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Myra & Kekova, Sunken City

Lycian tombs of Myra and Kekova.Sunken City:full Day Tour

Explore the best examples of Turkey’s Lycian rock tombs at Myra and tour the site of the church of St. Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus! Swim and snorkel at Kekova Island and discover the underwater sunken city of Simena.

Highlights:

·         Cruise the sunken city of Simena

·         Visit the church of Santa Claus

·         Explore the delightful village of Demre

·         See the best of the unique Lycian rock tombs

·         Snorkel and swim along the Turquoise coast Kekova

 

This full-day tour takes you to the unique rock tombs of Lycia along the Turquoise Coast. You will stop off to visit Santa Claus’s church and get to swim in the sea around Kekova Island.
The Lyican rock tombs and amphitheater at Myra are an exceptional sight and not to be missed. Now called Demre, the town is best known as the place where Santa Claus brought joy to the world under his other name of St. Nicholas. The saint lived and worked in Myra, and an 11th-Century church once held his earthly remains. He was born in nearby Patara, before becoming a priest, rising to the rank of bishop, and conducting much of his good work in the Roman town of Myra, a name derived from myrrh.
Legend has it that he would drop small bags of gold coins down the chimneys of houses of poor girls who were old enough to marry but had no dowry. Sanctified for his good works, he became the patron saint of virgins, sailors, children, pawnbrokers and Holy Russia.

Today the Church of St. Nicholas is Demre's most visited site, but there are other things to see in this lovely coastal Mediterranean town. About 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) inland are the ruins of Roman Myra, with a well-preserved theater and impressive rock-hewn tombs.
Your tour will also cruise the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. You will take a boat trip to Kekova Island with breaks to snorkel and swim. Now known
as Kaleköy, it is dominated by a Byzantine church and will be just one of the many highlights of this full-day tour.

 

 

Good to Know: 

• Early morning departure from hotels.
  Drive is approximately 120 miles (200 kilometers) from Side
• Snorkeling is available during your boat tour around the sunken city in Kekova

The itineraries might be altered slightly by the guide for seasonal or other reasons. Visits to some museums or ancient ruins may not be possible due to renovation work. In the very hot months of July and August, breaks and visits to open-air museums and ancient ruins may be shorter than planned.

Native German and English speakers may not find the guide's narration satisfying, as the guide is not a native speaker.

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