Pamukkale Tour Program: 

* Departure time from last hotel at 07.20 o’clock
* 10 minutes break time in service area at 9.00 o’clock
* Arrival at 10.20 o’clock. After that general information about Pamukkale is informed by guides, to determine between 10.30 and 13.40 free time in order to use Cleopatra Pool (people who want to use The Cleopatra Pool, they can use free Pool, travel the Rock Grave of King and see the Antique Theater)
* Lunch Time at the restaurant between 14.00 and 14.45 o’clock (Inclusive tour price)
* Visit to Textile Factory in the region between 14.45 and 15.45 o’clock
* Visit to the Souvenir Factory which is made by special rock in the region between 15.45 and 16.15 o’clock
* Kusadasi arrive to the last hotel at 19.30.

 

Prices /per person/:

* Adult – 45 €
* Child 7-12 – 25 €
* Child 0-6 – FREE


Price includes:

* Pamukkale entrance fee
* Transport
* Guide
* Lunch /without drinks/
* Insurance

 

Tips for this trip /what to bring with you/:

* Money
* Comfortable shoes
* Hat
* Sunglasses
* Camera
* Sun protection

 

Why to visit Pamukkale?

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.

The ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.

Known as Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) or ancient Hierapolis (Holy City), this village has been drawing the weary to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. The Turkish name refers to the surface of the shimmering, snow-white limestone, shaped over millennia by calcium-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the vast mountainside, mineral-rich waters foam and collect in terraces, spilling over cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. Legend has it that the formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that giants left out to dry.

Overshadowed by natural wonder, Pamukkale’s well-preserved Roman ruins and museum have been remarkably underestimated and unadvertised; tourist brochures over the past 20 years have mainly featured photos of people bathing in the calcium pools. Aside from a small footpath running up the mountain face, the terraces are all currently off-limits, having suffered erosion and water pollution at the feet of tourists. While it is not open for bathing, the site is still worth a visit. Although many travelers come to Pamukkale only as a hasty day trip from Kuşadası or Selçuk.

Tourism is and has been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As recently as the mid-20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Hierapolis, causing considerable damage. An approach road was built from the valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was declared a World Heritage Site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.

 

Hierapolis

Hierapolis was an ancient city located on hot springs in classical Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and currently comprise an archaeological museum designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, with many patrons retiring or dying there. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, most famously that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos, which bears a relief depicting the earliest known example of a crank and rod mechanism.

The great baths were constructed with huge stone blocks without the use of cement and consisted of various closed or open sections linked together. There are deep niches in the inner section, including the bath, library, and gymnasium.

 

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