KEKOVA ISLAND & SIMENA CASTLE – MYRA AND ST.NICHOLAS TOUR (Full Day)

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Duration: 8/9 hours
Departure: Everyday (Regular group tours: Everyday)
Route: Kekova Island-Simena Castle-Myra-St.Nicholas Church


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You shall be picked up from the Antalya airport, Antalya hotels, Antalya Marina or your cruise ship port in Antalya. Your Antalya guide will hold up a sign with your name on it. Kekova Island-Simena Castle- Myra and St. Nicholas tour will take approximately 9 hours and after will drive you back to your Antalya hotels, Antalya Marina, Antalya airport or Antalya harbor in Turkey.

In the morning! you will be taken by your Tour guide to Demre, It will take about 1 hour 20 minutes driving from Antalya. Our first stop is Church of Saint Nicholas in Demre, At the entrance, there is a rather incongruous statue of the Saint in the persona of Santa Claus complete with sack of presents and a mob of children. The tomb of St.Nicholas, or Santa Claus ,housed in a well preserved 4th century Byzantine Basilica,The Saint better known to Turks as Noel Baba.In 1087,thieves plundered Santa’s Tomb,eascaping to Bari in Italy,with the bones and funny red cap.Today,the burial chapel in the basilica houses his simple marble sarcophagus,located in a small niche. St. Nicholas is pictured on the wall above his sarcophagus. Each december 6,the saint’s birthday celebrated with three day festival and symposium. After the St. Nicholas Basilica, we will drive to Myra Ancient Site, The remains of myra naturally fall into three distinct zones.The first,on the South west,includes the theatre,the so-called sea necropolis and the area occupied by the agora.The second,on the North,covers the acropolis,its buildings and its walls.The third,on the South east,encompasses the river necropolis and channel which supplied Myra with water.The theatre of Myra,destroyed by the earthquake that devastated the city in AD 141.In myra you will see The Painted Tomb is one of the most remarkable in Lycia.When visited by Charles Fellows in the 19C,its reliefs still bore traces of yellow,red blue andpurple paint.After the lunch we will drive to Ucagiz port for Kekova and Simena. A popular day excursions from Ucagiz is the boat trip to Kekova, a partially submerged Lycian city rought two hours east. The boat usually goes to the island of Kekova. During the hellenistic period there was a considerable increase in maritime trade between the cities of Lycia and other parts of the Greek world.Unfortunately, this was paralleled by a marked increase in piracy.As a result islands like Kekova were fortified and became both refuges in times of danger and advance warning post for cities on mainland.As it skirts shoreline the boat glides over the remains of the buildings,stairs and pavements which are clearly visible under the water.Near Kekova there are several islets whose shaved and sculptured outlines betray the fact that they were used as sources of Stone by ancient builders.On the mainland the village of Kale(The Castle) covers the site of the city of Simena, In the Simena Castle,You will see magnificent panaromic views,theater,necropolis,sarcophagus,rock cut tombs. When the tour has finished your Kekova Simena and Myra And St. Nicholas Tour guide will return you to your pick up point. You can take a Private Kekova Simena and Myra And St. Nicholas Tour where you can be picked up by your Antalya Tour guide at your convienence or a Kekova Simena and Myra And St.Nicholas Group tour, where your Antalya Tour guide will pick you up at approx 09.00 hours for your Tour from Antalya.

*A tour document with details and confirmations will be e-mailed after booking.
*Private Kekova, Simena Castle, Myra and Demra Tour From Antalya runs everyday and available all year round.

What’s Included

  • Private Professional Licenced English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Private deluxe A/C VIP vehicle.
  • Parking fees of vehicle.
  • Pick up From Antalya Harbour, Antalya Marina, Antalya Hotel.
  • Drop off to Antalya Harbour, Antalya Marina, Antalya Hotel.

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities to the guide and driver.
  • Lunch.
  • Personal expenses.
Private Kekova – Simena – Myra – Demre Tour Prices
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