One of the nature wonders of Turkey...
Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish and it gets it name from lovely travertines that flow down the hillside from hot springs, leaving behind a soft white snow of calcium carbonate and bisodium carbonate. Pamukkale, Hieropolis has a history which dates back to 10 thousand years before. As it was believed that the thermal water flows here cures the diseases it had been an important city of health, religious and art for centuries. It is known that Hieropolis was built in 190 B.C. by Bergamon King Eumenes II, and named after his wife Hiera. See this natural wonder.
The ancient name of Pamukkale is Hieropolis which is located 17 kilometers to the North of Denizli. It has a height of 1840 meters,360 meters above the sea.Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish and it gets it name from lovely travertines that flow down the hillside from hot springs, leaving behind a soft white snow of calcium carbonate and bisodium carbonate. You can bath in the pools as you walk up to the ancient city of Hieropolis, with its own Necropolis.
At the top of the hill, you can see the Turkish country side for miles and there is a bathing pool, the water is hot and fizzy. It is a privilage to swim in the pool which is located over the ruined temple of Apollo over tumbled-down marble pillars. It is said that Cleopatra swam here also.
is one of the most remarkable natural sites with its cotton white plateaus, sky blue waters topping of the shallow pools and gently cascading down the drape-like stalagmites onto the lower levels for over 300 feet. Romans used this well known mineral rich, hot volcanic spring water as a natural spa for its therapeutic powers. The great baths which serve as a museum today were constructed in the 2nd century.
there is a Byzantine church, ruins of Apollo Temple, Nymphaion (a 4th century fountain) and a Necropolis with more than 1,000 cut stone sarcophagi and tombs. The Martyrium of St. Philip and a colonnaded street erected by Domitian are also located in Pamukkale.
Highlights of Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Your guide will meet you at Bodrum Port or at your hotel in Bodrum, holding up a sign with your name on it. We will then leave Bodrum behind and drive through a verdant countryside. We will drive for 3,5 hours to Pamukkale & Hierapolis to northeast of Bodrum. On the half way, we will have a break.
The ancient city of Hierapolis was founded by Pergamum, probably Eumenes II, in the 2C BC. Hierapolis is believed to derive its name from Hiera, the wife of Telephus, both being legendary ancestors of kings of Pergamum. Hierapolis was also interpreted by some as the "holy city". All the surviving ruins of the city except the foundations of the Apollo Temple date back from the Imperial Roman period.
We will arrive from the North Gate of Pamukkale (Hierapolis).
You will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm spring water, at a temperature of 35 C / 102 F containing calcium bicarbonate. When the water loses its carbon dioxide it leaves limestone deposits. These are of different colors and shapes in the form of terraces with pools, overhanging surfaces and fascinating stalactite formations. Pamukkale, that means "cotton castle" in Turkish, takes its name from these formations.
If you like, you will also be able to swim in The Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatras Pool (extra entrance fee).
A little further away from Pamukkale, near Karahayit village is another thermal spring, Kirmizi Su (the Red Water) with warmer water but less carbon dioxide gas, where the running water creates a reddish effect different than the white cotton terraces of Pamukkale.
Afterwards, we will drive back to Bodrum Port or your hotel in Bodrum.
• Pick up from your accommodation around at 06:00 a.m and departure from Bodrum at 06:30 a.m
• 3 Hours 40 minutes coach journey to Pamukkale
• Visit the ancient city Hierapolis for one hour (see the rock tombs, The Agora, The Theatre, The Roman Baths, The Temple of Apolla etc.)
• Visit the travertines for one hour
• Stop at the Cleopatra thermal pool for one hour
• Open buffet Lunch stop for one hour
• One hour stop for Shopping
• 3 Hours 40 minutes coach journey back to Bodrum
• 1/2 hour stop off on the way and Back to your hotel around at 9:00 p.m
* Transfer Pick up/drop back from/to hotel
* Transportation in full insuranced, air-conditioned and non smoking vehicle
* Professional licensed quide
(They will speak English, German, French, Russian, Italian ,Polish)
* Entrance fee ( Except Cleopatra Pool Extra )
* Open buffet Lunch
- Entrance fee of Cleopatra Pool is extra : +/12 Euro or +/10 Pound = Per Person
- Gratuities (optional)
- Drinks during lunch
Schedule Details :
Departures : Every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
Departure point : Your Hotel or Address
Departure time : 06:00 am ( please contact with us for Pick Up Times )
Minimum required time for this Pamukkale tour from Bodrum is about 14 hours.
What To Bring :
*As you will be walking for a long time, we suggest you to wear comfortable shoes. take hats and
sunglasses with you.
* Do not forget to take your camera with you.
* As you might want to take a dip in hot springs or swim in the pool don’t forget to bring your swimming suites.
* We advise you to take some money or a credit card with you.
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