Today after we have collected you from your hotels in the surrounding areas we will all meet in the local office for a welcome.
Today you will get a fully guided tour of Pamukkale, often referred to as the Cotton Cliffs. You will get to walk along the white terraces of Pamukkale, whilst learning more about them. You will then move onto the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Hierapolis. Here you will be guided through the many fascinating aspects that make up the ruins and you will also get to visit the impressive amphitheatre. There are a few other sites along the way to fill up your day. There will be a lunch break in between the two sites and you will also be given time to get your photos and ask as many questions as you like, along the way.
You will be collected from your accommodation at different times depending on your hotels location.
Approximate pick up times:
Pick up from Denizli hotels: 08:30 am
Pick up from Pamukkale hotels: 9:00 am
Pick up from Karahayit hotels: 9:15 am
Tour ends: the tour will end around 16.00 to 16:30 pm with drop off to your accommodation.
- Transfers to and from your hotel / hostel accommodation.
- Fully guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Gratitude for driver and tour guide.
Karahayit Red Springs
The Karahayit Red Springs are situated only 5 kilometres from Pamukkale. Similar to the white terraces of Pamukkale, the springs are given their name from their red colour and often called "Kirmizi Su" or red waters. The waters running over the springs are hot thermal baths coming up from the earth at a scorching 56 degrees. These waters are said to be very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs that give them the healing powers they are said to possess.
Pamukkale White Terraces
Pamukkale, often referred to as the "Cotton Castle", is made up of cotton looking white travertine terraces that come from the carbonate minerals of the flowing water. With healing elementsto the water, people have come since ancient times to heal their ailments at the well known spa town.
Hierapolis is an ancient settlement that has been dated back to as far as 190 B.C. It is said to have been built by the people of Pergamum and to have been used as a spa town for the waters in the area providing healing powers of people's ailments. Hierapolis became a major Roman City of the Roman Empire and many emperors were said to travel here to use the spa facilities. It has been populated by the likes of Romans, Greeks and Lycian people.
Necropolis is the Greek word for cemetery. The cemetery of Hierapolis is one of the largest in all of Anatolia and is said to have been a popular spot to be buried as people would come to cure their ailments in the healing waters and be buried here. In this cemetery you will find people buried from the late Hellenistic, Roman and Eastern Roman periods. There are four types of graves you will see from Tumulus, Sarcophagus, normal public graves and family graves. These were all based on the class system of the time.
Agora means marketplace and place of public assembly. Located near the Roman Baths, the Agora in Hierapolis was where the locals would hold their public meetings and sell all their produce and goods in the shops lining the area. Archeologists have found some inscriptions which has provided them with some insight into the social life of this rich and properous City.
The theatre of Heirapolis is one of the best preserved ancient theatres you will see in your time. It is located right in the heart of the old City and dates back to 2nd Century A.D. when the City was under the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The theatre can hold up to a capacity of up to 10,000 spectators and used to show concerts and hold religious ceremonies.