Learn about the ancient Lycian civilization during a private full-day tour from Antalya that visits the ancient cities of Olympos and Phaselis, and the burning fires of Yanartas. Spend the afternoon and evening among mountains and pine forests, visit a temple dedicated to the fire god Hephaestus, watch the flames coming out of the ground. Includes an early dinner, entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Private tour to Phaselis, Olympos, and Yanartas, from Antalya
See ancient Lycian ruins in Olympos and Phaselis
Have time to relax at the beach and eat an early dinner
Take an evening hike up to the site where the eternal fires burn in Yanartas
Includes one meal, entrance fees, private guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Antalya
Your tour starts with hotel (or airport) pickup in the early afternoon, followed by a drive to the Kemer region, where Beydaglari Coastal National Park (Beydağları Olimpos Sahil Milli Parkı) is located.
The area was an important center for ancient Lycian civilization, and the ancient cities of Olympos and Phaselis sit just 10 miles (15 kilometers) apart. Your private guide takes you through the ruins of Phaselis, which was founded about 2,700 years ago, and was known for its production of rosewater and perfumes. Explore deserted streets that once led to busy harbors and see the towering city gate, old marketplace and theater, and Roman baths.
Continue to Olympos to visit the ruins of a temple to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire. Have time to relax at the beach then eat a meal before driving to Yanartas. There, take ahike up a rock staircase to reach the site where fire bursts from vents in the earth. Watch the flames flicker against the night sky — a spectacular sight — and hear why Yanartas is rumored to be the inspiration for the mythical fire-breathing Chimera monster in Homer's Iliad.
After spending time at Yanartas, return by car to Antalya. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the late evening.