Marvel at the petrified lime cascades of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis during this guided day trip from Izmir. This tour not only journeys to the stunning natural wonder of Pamukkale, but will venture to fascinating Roman ruins at Hierapolis built during the 2nd century AD. Here you will see the Theater and the Necropolis, the biggest ancient graveyard in Anatolia.
Day trip to Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Izmir
Experience the soothing qualities of Pamukkale, with its thermal spring water and plunging waterfalls
Returns to original departure point at approximately 7:30pm
What To Expect
Begin your Pamukkale and Hierapolis adventure with a morning pickup from your central Izmir hotel. With your guide, cruise to the mesmerizing natural wonder of Pamukkale. Capture stunning views of water trickling over white petrified limestone tubs. In this fairytale atmosphere, learn from your guide how calcium-rich thermal water continues to cascade down the hillside leaving precipitates in the form of cataracts, stalactites, and basins. Listen as your guide explains how Romans use to plunge into these waters to enrich their bodies with its therapeutic powers. Continue to Hierapolis, the ancient Roman city perched on a plateau formed over centuries by sedimentary limestone rock. Learn about the huge temples that resided here and how Stephanus of Byzantium helped form the city’s real name which translates to "sacred city." Next, enjoy the ancient grandeur of the Apollo Temple, the Theatre and the 4th-century basilica - Nymphaeum. Then, finish your tour with a relaxing ride back to your Izmir hotel.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Erman, our tour guide , was very nice, friendly and he gave us lots of interesting information about Pamukkale and other attractions around ! About Pamukkale... I highly recomand it ! It’s incredibly beautiful!
It's not a great tour - both the travel agency and the place itself. First off, sitting in a car for 7 hours to visit Pamukkale isn't worth it. I went ahead despite knowing the long journey because relatives who went several years back raved about the place. But we were highly disappointed because Pamukkale now looks nothing like what it's advertised. The pool is depleted thanks to lack of hot spring water flowing into the area. What you end up seeing is a whole lot of white surfaces from the dried up calcium and very little blue pools. Looks like the place wasn't well preserved, which is a real shame since the area relies on tourism for its state/provincial income. It's a matter of time before the entire area dries up and what we are left with is just white surfaces, which isn't impressive at all in real life. I can go to any snowy mountain for the same view, only difference is one is snow, the other is dried calcium. So driving that far isn't worth our time.
Second issue is this travel agency, Neon Tours. The guide they hired, Ismael, isn't up to par at all. I get it based off other reviewers that the guide can be quiet in the 3 hour car ride and that's fine by us. But when we get to Pamukkale and Hierapolis, he should make more effort on his end, as a tour guide to offer a thorough information about the place. Why is Hierapolis and Pamukkale such an important place considering it's in the middle of nowhere? We had to probe him for such information and kept asking him questions about the area itself.
That said, all he was interested in was to hurry back to Izmir because he was concerned with the evening traffic. We lost track of time while walking on the cotton castle and he wasn't too happy when we got back. To top it off, for lunch he ordered us really cheap food that cost no more than 10 lira for the two of us which basically consists of bread and eggs. Meanwhile, he ordered meat for himself and the driver. We asked for meat skewers since there's only so much bread we can take and were given two pathetic chicken skewers. We highly doubt our lunch allowance by the travel agency would pale in comparison to what the tour guide get to order for himself. Obviously when he asked us if we wanted to join his tour to Ephesus the next day, our answer was a firm no. I'd highly recommend others to just skip Pamukkale and forget about taking a tour with this travel agent to the Izmir, Ephesus and Pamukkale area if their pre-arranged guide is Ismael.
We me and my 2 daughters did Pamukkale and Hierapolis trip on Jan 2, 2017. We booked the trip via Viator and did it with Neon tour.
We picked up from the hotel by the driver only and the tour guide would be picked up about an hour later on the way to Pamukkale.
We booked this trip in group tour but actually we got it as private tour. Just 3 of us on this trip. We spent the journey in silence. No information at all from the tour guide along the 4 hours journey.
When arrived Pamukkale, he gave us about 10 minutes of roughly information that actually we can read it from the internet and then giving us free time for 2 hours to spend at the site by ourself. No explanation at all about the ruins while we saw other groups were guided and explained by their tour guide in every site.
Journey back was spent in silence and the tour guide dropped off in the middle of the journey as well.
We thought that rented a car more cheaper to do this trip instead of paying the price we did.
Really disappointed and was not worth any penny at all
We were with our same guide Mehmet and driver from the previous day tour of Pergamum. It was great as we had them all to ourselves for the tour. Great lunch at a small restaurant. Pamukkale and the ruins are a must see when in Turkey.
Great tour with a superb tour guide. We wondered if the long journey from Izmir would be worth it 3.5 hours each way but it proved to be a great decision to visit such a unique place. Both the Roman remains and the travertine pools are awe inspiring.
This was a terrible tour because Pamukkale was not really like pictures !!! At Pamukkale was not water !!! Viator must tell us if there are not water at winter !! We pay 120 Euros each person !!! was a deception for us !!
Very nice tour - both places were spectacular and worth the visit. We ended up having a private tour due to the low tourist season. We were picked up at our hotel in a very nice van and driven to the sites. Our tour guide did a nice job of explaining the Roman ruins and gave us all the time we needed at Pamukkale which is truly exceptional, the calcium deposit pools are everything you expect and more. Spend the extra 30 liras to spend time in Cleopatras pool - that is the natural thermal waters. It has sunken Greek and Roman columns and this is really where you can enjoy the warmest waters and the pool is plenty deep whereas the terraces are only knee deep.