Demre, Myra and Sunken City Kekova Tour – A full day trip beginning in Antalya to Derme, a small but pretty province of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. There we will see Myra, a leading city of the Lycian Union, once home to St Nicholas of Myra (the original Santa Claus)
This will be a half day boat,half day bus tour, in other words, a tour of combination.Let yourself to explore the most important monuments of historic Lycia, find sunken cities, and discover the origins of Santa Claus on this enchanting tour.
After driving along the coast between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean with fascinating scenes you will arrive at Cayagzı or Ucagiz Marina in Demre. There we will board a typical wooden boat for around a one and half hour cruise and take in the ruins of the sunken city.Kekova. The shoreline is scattred with ancien ruins of entire towns partly immersed in the water. There you may have the chance of swimming to cool down, feeling that as if you are living in this age into this old strewn town. ( season and weather permitting)
Then we will go on to Myra,the city well known for its amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia,used to sit 13000) and the plethora of rock-cut tombs carved in the cliff above the theatre. Even though you are not allowed to walk around the rock tombs, you can still get a feel for the ancient Lycian culture and their beliefs. Myra was one of the most important port cities of the Lycian civilisation and an important centre of religion.
Our last destination is the Church of St. Nicholas, the most important sight in the area and the real home of Father Christmas (Santa Claus). There are a lot of legends about Santa Claus but come and learn the truth in Demre. The earliest church of St. Nicholas at Myra was built in the 6th century. The present day church was constructed mainly from the 8th century onward; a monastery was added in the 11th century. In the last few years the frescos have been repaired and the artwork retouched. Today the Santa Claus Museum is Demre’s most visited site.
In the late evening, with your dropping off to your hotels in Antalya, our tour comes to an end.
– Hotel Pick up and Drop off
– All local tax and insurance
– Entrance fees to the scheduled museums
– All transportations and transfers with non-smoking, A/C deluxe vehicle
– Professional Licensed speaking tour guide
– Parking fees
– Lunch ( for regular tour )
– Personal expenses
– Gratuity to the guide and driver