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St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side

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Side, Turkey
St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side

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icon19 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Visiting the Turkish Riviera isn’t only about sun, sea, and sand — the Mediterranean coast is also home to some incredible historic sites. On this full-day tour from Side, follow the trail of St Nicolas in Demre, admire the ancient Lycian tombs of Myra, and cruise out to the sunken island of Kekova. Hotel pickup and lunch is included.
  • Full-day tour of Myra, Demre, and Kekova Island from Side
  • Discover the history of St Nicolas in Myra and Demre
  • Tuck into a traditional Turkish lunch at a local restaurant
  • Marvel at the sunken ruins of Kekova on a boat cruise
  • Cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and entrance fees
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fees to the church or Myra
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5:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pick up is always outside the hotel, close to security gate / main gate of the hotel
Your tour begins with pick-up from your central Side hotel in time for an early morning departure. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, set out on the around 3.5-hour journey to Demre, enjoying spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, pass through Kumluca, famous for its tomato plantations, and Finike, with its historic port.

The first stop of the day is the Lycian site of Myra, renowned for its ancient tombs and theater. As you explore the ruins, listen as your guide tells you the history of the ancient city and its most famous former resident — St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus. Hear how St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra in the IV century and his role in bringing Christianity to Turkey, then visit the modern town of Demre, where the church houses the sarcophagus of St Nicholas.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Ucagiz port (around 30 minutes drive), where a boat will be waiting for you. Set sail across the Mediterranean and take in the views as you cruise out to Kekova Island.

Arrive at the sunken ruins of Kekova, an island that was long ago buried by an earthquake and now lies beneath the sea. Gaze down through the glass-bottomed boat at the remains of the ancient city as your guide points out the fortress, theater, and sarcophaguses lying on the ocean floor.

Enjoy a short stop to swim or sunbathe, before heading back to shore, where your driver will be waiting for you.

Back in Side, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kekova Island
boat trip to Kekova island
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Church of St. Nicholas
visiting church of St,. Nicholas with his grave
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rock tombs in Myra
Amazing rock cut tombs and open air ancient amphitheathre in ancient city of Myra
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Metin Tour
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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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 St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side?
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 St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side.

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A big disappointment
Malcolm_B
, Aug 2019
I had been looking forward to this trip from the moment I booked it. When we were picked up from our hotel, we soon realised that we were the only British couple on the coach, it was full of Russians, the commentary was in Russian and we had to endure this for hours on end, not understanding a word that the guide said.A retired English speaking guide was supplied but we had minimal input. Guide books were also supplied which gave us some information but I would have preferred the real thing. Not only that the day was a very long one (14 hours) from start to finish. The sights were spectacular and we enjoyed that, but apart from that a very disappointing day out!
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No english and No german tour-guide...
Stefanie S
, Aug 2017
No english and No german tour-guide! Only russian! Bus was 2hours too late for pickup. This tour was a real mess! The organizer was a mess, too! Don't do this Trip!
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