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Pamukkale Day Tour from Selcuk

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Pamukkale Day Tour from Selcuk

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Discover an otherworldly landscape and a UNESCO-listed historical site on a full-day trip to Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Selçuk. Explore 'Cotton Cliffs,' terraced pools of turquoise water and travertine formations, with time to enjoy the site on your own and with an expert guide. Visit a Hellenistic spa town where ancient Attalid kings and Romans have left behind a remarkable network of canals, ruins and beautifully-preserved stone structures.
  • Full-day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour from Selçuk
  • Choose a small group tour for a personal experience
  • See natural and historic landmarks
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All entrance fees included
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7:30 AM
HOTEL PICK-UPS - From Selcuk or Kusadasi hotels are usually from 7.15 AM to 07.45 AM. - Pick up times may vary depending on a) your pick up point b) how many other additional people/pick up points we have that day. This means the final pick up time will be decided 1 day before. - IT IS IMPORTANT that you contact our pick up operator on (call/WhatsApp/SMS) to find out your final pick up time. MEETING POINT If you are coming to our office to meet the tour, our office is located next to Ephesus Museum in Selcuk, opposite Selcuk bus station. Address: Ataturk Mah. Ugur mumcu sevgi yolu sok. No 16/b Selcuk, Izmir
Meet your guide at your Selçuk hotel, and make the drive to Pamukkale in a comfortable, air conditioned minibus. Learn about local history on the way, and break for lunch before visiting the pair of remarkable sites.

Hear stories about the ancient people who flocked to Pamukkale’s mineral-rich water, then follow your guide to some of the best formations—don’t miss the ‘Cotton Castle,’ where thousands of years of mineral deposits have taken the shape of a frozen waterfall. After your walking tour, enjoy free time to visit the site on your own, snapping photos of the eerie landscape and taking in pool after pool.

In the nearby city of Hierapolis, step into the ancient world: see ruined temples and spa-like baths, a towering arch, necropolis and theater. Learn how the inhabitants paid their respects to local nymphs in the nymphaeum, then see how the pagan structures gave way to churches and St. Philip’s martyrium. Soak up views of the landscape on the return trip to the coast, then finish the day at your Selçuk hotel.
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The ancient city of Hierapolis is located on a 200 meter high terrace of limestone deposits amid a wonderland of mineral water pools and petrified limestone waterfalls. The ancient city overlooks the modern town of Pamukkale in Turkey's Inner Aegean region. Founded as a thermal spa in 190 BC by Eumenes II, the King of Pergamon, the city was most likely named for Hiero, the wife of the legendary founder of the Pergamene dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Pamukkale Amphi Theatre
It is located in the middle of Hierapolis and is very well preserved. it was built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian in 2nd century AD. In Emperor Severus' period the cavea and the stage of theatre were restored by using the remains of another old theatre built earlier on the north of the city. Roman Theatre had a capacity of 8500 – 10000 spectators and was divided into two parts as upper and lower parts of seat by a diazoma.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hierapolis Apollon tapınağı
Located on the main street between the theater and a sacred pool, this forty-by-sixty-foot temple was dedicated to the supposed god of light, Apollo. The entrance faced west and was approached by a broad flight of stairs.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools
The surreal, brilliant white travertine terraces and warm, limpid pools of Pamukkale hang, like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall, from the rim of a steep valley side in Turkey’s picturesque southwest. Truly spectacular in its own right, the geological phenomenon that is Pamukkale, literally "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis. With such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a Unesco World Heritage site. With over two million visitors annually, it is also Turkey’s single most visited attraction.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infant meals not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaturka Ephesus
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.

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Great things to see....
, Jun 2022
Great things to see. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Long day trip but terraces and Cleopatras pool was great. Heiroplois theater one of the best I've ever seen.
This tour was disappointing. The one...
Rachel H
, Jun 2017
This tour was disappointing. The one benefit was that tourism is really slow in Turkey right now June 2017 so it was less crowded than it probably could have been I can't imagine what this would be like during a busy time, Blech!. The calcium terraces are very visibly worn by the volume of people visiting them, so they don't look as striking as the photos suggest. I think the water source is also diminishing, so the flow has slowed and shrunken the pooling area. Hieropolis was a neat site, and is all in the same place as the cotton castle. The guide that I had for this tour contributed to its disappointment. He was nice, but clearly not excited about being there that day maybe just an off day for him, who knows?, so he hardly told us anything interesting that we couldn't have just read on a sign. All in all, the sign was not worth the length of the trip and expense to get there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Picked up right outside my hotel...
, Jul 2016
Picked up right outside my hotel ,excellent tour guide ,funny and excellent atmosphere ,great group of people on the tour bus ,stopped for buffet style lunch on the way ,shown in a shop how marble is made into ornaments and then drove to pamukkale ,amazing sight to see,well worth the long drive
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