You can see the wonder of the travertines long before you arrive at the base of the mountain on Marmaris Pamukkale Tour. Pamukkale translates into English as Cotton Castle, an apt description of the vista that awaits you. Formed by calcified waters over millennia the rocks have hardened to form rock pools, where you may walk or bathe in the healing waters. You have to walk barefoot over the rocks in order to avoid damage or discoloration of this world heritage site. It is easier to do than you think with the texture of the rocks neither cold nor hard. The texture is more chalky and easy to negotiate barefoot. The views from the climb are magnificent, offering you a view of the safety and altitude of the city Hierapolis which nestles hidden at the apex of this beautiful mountain.
Hierapolis which means Holy City houses the spa where Cleopatra once bathed among its healing waters. The Apostle Philip once spread the word of Christianity here, before he fell from grace and was crucified by the Romans and subsequently buried at a church in the city. When you arrive at the top of the white terraces the ruins of ancient Hierapolis spread out before you. There is a touristic centre where you can purchase snacks or beverages, use the toilet facilities or simply sit among the many exotic plants that grow in this surprising mountain top city. You may bathe in Cleopatra’s pool (payable locally), a heated spa pool where the ancient columns have tumbled into the waters, lending it a great sense of history, as you swim where Cleopatra once swam.
Enjoy a day out seeped in history and culture
Experience the healing waters of the ancient baths
Walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra herself
Benefit from a knowlegable tour guide
Price: for adults – 35 €, for children from 7 to 11 years old – 15 €, for children under 6 years old – free.
Marmaris Pamukkale Tour Date – Times:
Every Day – 06:30 – 19:00
With an early morning pickup from your hotel you travel towards Mugla and on to the town of Denizli. A breakfast stop along the way will help you to recharge and refresh before you continue the last leg of your tour to Pamukkale.
The travertines are visible for many kilometres before you arrive at the base of the mountain and are marvellous to see (even from a distance).
When you arrive your tour guide my give you free time to climb the travertines or guide you to the meeting point at the top.
On arrival at the top of the terraces you go forward to the ancient city itself, where you are given free time to explore, before returning to your coach mid afternoon followed by a buffet lunch.
Arrival back at your hotel will be early evening.
It takes about 3 hours by bus to reach Pamukkale on your Marmaris to Pamukkale excursion as the distance between Marmaris and Pamukkale is 220 kilometers.
During the excursion from Marmaris to Pamukkale you will see the white travertines of Pamukkale, Cleopatra’s Pool and the ancient city of Hierapolis.
Pamukkale Tour Prices;
Marmaris Pamukkale Tour price:
Your hotel pickup, guide service, breakfast and lunch then subsequent return to your Marmaris hotel or apartment.
Extras are anything you choose to drink, entry onto the travertines and an optional extra is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool.
Good walking shoes are the order of the day. Your sunglasses and sun cream of course. Some money for extra expenditure and a towel. Your camera if you are keen on photographing beautiful scenery.
Unfortunately it may not. Anyone with mobility difficulties would be unable to negotiate the travertines. The journey lasts around 3 hours and for families with very young children this should be considered before booking. The surfaces of the ancient city are easier to walk along, but for anyone with a health impediment, the climb could be too much.
Firstly the ascent from the lake up to the travertines offers amazing views of the far distant countryside. The waters of the rock pools are there for you to cool yourself down and even swim where they are deep enough. The chalk like minerals are beneficial to the skin as well!
If you love history and are even the slightest bit religious the story of St Philip and his burial in Hierapolis is fascinating. It is even said that the gateway to hell was found in the city. An ancient sacrificial site was discovered where birds were sacrificed to the gods. The poisonous fumes from this underground source being responsible for their immediate demise.
With Ephesus as its larger sister city, Hierapolis is often overlooked. Having no less a history and with its fascinating location above the travertines, it is equally worth a visit, as you walk in the footsteps of the apostles and ancient queens, history comes alive beneath your feet.