The names of the two ancient cities, Demre and Myra, are intertwined with that of Santa Claus, because behind the figure of Santa Claus stands a real historical person, Bishop Saint Nicholas, who in the i.u. He was born at the turn of the 3rd-4th century and later lived here. According to legend, his final resting place is also located here, in the church of Demre, which has been preserved from the Byzantine era. Walking the streets of the city, you can feel a little like you are walking in the footsteps of Santa Claus. Antalya Demre Myra Kekova Tour is actually two in one, since in addition to a city tour showing ancient monuments, it also includes a boat trip to Kekova Island!
On the excursion you can see the famous Lycian rock temples, rock tombs and sarcophagi, the faces of the women and men who once lived here look back at us from the reliefs of the latter. Taking a seat in the auditorium of the ancient stone theater, one can feel as if one has traveled back hundreds of years into the past and is just waiting for a theater performance to begin. History comes alive within the city’s streets and walls.
Sailing along the shores of Kekova Island, the sunken ruins of the once prosperous city can be seen under the crystal clear water. Through the water, the carved stone pillars, sarcophagi and wall remains of the deep Mediterranean are clearly visible.
Antalya Demre Myra Kekova Tour price 35 Euro for adults, 20 Euro for children 3 between 7 years old and children under 2 years old are free.
Please note that we have ‘no hidden costs’
Tour days: Daily
Tour duration: From 05:00 to 21:00
Antalya Hotels Transfer: Pick up from your hotel
A comfortable, air-conditioned bus will arrive for you early in the morning at the hotel. The exact departure time is included in the ticket. After the bus has picked up all the guests, it departs for the town of Demre.
The first sight to see will be the church of St. Nicholas in Demre, where the well-prepared guide will introduce you to the history of the city and the role of Bishop St. Nicholas in it. After visiting the church, you will take a bus down to the small port, where the boat will be waiting for you.
As you approach Kekova Island, you can already see the ruined walls, windows and stairs of the ancient buildings from the shore. When you get close to the coast, you can look out over the sea and see the part of the city sunk into the sea. After the exciting research, you will sail back to the port, where a delicious buffet lunch awaits you.
The last sight of the day before the bus takes you back to Antalya will be the ancient city of Myra. Here you can admire the beautiful rock-hewn churches, tombs and the well-preserved theater.
The price of the excursion to Demre, Myra, Kekova from Alanya costs 35 Euro for adults, 20 Euro for children from 4 to 11 years, and free for children from 0 to 3 years.
Antalya Demre Mira Kekova Tour lasts from 05.30 to 19.00. The total tour time is approximately 14 hours.
Myra, near modern Kale (Demre), one of the most important cities of ancient Lycia, near the mouth of the Andriacus River on the Mediterranean Sea in south-west Turkey. Her early history is unknown.