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Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

1. Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

Explore ancient Lycia on a day trip and yacht cruise from Antalya. See a historic rock tomb from Lycian times, marvel at ancient Greco-Roman amphitheaters, and sail to the beautiful Kekova Island. Meet your driver outside your hotel and begin your adventure with a drive through the ancient state of Lycia. Marvel at an ancient rock tomb from the Lycian times and stop to visit the Greco - Roman amphitheater. Next, visit the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Demre city. This ancient church sits above the 4th-century burial place of St. Nicholas, the original inspiration for Santa Claus. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to Kekova Island. Board a glass-bottomed yacht and sail through pristine waters to reach this fascinating island. Sail by the mysterious sunken city of Kekova, an ancient Lycia city, destroyed by an earthquake. Spot the ruins of the city and the Simena Castle from the side of the boat and under the water through the glass bottom. Before heading back, jump into the refreshing water for a swim. Finally, return to your hotel, having experienced Turkey's rich ancient history.

From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

2. From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Demre province in Turkey, and explore some of its most beautiful locations with an expert tour guide. Benefit from an included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Alanya, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Next, stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Enjoy the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip with a visit to the small town of Kale (Demre). There, marvel at the stunning church of St. Nicholas before transferring back to your hotel.

From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

3. From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

Join a full day boat trip to Kekova. This trip departs in the morning to maximize daylight hours for the best views of the surrounding landscape and ocean scenes. Prepare for a day of relaxation and aboard the boat at Demre Harbor.  From the harbor set out to Kekova. Enjoy a dip into the sea or snorkel in crystal waters. Dry out with some sunbathing on the large deck with plenty of space to share.  Witness the beauty of Kekova area and see the Sunken City of Simena. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served onboard and spend the rest of the day chilling out and swimming in deep turquoise waters in beautiful and quiet bays before returning back to Demre Harbor.

From Demre: Private Boat Trip to Kekova

4. From Demre: Private Boat Trip to Kekova

Start your personal adventure at Demre Harbor where you'll aboard your boat and head towards the day's first stop, Kekova Island. While exploring the island discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure. See the remains of a sunken city which was flooded after an earthquake two thousand years ago. It never fails to leave an impression. View the enchanting ruins of the sunken city as you cruise alongside and witness the beauty of the underwater ruins through the glass bottom of the boat. After spending time cruising around ancient ruins, soak up the sunshine of Akvaryum Bay during a delightful swimming break. Get back on the boat and head to Kalekoy, where your boat will port for one hour, giving you time to visit its authentic village and get to know the local unique culture. You'll have a chance to see the striking Simena Castle as well. Alternatively, you can spend your time here swimming in the beautiful blue waters. Even more swimming will be available in Gokkaya Bay. Relax in the water or get your adrenaline pumping with a range of different water sports. Once you're ready for more exploring, head to the pirates' cave and witness the majestic natural structures that are renowned for their large size and soft, curving lines. This full day, private boat trip will end with a return to Demre Port.

Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

5. Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

Explore Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Visit an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a hotel pickup from Antalya region, travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra Ancient City. According to Strabo, Myra was once a large city, making up one of the most influential parts of the Lycian League in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. After visiting Myra, head to the Church of St. Nicholas. Admire this ancient East Roman basilica church dedicated to the saint who is otherwise referred to as Santa Claus. Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Demre. After lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the Kekova Island for Kekova sunken city tour. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Learn the history of the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

6. Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning, from where you will travel to Demre town. From there, take a boat trip around the sunken city of Kekova for 1 to 1.5 hours. Whilst at this location, you will also be welcome to rent a canoe to get closer to the "sunken city". Following your boat trip, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before visiting the St. Nicolas Church with a professional tour guide. Your guide will provide you with information about the church in several languages. Towards the end of your tour you will visit the Rock Tombs to take photos. You can explore this ancient city with information from your tour guide. Finally, you will be at your hotel between 7:00PM-8:00PM, just before dinner time.

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

7. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

8. From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Turkish Riviera and discover some of the most beautiful locations in the Demre province with a guide. Following pickup from accommodation in Side, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to picturesque Kekova Island. Explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip at the small town of Kale (Demre), and discover the stunning church of St. Nicholas before the transfer back to your hotel.

From Ucagiz: Kekova Island and Simena Castle Boat Tour

9. From Ucagiz: Kekova Island and Simena Castle Boat Tour

Ucagiz Village Get ready for your action-packed day on the water! Make your way to Ucagiz Village harbour in time to depart for the boat trip between 10:20 and 10.40 am. Aquarium Bay Cool off during a whopping one-hour swim break in this picturesque bay next to Kekova Island, and be dazzled by its beauty. Turkish tea and biscuits service at Aquarium Bay. Kekova Island and Sunken City Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around the Sunken City. The ancient city of Dolchiste was flooded due to an earthquake in the 2nd century, and its resulting underwater ruins never fail to leave an impression. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here, so what better way to explore the site than by cruising alongside the ruins on our glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Burç Bay Swim break in Burç Bay. The sea is a little cooler in this area due to the cold underwater natural springs. Pirates Cave Discover this intriguing naturally-formed cave, which is renowned for its large size and curved entrance. Gökkaya Bay Time for a lunch and swim break at Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the natural beauty of the area and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Esmeralda Bay We’ll stop to swim in Esmeralda Bay where you can enjoy peace and tranquility during this fun journey. Simena Castle Our boat will drop anchor in Kaleköy port (ancient Simena) for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. A hike up the hillside will give you magnificent views of the Kekova region. If you’d prefer to admire Simena Castle from down below, you can use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Ucagiz Village After an exciting day of adventure, we’ll head back to Ucagiz Village harbour where this memorable boat trip ends. From here you can make your way to the centre for dinner options or continue to your next destination.

From Demre: Myra and St. Nicholas Church Archaeological Tour

10. From Demre: Myra and St. Nicholas Church Archaeological Tour

Your chance to discover Demre’s most famous archeological site! A true step back in history as you observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. There is plenty of time to explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia!) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Our tour continues with the Santa Claus Museum in Demre town centre. Originally built in 520 A.D., this interesting archeological building started its operation as a church, built in memory of St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century patron saint. Here you can explore the remains of this former church, taking yourself back in time to when the ancient city of Myra still existed.

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4.3 / 5

based on 26 reviews

We had an amazing time! What a tour ! Our best day in Turkey ! The tour was organized very well, the people are extremely nice and punctual. The boat trip was insane, full of beautiful views and the lunch was great too. The water was so nice and blue. Simena Village is stunning. What a view from the top. Good tip, go visit the Castle and after the top, go down and turn left to the necropolis. It is stunning. Myra was wonderful too, after the boat trip. 5 stars definitely !

Enjoyable and balanced tour! Our English-speaking guide Alp was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful and he helped us avoid typical tourist traps. The boat trip is amazing and the van is comfortable. Those who come from Antalya city center must take into account that it will be a lot of time on the road for them given the distance of the highlights.

Great day, the captain was majisimo, he worked hard hurrying for us to see the sites without so much boat. I recommend arriving a little before the time so that there are fewer people. She also cooked wonderfully for us Highly recommended!!

Enjoyed the tour. Good value for money and just the right amount of time spent to get back to Antalya by 7pm. The English tour Guide was excellent and provided a lot of useful insights and local knowledge. Highly recommended

Well organised. Friendly guide. We could see turtles and the landscape was very beautiful.