A FAST TRIP THROUGH PARADISE

SOUTH WEST TURKEY


5 Days 4 Nights starting from Izmir or Bodrum

All Adjustable to your dates and wishes and PRIVATE

From 1 to 4 persons with private car, more than 4 upto 6 persons with minivan and more than 6 with minibus

Ephesus, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Myra, St.Nicholas, Kekova, Kalkan, Patara, Xanthos, Hidden Valley (Saklikent), Olu Deniz (Blue Lagoon), Dalyan, Bodrum
The itinerary can be custom made according to your wishes. Please send us a mail with how many days you want.
You can book your own hotels. We can recommend you your hotels as well.

Prices: Group of 2 from 725 USD. per person including transport, guiding, fuel and entrance fees. Not included are hotels, lunch and drinks


Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus is Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best preserved and restored. One can still stroll for hours along its streets passing temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the sumptuous Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins also include public toilets and even a brothel dating mostly from the fourth century BC.


Pamukkale

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.


Aphrodisias

We will visit Aphrodisias Ancient City which is one of the finest archaeological sites of Anatolia Turkey, still partly excavated and partly undiscovered. The name of the city is derived from the goddess of love, Aphrodite – called Venus by Romans- , who has her famous sanctuary here. The city was located in Caria in Asia Minor, near Geyre village in today’s world. The most recent, ongoing excavations are currently led by Professor R. R. R. Smith (at Oxford University) and Professor Katharine Welch of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.


Myra

was an ancient town in Lycia where the small town of Demre is situated today. It was located on the river Myros, in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range, and the Aegean Sea. Saint Nicholas lived in Myra at a time when the region was Greek in its heritage, and politically part of the Roman diocese of Asia.


Saint Nicholas Church

The church to honor Saint Nicholas and contain his tomb was built in AD 520 on the foundations of the older Christian church where Saint Nicholas served as bishop. Over time the river changed course and the church filled with silt and was buried (the pictures show it is fifteen-to-twenty feet below ground level). In 1862 Russian Tsar Nicholas I restored the church, adding the tower and making other changes to its Byzantine architecture. The church is regarded as the 3rd most important Byzantine structure in Anatolia.


Kekova

We cruise over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island from Ucagiz Village. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city belong to Kekova Island and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel if desired, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.


Kalkan

Today Kalkan is a small, sophisticated resort town, but until the 1923 exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey, Kalkan, then known as Kalamaki, was a prosperous Greek fishing village. It has a pretty marina, numerous bars and restaurants, quaint and steep lanes lined with 19-century fishermen’s cottages – and a great location overlooking a beautiful bay, backed by towering peaks..


Patara

Patara was the major naval and trading port of Lycia, located at the mouth of the Xanthos River, until it silted up and turned into a malaria-plagued marsh. Beautiful 12 km-long Patara Beach, voted one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online - Best of 2005, is an easy 10-15 minute stroll away from the major ruins at Patara. The Patara area is a national park, a key biodiversity area and is rich in birdlife. Liberated from the many hundreds of truckloads of sand that covered it, is the parliament building where the elected representatives of the Lycian League met. It has rows of stone seats arranged in a semicircle, the same arrangement used in the chambers of the American Congress.


Xanthos

Xanthos, meaning yellow, lying on a hillside overlooking the Eṣen River in the Xanthos Valley, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains administered the sacred Letoon cult center 8 km to the south. Homer mentions Sarpedon, founder of Xanthos, as an ally of the Trojans during the Trojan War. In 540 BCE Xanthos resorted to desperate measures when faced with an overwhelming force of Persian invaders sent by Cyrus the Great. After an initial defeat when the outcome was inevitable, the men of Xanthos burned up their material possessions, women, children and slaves on the acropolis and then sallied forth in a suicidal attack to kill as many Persians as possible. The entire population of Xanthos perished except for 80 families who happened to be absent and returned to gradually repopulate the city.


Saklikent Canyon (Hidden Valley)

The Saklikent Canyon in Saklikent National Park is 18 km long, 300 meters deep and is steep and narrow. The Saklikent Canyon is longer by 4 km each than the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia and the Koprulu Canyon in Turkey. After Verdon in France and Vikos in Greece, it is considered to be the third longest canyon in Europe. The Saklikent Gorge also known as “Hidden Valley” or The Lost City. This valley with a stream flowing through the icy waters. Streams of water is really cold. It may take longer to get used to the cold water. This cold water, spring water of the Bey Mountains within the terms of the areas that are eminently valuable is water.


Olu Deniz (Blue Lagoon)

The Blue Lagoon at a distance of 12 km is reached by road in about half an hour. This Lagoon is the much photographed gem of Turkey's Southern Coast, famous for its ever varying shades of turquoise and azure, and soft sands. Separated from the main beach by a sand bar and narrow channel, the lagoon beckons you into its shallow waters. You can immerse yourself, paddle barefoot along the shoreline or swim across to the tiny island at the mouth of the lagoon. Here no boats are allowed in to disrupt the peace?.canoes and paddle-boats can be hired to explore the rocky shores of the inner lagoon and search for mussels or use your snorkel to discover the myriad of tiny fish which start their life in these sheltered waters.


Dalyan

The wonderful 7 kilometers sandy Iztuzu Beach, which is accessible by a 45 minutes boat trip, is one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta, Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, to keep check on them from time to time and finally to take their babies to the sea. A 15 minutes' boat trip will take you to the sulfur bath which is a different experience for many people visiting the city. The mud containing sulfur and other elements is said to be good for skin conditions and makes you feel refreshed and revitalized. Also there is a small spa where you can just relax. Kaunos, the ancient city near modern Dalyan, was founded around the 9th century BC. Once it was a Mediterranean city port, but over the centuries the silt from the Dalyan River choked the harbor and today the town lies several kilometers from the sea.


ITINERARY

The itinerary can be custom made according to your wishes. Please send us a mail with how many days you want.

DETAILS

Tour Type: Cultural
Activity Level: Moderate
Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Kids friendly: Yes
Language(s): NL, DK, GB, TR, FR, D, NO

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Guide,
Private Car and fuel

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED


Entrance fees
Hotels
Guides stay and food
Lunch and drinks

TIME AND DURATION

3, 4 or 5 days

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