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CULTURE & NATURE TOURS

Add a new dimension to your holiday when you set off to discover the Lycian civilization, the most mysterious milestone in Anatolian history, accompanied by an expert professional guide. Delve into the annals of Turkey’s storied culture, folklore and legends as you tour and explore some of the world’s most spectacular ancient monuments and breathtaking landscapes.

  • Kaya Köy
    Once a bustling market town, the “Friendship and Peace Village” of Kaya Köy is traditionally renowned as the region’s cultural and religious melting pot. Marvel at the engineering feat of stone structures decorated with pebble mosaics built into the rocky hillside and reaching up into the horizon. Its main attraction is a church with intricately designed inlaid flooring, still intact.
  • Ölūdeniz
    One of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean, Ölūdeniz’s blue lagoon is 40 meters deep, stretching across a vast golden beach in a secluded bay. A national nature reserve, construction is prohibited on the Blue Flag-certified lagoon. It’s also famous for its magnificent shades of turquoise and aquamarine and frequently rates among the top five beaches in the world. From sea to air, go paragliding and take in spectacular panoramic views set against Babadağ Mountain.
  • Tlos and Saklıkent
    One of the most important religious centers of Lycia and the oldest city in the region, Tlos is known as the mythological home of Bellerophon and Pegasus. Surrounded by fields and pomegranate trees, Tlos features an acropolis and perpendicular cliffs with sarcophagi and temple-type tombs cut into their rocky faces. At Saklıkent, 3,000 years of beauty and history at the water-carved canyon await exploration. The 20-kilometer gorge is the second longest in Europe with sculpted walls soaring high, where you can stroll, visit hot springs or go rubber-tubing.
  • Xanthos
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xanthos is known as the city that destroyed its own acropolis and people rather than fall to the Persian Empire. A treasure trove of ancient monuments, tombs and architectural achievements, every stone in this area has its own story – allow our guide to share their narratives with you.
  • Pınara
    The ancient city of Pınara is renowned for hosting Anatolia’s first ever beauty contest and a heart-shaped temple dedicated to Aphrodite. Other magnificent ruins include temples, royal tombs, an acropolis, theatre, odeum, agora and a church.
  • Patara
    Once a flourishing maritime city and the rumored birthplace of Apollo, Patara is one of the region’s most beautiful spots and its sprawling 18-kilometer beach is its piece de resistance. An ancient sand-buried city has been uncovered, with stunning masonry in remarkable condition being excavated every year.
  • Kalkan and Kaş
    Discover two of the most beautiful coastal towns in ancient Lycia, unspoiled and full of diving and outdoor activities. Between lush nature and the Mediterranean Sea, ancient history, stunning architecture and local shopping infused with the warmth of traditional Turkish hospitality will have you feeling at home in no time.
  • Cadianda and Üzümlū
    The ancient Lycian city of Cadianda is perched 900 meters above the sea, offering stunning views of the Fethiye area and the captivating ruins left behind by the ancient Turkish and Greek people. Explore tombs intricately carved with fine relief, city walls, a stadium, temple, stoa and other former Roman buildings. We’ll conclude this fascinating education of the region’s archaeology in Üzümlū, known for its lushly woven fabrics and delicious wines.
  • Myra and Kekova
    As you approach Myra, you’ll be astonished by the plethora of rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above its ancient amphitheater, the largest in Lycia. Its Church of Saint Nicholas was once a popular pilgrimage center and is listed as the third most important Byzantine structure in Anatolia. Kekova is one of Turkey’s most scenic spots, home to the mesmerizing sunken city of Simena, featuring underwater tombs, and Kaleköy, a charming fishing village where buildings mingle with ancient and medieval structures dominated by a well-preserved castle. This is also the hometown of Saint Nicholas.
  • Dalyan and the Blue Crabs
    Take a leisurely sail along the spectacular scenery of the Mediterranean coast, such as reeds and ancient ruins. Arrive at the village of Dalyan on the Turkish Riviera, where we’ll pull up by local fishing boats and sample the area’s famous blue crabs fresh from the water.
  • Dalyan, Kaunos and the Caretta Caretta Turtles
    From the famous Dalyan Caretta Caretta sea turtles and the breathtaking four kilometer-long İztuzu Beach to Köyceğiz Lake, discover heaven on earth on a relaxing and luxurious sail. Dalyan, one of the last corners of paradise in Turkey, is surrounded by pine forests and cotton fields, a national conservation area resplendent with unspoiled natural beauty. Home to the Caretta Caretta turtles, easily recognized for their large heads and reddish brown shells, this endangered species mates in the Dalyan waters before nesting on İztuzu Beach from May to September. The ancient ruins of Caunos date back to 8 BC, and a stunning Romanesque 5,000-seat amphitheater is its main attraction. A broad, placid lake, Köyceğiz is home to its charming namesake village, and leads to the mud baths at Sultaniye Kaplıcaları, renowned for its benefits to overall health and beautiful skin.
  • Ephesus
    Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved historic cities in the world, and its remarkable Artemis Temple is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Dating back to the 3 BC, Ephesus is one of the most important centres of antiquity. For many years, it was the second largest city of the Roman Empire, ranking just behind the capital in stature. Home to one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation, the Book of John was believed to have been written here.
  • Pamukkale
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site by the fascinating ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, people have bathed in Pamukkale’s hot springs for more than 14,000 years. Terraces formed from travertines feature sparkling white castle-like cascades and unbelievable formations of stalactites, potholes and cataracts. The bubbling waters, comfortable for relaxing in all year round, are known for its benefits to the eyes and skin, and has curing properties for asthma and rheumatism.

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