sunken City Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around the Sunken City. The ancient city of Dolchiste was flooded due to an earthquake in the 2nd century, and its resulting underwater ruins never fail to leave an impression. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here, so what better way to explore the site than by cruising alongside the ruins on our glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Burç Bay Swim break in Burç Bay. The sea is a little cooler in this area due to the cold underwater natural springs. Pirates Cave Discover this intriguing naturally-formed cave, which is renowned for its large size and curved entrance. Gökkaya Bay Time for a lunch and swim break at Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the natural beauty of the area and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Esmeralda Bay We’ll stop to swim in Esmeralda Bay where you can enjoy peace and tranquility during this fun journey. Simena Castle Our boat will drop anchor in Kaleköy port (ancient Simena) for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. A hike up the hillside will give you magnificent views of the Kekova region. If you’d prefer to admire Simena Castle from down below, you can use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Ucagiz Village After an exciting day of adventure, we’ll head back to Ucagiz Village harbour where this memorable boat trip ends. From here you can make your way to the centre for dinner options or continue to your next destination.

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What people are saying about Simena Kalesi

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 35 reviews

This tour was amazing. We'd been getting increasingly pessimistic about the quality of Get Your Guide tours in this region, but this tour was excellent. This review is for once you get on the main coach at Kemer: a) The coach was spacious and air-conditioned. b) The Tour Guide (Mel) was excellent. She provided a detailed commentary of the history of the area during the journey. She was very friendly and helpful. c) The journey was beautiful. You travel next to the Mediterranean coast and past mountains, lagoons and beaches. Even though it's a 2 hour drive, you can admire the scenery. d) The content of the tour was excellent. Myra is a bit like Petra in Jordan - tombs embedded in the mountainside. St Nicholas's church is interesting (Santa Claus). The boat trip is very relaxing with good scenery. e) The food at the Santa Claus restaurant was nice.

This was so far my favorite tour in turkey! I fell in love with views and the sea. the captain and his wife made us a typical delicious turkish lunch that we enjoyed very much! The boat was very comftable and clean and the captain and his wife are extremely kind and nice peopleOn every stop They gave us plenty time to explore and swim Me and my friend had an amazing time, best excursion ever Thank you for such an experience

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.

Awesome trip along the winding roads of coastal cities and on the cruise !so much to discover and learn from and our guide was great! 12-14 hours duration but worth every bit of it.

It was the best tour we've ever had the whole trip. Alp, the tour guide, was excellent.