Small-Group Pamukkale Day Trip from Kusadasi: Travertines and Hierapolis
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Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkey
After a pickup from your Kusadasi hotel, head inland to Denizli Province to visit Pamukkale –Turkey’s most incredible natural wonder. Meaning ‘cotton castle,’ this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of dazzling white travertine rock terraces that seem to flow down 656-foot (200-meter) cliffs. From a distance, the travertine terraces almost look like snowy cliffs or frozen waterfalls, but in fact they are mineral deposits from Pamukkale’s hot springs.
Walk around these fascinating rocks and see the naturally formed bathing pools while learning about their geology from your guide. Views from Pamukkale are unforgettable – see the white travertine terraces contrasting with brown mountains in the distance, and then walk up to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city with crumbling ruins and geothermic bathing pools.
Enjoy time at leisure here, and be sure to bring your bathing suit as the pools are definitely worth a dip (entrance fee is at your own expense)! Relax in the warm natural springs that are separated by ancient columns, and then visit a café for lunch before meeting your guide for a leisurely walking tour around the ancient city. Take in its impressive Classical ruins, such as the necropolis (Roman burial ground) and the vast Roman theater that was capable of seating more than 12,000 people. See St Philippe Martyrion (also known as the Basilica of St Philippe) and learn about this important early Christian sanctuary before returning to your coach for the ride back to Kusadasi.
Duration: 10 hours
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee (approximately 25 Turkish Lira) to the thermal pools at Hierapolis
- Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
It was awesome
Pamukkale is amazing. The only thing I'd change are the trips to the leather fashion show and gem store.
We had a well presented and air conditioned mini bus. Our driver was charming and spoke excellent English. Our guide at Pamukkale was lovely and she was very knowledgeable and also spoke excellent English. It was a really hot day so we spent quite a while bathing in the warm Cleopatra pool. Sadly, I think the magical powers associated with the water have waned over the years as I didn't look any younger after my swim haha. Pamukkale is a beautiful place and I would recommend this trip as we had a great time. We stopped off at an Onyx factory on the way back and it was interesting to see how the artists manipulated and shaped the onyx. There was a gift shop full of beautiful things and even though we did not feel pressurised into buying anything, of course we had to get a little momento of the trip. Overall, an excellent experience.
Wonderful tour and sightseeing.
This tour was amazing!
Pamukkale and Heirapolis - Incredible places to see, though I wouldn't bother with this tour at all. We basically paid GBP97 for a driver. On the 3 hour drive to Pamukkale our guide spoke to us once - To let us know we would be stopping for 20minutes. Upon arrival in Pamukkale our tour began. He walked us through the entrance to the terraces, vaguely explaining things that we could have read our selves on the signs all along the walk - gave us a few hours free time. Afterwards was lunch - we were told to not have quote high expectations unquote, but the food was actually inedible. Cold and unidentifiable - no one from our tour finished a dish. 3 hour ride back to Kusadasi, again only being spoke to once again upon stopping for 20 minutes. The pools at Heirapolis are absolutely amazing, well worth a visit - though this is not included in the tour but there is plenty of free time to have a swim. The terraces themselves look nothing like you see online, though after travelling so much this was expected - Still amazing to see. If we had of just paid for a driver for the day we would have zero complains, but booking a tour you expect some form of a guide. He wasn't interested at all.