2 days 1 night
DAY 1 – PAMUKKALE, KAKLİK CAVE
We will leave altinkum approximately 7 o’clock in the morning and go to Pamukkale.
You will really discover one of most outstanding natural wonders of the World, a sleer White cliff face, dotted with calcium pools cascading down the mountainside. A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools. World Heritage status makes the area one of the country's most visited tourist destinations, boasting a temperate climate for most of the year. The remains of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis sit right above the otherworldly travertines, providing history buffs with a chance to briefly visit ancient times. Pamukkale can get extremely crowded with day-trippers arriving for a quick swim, but you can avoid them by visiting the travertines at sunset, the quietest time of day. Pamukkale is in Denizli Province.
After the lunch we will attend Kaklik cave. Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s most visited attractions. But did you know about the underground version of Pamukkale, less than 50km away from its above-ground counterpart? The underground version is called Kaklık cave, and the reason it compares to Pamukkale is that it also features the same cotton castle travertines that have made Pamukkale world famous. Kaklık cave is a small cave, but it is quite impressive as a natural phenomenon; which makes it the ideal road stop on the way to somewhere else.
İn the night we will stay at the hotel
DAY 2 – APHRODİSİAS
After the brekfast we will drive to Aphrodisias. The ancient city of Aphrodisias, dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite, was a Hellenistic city which also flourished under Roman and Byzantine rule. Excavations in the 24-meter-high (78 ft) theater hill have revealed layers of settlement going back to the Bronze Age (c. 2800-2200 BC). It was founded in the 5th c. BC and flourished under the Roman Empire (1st c. BC - 4th c. AD). Mark Antony recognized the autonomy of Aphrodisias in the 1st c. BC. In the Byzantine period it was first the seat of an archbishopric, then of the metropolitan of Caria In the 6th c. AD the name of Aphrodisias was changed to Stavropolis, the city of the Cross, to erase the pagan goddess of love from peopleís minds. As the capital of Caria Aphrodisias was finally called Caria which then became Geyre in Turkish. Later in the 13th century it was abandoned. The city was buried by a series of earthquakes.
Aphrodisias was primarily known as a center for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and was very well circulated throughout the Greek and Roman world. Statues with corresponding signatures were discovered from Spain to present day Germany and virtually everywhere in the Roman world. The existence of Aphrodisias was almost forgotten until a Turkish professor, Dr. Kenan Erim, of New York University received a grant from National Geographic to excavate the site in the 1960's. His archaeological work revealed a city of vast importance.
The ruins are numerous and well preserved. A two mile long Byzantine wall still surrounds the city. The Temple of Aphrodite, eventually converted to a Christian basilica, is excellently preserved. The Tetrapylon, the gate which was leading people to their great temple, was re-erected by Kenan Erim, where he's buried in front of it with a special permission of the Government after his death. The Baths of Hadrian are still partially standing. The theatre and the stadium are one of the best preserved in all eastern Mediterranean. The nearby museum contains many beautiful statues and portrait sculpture.
Aphrodisias today is only 1.5 hours driving from Pamukkale in the Aegean region of Turkey. Nearby and along the road there are several small restaurants where you can taste local dishes prepared especially with home made olive oil.
In 2017 Aphrodisias archaeological site has entered into the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
At 5 pm we will go back home.
Included: Hotel, Transfers,Tour Guıde and ınsurance
Addıtıonal costs: Lunch, Drınks
20% sıngle room supplement
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