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Overland Tour from Bodrum to Antalya
2-Day Tour 1 Night Accommodation at Pamukkale

Day 1
You will disembark at Bodrum early in the morning and start the overland program with a walking tour of St. Peter’s Castle.
The castle of St. Peter, with its tall, well-preserved towers, was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1437. Later, other buildings were erected within the precincts of the castle. During the Ottoman period, it was used as a place of exile. Today some of the buildings have been turned into a prominent museum. As you tour the castle, you will see a spectacular view of Bodrum and the surrounding area from the top of the towers. Today, the castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

After a visit to the Bodrum Castle and Underwater Archaeology Museum the guests will continue to Aphrodisias Antique Site.

Before visiting the site, you will have lunch at a very nice local restaurant located nearby. Following the local lunch, you will have chance to visit one of the most beautiful antique sites of Anatolia.

Named after goddess Aphrodite, whose cult like status became synonymous with the celebration of sensual love and exquisite femininity, the ancient city of Aphrodisias itself became renowned throughout Asia Minor as a centre of medicine and philosophy but above all, of sculpture and the arts.

The site has been systematically excavated since 1961 by Professor Kenan Erim and has yielded a wealth of art treasures. Names of many sculptors from Aphrodisias have been seen in lots of works in Italy, Greece and elsewhere. The highlights of the site are the Tetrapylion, the stadium, the Temple of Aphrodite.

In the evening arrive at Pamukkale. The calcium cascade terraces of snow white stalactites, one of Turkey’s great natural wonders is called Pamukkale by the Turks. This means”Cotton Castle” and is a rather suitable description for the eye catching, beautiful and unlikely landscape, which has had many different & extra ordinary names in the past.
The great dazzling white ridges like a curtain of crystal is the deposit from mineral rich volcanic springs over several thousand years, and it even buries about one meter of the foundation walls of ancient buildings.
The water is reputed to be benefical to the eyes and skin and to alleviate the ills of rheumatism, asthma and dermatitis.
Before checking in to the hotel, you will have a chance to see the remians of Hierapolis and the “Cotton Castle” at sunset.
The ancient city of Hierapolis was founded by Eumenes II, in the 2C BC. Hierapolis is believed to derive its name from Hiera, the wife of Telephus, both being legendary ancestors of kings of Pergamum. During the visit, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths, the Martyrium and the theatre will be seen.

Arrival at the hotel, check-in, dinner and overnight.

Day 2
After an early breakfast taken at the hotel you will check-out and depart from the hotel for Antalya. On the way to Antalya, there will be a comfort stop at Korkuteli town. Arrival at Antalya and lunch at a local restaurant at the city center.
After lunch, you will continue to Perge Antique Site, which is the best example of the complete Roman City in the Pamphylian plain. It developed from a Hellenistic hilltop settlement to a proper Roman city. Perge is also one of the cities that St. Paul visited with Barnabas and his cousin John Mark.

Perge, like Ephesus, is a typical of its region in the years of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. It was a prosperous city then : A system of large public fountains, and the canal through the center of town helped lower the summer heat. There are a large theater, an equally large stadium, and a handsome double set of city gates.

Then visit to the one of the best archaeological museums in Turkey to see the finds from the antique sites located around Antalya especially Perge.

At the end of the program arrival at Antalya Port in order to board the ship.

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