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Oct08

Private Pamukkale & Aphrodisias Tour

Aphrodisias lies in southwestern Turkey, in the fertile valley of the Dandalas River, a tributary of the Meander, about 150 kilometres east (inland) of the Aegean Sea. It is situated at the base of the Babadag mountain range, at 500 m above sea level.  The city was the capital of the ancient Roman province of Caria.
Aphrodisias is one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey, dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, it was the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite and the home of a famous school of marble sculpture. The Temple of Aphrodite later became a Christian basilica through an impressive swapping of columns. Today, the Temple of Aphrodite is well-preserved and partially restored; it is not hard to imagine its ancient splendor. Aphrodisias also offers ruins of a large theater, a stadium and other structures, as well as an on-site museum displaying artifactsAccording to Suda the city had three names before it was known as Aphrodisias ; Lelegon Polis, Megale Polis and Ninoe.
To visit Aphrodisias you will be picked up from your hotel in Kusadasi / Selcuk at 07.30 by a private vehicle and guide. During your trip you will drive along the countryside for about two hours with the lovely scenery of vineyards , olive trees and cotton plantations.
After visiting Aphrodisias you’ll have your lunch at a local restaurant and after the lunch our next step will be the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site which differs from all other ancient cities in being located, not on earth or rock, but on solid limestone layers formed by limestone water that flowed for centuries over this raised level plateau. “Hierapolis” means “sacred city” and the city was given this name because of the large number of temples it had Today, the theatre, the Apollo temple and the Necropolis are the most important places to see in Hierapolis.
Travel Tips
Please, do not forget to bring  your swimwear. During your walk on travertines mind your steps to avoid injuries. Summer period is hot and dry so please take your hat and sunscreen with you.
This tour is a full day tour and departs everyday.

Itinerary of the tour

07.30
Pick up from your hotel in Kusadasi / Selcuk
09.30
Arrive in Aphrodisias and start the tour
Visiting
  • Tetrapylon ( Gateway from 2nd century )
  • Temple of Aphrodite ( turned into a Christian basilica in the 5th century )
  • The Stadium ( designed for athletic contests)
  • The North Agora
  • The Sebasteion ( Roman imperial cult complex )
  • The Baths of Hadrian
12:00
Lunch at a local restaurant
13:00
Depart for Pamukkale Hierapolis Tour
Visiting
  • Hierapolis ( Sacred City )
  • Necropolis ( tumulus, sarcophagus and house-shaped tombs )
  • Domitian Gate
  • The Main Street
  • Byzantium Gate
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Plutonium
  • Theatre
  • Travertines
  • Cleopatra’s Pool
16:00
End of the tour transfer to your hotel / bus station / Denizli airport

Included

  • All transportation in A/C ‘NO – SMOKING’ vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop-off service from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • Admission Fees to Hierapolis & Aphrodisias

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the lunch
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Anything specified as included
Oct08

Daily Pamukkale Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Today the area is one of the foremost tourism resorts thanks to its Pamukkale travertines, accommodation facilities, thermal baths and natural and historical assets. To discover this amazing town and its hot springs you will meet your guide at the reception of your hotel in Selcuk / Kusadasi in the morning. and drive to Pamukkale which takes around three and a half hours.We start our tour by having our open buffet lunch at a local restaurant in Pamukkale. After the lunch our next step will be the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site which differs from all other ancient cities in being located, not on earth or rock, but on solid limestone layers formed by limestone water that flowed for centuries over this raised level plateau. “Hierapolis” means “sacred city” and the city was given this name because of the large number of temples it had Today, the theatre, the Apollo temple and the Necropolis are the most important places to see in Hierapolis. During the tour  you will see the Necropolis (Cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then, you will walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35 Celcius. You will have the chance to see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the not springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle) You will be given free time to swim in antique Cleopatra’s Pool ( OPTIONAL) At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to your hotel in Kuşadası / Selcuk.Travel TipsPlease, do not forget to bring  your swimwear. During your walk on travertines mind your steps to avoid injuries. Summer period is hot and dry so please take your hat and sunscreen with you.This tour is a full day tour and departs everyday.

Itinerary of the tour

07.45
Pick up from your hotel in Selcuk and drive to Pamukkale
12.00
Depart for fully guided Pamukkale tour
Visiting
  • Hierapolis ( Sacred City )
  • Necropolis ( tumulus, sarcophagus and house-shaped tombs )
  • Domitian Gate
  • The Main Street
  • Byzantium Gate
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Plutonium
  • Theatre
  • Travertines
  • Cleopatra’s Pool
17:00
End of the tour transfer to your hotel / bus station / Denizli airport

Included

  • All transportation in A/C ‘NO – SMOKING’ vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop-off service from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • Admission Fees to Hierapolis

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the lunch
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Anything specified as included