You will be picked up from your hotel at Kusadasi. Then we will drive towards Pamukkale, the journey from Kusadasi to Pamukkale will take 181 km and about 3. hours; during your journey, the local tour guide will give you information about Turkey, for example, different regions of Turkey with beautiful historical places, climate, and geography will determine it.
Castle Travel is a Turkish Local Travel Agency that will provide you with a free Pamukkale and Hierapolis and a Turkey Map to use during your Pamukkale tour. Along the way, there will be breaks to stretch your legs and have a snack. Be sure to watch out the window as you are sure to see some of the most beautiful views along the way, so keep your eyes on the route.
"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 a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape;
Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools
When translated, Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ has been drawing tourists from around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. Ephesus and Pamukkale are one of the top Famous places to see in Turkey. 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 giants left out to dry. 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, 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 must traverse the area barefoot. Although the terrace pools aren't bottomless, 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 it 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 pools are a fantastic collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of the pool's pedigree. The Cleopatra's Pool has warm, clear fizzy water that bubbles from the source of the spring.
With temperatures of 35C, you can bathe in the natural thermal mud and waters and enjoy the water's curative effects (both medicinal and beauty), which had previously benefited the ancient Greek and Roman peoples for centuries. With its Thermo mineral and magnesium, calcium, carbon dioxide, sulfide, and bicarbonate, this curative water is suitable as a curative treatment in many areas.
The Ancient City of Hierapolis: Overnight and dinner in Pamukkale.
The nearby ancient Hierapolis and its accompanying museums may be overshadowed by the springs but are also fascinating and well worth the visit. After walking along the terraces, we will take a short walk to Hierapolis City, also known as ‘Holy City.’
Just outside the main entrance is the Necropolis (Graveyard), containing more than 1200 tombs and sarcophagi of people who wished to have been buried here. The proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks was believed to ease their journey into the Underworld.
Among the tombs lies the Martyrium, an octagonal 5th-century edifice believed to have been erected upon the site where St. Philip was martyred in 80 CE. The Hierapolis City Bath, the springs of Hierapolis, was particularly popular among vacationing Romans.
You will notice that carved into the side of the mountain is the monstrous Grand Theater that dominates the vista of Hierapolis. At its height, the Grand Theatre could host 25.000 boisterous fans and is still largely intact until this day. It features a vast network of decorative elements from the 3rd century CE, including ornately sculptured statues, columns, and arches, amongst other decretive elements.
16:30 End of the Pamukkale Day Tour
17:00 Depart from Pamukkale to Denizli Airport
19:30 Flight from Denizli to Istanbul
20:30 Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul