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Admire Turkey’s natural and ancient wonders on this day trip of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Marmaris. First, immerse yourself in the geological sights of Pamukkale, known in Turkish as ‘Cotton Castle’ due to its crystalline white pools and terraces. Next, discover the remains of Hierapolis. This Greco-Roman spa city contains spectacular remnants of theaters, marble streets, springs and markets. And if you’re feeling bold, opt for a swim in Cleopatra’s Pool (own expense).

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Marmaris by air-conditioned coach
  • See the geological wonder of Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’
  • View the bright white terraces, pools and turret-like formations
  • Visit ruined Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman spa city above Pamukkale
  • Marvel at its temples, theaters and necropolis of 1,200 tombs
  • Swim in the thermal waters of Cleopatra’s Pool (own expense)
  • Enjoy included breakfast and lunch at local restaurants

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What You Can Expect

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Trip from Marmaris with Breakfast and Lunch

Witness the beautiful white calcium terraces and basins of Pamukkale

Your Turkish adventure begins with a convenient pickup from your central Marmaris hotel. Step aboard your air-conditioned coach bus and begin your journey to the magical lands of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Along the way to Pamukkale, stop for a hearty buffet breakfast, with selections such as eggs, olives, cheese, tea and coffee. 

Next, get a crash course in Turkey’s most famous craft — carpet weaving — at an informative carpet center. Enjoy a brief break for refreshments (own expense), then continue on to Pamukkale. Approximately 1.5 hours later you’ll reach Pamukkale and enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch at a local restaurant (drinks are at your own expense). 

Then it’s time for the best parts of the tour. Explore the fairytale cascading pools at UNESCO-listed Pamukkale itself. Over thousands of years, calcium solidified to form this natural wonder of white dazzling pools that flow down 656-foot (200 m) cliffs. Take in the beauty and of course, snap a few photos for memory’s sake. 

Afterward, head to the nearby ancient city Greco-Roman of Hierapolis, built around 190 BC. Stroll the transfixing grounds that include historic temples, marble streets, a 12,000-seater theater and a necropolis that houses 1,200 tombs.

If you choose, you can swim in the famed Cleopatra’s Pool (own expense), a Roman pool with submerged marble pillars. Then re-board your coach and sit back on your journey back. But first, one last stop, this time at an onyx factory, Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your Marmaris hotel.

Customer Reviews

DONNA M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2015

By far the worst tour I have ever been on. We booked this tour to see Pamukkale and the Hierapolis. We spent a total of 2 hours at this location. We did however spend almost an hour at an onyx factory that sold way over priced onyx junk and another hour at a leather factory that included a fashion show featuring our rude tour guide, that we did not want to see at all. Two hours that could have been spent at the Hierapolis were spent fending off high pressure sales people pushing their overpriced wares. Breakfast was at what amounted to a truck stop with old hard boiled eggs, semi rancid cheese and tasteless olives. My husband took a roll and was charged 5, they called it apple pie. The bathrooms were also an extra charge. We finally arrived at the Hierapolis at 12:25 and we were told it takes one hour to walk down from the top to the lunch restaurant by 2:45. Lunch was the worst slop at a dirty restaurant that charges USD 10 for a soda and bottle of water. On top of everything else the tour guide was absolutely the rudest man I have ever encountered on a tour. His first move after breakfast was to try to leave behind two women at the truck stop. He said, if they are shopping I will leave them behind. What delayed them was the fact that they had to go get change for the bathroom door keeper to be let into the bathroom. This was pretty much how the entire day went with the man. The only thing he had an interest in was taking us to the shopping. He told everyone you need to get money. Then pressured some women to withdraw money from an ATM he made a special stop at for just this purpose. Another thing we did not like was the bus driver started picking up people at 5:30 AM and was evidently very tired on the ride home. All said and done we could have rented a car, left the hotel by 8 AM, arrived by 11AM and had an entire day seeing what we wanted to see instead of wasting time at overpriced souvenir shops with a rude tour guide.

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