En route to one of Mother Nature’s most dramatic creations, journey through the beautiful Taurus Mountains, passing varying intriguing Turkish landscapes and enjoy a breakfast stop.
On arrival at Pamukkale, there will be a stop at a viewpoint for a superb panoramic view of the world-famous travertines and to take great memorable photos. Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish and when you take the first look at the snowy-white terraces you’ll understand why. It’s an unforgettable moment looking at this breath-taking wonder of nature, where natural hot springs have run down the mountainside and solidified into white rock pools creating cliffs of amazing beauty.
Pamukkale’s travertines are unique in the world and were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Take off your shoes and take a walk through this wonderland of basins filled with warm clear water and admire the scenery. After discovering the terraces, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis which is located above the travertines. Here you can learn about the ancient city’s interesting history during its Byzantine and Roman periods and see the well-preserved Roman theatre and ancient thermal baths, which have been restored and converted into an archaeological museum.
Also to see is the Temple of Apollo, the Necropolis, Nymphaeum, and a 4th-century basilica. There’s also an opportunity to bathe in the ancient main thermal pool known as Cleopatra’s pool which is like swimming in warm, bubbly water, the perfect way to end your visit to the cotton castle.