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St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side

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Side, Turkey
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At a Glance

1 day (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more
Visiting the Turkish Riviera isn’t only about sun, sea, and sand — the Mediterranean coast is also home to some incredible historic sites. On this full-day tour from Side, follow the trail of St Nicolas in Demre, admire the ancient Lycian tombs of Myra, and cruise out to the sunken island of Kekova. Hotel pickup and lunch is included.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Myra, Demre, and Kekova Island from Side
  • Discover the history of St Nicolas in Myra and Demre
  • Tuck into a traditional Turkish lunch at a local restaurant
  • Marvel at the sunken ruins of Kekova on a boat cruise
  • Cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and entrance fees

What To Expect

Your tour begins with pick-up from your central Side hotel in time for an early morning departure. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the around 3.5-hour journey to Demre, enjoying spectacular... More
Your tour begins with pick-up from your central Side hotel in time for an early morning departure. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the around 3.5-hour journey to Demre, enjoying spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, pass through Kumluca, famous for its tomato plantations, and Finike, with its... More
Your tour begins with pick-up from your central Side hotel in time for an early morning departure. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the around 3.5-hour journey to Demre, enjoying spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, pass through Kumluca, famous for its tomato plantations, and Finike, with its historic port.

The first stop of the day is the Lycian site of Myra, renowned for its ancient tombs and theater. As you explore the ruins, listen as your guide tells you the history of the ancient city and its most famous former resident — St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus. Hear how St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra in the IV century and his role in bringing Christianity to Turkey, then visit the modern town of Demre, where the church houses the sarcophagus of St Nicholas.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Ucagiz port (around 30 minutes drive), where a boat will be waiting for you. Set sail across the Mediterranean and take in the views as you cruise out to Kekova Island.

Arrive at the sunken ruins of Kekova, an island that was long ago buried by an earthquake and now lies beneath the sea. Gaze down through the glass-bottomed boat at the remains of the ancient city as your guide points out the fortress, theater, and sarcophaguses lying on the ocean floor.

Enjoy a short stop to swim or sunbathe, before heading back to shore, where your driver will be waiting for you.

Back in Side, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

What's Included

Lunch
Boat cruise
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fees to the church or Myra ( adults only)
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

All hotels in Side, Kizilot,Titreyengol, Sorgun, Kizilagac, Kumkoy, Evrenseki, Ilica, Colakli, Gundogdu

Departure Time

5:30am

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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A big disappointment
Gaynor91
, Aug 2019
I had been looking forward to this trip from the moment I booked it. When we were picked up from our hotel, we soon realised that we were the only British couple on the coach, it was full of Russians, the commentary was in Russian and we had to endure this for hours on end, not understanding a word that the guide said.A retired English speaking guide was supplied but we had minimal input. Guide books were also supplied which gave us some information but I would have preferred the real thing. Not only that the day was a very long one (14 hours) from start to finish. The sights were spectacular and we enjoyed that, but apart from that a very disappointing day out!
No english and No german tour-guide...
Stefanie S
, Aug 2017
No english and No german tour-guide! Only russian! Bus was 2hours too late for pickup. This tour was a real mess! The organizer was a mess, too! Don't do this Trip!

Product code: 13266P39

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