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  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Succumb to the spectacular sight of Pamukkale - a unique natural wonder with dazzling white petrified lime cascades. At the ancient city of Hierapolis explore its Theater, a 2nd century AD building in Roman style. You'll also see the exceptional Necropolis, the largest ancient cemetery in Anatolia.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Izmir
  • Experience the soothing qualities of Pamukkale, with its thermal spring water and plunging waterfalls
  • Visit the Roman city of Hierapolis
  • Explore the Apollo Temple
  • Lunch included
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Pamukkale, Turkey

In the morning you will leave Izmir behind and drive to Pamukkale. This amazing place is a beautiful and spectacular natural site, unique in the world with its fairylike, dazzling white, petrified lime cascades. There you will see the thermal spring water laden with calcareous salt, plunging down the mountain side which has created this natural formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The thermal water has been used since the Roman period for its therapeutic powers.

Next you will visit the Roman city of Hierapolis, which is not located not on earth or rock, but on solid limestone layers formed by limestone water that flowed for centuries over this raised level plateau. The name means "sacred city", and according to Stephanus of Byzantium the city was given this name because of the large number of temples it contained.

While here you will visit the Apollo Temple competing with Delphi, Monumental Nympheum (a 4th century Basicala) and the Theatre. After visiting the best preserved Necropolis, return to Izmir.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Small group of tour in fact it was just me and my partner!
Tour guide was very knowledgable and the coach we travelled was very new 3 months old
Highly recommended - far cheaper than what our hotel offered

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Pamukkale is one of a kind-definite must see!We booked this tour last minute (night before) and the tour company made sure everything was organised for us the next day!Small tour group (3ppl),luxury bus and our guide Engin was so friendly,informative and went out of his way to ensure a great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really fantastic tour and well worth the effort of getting out to the location. Really enjoyed the ruins and highly recommend this tour if down this way. Make sure you take your bathing suit also as there is an opportunity to take a swim.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

what a wonderful place to go to - the calcium pools looked splendid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Was really nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Superb! Tour was not cancelled even though we (2) were only who had booked the tour. Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

AMAZING!!! The most fun I've had in years. This place is a MUST do if you are in Turkey. I went July 31st the weather was hot and the water was nice and cool. Words cannot do this place justice, please go and see it for yourself : )

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

My family and I have traveled many places and this is definitely a must see !!!! Our guide, Lincoln made it even better because he was so informative and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I consider myself fortunate to go on this trip as I was the single traveler and Serhat was a great guide. The trip to Pamukkale was quite long from Izmir so I learnt a lot about the valley and the agricultural history of the region. The travertine fountains are a natural wonder but don't discount Hierapolis. I actually probably enjoyed Hierapolis more than the travertine pools and their views. Serhat gave me a lot of free time which was much appreciated and bring a hat and sunscreen as I was quite burnt at the end of it sll .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Pamukkale is an extremely beautiful place and it's a great pity that the trip allows for only 2 - 2.5 hours for exploring it, whereas the road takes all 7-8 hours to destination and back. Therefore, it's worth considering to take 2-day tour to this beauty.
The guide, however, was very good at making out the most out of our limited time.

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