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From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

1. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

From Istanbul: 7-Night Tour of Turkey with Flights & Hotel

2. From Istanbul: 7-Night Tour of Turkey with Flights & Hotel

Fully immerse yourself in Turkish culture with a 7-night tour through Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia. Don’t worry about booking transfers, guides, breakfasts, hotels, or domestic flights as all of this will be taken care of for you.  Day 1: Arrival in IstanbulArrive at the Istanbul Airport (IST) or SAW Airport where the tour representative will meet you with a name sign and take you to the hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour with BreakfastAfter breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul. Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar and spend the night in Istanbul.  Day 3: Istanbul, Izmir & Kusadasi with MealsStart your day with a flight to Izmir and head to Ephesus. Visit the Artemis Temple before continuing to Ephesus, one of the twelve cities of Ionia. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in a local handicrafts center garden. Go to the House of the Virgin Mary before overnighting in Kusadasi. Day 4: Kusadasi with MealsDrive to Pamukkale to discover the Travertine terraces and the hot springs in Hierapolis. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis at Pamukkale and stay overnight in Pamukkale. Day 5: Pamukkale to Cappadocia with Breakfast Drive to Cappadocia to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, a world-famous mystic, and Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travelers can rest and recover from the day’s journey. Stay overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. Day 6: Cappadocia Tour Cave Hotel with BreakfastStart at the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Descend into the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest in Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum and continue to the Uchisar Rock Castle for a panoramic view of Cappadocia. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 7: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with BreakfastExperience the lunar landscape of Cappadocia in the Devrent Valley. Have lunch in Avanos, the center of terracotta art since 3000 BC, and enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, fly from Kayseri to Istanbul and overnight in Istanbul. Day 8: Istanbul with BreakfastAfter breakfast, check out from the hotel and enjoy a private transfer to the airport.

Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, Konya, Pamukkale Tour

3. Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, Konya, Pamukkale Tour

Discover the highlights of Turkey on a guided 8-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Konya. Visit the famous sites of Ephesus, Pammukale, and the Devrent Valley. Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or SAW airport where the tour representative will meet you with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Breakfast After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul. Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping and spend the night in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays so the Spice Market will be visited instead. Day 3: Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi with Breakfast and Dinner Start day 3 with early morning pickup from the hotel and transfer to Istanbul IST or SAW airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Airport and be met by your tour guide. Drive to Ephesus and see the Artemis Temple before continuing to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor). After Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. This house is located in the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. Then drive to Kusadasi to stay overnight. Day 4: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour with Breakfast and Dinner Drive to Pamukkale to visit the Travertines, white terraces, and Hierapolis ancient city. Stay overnight in a Thermal Hotel. Day 5: Pamukkale – Cappadocia Cave Hotel with Breakfast Drive to Cappadocia which will be approximately 8 hours of driving. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic, and Sultanhani Caravanserai, a roadside inn where travelers could rest Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. Day 6: Cappadocia Tour Cave Hotel with Breakfast See the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Then, visit Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum Continue to Uchisar Rock Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Spend the night in a traditional Cappadocia cave hotel. This day includes an optional hot air ballooning experience during sunrise. Day 7: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour - Istanbul with Breakfast In the morning, admire the lunar landscape of the Devrent Valley. Stop at Avanos, the center of terra cotta works of art since 3000 BC, and enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul and then head to your hotel for an overnight stay. Day 8: Home with Breakfast After breakfast check out from the hotel and relax with a private transfer to the airport. Depends upon flights/hotel availabilities, reverse (Istanbul-Capp.-Pamukkale-Ephesus-Izmir-Istanbul) can be organized.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Guided Tour

4. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Guided Tour

Visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis on a 7-hour guided tour. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs and take in the unique white limestone terraces, known as travertines. The ancients believed that Hierapolis, or Sacred City, was founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, the god of the underworld. The hot springs were popular in Roman times because of their therapeutic powers. Visit the Domitian Gate, the colonnaded street and the cathedral. Explore the Pamukkale Museum and marvel at the limestone terraces of Pamukkale. The healing powers of the hot springs led to the establishment of a spa resort.

From Izmir: Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Izmir: Pamukkale Day Trip with Lunch

Depart from your hotel in Izmir in the morning and meet your guide. Travel to Pamukkale to see its dazzling sights and learn about its history and culture. The travertines are formed by a multifaceted chemical reaction and subsequent precipitation of various causes and environments. Water springs from ground with high level of Calcium Hydrocarbonate at a temperature of 35.6 degrees C; and this causes carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to evaporate and leave calcium carbonate to precipitate and form the travertine. Hierapolis has been a settlement of different cults and cultures throughout history; and the city is believed to be founded by Eumenies II, the Attalid king of Pergamon at the end of 2nd Century BC; and to have been named after Hiera, the beautiful wife of Telephos, the legendary founder of Pergamon. We will explore Necropolis, Domitian Gate, Frontinus Street, Agora, North Byzantine Gate, Gymnasium, Fountain with Triton, Apollon Temple, Martyrium of St. Philip and bridge, Column Church, ruins of Plutonium, Latrina and Roman Baths. Get transferred back to your hotel in Izmir at the end of the day.

Alanya & Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Day Trip

6. Alanya & Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Day Trip

Explore the unique "Cotton Castles" of Pamukkale and go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis on a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Start with a pickup in the early morning from your hotel in Side or Alanya and a drive to the Pamukkale Travertines. Stop for a buffet lunch before entering Pamukkale. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs, and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Take a swim in the pools and experience the waters for yourself. If you want, enter the Cleopatra Pool for an extra fee. Then, walk through the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Visit the amphitheater and take unforgettable photos. After you've spent enough time wandering the site, meet back at the bus in the parking area. On the return journey to Slide, stop for dinner before arriving at your hotel in the evening.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

7. From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

See Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis. Enjoy pre-selected hotels, with breakfast and lunch included. Choose your own spot for supper and explore a bit on your own. Day 1: Istanbul To Cappadocia by Plane; Full-Day Tour of Southern CappadociaEnjoy pick-up from your hotel to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia, meet your guide at the airport who will have your name on a sign. Relax while your guide transfers you to the tour office in Goreme. Next, depart for a full-day tour of Southern Cappadocia. See Pidgeon Valley, the Underground City of Kaymakli, the continue along the countryside to the Kızılcukur Valley. Visit Selime Monastery before returning to your hotel.  Day 2: Cappadocia To Izmir; North TourBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day exploration of North Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin Vallage, Monsk Valley, Devrent, and the towns of Urgup, Ortahisar and Avanos. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia before leaving for your transfer to the airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, you will be met at the airport once again with your name and you will be delivered to the next hotel in Kusadası. Day 3: Full-day Ephesus TourLeave your hotel after breakfast and depart for Ephesus. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Visit the biggest amphitheater and the Celsius Library. Tour around ruins left from the ancient city, and see the House of the Virgin Mary, thought to be her last dwelling. At the end of the tour enjoy a transfer back to the hotel. Relax and explore Kusadasi at your own pace with free time in the evening. Day 4: Tour of Pamukkale and The Ancient City of Hierapolis; Flight Back To IstanbulBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour. Visit the Old Gates, the cemetery, and the theatre of Hierapolis (part of the James Bond film shoot).  Take in the waterfall known as Travertines, and swim in the calcified pools made famous by Cleopatra. At the end of the tour sit back as you are delivered to the airport for a short flight back to Istanbul.

Pamukkale: Gyrocopter Tour Over the Travertines & Hierapolis

8. Pamukkale: Gyrocopter Tour Over the Travertines & Hierapolis

Get a birds-eye view of Pamukkale's white travertines on a private helicopter tour. Enjoy 15-20 minutes in the air, depending on weather conditions, and experience the Cotton Castle, the ancient city of Hierapolis, the antique theatre, and Pamukkale town like never before. The activity starts with hotel pickup. Drive to the take-off spot, approximately 10 kilometers away from Pamukkale, where you will meet your professional pilot and go through a safety briefing. It's then time for take off and the flight to Pamukkale. An advantage of a gyrocopter is that it can fly at a lower air speed, which is ideal for photographers who want to snap the perfect picture of the beauty below. Enjoy a smooth ride as gyrocopters are less affected by turbulence than planes or helicopters. Fly with peace of mind knowing that the gyrocopter meets all the safety requirements and has the approval of civil aviation. In fact, a gyrocopter is often considered as safer than a helicopter as its blades can continue to rotate irrespective of the engine. At the end of your flight, your driver will take you back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: Ephesus, Pamukkale & Cappadocia 8-Day Tour

9. From Istanbul: Ephesus, Pamukkale & Cappadocia 8-Day Tour

Day 1 Arrival to Istanbul Upon arrival at Istanbul A/P greeted and drives to your hotel. C/IN. O/N in Istanbul. (No Meal) Day 2 Treasures of Istanbul Today you visit Hagia Sophia; was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. Next; Topkapı Palace; It housed the ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Continue to with Hippodrome; during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Next, Blue Mosque; one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome. Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the World. O/N in Istanbul (B-L) Day 3 HD Bosphorus Cruise / Flight to Izmir Upon breakfast at the hotel c/out, Visit Spice Bazaar; It was called Egyptian Bazaar during the ottoman period, Next, Cruising on Bosphorus; where you will enjoy a magnificent view. A great history wıth beautiful nature. After tour flight to Izmir. C/IN. O/N in Kusadasi. (B) Day 4 Pamukkale Tour Today visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth, The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. O/N in Kusadasi. (B-L) Day 5 Ephesus Tour / Flight to Kayseri Upon breakfast at the hotel c/out, Today you visit The House of Virgin Mary; final house where Mary spent her last days. Ancient Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. Temple of Artemis; was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After tour flight to Kayseri. C/IN. O/N in Cappadocia. (B-L) Day 6 Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Today you visit Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls. Next; Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal shaped rocks. Pasabagi which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Avanos; where you will enjoy typical Turkish Lunch and experience make Potter with local experts Goreme Panaroma, which has one of the best panoramic view of the Fairy chimneys and Uchisar. O/N in Cappadocia (B-L) Day 7 Underground Cities of Cappadocia / Flight to Istanbul Upon breakfast at the hotel c/outt, Today you visit Rose and Red Valley; is an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, Cavusin, Pigeon Valley, Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 christians. After tour flight to Istanbul. C/IN. O/N in Istanbul. (B-L) Day 8 Departure Day According to your pick up time drive to airport. End of our service. (B)

From Istanbul: 8-Day Turkey Tour with Flights

10. From Istanbul: 8-Day Turkey Tour with Flights

DAY 1 : Arrival to Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport ( IST ) or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW ) , Our representative will meet you at the airport with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) 09.00 a.m. After breakfast, pick up from hotel and Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul.. We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) 08.30 a.m. After breakfast, pick up from hotel. Visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Boat trip on the bosphorus, Afternoon visit Underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4 : Istanbul – Cappadocia Tour & Cave Hotel ( Breakfast ) Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for flight.to Cappadocia . Arrive in Cappadocia. Meet by your guide and transfer to your hotel.Leave your luggages at the hotel and start for Private Cappadocia tour. Visit Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys, Pigeons Valley, the Kaymakli Underground City. After drive to your cave hotel for overnight. DAY 5 : Cappadocia Tour - Izmir - Kusadasi ( Breakfast ) Optional: Hot air balloon ride with sunrise, once in a lifetime experience in Cappadocia After breakfast take our second day private Cappadocia tour. Visit Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, Avanos Town, which is famous with tile and pottery workshops. After Goreme Open Air Museum, the Uchisar Rock Castle, Esentepe Windy Hill for panaromic view and taking photos. Transfer to the airport for flight back to Izmir via Istanbul. Arrival to Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi for overnight. DAY 6 : Ephesus Tour ( Breakfast ) Visit Artemis Temple, Ephesus Ancient City. After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. After the tour, drive to Kusadasi for overnight. DAY 7 : Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Istanbul ( Breakfast ) Drive to Pamukkale. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. After the tour, we drive to Denizli airport for our flight back to Istanbul at after 1 hour flight, arrival in Istanbul. met by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight. DAY 8 : Home ( Breakfast ) After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport for your flight back home. The end of our services.

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What people are saying about Travertines of Pamukkale

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The trip was one of the best planned trips I have ever been on, in the 12+ countries I've visited. Excellent planning, time management, hotels, professional service and food across cities. I'd especially like to say special thanks to our professional tour guides, Gurkan Nakipoglu and Layla Yasar who made the experience extremely memorable. In particular, Gurkan was with us from Izmir through Cappadocia and really provided most valuable information about the history, culture, and curated the type of places we visited. It opened our minds beyond the basic info we had about Turkiye. Similarly Layla's insights on Istanbul and the history of the country was quite enriching. A trip to a country with such great history and culture, is incomplete without gaining such insight and knowledge. Thank you again!! Cheers, Neeraja

Good tour. Well managed. Some more time should be given to spend in Pamukale

Very well organized and the guide was very helpful and informative

Amazing experience , very professional and informative. Perfect!

Nice tour. Long but a lot of activities. Good guide.