By choosing an excursion to Pamukkale from Istanbul, you will not only visit the famous travertines, but also see the ancient amphitheater, walk around the ancient city of Hierapolis, swim in the thermal pools of Cleopatra.
About tour to Pamukkale from Istanbul
Turkey is known not only for popular resorts, luxurious palaces of sultans, rich history and architecture. Nature has generously endowed this country with unique natural phenomena, one of which is the “Cotton Castle” of Pamukkale.
These snow-white terraces can be seen in popular Turkish films and TV series, in music videos and on the pages of travel magazines.
Professional guides will meet you at the Denizli airport or at the central bus station and take you to Pamukkale, where the tour will begin.
Travertines in Pamukkale
Pamukkale or “cotton fortress” is no less famous landmark of Turkey than the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia or Cappadocia. Every tourist dreams of visiting this unique place at least once in his life. Snow-white rocks, or travertines of Pamukkale from a distance can be mistaken for snow-covered mountain slopes.
The amazing landscape was formed thanks to calcium-rich natural waters. A 200-meter hill in the form of a cascade of terraced baths is decorated with snow-white calcite stalactites. They were formed as a result of complex geological processes that began several hundred years ago. Earthquakes caused the formation of cracks in the earth’s crust and calcium-rich groundwater, flowing down the mountain slopes, formed calcium deposits, which gradually turned into cascades of travertines.
In 1988, the international organization UNESCO included a complex of 17 springs in the list of world cultural heritage. There are no analogues to these geothermal sources anywhere in the world.
During the tour in Pamukkale you will also visit the Ancient Amphitheater, which is visible from anywhere in the ancient city. On the territory of modern Turkey, this is the largest ancient theater in size. During the dawn of the Roman Empire, this arena was famous for theatrical performances, sports competitions and, of course, gladiator fights.
Ruins of Hierapolis
The ruins of the ancient holy city of Hierapolis is another monument of history and architecture included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The first buildings appeared here 2 thousand years ago. years BC, and the heyday of the city falls on the 60s of the 1st century. It was a well-known resort in aristocratic circles, as it was located near thermal springs with healing properties.
During its centuries-old history, the city was influenced by the Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman empires, which left their mark on architectural styles. Many of the ancient buildings have survived to this day – a theater with a capacity of more than 10 thousand spectators, the largest Necropolis in Turkey, St. Philip, Temple of Apollo, Plutonium (sanctuary of Pluto), Agora market square and many more interesting monuments of the past. During the excursion to Pamukkale from Istanbul, you will have enough time to visit all these places.
An excursion to Pamukkale from Istanbul also involves a stop for recuperation and recovery. The ideal place for this is Cleopatra’s pool. Every year more than 300 thousand tourists from all over the world visit healing fonts to touch the beauty and antiquity of these places, to feel the healing properties of mineral waters.
There are hundreds of legends around this place, but the most famous of them is the legend of Cleopatra. The Egyptian queen received Hierapolis as a gift from her husband Mark Antony and drew attention to the waters of the local pools, which had the ability to give youth and beauty.
It still remains a mystery whether this story is a true fact or just a legend, and curious tourists every time wonder if the columns in Cleopatra’s pools are real. However, regardless of whether it is a myth or the truth, the purest cool water from suitable sources fills you with energy, relieves fatigue and gives a feeling of peace and relaxation.
Impressions from the excursion to Pamukkale from Istanbul
An excursion to Pamukkale from Istanbul includes not only visiting a unique natural phenomenon, but also exploring the most ancient ancient buildings in Turkey, getting acquainted with unique architectural monuments, healing and swimming in healing waters. You will remember this day as one of the most interesting, informative and bright.
Return transfer from Pamukkale to Istanbul
At the end of the tour to Pamukkale from Istanbul, our team will take you to the airport or train station, depending on your ticket.
Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Transport back and forth
English speaking guide
Pamukkale Antique Pool
You can bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Also swimwear in case you swim in an antique pool
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How many days in Pamukkale are enough?
How many days to spend in Pamukkale, Turkey? One full day should be enough to see all that Pamukkale has to offer.
How to get to Pamukkale from Istanbul?
The cheapest way to get to Pamukkale from Istanbul – The easiest way to get to Pamukkale from Istanbul is by plane.
Is Pamukkale a tourist trap?
Pamukkale is undoubtedly one of the most impressive natural landscapes in the world and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, attracting over 2 million visitors every year.
Is it possible to go to Pamukkale from Istanbul in winter?
Winter in Pamukkale is quite cold, the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius. It may even rain, but the weather can be quite unpredictable, so every 9-10 days there will be intermittent rain. So it’s really better to bring warm clothes with you.