Pamukkale is perhaps one of the most photographed sites in all of Turkey. You are sure to have wondered about the snow like cascades that form pools of thermal waters as they fall into the lake below. Pamukkale translates as Cotton Castle and there is no need to wonder why as you set your eyes upon the snowy white travertines.
Pamukkale itself was once home to an ancient spa that is said to have been frequented by Cleopatra herself as well as attracting the rich and famous of the time seeking to relax and enjoy the healing waters there within. It is also the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis which dates back to at least the 2nd century BC. As the area was visited by the sick in search of healing it is perhaps (or not) surprising to find a vast necropolis full of well preserved sarcophagi inclusive of many different styles that were used over the thousands of years that the spa resort was in full swing.
These days the ruins still host the delightful pool of Cleopatra which rich in minerals is still said to hold some healing properties. Even today you can pay a small extra fee to enjoy the thermal waters and swim amongst the fallen columns of the city that line the bottom of the pool.
At Hierapolis one of the most intriguing remains is that of a temple built over a fissure that is said to have been the gateway to Hell itself. This is perhaps due to the toxic gases that still escape from deep within the Earth’s core. You will only be able to approach this opening up to a few metres as it is cordoned off for health reasons.
This is a day out suitable for those who wish to explore some of the country’s history and geological wonders. Whilst it is a long day out you are sure to agree that it is worth every minute!
In 2023, price of Pamukkale Tour from Belek 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 06:30 to 20:30.
You should be prepared for an early departure from your hotel. You will be met outside your hotel by a luxury coach during the early hours of the morning in preparation for the journey to Pamukkale. Departure times will be confirmed upon reservation according to your hotel’s location.
The journey will be made as comfortable for you as possible with cold drinks being served and adequate comfort stops made along the way. You will be pleased with the reclining seats and cool air-conditioning once on board.
They first break will be made at around 06:30 where you will be provided with a buffet style breakfast fit to set you up for the day.
Arrival at Pamukkale will be at approximately 08:30 according to traffic and in perfect timing for you to enjoy your visit before the midday sun becomes too hot to bear. You will have around 5 hours free time at Pamukkale to visit the travertines, Hierapolis and Cleopatra’s pool. Your professional guide will be on hand to help you to discover the history of the area should you so wish.
At 13:30 you will meet at a designated restaurant for lunch (this incurs a small extra fee) although you may wish to spend an extra half hour exploring before meeting back at the coach.
Once every one has boarded the coach driver will make a short journey to a local wine cellar where you will have the chance to sample locally produced fruit wines and maybe even buy a bottle or two.
At around 15:30 you will board the coach for your final journey back towards Belek. There will be a convenience break around half way and you should be back at your hotel at approximately 19:00 when you will say farewell to your driver and guide feeling suitable tired but extremely satisfied that you have explored further afield and experienced the wonders of Pamukkale.
Cost of Pamukkale Tour from Belek is 30 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 4 and 7, free for children at and under 3 years old in 2023.
Of course, this is for you to decide, but having travelled all the way to Turkey, what’s a few more hours to see this unique geological wonder? The journey will be a fading memory when you look back fondly on your visit to Pamukkale. This excursion comes highly recommended by all and is one not to be missed!
You will travel into the Taurus mountains before making your way along the plains to Pamukkale with some spectacular views along the way, from the snowcapped mountains to the expansive plains that reach out before you. Your coach will be fully equipped with comfortable seats and air-conditioning and your guide will serve you water, tea or coffee throughout the journey.