Authentic cuisine, a lost city and Santa – this trip offers an eclectic mix of attractions. You’ll savor local dishes in Beymelek, glide along the coast to Kekova island and its sunken town, then visit the church of St Nicholas and the ancient city of Myra. Ahmet, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The highlight of the day for me has to be the ruined Lycian city of Myra. The rock-cut friezes carved with theatrical masks and the stacked tombs hewn into the cliffs are a unique sight. It still takes my breath away that parts of this site are thought to be around 2,500 years old.’
Proceedings get under way with a brunch stop to sample local specialties grown organically in the Ottoman-era village of Beymelek. Next, sail to Kekova island, a protected area famed for its underwater ruins. These are the relics of the ancient town of Simena, partially submerged by an earthquake in the 2nd century. There’s time for a swim in the warmer months – the water is clear and inviting – it would be difficult to resist a dip in the sea. But if the weather doesn’t permit a boat trip, there’s a visit to the fascinating Demre museum instead.
After a tasty lunch of typical dishes freshly prepared in a local restaurant, it’s time to visit the Church of St Nicholas, who’s better known today as Santa Claus. Finally, you’ll have time to tour the site of the ancient city of Myra to explore the well-preserved amphitheater and see the intricately carved rock tombs, high in the cliff face.
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This historic tour begins with a drive through the famous resort Kemer and a stop for breakfast at a restaurant with an amazing panoramic view of Kumluca Town. Back on the drive, the road to Kekova Harbor is very picturesque. On the left side, you will see clean turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea and on the right, pass small nice towns and the beautiful Taurus mountains. In Kekova, you will go on an hour-long boat trip to discover the ruins of the sunken city. The glass bottom boat sails slowly so you can clearly see the remains of many buildings under the sea as well as the stairs going under the water. Learn about this ancient Lycian City and imagine how it was before. Don't miss the chance to swim in the clear turquoise waters during a swimming break. The next stop is the ancient city of Myra. It is very famous for its Lycian rock-cut tombs and its big amphitheater. You will have enough time to explore the every part of this incredible Lycian necropolis. Last is the church of Saint Nicholas in Demre. Here, there is a marble sarcophagus considered to be the original tomb of St. Nicholas. The church was restored some years ago and now serves as a museum. Near the church is a local restaurant where you'll be having an open buffet lunch. Drive back to Antalya with your hearts and stomachs filled.
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