Side Demre Myra Kekova is two in one tour. Explore history and beauty of ancient Lycian cities by bus and boat in a day.
The ancient buildings of Demre, including the huge amphitheatre, the places where St. Nicholas lived and his church (visit optional), rock tombs of Myra, town of Kekova, which went under water in ancient times (you will see it on a boat trip right through the clear water). On the way you will pass through Antalya and Kemer.
All this and much more you will see on this sightseeing journey from Side. Hotel transfers to and from your hotel, excursions given by an English-speaking guide and lunch are included in the ticket price. The tour is provided on a comfortable coach several times a week. We leave early in the morning and return in the evening. It is recommended to book in advance.
Who said that Father Christmas wasn’t real? Did you know that Saint Nicholas actually came from Demre in southeast Turkey? Well it’s true and a day out visiting the village of Saint Nicholas himself is not to be missed. Also home to the site of the ancient city of Myra, Demre offers you a glance at modern Turkey meeting ancient history.
Saint Nicholas of Demre is thought to be the real Father Christmas and the basis for the legend to follow. Whether you are a believer or not he is a documented historical figure. He was known for his kindness and generosity as well as performing miracles. He lived in Myra during the 3rd century and was a Greek bishop. Today Myra is known as Demre and is home to the church of St. Nicholas where you will find his burial place. As well as the legend of St. Nicholas you will also be able to witness stunning frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings of the church and complex as well as stunning mosaics.
Kekova is an island just off the coast of Turkey that is visited by tourists wishing to see the well preserved ancient town of Dolchiste. The town was destroyed by an earthquake but rebuilt into a thriving port town until it became sunken in parts. Now you can see the remains below the surface of the water with only a few remnants left on land.
|📅 Tour Days:||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|⏱️ Tour Hours:||6:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
|✔️ Tour Includes:||Transfer, lunch, guiding, boat trip|
|📌 Tour Highlights:||Myra ancient city, St. Nicholas church, Kekova sunken city|
In 2023, price of Side Demre Myra Kekova Tour is 40 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 3 and 7, free for children under 2 years old.
You will be picked up from your hotel in a fully air-conditioned coach and begin your journey to the west. You will stop for breakfast before visiting Church of Saint Nicholas where your guide will inform you of the history of Myra and be on hand to answer any questions.
The next visit on the itinerary involves a boat ride to the island of Kekova where you will see the remains of the ancient village of Dolchiste under the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
You will then make a short stop for lunch which will be served in the style of a buffet so there is something for everyone and plenty of choice. Please note that lunch is included in the price of your tour but any drinks consumed will be extra.
The final stop of the excursion is a visit to the ancient city of Myra where you will be able to explore the ancient streets, roman theatre and Lycian rock tombs all the while accompanied by your expert guide.
You will get back on the coach feeling satisfied and content that you have witnessed some of the history on offer in the region before you are returned to your hotel by early evening.
Included in the cost of your excursion are air-conditioned coach, professional tourist guide, boat tour, lunch and all insurances.
Please note that all guests must carry their passport with them at all times.
Cost of Side Demre Myra Kekova Tour is 40 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 3 and 7, free for children under 2 years old in 2023.
If for any reason you do not wish to attend the Kekova boat tour please inform your guide who may be able to direct you to a comfortable waiting area.
It is law in Turkey to carry a form of identity with you at all times and it is required for all bus journeys according to local laws.
While lunch is covered by your ticket any drinks that you wish to purchase are charged locally.