Pamukkale is a site of both great geological and historical significance. It boasts the unique cascades of white as the thermal water has travelled down the hill leaving deposits of calcium for hundreds of years leading to a build up and the formation of the snow white travertines. It is also home to the ancient city of Hierapolis and some excellent examples of ancient graves and sarcophagi in the Necropolis of the city.
Pamukkale is protected by UNESCO as a natural heritage site and is visited by hundreds of people each year from all over the world. It is so much more than the cloud like pools of thermal waters and it should be on the top of your list of places to visit while on holiday in Turkey.
Once you have explored the Necropolis and city of Hierapolis you may decide to take a dip in Cleopatra’s pool which is said to have been visited by Cleopatra herself. In the pool you will feel the warmth of the thermal spring waters heated far below the Earth’s surface while you swim over fallen columns and other historical remnants that are found at the bottom of the pool. You will feel the healing properties of the mineral rich waters that warm your skin leaving you feeling invigorated and ready to explore the travertines.
Pamukkale is also home to temple that is said to be built on the mouth of Hell itself. It is actually a cave beneath the temple that is prone to build up of carbon dioxide originating from deep within the Earth. Whilst the area is restricted, you can still see the Hellenistic temple that indicates the location of the cave.
In 2022, price of Pamukkale Tour from Alanya is 30 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 4 and 7, free for children at and under 3 years old.
Pamukkale Basic Package Price: 30 €
Pamukkale All Inclusive Package Price: 45 €
Everyday, all year round from 03:30 to 22:45.
You will be picked up by comfortable, air-conditioned coach from your hotel at approximately 03:30. Pick up times may vary according to your location and will be confirmed upon reservation. You will leave Alanya and begin your journey towards Pamukkale but not without making a breakfast stop along the way. As your journey continues through the beautiful countryside heading north you will also make a stop for something to eat at around midday.
You will visit the red waters at Karahayit where the waters run red thanks to the high amount of iron found therein. You will then arrive in Pamukkale and have a guided tour of Hierapolis and the surrounding sights by a professionally trained guide who will be with you to answer any questions. You will have some free time during which you make walk the travertines or visit Cleopatra’s pool as you wish.
After an adequate amount of time for you to fully explore the area you will set off by coach towards the town of Tavas where you will pay a visit to a local carpet maker. Here you will learn all about how the beautiful hand woven rugs and carpets are made, from the dying of the wool to the actual weaving of the carpet.
You will sit down to an evening meal before continuing the journey back to Alanya. You should arrive back at your pickup point between 22:45 and 23:00 traffic permitting.
Cost of Pamukkale Tour from Alanya is 30 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 4 and 7, free for children at and under 3 years old in 2022.
This tour includes full insurance, all transfers, professional guiding service and comfortable bus with full A/C.
You will pay for any food and drinks or personal purchases made throughout the excursion. There is also an option to pay extra to enter Cleopatra’s Pool and the Pamukkale. These fees are payable locally.
The journey is nearly 400 kilometres long and takes you through the Taurus Mountains. For your comfort and safety there are adequate convenience stops along the way, allowing your driver to get you to your destination as quick and safely as possible.
Due to the length of the day this might be one excursion that you miss if you have very young children. It is up to you to use your discretion as you know your child best!
No, you are free to roam around both pools. The charge is only payable if you want to swim.