Lycian Tombs of Myra and Kekova with Sunken City Full Day Tour from Alanya

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What To Expect

Explore the best examples of Turkey's Lycian rock tombs at Myra and tour the site of the church of St. Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus! Swim and snorkel at Kekova Island and discover the underground city of Simena.

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Alanya
Departs From:
Alanya
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
11 hours
Availability:
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 4:00 AM
Product Code:
9854
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

This full-day tour takes you to the unique rock tombs of Lycia along the Turquoise Coast. You will stop to visit Santa Claus's church and get to swim in the sea around Kekova Island.

The Lyican rock tombs and amphitheater at Myra are an exceptional sight and not to be missed. Now called Demre, the town is best known as the place where Santa Claus brought joy to the world under his other name of St. Nicholas. The saint lived and worked in Myra, and an 11th century church once held his earthly remains. He was born in nearby Patara, before becoming a priest, rising to the rank of bishop, and conducting much of his good work in the Roman town of Myra, a name derived from myrrh.

Legend has it that he would drop small bags of gold coins down the chimneys of houses of poor girls who were old enough to marry but had no dowry. Sanctified for his good works, he became the patron saint of virgins, sailors, children, pawnbrokers and Holy Russia.

Today the Church of St. Nicholas is Demre's most visited site, but there are other things to see in this lovely coastal Mediterranean town. About 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) inland are the ruins of Roman Myra, with a well-preserved theater and impressive rock-hewn tombs.

Your tour will also cruise the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. You will take a boat trip to Kekova Island with breaks to snorkel and swim. Now known as Kalek?y, it is dominated by a Byzantine church and will be just one of the many highlights of this full-day tour.

Includes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Guide (English and/or German)

  • Lunch

  • Boat cruise along the sunken city

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Entrance fee to the museum of St. Nikolaus

  • Entrance fee to Myra

Please Note

  • It is important that you provide your mobile/contact number upon booking.

  • Pick up point is in front of the main entrance of the hotel.

  • Drive is approximately 250 kilometers.

  • Snorkeling is available during boat tour around the sunken city in Kekova.

  • The itinerary might be slightly altered by the guide for depending on the season or other reasons. Visits to some museums or ancient ruins may not be possible due to renovation work. In the very hot months of July and August, breaks and visits to open-air museums and ancient ruins may be shorter than planned

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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