Looking for an excursion that combines sightseeing, history, and nature? Izmir Pamukkale & Red Hot Springs Excursion offers you the opportunity to visit Pamukkale and take a swim in the Red Hot Springs of Karahayit during your holidays in Izmir. The Pamukkale & Red Springs Day Excursions allow you to explore famous ancient sites ” Necropolis & Hierapolis ”. And walk and swim at the white travertines and pools. But did you know that Pamukkale got 17 hot water springs in the area, one of which is the Red Hot springs in Karahayıit? Karahayit hot springs are located in Karahayit Town. It’s about 5 km north of the famous Pamukkale Travertines and has similar characteristics to that of Pamukkale. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they have provided healing to visitors for 5000 years. The natural hot thermal springs bubbling from beneath the calcite rocks – are very rich in calcium, magnesium, and sulfurs, at about 56 degrees.
Pamukkale is famous for its white cascades of calcium springs. When the hot spring waters come up to the surface, they lose the carbon dioxide in the water, and calcium bicarbonate subsides to shape the beautiful white cascades of Pamukkale. It is worth seeing a natural site, an eye candy. You can walk through Pamukkale and even find a chance to relax in the hot water of the ancient pool.
Built just above the hot spring waters of Pamukkale, Hierapolis is a mighty ancient city and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hierapolis was built in 2. the nd century BC by the King of Pergamon and then became a Roman City. The city was famous for several important sanctuaries and an important trade center. Hierapolis was famous for the purple die and cloth making as it is still famous for textile products.
Just out of the city, on the hills, you will find the place where Saint Philip was martyred. It is still unknown if Saint Philip here is Philip The Apostle or Philip the Evangelist but this crypt is believed to have remained and it is a sacred place. Hierapolis Ancient city also has a wonderful theatre which is not to be missed because it is a very well preserved Greek style theatre situated on a hillside.
What is the daily Pamukkale Red Hot Springs Excursion Tour Program?
- Pick up from your hotel in Izmir and a full-day Excursion
- Drive in the direction of Pamukkale
- Visit Hierapolis and see Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, Theater, Antique Pool.
- Walking on the travertines and taking a swim.
- Lunch in a local restaurant.
- Visit Karahayit and take a swim in the Red springs and pools.
- Drive back to your hotel in Izmir
What to expect during the Pamukkale Red Hot Springs Guided Tour Excursion?
As this excursion starts early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Izmir. The driver and guide will drive and make some stops before we arrive in Pamukkale. Once arrived your day starts as our first destination will be the North Gate of Hierapolis. You will discover the history of Hierapolis. You will see the Necropolis, Baths and the Basilica, Frontinius Gate, Frontinius Street, Byzantine Gate, Latrine, the Triton Fountain, and the Temple of Apollo, the ancient theater.
Visit the Pamukkale Travertines
Then we will enter the Cleopatra pool, where Cleopatra has taken her beauty and our guide will provide you with free time to swim and take photographs. In the Cleopatra pool, you will be able to swim if you pay an extra fee., After the Cleopatra Pool, we go in the direction of the Travertines, one of the most famous places. We will bring you together with the calcium-formed white cliffs that are described as the largest unique white paradise in the world. You will be able to spend an hour freely on the Travertines. Enjoy the combination of naturally formed white cliffs and hot water ponds here.
Visit the red thermal water springs Karahayıt Red Springs.
Our last stop for today is the Red springs of Karahayit We will take you to see the Red Water Hot Springs in Karahayit, Here we will tell you about the Red Water and its history, and give you free time to experience its uniqueness yourself, and give you the time to enjoy the pools and mud. Here you can relax for a little hour before we leave back to our hotel. At the end of the tour, we drive back to Izmir where we will take you back to your hotel.
What is included and excluded During the Pamukkale Red Hot Springs Guided Excursion?
- Entrance Fee
- All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
- English Tour Guide
- Excursion Transfers
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off transfers
- Swimming in the Red Hot Spring
- Lunch without Beverages
- Entrance for swimming in Cleopatra Pool
- Bath Cap – Towel Package
- Pamukkale Paragliding
- Pamukkale Gyrocopter Flight
- Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon