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Excursions in Turkey

Relax

Turkish Bath   Relax | day excursion

Turkish Bath or hamams as they are named, are for many aspects of health, not just for external cleanliness. Before Turkey was established as a separate country, the Romans, Byzantines, and nomadic peoples of the region had their own variations of bathing rituals. These traditions combined, creating a different variation of these ancient bathing habits, The Turkish Bath.The bather enters the dry heat of a sweating area. Afterwards, the bather begins to perspire heavily because of a wet steam.The skin is then washed with soap and warm water and the muscles massaged. After being scoured and washed, the bather's body temperature returns to normal from swimming in cold water. Closely interweaved with everyday life, as well as the Muslim mandates for cleanliness and respect for the varied functions of water, the hamam will probably survive modernity with many other things in Western Asia.No visit to Turkey can be complete without taking a Turkish Bath, a cleansing and relaxing process to give you the feeling of the Orient on your body and mind and the mystery of the fables of the 1001 Nights.

 

12 Islands Cruise   Relax | day excursion

12 islands cruise, a day sailing in a fascinating surrounding. This area named by fishermen as Inside the Darkness, composed of islands and Kapidag Peninsula, adorned numerous bays, more beautiful than one another, is the resort place of blue voyagers. Yassica Islands, Hamam Bay, Kursunlu Bay, Yavansu, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Tersane Island, Gobun Bay, Boynuzbuku, Gocek Island, Domuz Island, Zeytin Island, Kizil Island, reached via daily tours from Gocek and Fethiye , are also named as "12 Islands" within the region and holds the characteristic of most important attraction area How to get there: Daily boat trips from Dalyan.I suggest you to look around carefully in this tour. Because you have the chance to see the dolphins, flying fish, and even the sea turtles!!!

 

Crab fishing   Relax | day excursion

Fishing and Crabbing, sail to lagoon of Candir and cross your fingers as you cast your line.Enjoy a swim and take in the scenery before sailing towards “Hole Island” to try out some sea fishing.Then back into the fresh water system for a barbecue lunch cooking your catch if your lucky.Afterwards there will be time for snorkelling, swimming, strolling along the Beach or just lie back and top up your tan.

 

Lonely Beach   Relax | day excursion

Lonely Beach, we will board our boat, sail up the delta until we find ourselves in the blue Mediterranean sea with the sole intention of finding a secluded bay or Beach that nobody else is on and claim this bit of land as ours for the day. With nothing to do but swim, snorkel, sun bathe and generally relax, while your Sunflowers guide prepares a freshly cooked barbecue for you right in front of your eyes.A truly relaxing day.

 

Waterfall   Relax | day excursion

Waterfall, you will be taken to shady spots away from the crowds. Take a cool refreshing deep in the crystal clear of cold waters. See the Turks at work in the fields and be amazed by the diversity of the crops or the scents drifting from the groves of citrus trees.The base of the Water Fall forms a natural pool, which is clean, cool and refreshing. The surrounding view is scenic and nature is relaxing. An ideal location to pass the afternoon and have a picnic.

 

Moonlight Cruise   Relax | day excursion

Moonlight Cruise, a special evening along the silent river and sea where the magical spell of the clear night sky is broken only by the splash of leaping fish, a shooting star blazing a trail across the universe or the crackle of flames from the fire preparing the sumptuous barbecue. A truly romantic experience.

 

Panorama Tour   Relax | day excursion

Panorama Tour, you will be taken to the highest point in Dalyan for a fantastic bird's eye view of the beauty that surrounds you. A must if you enjoy giving your eyes and camera a real treat in places you will surely miss if you were not taken there, and in the afternoon we will go to a quite bay for lunch and there will be lots of time for swimming and sunbathing.

 

Koycegiz lake   Relax | day excursion

Koycegiz Lake, located near Dalyan and within a convenient distance of both Fethiye and Marmaris, is well known for its natural hot springs and mud baths.Koycegiz lake narrows into a channel, flowing into the Dalyan River which empties into the Mediterranean at one of Turkey's most spectacular beaches, lztuzu, which is also the breeding ground of the Caretta caretta sea turtle. The reed-lined river meanders toward the sea, overlooked by 4th-century B.C. Lycian rock tombs. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos. On the asphalt road to Velibey is the ancient settlement now at Sultaniye, also a thermal center used for centuries, and site of numerous ruins.Riza Cavus Thermal BathsSituated next to a natural channel between Koycegiz Lake and the Mediterranean Sea, the Riza Cavus Thermal Baths form a water pool and a mud pond, with a flow rate of about 8 liters per second. The mud and mineral baths can accommodate 1,000 people per day. At a second spring is Velibey Thermal Baths, 1.5 km north of Riza Cavus that has similar qualities and a flow rate of 20 liters per second. The waters of Sultaniye are good for both bathing and drinking. They flow at a rate of 42 liters per second, resulting in a bath capacity of 10,000 baths per day. The Riza Cavus natural hot springs contain sodium chloride, hydrogen, sulfur, bromide, fluoride, and are naturally radioactive (3,770 picokuri/liter, or 139 bekerel/liter), with a total salt and mineral content of 2,800 mg/It. The temperature of the mud and water is 30' to 38 C, and the pH is about 6.5. These hot springs are good for the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological and gynecological diseases, as well as neurological and physical exhaustion.

 

Jeep Safari   Relax | day excursion

Jeep and Truck Safari, in our one day safari we make stops for swimming in the clear fresh 12km long lake, walk around an old ruined village with a mosque, a clear water spring which is the source of a local river, a four course lunch in a restaurant built out of wood on top of a river, a typical Turkish family's house for tea, a secluded beach, a mountain peak overlooking Dalyan, the delta and the surrounding seas, just to mention a few.In between your stops you crash through numerous fords and judder down some seemingly impossible tracks. Go off the between track with our safari lorry. As the wind whistles through your hair you will realy feel that you have finally got away from it all.

 

Culture

Relax | Culture | Sportive | Historical

Turkish kitchen   Culture | day excursion

Turkish kitchen, first we go down to the local market and pick up our supplies and head of to a local village house to prepare our dish of the day.Having prepared and cooked your meal with the help of your host you can sample the delights of your own traditional Turkish cuisine.The experience is bound to help you impress your friends at dinner parties back home.

 

Village life   Culture/Nature | day excursion

Village life, visiting a rual farming family for a real insight as to how the Turkish people go about their everyday lives.The village, 1400 mt. up in the Taurus Mauntains, provides for excellent walks through fruit orchards, crystal clear water springs and the possibility to take in the cool-Yayla-and scenery from the back of a donkey.You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional lunch with the farmer's family in their garden and learn of their culture, traditions and superstitions.

 

Gombe green lake   Culture/Nature | day excursion

Gombe Green Lake, this tour is a wonderful opportunity to see traditional, non-touristic Turkey high in the Taurus Mountains, away from the coastal heat. A great outing for those interested in walking in the pastures of the Taurus Mountain highlands and learning about the semi-nomadic way of life that dominates the peaks all summer-long. The semi-nomads represent the long history of the Turkish people who migrated from central Asia.This is a special tour, because we travel to a small village in the mountains. There are only few tourists and the air is very clear and fresh. We´ll go trekking for 90 min. and you can take a look at the green lake and a natural formed waterfall.Brilliant Green Lake is 6,500 ft above sea level and a pilgrimage center to which people come from every corner of the country to drink its sacred healing water. Semi-nomads live in tents near the lake with their flocks and are very hospitable to visitors. Don't miss the "Wishing Tree" on your walk to Green Lake - a tree upon which scraps of cloth are tied by pilgrims along with a prayer.The lake is formed by the melting snow which stays on top of the mountains until early August. It offers spectacular shots for photographers and is a cool place to visit in the summer. The area of Green Lake overlooks a stunning valley once travelled through by Alexander the Great and his troops on his Persian campaign.Green Lake is also located very near the sacred "Flying Waterfall". Like Green Lake, the water here is considered holy and people come from all over to drink its curative waters. It is believed to have been given to people as a gift by the founder of a nearby dervish monastery.For lunch on this tour we eat at a wonderful restaurant tucked away in a tranquil forest alongside a rushing stream, with many delicious options from which to choose.After lunch we drive back to Kas.

 

Sportive

Relax | Culture | Sportive | Historical

Tlos and Canyon   Sportive | day excursion

Here's the question. How can a gorge 20 km long and hundreds of feet deep that carries vast volumes of snow melt every year be virtually invisible until you're inside it? Here's the plan, you turn up at the right time of year (which varies depending where your attitude to 'activity holidays' lies on the scale between mellow and suicidal), pop on some shoes that you don't mind getting wet and start the ascent.Please don't be put off at this point if I'm making it sound scary. It isn't unless you try and battle ice cold torrents at neck height any time before April. I've 'done the gorge', or at least parts of the 4km that are walkable, at several times of year and with varied groups of companions (some bits under some conditions are very difficult unless you're with the sort of friends who don't mind you standing on their heads).If you want a nice relaxing paddle with the odd high step then I'd go for late summer, after the water has warmed up enough to make falling over fun and while there's still enough of it left to fall over into.If you don't fancy the hike then the 150 metres of walkway you need to traverse to get to the gorge proper is fun for everybody and the clump of tea houses, some of which serve food, which have been craftily inserted there make a great place to chill out for a while. Particularly pleasant on a summer evening when the coach trippers have headed back to their hotel resorts and you can grab a beer that's been sitting in the running water all day. It's difficult to do this place justice with photos and descriptions. Much, much fun if you're up for it and very nice if you've had a heavy evening the night before and just want to sit around going "wow".After our adventure we visit Tlos. Tlos was one of the six principal cities of Lycia. Tlos once bore the title of "the very brilliant metropolis of the Lycian nation. It is one of the oldest and largest settlements of Lycia and was inhabited until the 19th century by Turks.Tlos lies on the east side of the Xanthos valley, and is dominated by its acropolis. This rocky outcrop slopes up from the plateau, but ends on the west, north and northeast in almost perpendicular cliffs. On its slope are several Lycian sarcophagi and many temple-type tombs are cut into the face of the acropolis hill. The influence of many cultures upon Tlos has resulted in an interesting collage of structures.

 

(Nature)walk, Trekking   Sportive | day excursion

Trekking is one of the lightest types of nature sports. It means long and tiring walking. Trekking time varies depending on the difficulty of your track. Generally, you can trek medium level tracks within 5 or 6 hours.Trekking is highly preferred by those who seek for a momentary relief from tiring metropolitan life, desire to a day in nature and share natural beauties with teammates. The aim is to ensure one-day adaptation with natural life, which you long for in the city. You have to bear tolerable tiredness to achieve that. No technical material other than trekking shoes and a medium size backpack is required.Comfortable shoes will facilitate your trekking experience. Group guides may deliver you small tips depending on the difficulty of your track, and no other training is necessary. Recently, trekking organizations also began to offer ultimately hard trekking tracks, which require technical material and special training. Such hard tracks are for adventurers.Make sure that you have detailed information about your track before taking off.

 

White Water Rafting   Sportive | day excursion

Rafting, just 45 minutes away from Dalyan is a village called Akkoprü. This village is situated in the wilds of Turkey on the Dalaman river, being the best river for white water rafting in Southern Turkey. The river flows all year round, being at its most challenging in the spring time, and consists of rapid, then pool, rapid, then pool and so on; the rapids being of grades 3 and 4; the pools allowing plenty of time to relax, swim, and having a stop for eating a special lunch.The river is suitable and exciting for beginners to intermediate rafters and the whole days emphasis is on having as much fun as possible. Be prepared to get very wet, have your stomach in your mouth, and enjoy the thrill of a day of teamwork in getting your raft down the river back to the village. The river current and the rapids may be strong and exciting, but they are surprisingly calming. When you end the day chatting about your exploits with your team members and drinking Turkish tea in the garden, you feel completely relaxed and often a bit jovial.

 

Mountain Biking   Sportive | day excursion

Mountain Biking, at 9.00 a.m. we meet at the Tours office. After you have tested out the bike and had a briefing on the day, it is time to hit the road. During this trip you will make several stops such as in the amber forest, in small villages and at the river. Lunch will be in a small restaurant built on top of a river. In the afternoon we will make a fast downhill run of 8 km along a mixture of dirt and tarmac roads to Dalyan. On the small village roads back we will stop for tea with some locals. We arrive back in Dalyan around 5.00 p.m. The tour is approximately 45 kilometers in total, most of it along country lanes.

 

Sea Kayaking   Sportive | day excursion

Canoeing, a natural sport made generally in lakes and rivers with low flow rate. However, canoeing as we put it here, has nothing to do with professional canoeing. Professional canoes are usually used by a single canoeist in wild waters with higher flow rate. Here, in this tour, it is your aim to win your struggle with nature. We make mention of " Indian type " canoes used by three canoeists. Indian type canoes were the sources of inspiration for professional canoes.You are required to have qualified training to use professional canoes, however, no pre-canoeing training is necessary for Indian type canoes.You only have to listen to pre-tour course delivered by your guides well, and strictly adhere with on-tour instructions. Indian type canoes are used in still water. You will be canoeing fast and safely when you adhere with on-tour instructions and stay in harmony with your teammates. Here, your aim is not to canoe fast, but rather to enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding you. Canoeing tracks are natural wonders. You will row for places never or rarely accessed before. Rowing has never been so nice. Tree branches will touch your hair, water plants and rushes will slow down your canoe when you row through natural water channels. Upon challenging such a struggle, you will drive home efreshed with nice memories.Guide yourself slowly and silently up the Dalyan river until you get to the Lake of Köycegiz, and then you paddle amongst the reeds and discover the wildlife that hides in amongst the foliage- you never know what you may be lucky enough to come across. As well as the lake there are just so many channels in the delta. You can discover them at whatever pace takes your fancy.

 

Paragliding   Sportive | day excursion

Paragliding, the other name of flying. No one would even dream of flying in ancient times. Flying was a centuries-long dream. Then came flying objects. First human flight put an end to this dream, as flying was not a dream for humanity any more. However, it was still a dream for individual human beings as only selected and well-trained people enjoyed privilege of flying.Aviation developed rapidly in the last century, and sports oriented aviation invited everyone for flight joy. Finally, paragliding is the easiest, cheapest and shortest way to dance with birds in the sky.Paragliding sport is to take off by means of running from a high hill instead of plane with a parachute similar to free style jumping parachute on the first look. Parachute, which is lied on a inclined and high hill, is filled with air with the running of pilot and take off with pilot.Periods of the flights can continue for kilometers / hours in connection with experience of the pilot and performance of the materials used. Although it can be for single person, there is two persons ( tandem ) wings.Tandem Paragliding: Specially designed two-seat paraglide (42 sqm) is used in tandem gliding. In tandem flights, an experienced pilot manages paraglide, and the second person is just a passenger.

 

Diving   Sportive | day excursion

Scuba diving, in Kas, Dalyan and Patara in Turkey has an organised infrastructure in place and the season in Turkey runs from March to December. The water temperature is an average of 26 degrees, with the temperature rising to about 31 degrees in August. This makes Turkey and especially the Lycian coast an ideal place in which to dive. Also due to the diversity of the bays, coves and inlets its the perfect place in which to introduce new comers to this very popular and exciting sport.Within the seas of Turkey, divers can discover a fascinating submerged world, from underwater caverns to sunken ships and even the remains of ancient cities. The only areas prohibited from scuba diving are military zones, those conducting scientific research and areas under protection.In Kas, Dalyan, Patara are several dive sites, including islands, reefs and walls. A large variety of marine life is found here including groupers, sardines, moray eels, turtles, stingrays, barracudas, sea bream, rainbow wrasse, damsel fish, bonita, sea mullet, starfish, octopus, dolphins, nurse sharks, squid, mackerel, etc. Most of these animals are commonly seen in the clear waters around Kas. Other items of interest include ancient pottery remains.

 

Caunos   Sportive/Historical | day excursion

Caunos lies on the west bank of the river and is therefore, technically at least, Carian - part of ancient Caria. If, however, you've visited any of the Lycian sites further to the East you'll recognise the prominent rock tombs of Caunos as typically Lycian. If you don't fancy a swim you'll need to take a boat from Dalyan to get to the site. Not much of a hardship really as there's plenty to look at during the 45 minute trip (if nothing else you can use the time to apply your mosquito repellent of choice).Excavations here have been going on for 30 years but much of the city is yet to be revealed, but you will find a good theatre, baths and a Byzantine Basilica in reasonable condition.The rock tombs of Caunos fall into 2 categories - simple, rock cut chambers in the lower row on the cliff face and the more ornate temple tombs above. They may or may not be included in a tour of the site so it makes sense to check if you're keen to explore them close up.

 

Canyoning   Sportive | day excursion

Canyoning is a new and exciting outdoor activity. Jumping into clear cool pools of water, abseiling down waterfalls.Sometimes swimming through narrow passages, sometimes climbing boulders, sometimes walking. The descents are made wearing wet suits and carrying waterproof packs and containers. Some descents require the use of ropes and harnesses. Dry or wet, they are sometimes challenging but always spectacular. Our agency conforms to international standards of safety and uses only best materials.We use several local canyons including the famous Saklikent gorge. All you need is a head for heights, the ability to swim and a taste for adventure.

 

Historical

Relax | Culture | Sportive | Historical

Xanthos   Historical | day excursion

Xanthos, described by Strabo as Lycia's largest city, takes its name from the river that flows beside it, the Xanthos (today's Esen Çayi), which means "yellow" in Greek. Its oldest name, however, appeared as 'Arnna' in ancient written sources and on coinage.Homer states that one of the heroes in the Trojan War, a man named Sarpedon, came from Xanthos, However, the earliest finds discovered in French excavations of the city, in progress since 1950, date to the eighth century B.C.Xanthos maintained its independence until 545 B.C., when it was razed in the course of the Persian invasion under the command of Harpagos. In spite of their defeat, Xanthians passion for heroism and honour was immortalized in the pages of history. Herodotus describes the horror of these events and the terrible fate of the Xanthians thus: "Harpagos, marching to the Xanthos plain at the head of his forces, in spite of their small numbers, performed many honourable deeds. In the end, when they understood that they would be defeated, they retreated behind the city walls and set fire to their wives, children, slaves, and their goods, reducing all to ashes. And after this, they hurled themselves on their enemies. Except for 80 families who were not present in the city during the battle, all of the Xanthians perished."

 

Patara   Historical | day excursion

Patara, there are a number of stories connected with the founding of one of Lycia's principal harbours. Some ancient sources relate the legend that, the city was established by Patarus, the son of Apollo and Lycia, a nymph of the river Xanthos. Strabo describes the city as a large port, also explaining that it was founded by Patarus. In reality, however, Lycians founded the city, and its name, as seen on inscriptions and coins, was Patar in the Lycian language.Patara derived its fame in ancient times from the oracle of Apollo situated there. Oracles in the temple, which was kept open only during the winter months, sought answers to questions concerning the future.Patara, which passed into the hands of Alexander the Great in 334 B.C., retained its importance as a commercial centre and naval base throughout the Hellenistic period. In the course of Egyptian domination, Ptolemaios II (reigned 285-246 B.C) changed the city's name to Arsinoe in honour of his wife. Apparently however, the name did not catch on, and before long its original name was again in use. Read more about Patara.

 

Letoon   Historical | day excursion

Letoon, was the sacred cult center of Lycia and its most important sanctuary dedicated to the three national deities of Lycia - Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis. Legend has it that Leto was loved by Zeus, but was chased away by jealous Hera until Leto gave birth to her twins on the island of Delos. Another story gives the birthplace as the source of the Xanthos River. One story tells that shepherds angrily refused to let her drink from a fountain - she turned them into frogs in retaliation. Still another story says that wolves helped her find the Xanthos River. In gratitude she named the country Lycia: Lykos is Greek for wolf.Letoon was a sanctuary precinct and not actually a city, though it did have a settlement surrounding it. This was the spiritual heart of Lycia, its federal sanctuary and the place of national festivals. Letoon was the center of pagan cults activity until perhaps the 5th century AD when Lycia was ravaged by Arab attacks and the area started to silt up with sand brought by the Xanthos River.An inscription found at Letoon refers to the establishment of the cult as well as its rules for monthly and annual sacrifices - offenders against this were found guilty before Leto, her children and the Nymphs. The Lycian cult of Leto was one of the many forms of the wide-spread mother-goddess religion which originated in ancient Anatolia and spread throughout the ancient world. It is noteworthy that a woman was allowed to preside over the national assembly that was held each autumn at Letoon - a reminder of the ancient matriarchal customs in Anatolia.Features of Letoon include:TemplesRemains of three temples, each dedicated to one of the three deities of Letoon are located side by side in the center of the site. The largest and best-preserved is that of Leto, in the Ionic order, likely dating back to the 5th century BC. The remains of an even older temple have been found beneath the existing one. A second temple lies to the east, decorated with Doric friezes, dated c. 4th century BC. This temple has been attributed to Apollo and displays a very nice floor mosaic depicting his symbols - bow and arrow, sun and lyre.Between the temples stands of Leto and Apollo lies a third building, smaller and with excellent masonry. This is the temple of Artemis and dates back to c. 4th century BC, like the temple of Apollo.NymphaeumTo the south and west of the temples is a nymphaeum connected to a sacred spring, always full of terrapins and frogs said to be the unfortunate shepards transformed by Leto's vengeance. This was perhaps used in an religious immersion ceremony.AmphitheatreLetoon has a nice theatre with vaulted passages leading to entrances on either side. The entrance on the south-west side has an interesting carving of a row of sixteen masks including the faces of Dionysus, a satyr and a comic old woman.

 

Aphrodisias Pamukkale Ephesus   Historical | multi day excursion

With few breaks on the way we'll reach Aphrodisias, the most beautiful ancient city in Turkey. The city is about 300 km far and it is located on north-west of Kas. Its altitude is 900 m. from sea level. The city has a monumental gate to temple of Aphrodite , The Tetrapylon. The city is now built to be a beautiful Antique park. The stadium is the largest in Turkey and most important antique building in the world, with 30,000 seats series on both sides, for the spectators. The museum, exhibits only the art found in Aphrodisias which are great works from the sculpture school (1. Century BC - 1. Century AD). Later on we will continue to Pamukkale and check in our hotel and enjoy the swimming pool with natural mineral water of Pamukkale. Pamukkale ist one of the most beautiful natural wonder on the world. It is declared as a world heritage by UNESCO. The spectacular Lime terraces of Pamukkale. It is used as natural spa and the Holly Centre by the Roman Emperors. Swim in the original springs (36°). The history of Ephesus stretches out like a landscape, from its hazy and distant beginnings veiled in myth, to its later glory, as the Roman Capital of Asia.The name "Ephesos" was probably derived from the word "Apasas", the name for the site in the late Bronze Age. A pre Greek name, most likely meaning bee, it is strongly supported by the popular symbolism of that most famous of goddesses, the Ephesian Artemis. The ancient author Strabo refers to the early populations as "Karians and Lelegians, whilst Pausanias relates the tradition of the Amazons of Thermodon founding the city, and raising a shrine to the goddess, whose protection they sought on several occasions. A popular belief in its second founding by Androklos son of Kodros, the King of Athens, is attested to by architectural reliefs, which can still be viewed today in the nearby Selcuk/Ephesus museum. Translated into stone, the famous words of the Oracle of Apollo, telling where the city should be built, "a fish shall show you, and a boar will lead the way", celebrate the ancient story. Archaeological evidence has yet to support this myth, although geographical elements from the story share distinct similarities with the geography of the earliest settlements, where the finding of ceramics dating to Mycenean times further demonstrate the antiquity of the site. Read more about : Aphrodisias, Pamukkale and Ephesus.

 

Cappadocia   Historical | multi day excursion

Cappadocian in Turkey is among the World Heritage Sites which is listed by UNESCO. This place is quite beautiful and is visited by holidaymakers each year from around the world. You will have a great time exploring the various places of Cappadocia which are known for their distinct historic, geological and cultural characteristics.While Cappadocia Sightseeing you can view the various sites present in this region. Starting from beautiful rivers, lakes to historical monuments, this place has them all. You will find yourself in a panoramic natural setting while you are Sightseeing at Cappadocia. You can go Sightseeing in Cappadocia and watch the Underground city. This city is among the very exciting underground settlements in this region. You can also visit the Soganli Valley which is an open air museum set near the Cappadocian village. This museum has various styles of rock-cut churches and paintings.You can also visit the lunar landscape of this place. The Devrent valley here is famous for the rock formations. You can also visit the Zelve Open Air Museum and Pasabag, where the noise of the wind gels with that of the songs sung by the fairies. While Cappadocia Sightseeing, visit the renowned Goreme Open Air Museum which is frequented by the monastic communities of this resgion. It is among the most popular tourist spots in central part of this country. This place is a complex which has around thirty rock-cut Christian shrines which has some amazing paintings which dates from the nineth to the eleventh centuries.The town of Avanos is famous for pottery and the bastion of Uchisar are also worth a visit when you are in Cappadocia. Apart from Sightseeing in Cappadocia, there are many other Things to do in Cappadocia like shopping, dining and many more.Sightseeing in Cappadocia will be a unique experience which you will cherish for the rest of your lives. Read more about Cappadocia and the Underground Cities.

 

Simena Kekova   Historical | day excursion

Simena Kekova, located on the Turquoise Coast, is the most scenic area in Lycia. Kekova is a set of picturesque islands, bays and small ancient cities that the blue voyagers love to explore. For those enjoying a holiday on shore, it is recommended (when not staying in one of the nice pensions of Kalekoy) to visit Kekova by excursion boat or rented small motorboat from Kas or from Demre (Myra). This way is easier and more enjoyable than driving along the winding road which ends in Ucagiz where one still has to rent a motorboat.Kekova, which is an incredible place of beauty where nature mingles with the past and the present, consists of:* The village of Ucagiz and its harbour where the ruins of ancient 4 C BC Theimussa can be encountered. The majority of the sarcophagi and rock-cut tombs of the necropolis date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.* The village of Kalekoy where the Lycian and Roman vestiges of the 4 C BC ancient sunken city of Simena are located. In addition to a surprising Lycian sarcophagus emerging from the sea and which has become the symbol of Kaleköy.On the shore ruins of Roman baths, rock tombs and sarcophagi, a citadel with a small rock-cut theatre inside (the smallest theatre in Lycia with a seating capacity of about 300 people) and cisterns can be seen. Kekova Island has given its name to the surroundings. The place is also called the Sunken City as most of the ancient buildings sank in the sea as a result of various earthquakes. Along the shore one can see the foundations of submerged buildings and houses as well as staircases descending under the water. Tersane Bay , where yachts and boats may anchor, was a shipyard. Very near is a Byzantine church whose apse is still visible today.In the Kekova area there are many ancient cities located very close to each other: Aperlae and Istlada along the coast, Apollonia in Kilicli, Tyberissos in Cevreli.As these cities were very small, some of them, such as Simena, Apollonia, Aperlae and Isinda, or Theimussa, Cyaenai and Myra merged to be represented as one entity in the Lycian League.

 

Myra   Historical | day excursion

Myra, the rock-cut tombs (4C BC) some of which have temple facades and beautifully carved reliefs representing the dead and their families, or warriors. They are among the most fascinating in Anatolia.The ancient Lycian city of Myra, located near Demre, was the city where St Nicholas lived in the 4th century. Born in Patara, he later became the bishop of Myra. He was reputed for his generosity and compassion. A legend tells the story of a man who was too poor to provide his three daughters with a dowry, as they had reached the age to be married. One night, Nicholas tossed a bag full of gold through the window of the oldest girl, in order to save her from her bad situation. Some time later, Nicholas wished to put up the dowry money for the other two girls, but because their windows were closed, he threw the bags of gold down the chimney, hence the secret bestowal of presents to children at Christmas. This custom of delivering gifts at night in secret was first practiced on the eve of the saint's day (6th of December), then put off until the 25th of December.St NicholasThe following stories show why Nicholas has been accepted as the Patron saint of children and sailors: on a return voyage from Jerusalem, Nicolas, by his prayers, saved the ship from sinking and even resurrected a sailor who had drowned in the sea. In a time of famine three boys found their way to the house of a butcher who murdered them in their sleep, cut up their bodies and put them in a salting-tub, intending to sell the flesh. Nicholas, informed by an angel, went to the butchers house and restored the boys to life.In 60 or 61 AD, Paul and Luke reembarked from the port of Myra when they were taken to Rome, as prisoners.The Church of St Nicholas (Noel Baba Kilisesi) is located in Demre. On the place of the saint's tomb, who was martyred under the rule of Docletian, a chapel was erected in the 4th century, then replaced by a church that was damaged by the Arab raids, but restored and surrounded by walls in the 11th century. However at the end of the same century, the bones were stolen and taken to Bari (Italy). Some relics such as fragments of his jawbone and skull are today kept in the Archaeoligical Museum of Antalya. In the church of Demre there are fragments of frescoes and mosaics, as well as a sarcophagus where St Nicholas is thought to have been burried (the lid does not belong to it). International St Nicolas Symposium takes place every year in Demre.