Private Cotton Castle Tour: For thousands of years humans have been making their way to Pamukkale and Hierapolis to take it in the rare and fascinating calcium landscape, and to relax in the thermal springs. Join us for this full-day tour and discover just why the ancients flocked here.
You will be greeted by a professional tour guide in Izmir and drive for more than three hours to this combined Unesco World Heritage Site – the journey is worth it. Pamukkale, which in English means ‘cotton castle’, is a series of cascading calcium terraces formed as a result of thermal springs. You will see water laden with calcareous salt, which as it plunges down the mountain side, has created this natural formation of stalactites, falls and basins. There are just a handful of these in the planet and they have to be seen to be believed. The contrast with the surrounding landscape is particularly stark.
Up the hill, at Hierapolis, there is a well-preserved Roman theatre and ancient thermal baths, which have been restored and converted into an archaeological museum. Other significant sites include the Temple of Apollo, the Necropolis and the Nymphaeum and the fourth century basilica.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Centrally located hotels.
Start or opening time: 6.30am.
End or closing time: approx. 7pm.
Others: Museums are closed on Mondays. In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited. The itinerary involves a good deal of walking. Good comfortable footwear is therefore essential while bringing a cardigan or sweatshirt is advisable in April, May and October.