Aphrodisias Ruins and Aphrodisias Archaeological Museum
Aphrodisias got its name from the Greek goddess of Love, Aphrodite (Venus), who here has the unique cult image of Aphrodite of Aphrodisias. The city was established next to a marble quarry, which was used extensively in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and marble sculptors from Aphrodisias gained fame in the Roman world.
Aphrodisias was one of the leading cities of the era, surrounded by fertile fields where all kinds of foodstuffs were produced. It also had a thriving wool and cotton industry, highly developed commercial, political, religious, and cultural institutions, a fine arts and crafts tradition, world-renowned schools of philosophy and sculpture, and a large and energetic citizenry.
You will see; Tetra-pylon (Tetra=four; pylon=gate) was the monumental gate of the city. The name tetra-pylon means that it consists of four groups of four columns. The stadium in Aphrodisias is the best preserved of all the ancient stadiums in the Mediterranean region. Located in the northern part of the city, it is 262m long and 59m wide and has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.
It consisted of the Odeon and the Episcopal Palace, Agora, Hadrian's Bath, Theatre, Sebastion (Sebastos is the Greek equivalent of Latin Augustus) and a temple dedicated to the cult of Emperor Augustus. The Aphrodisias Museum is one of the most outstanding museums in Western Anatolia.
The monuments of unique value found in the excavations are exhibited here. When the tour ends, it will be Lunch time. Our goal is to help the local economy, whose business has been affected during the Covid-19 period, "Eat out and Help out." At the same time, it is a great oportunity to our guests to taste local dishes in the countryside. After the lunch a short driving to Pamukkale snow white calcium terraces.
Pamukkale-Hierapolis - Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools
"Pamukkale translates to 'Cotton Castle'... Once you get here, it's easy to see why. This natural phenomenon; designated a UNESCO Heritage site in 1988, with spectacular white calcium cliffs and beautiful turquoise blue pools is truly a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape, you have never seen anything like it before".
Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ when translated has been drawing tourists from all around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. These Tours is one of the top Famous Turkey Trips. The Turkish name refers to the extraordinary surface of the snow-white cliffs, shaped over millennia by the accumulation of calcium deposited by mineral springs. Legend has it that the Cotton Castle formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that was left out to dry by giants.
Dripping slowly down a vast mountainside, mineral-rich water foams and collects in bowls that terrace the decline down the mountainside spilling over petrified cascades of stalactites into milky pools below.
These saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces, as they’re also called) wind sideways down the powder-white mountain, providing a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green plain below. To protect the unique calcite surface, you are obliged to traverse the area barefoot.
Although the terrace pools aren't particularly deep, you can get fully submerged if you want, don’t forget your towel! Don’t worry, if you don't have a bathing suit or towel, you can buy a Turkish Towel, Do not Forget is Cotton’s principal crop. As a nice suvinour, you can take away to your home. You shouldn’t leave Pamukkale Tour without having a healing dip in the sacred fountain of Cleopatra’s pool.
A swim in the effervescent waters of Cleopatra’s Pool should be at the top of any Turkey Travel Itinerary. Strewn about the bottom of the crystal-clear pool is an amazing collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of the pool's pedigree. Cleopatra's Pool has warm clear fizzy water that bubbles from the source of the spring, but these days has now been blocked off to prevent divers from disappearing into its hidden depths.
With temperatures of 35C, you can bathe in the natural thermal mud and waters and enjoy the curative effects (both medicinal and beauty) of the water, whıch had previously benefited the ancient Greek and Roman peoples for centuries. This curative water with its Thermo mineral and magnesium, calcium, carbon dioxide, sulfide, and bicarbonate is suitable in many areas as a curative treatment.
Aphrodisias and Pamukkale tour will finish at around 17:00 and then you will be transferred back to your pick-up point at about 20:30.