Demre - Myra - Kekova (St Nikalous Museum) Tour from Alanya

per person 45.00
  • 15-16 Hours
  • Insurance
  • Payment on Tour day
  • Transfer
  • Guidance

Full Description

Kekova-Demre-Myra tour from Alanya is a cultural tour we organize daily.İn this tour you will see Turkey's largest unmanned  island of Kekova and the sunken city around it, rock tombs,Myra ancient city famous for its Roman theater and Saint Nicholaos church.You will have a great boat ride between Demre and Kekova, which takes an hour. You will also have swimming and photo breaks.

Myra, in present-day Turkey in Antalya Province Kale (Demre) is an ancient Lycian city in the area where the county. Alacadağ was established on fertile alluvial plain formed by soil carried by Demre Stream (Myros) between Akdağ (Massikytos) and Aegean Sea.

Demre (Formerly, Kale) is one of the touristic districts of Antalya province. Myra (Demre) is always known as one of the most important cities of Lycia. The earliest coins are dated to the 3rd century BC. But it is estimated that the city was founded at least in the 5th century BC.

The ancient city of Myra, located in and around the Demre District of today, was founded on the plain of the same name. The city's connection to the sea was provided by the channel that is accessible to the west of the Myros River (today's Demre Stream). Sea transportation and trade of the region was also carried out from the port of Andriake (Çayağzı) located on the other side of the channel. Myra Ancient City is especially famous for the Lycian Period rock tombs, the Roman Period theater and the Byzantine Period St. Nicholas Church (Santa Claus). Rock tombs, Lycian inscriptions and coins, Myra at least in BC. They show that it has existed since the 5th century. According to the information provided by Strabon, Myra, which is one of the 6 major cities of the Lycian League, is called as Myrrh in the Lycian inscriptions.

It is the period when Myra witnessed great development in the 2nd century. In the city, which is the metropolis of the Lycian Union, many buildings were built and repaired with the help of Lycian rich people.

In the Byzantine Period, Myra became one of the leading cities in terms of administration as well as religion. The fame that has survived to the present day, St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) AD. It owes the city's bishop in the 4th century, and reached the level of saints after his death and built a church in his name. Since the 7th century, Myra lost its importance due to earthquakes, floods and alluviums brought by Demre Stream and Arabian raids and turned into village identity in the 12th century.

The ruins of today are the theater on the southern skirt of the acropolis and the rock tombs on both sides. According to the researches, outside the walls of the Roman Period, which is quite intact today, Hellenistic and even 5 BC. It is possible to come across the city wall ruins dating back to the 16th century and the acropolis hill and its surroundings. The theater, located on the southern skirt of the acropolis, reflects the characteristics of a well-preserved Roman Period theater, both with rows of seats and a stage building. The stage building is standing until half of the second floor.

There are embossed or flat rock tombs on both sides of the theater. One of the most interesting examples is the embossed tomb, which depicts the dead and its relatives, among the Myra tombs, which are the best adapted examples of the wooden house architecture of the Lycians.

Also, many rock tombs with reliefs or inscriptions are lined up or side by side on the south facing side of the rock.

While going to the city center near the theater, the ruins of the baths on the left of the road are the early and interesting examples of Roman Period brick architecture. The water requirement of the city was met by the canals carved into the rock near the valley where Demre Stream flowed. Myra, which is one of the 6 cities with 3 voting rights in the Lycian confederation, shows how important it is to be named as "the brightest city". It is also important that Myra was represented in the form of Kybele, the oldest goddess of Anatolia, the main goddess of the city, in the coins printed under her name alongside the coins belonging to the Lycian confederation. Myra, which was the capital of the Lycian province in the past, The fact that Paul and his friends visited was of particular importance in the Christian world.

 

KEKOVA-DEMRE-MYRA TOUR PROGRAM FROM ALANYA:

  • Pick up from your hotels
  • Breakfast break in Antalya
  • Myra ancient city - visit the ancient theater and rock cemetery
  • Boat tour, sunken city, visiting Kekova island and swimming break
  • Lunch at Myra
  • Myra St. Nicholas church
  • Leaving Myra
  • Return to your hotels. (19:00 - 20:00)

  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • You can take your swimsuit and camera with you.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the scheduled pick-up time 


What's included

  • Lunch
  • Hotel or Residence pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance Fee
  • İnsurance
  • Boat tour between Demre Kekova.

What's excluded

  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks

Schedule

Monday 03:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
Wednesday 03:30 - 20:00
Thursday
Friday 03:30 - 20:00
Saturday
Sunday 03:30 - 20:00