TWO ENDLESS DAYS IN PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS
Enjoy the longest ever experience in Pamukkale to discover the ancient city of Hierapolis and Hot Springs with their “cotton castles”, two UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites. Ask our guide about the mythical founder of the city and feed your curiosity without losing your appetite: dinner, breakfast and a traditional lunch await you.
- Pamukkale Natural Hot Springs
- Dinner, breakfast and traditional lunch
- Do you know the two UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sitesof Pamukkale? You'll have plenty of time, two days and a night in fact, to discover Hierapolis and the Hot Springs of Pamukkale, treasures of south western Turkey.
- When you arrive in Pamukkale, your hotel room and dinner will be ready for you. Before you sleep, take a look at the sky: the firmament of central Anatolia is unequaled.
- Wake up, breakfast is served, and we're off. The guided tour takes you to the ruins of Hierapolis, a city in classical Phrygia founded by the king of Pergamon in the 2nd century BC.
- The legend tells a different story: Hierapolis, meaning “holy city” in ancient Greek, is said to have been founded by Apollo. Is the Sun God perhaps responsible for heating its mineral springs to 40° centigrade? Think about it as you gaze up the white limestone steps that give the modern city its name: Pamukkalemeans 'cotton castle' in Turkish.
- These hot springs are a real masterpiece of nature. Having run incessantly across the landscape for thousands of years, the waters here have formed countless natural pools by hollowing out the limestone and travertine rock. At first sight it looks like a dazzling white mountain of clouds.
- In your free time, explore ancient Hierapolis or the hot springs. We'll be waiting to serve you some local dishes: “pilav” rice with meatballs and vegetables, “makarna” pasta, “kuru fasulye” beans and much more.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol..
- Be prepared to walk for around 3 kilometers on rough ground with slopes, steps and cobblestones.
- The travertine surfaces of Pamukkale can be treacherous: proceed carefully to avoid slipping.
- Bring swimwear and a beach towel with you, they'll be useful.
- The transfer from Kusadasi to Pamukkale takes around 3.5 hours, depending on traffic.