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Antalya, Turkey
Demre, Myra and Kekova

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience Demre, Myra and Kekova during this guided day trip from Antalya. On this tour, you will discover ancient Lycian ruins in Myra and cruise the tranquil waters to Kekova Island. Enjoy an expedition to the sunken city of Simena and savor plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel along the way.
  • Full-day trip from Antalya to Demre, a province on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast
  • See the Lycian town of Myra, once home to St Nicholas of Myra (the original Santa Claus)
  • Sail to Kekova Island, where you will have opportunity to swim or snorkel
  • Learn about the sunken city of Simena at Kekova Island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Antalya hotels
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Lunch
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified

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9:00 AM

Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Kick off your day trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova at your Antalya hotel where you will meet your local guide. Then, hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and drive to Demre. See some of Turkey’s most famous Lycian tombs at Myra and then enjoy a visit to the lovely Church of St. Nicholas, referring to the saint also known as Santa Claus.

Take a break for lunch before you board a boat and sail to spectacular Kekova Island. As the boat  begins to cruise slowly, observe the beautiful sunken city of Simena. Capture photos of the ancient ruins below water and then continue to the exceptional Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. 

With plenty of beautiful sea surrounding you, grab your swim trunks and hop in for a refreshing stroke through the water. Snorkel equipment is available aboard if desired. Don’t forget to bring a towel! After the boat returns you to land, hop back into your coach and drive to your Antalya hotel where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kekova Island
Enjoy a boat trip across the sea to Kekova Island. Beneath the clear waters you can see the remains of Simena, a city ravaged by earthquakes around two thousand years ago. Swim in the turquoise waters, once a favored haunt of pirates, before exploring an ancient cemetery with many magnificent tombs.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Demre (Kale)
Visit Demre and Church of St Nicholas.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rock tombs in Myra
Travel to one of the most beautiful parts of Anatolia to visit the ruined city of Myra with its impressive Lycian rock-cut tombs. View the ancient amphitheater, and the Church of St Nicholas, dedicated to the saintly man who became the model for father Christmas.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Demre, Myra and Kekova?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Demre, Myra and Kekova.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Demre, Myra and Kekova?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Demre, Myra and Kekova.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Demre, Myra and Kekova?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Demre, Myra and Kekova.

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star-2
We thought that the entire day tour...
Sean G
, Jun 2015
We thought that the entire day tour was on the boat, but that part turned out to only be an hour or two. Spent six hours round trip riding in a hot van, which we didn't expect. The guide only talked very intermittently throughout the trip. The boat trip, including swimming in the Mediterranean, was quite nice. They just need to describe the tour more completely to potential customers.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
I bought 6 tours in Turkey on...
kskitti
, Oct 2014
I bought 6 tours in Turkey on Viator. I got an email to remind me 1 day before each tour. Everything went well until this tour because I got an email stating that I would be brought to "Pergamum" on the following day!!! I was in Antalya on that day and I was in Izmir before Antalya. I bought a Pergamum tour when I was in Izmir so you can guess how shocked I was when I got the email. Luckily, the hotel staff helped me phone the tour company (if he didn't help, I had to pay a long-distance call) and talked to them in Turkish.
star-4
a very nice trip and of course...
FABRICE C
, Aug 2014
a very nice trip and of course wonderfull sites . I will recommande this excursion Two guides were with us ! One Ana speaking Serbian for Serbians people and one speaking english ( a little) for us ( french people) . Here is the scandal ...when the serbian spoke all the driving time beetween Antalya to Demre Myra , our guide said nothing or just fews words ... one of serbian client make the traduction for us in english ( about what Ana explained in serbian ) ! I was even oblige to pay audio guide at Myra because our guide decided to go sleep in the bus ! An all the day like that . This guide is very bad ( if I remeber his name was Mutu or something like that )! Paid for a guide like that is a scandal . He must stay at home and sleep all the day but not come as a guide for foreign people ! We need informations , we need explications .... with him ..nothing ! My wife was so angry at Myra that she said to him that he was bas ..he decided then to come with us at St Nicholas Church said some words looking on a small paper which was in his spocket ..... and I could continue like that ..... ! To conclude of course wonderfull sites ( just one point ....at Kerkova it i impossible to swim in the ruines of the old city in the sea ) and our boat was without and quot;bottom in glass and quot; except 2 small littles windows ) ... but our guide need to go retirement . And I have the feeling to have pay a little bit expensive for a very very bad guide.
star-3
I think this tour could have been...
Tracy H
, Jun 2011
I think this tour could have been better if it would not have been combined with two other tours due to the lack of people. However, the tour guide was terrible, spoke good English, however, he would mumble would he talked. He did not give any information about any of the areas that we went to visit. While in Kekova, one of the other tours guides gave us information but the guide I was with did nothing.
star-5
I was pick up by a profesional tour...
Agnes R
, Jun 2010
I was pick up by a profesional tour guide at 7 o'clock . First we went to Demre Myra to visit Church of St.Nicholas, then we visited Lycian Tombs which were very interesting. After lunch we had tour boat to Kekova Island which was very relaxing.You could take a bath in the crystal clean water which was very refreshing. I was back at hotel around 7 p.m.
star-3
This tour was okay, but a long trip for...
Denise C
, Jun 2010
This tour was okay, but a long trip for not a long time at either Demre or Church of St Nicholas, whose staff wanted to sell icons to all, or Myra. Although not a lot to do after looking up at the tombs in the rock. The boat trip was very pleasant but not really outstanding. This day was spoilt by the guide, who was difficult to understand and had a very sharp manner about him and was not particularly customer friendly. For example my husband and I went to sit at the front of the boat when going over to Kekova and we found out that a drink was offered, but as he was not talking through the microphone, we didn't get to know about these refreshments until after the event. Like all tours the guide can make or break them, and this guy definitely did not make this trip enjoyable.
star-4
I'm rating this for the Perge tour...
Rebecca A
, Apr 2010
I'm rating this for the Perge tour... Because the company called the day before to let me know there weren't enough people to warrant taking the Demre trip. Disappointing because I was specifically keen to do the Demre tour. Perge tour was great though. Informative guide, pick up at the time stated, comfy air conditioned mini van and lots to see. Amazing to see how big Perge ishow much still remains. Some beautiful sites to be seen all and all.
star-5
Highlight was the boat trip to Myra...
Dan?el M
, Jul 2009
Highlight was the boat trip to Myra. Driving around the peninsula is very scenic.
star-4
It was good, but the tour guide was...
Nicole C
, May 2009
It was good, but the tour guide was unprofessional. I had to wait because I was a single traveler for the others to get dropped off first, then brought back to the travel agency to sit and wait while the tour guide did his paperwork that occurs once the tour is over and had a cigarette, dropped off his colleague, and then finally I got dropped off after having to wait in rush hour traffic. This wouldn't have happened if I had just been dropped off like everyone else. Plus, I had to listen to them argue on the phone on the way. Also I was told that pickup time was 6:30 am. They did not show until 7 am and told me that they were told it was 7. When I called the company to check where were they, they were no help. During the tour, the guide smelled like alcohol. The tour itself and the sites you see are amazing, however. If you're in a group, it should be okay. If you're a single traveler, go with another company or see if you can do it on your own with a rental car.

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