With Alanya Demre Myra Kekova tour, combine the history and beauty of ancient Lycian cities in one tour. The amphitheatre and the ancient temples in Demre, the tombs carved in the rocks of Mira, the church of St. Nicholas (visit optional), the sunken city of Kekova, which you can see right from the ship in the depths of the clear water.
All this and more awaits you on this very informative journey from Alanya. Both transfers (from hotel and back), the tour itself, an English speaking guide and lunch are included. You will travel by comfortable tour bus via Side, Antalya and Kemer. Several times a week, we leave early in the morning, return the same evening. We advise booking in advance.
Did you know that Father Christmas actually lived in Turkey? No, it’s not a joke; the original legend of a Father Christmas is thought to have originated from a Saint Nicholas who lived in Demre in ancient times. This excursion is a great way to visit his hometown and follow in his footsteps as you discover all that the region has to offer.
You will be able to visit the region in which Santa Claus lived as well as learning lots about the rich history and culture that is found in the area. There will be visits to natural stone collections that are mostly found in the Turkish countryside moulded over time from ancient volcanoes and weather systems.
You will see the ancient city of Demre once known as Myra and there will even be a boat ride across the sea to visit the island of Kekova and its underwater ruins of what was once a thriving fishing and port town of the Mediterranean.
There is so much to see and you will be delighted by the Church of Saint Nicholas as well as he astounding Roman amphitheatre at Myra. Of course you will wonder about the temple like carvings in the sides of the rocks before realising that you are looking upon the famous Lycian Rock Tombs that are found along the coast of the South West of Turkey.
This is the perfect day out if you wish to explore the region and learn about its rich culture and history!
In 2023, price of Alanya Demre Myra Kekova Tour is 35 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 3 and 7, free for children under 2 years old.
Every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday all year round from 04:00 to 22:00
Pick up time from your hotel is early morning (exact times will be confirmed upon booking). You will then travel in a fully air-conditioned coach towards the breakfast stop at Bacchus. Following this brief stop you will make your way to the Church of Saint Nicholas where your guide will give you historical facts about the city of Myra and be on hand to answer any questions.
The itinerary continues with a water ride to the island of Kekova. Here you will notice the remnants of the ancient village of Dolchiste beneath the transparent waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The next stop will be for something to eat. Lunch will be served as a buffet and you are sure to find something that suits your palate on the spread of the buffet table. Please be aware that while lunch is included in the price of your tour, any drinks will be extra.
The ultimate visit of the excursion is a visit to the ancient city of Myra where Father Christmas himself lived. You will have some time here to wander the old walkways and take some holiday pictures of the Roman amphitheatre and Lycian rock tombs. Of course, your expert guide will be on hand to give you some information and answer any questions that you may have.
You will finally make your way back to your transport and begin the return journey to Alanya feeling happy that you have seen the wondrous sites of the ancient world.
Your tour includes transfers by air-conditioned coach, professional local guide, water ride on a boat, lunch and all insurances.
It is important that you carry your passport with you at all times.
Cost of Alanya Demre Myra Kekova Tour is 35 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 3 and 7, free for children under 2 years old in 2023.
This is a great way to show your younger kids where Father Christmas used to live and maybe the ideal time to share with older children the ‘truth’ about Santa Claus. Either way, this is a cultural day out with enough variation (walking, coach, boat, shopping) to keep everyone happy.
Should you choose not to take part in the Kekova boat tour please let your guide know so that they can show you to a comfortable waiting area.
While lunch is covered by your ticket any drinks that you wish to purchase are charged locally.