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St. Nicholas Church: 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 Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

2. From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Demre province in Turkey, and explore some of its most beautiful locations with an expert tour guide. Benefit from an included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Alanya, 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. Next, stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Enjoy the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip with a visit to the small town of Kale (Demre). There, marvel at the stunning church of St. Nicholas before transferring back to your hotel.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about St. Nicholas Church

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Ancient Myra is particularly beautiful. The visit to the Nikolaus Church is unfortunately affected by the general renovation (nevertheless worth seeing). The boat trip to Kekova was a bit disappointing. For one thing, almost nothing can be seen of the sunken parts of the site. On the other hand, the continuous microphone roar of the tour guide of a Russian tour group drowned out everything during the entire trip. This made it impossible to record videos that were effective on their own. Our guide (English/German) was excellent. Thanks again for the good explanations and the exact timing.

The Alp guide was great! Full of interesting information, whether on the culture, the history of the sites or the daily life. Highly recommended outing. Perfect timing. The meal is simple but very good value for money. Driver at the top.

excellent tour, our guide Alp was friendly and very funny. only downside from Belek we make long journeys by car otherwise very well the boat and the visit.

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

Very nice guide! The highlight was the amphitheater