Demre Myra Kekova Tour


The Mediterranean coastline of Turkey is home to not only pristine idyllic bays and natural beauties but also innumerable historic sites and cultural values. Demre Myra Kekova Tour is a great opportunity to explore the cultural treasures of Anatolia and have an amazing boat trip above the sunken city of Kekova.

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Demre Myra Kekova Tour – Discover Anatolian Treasures

On Demre Myra Kekova Tour, you will embark on a blue voyage above the sunken city of Kekova, the hidden charm of the Mediterranean. Additionally, you will visit mystical Santa Claus Church in Demre, see Myra Ancient City and the rock tombs of Lycian civilization. You will have an open buffet tasty lunch and breathe in the fresh pine air of the Taurus Mountains all day long.

  • Hotel Transport
  • Full Insurances
  • Open Buffet Lunch
  • Guiding Service
  • Kekova Boat Trip

Information About Demre Myra Kekova Tour

Demre Myra Kekova Tour is one of the best cultural trips you can take on your holiday. You can join the tour from anywhere between Antalya and Alanya. Pick-up time from your hotel may vary depending on your location. The welcome time for our guests staying in Side region is 04.30.

Demre Myra Kekova Tour Program: The tour starts by picking you up from the gates of your hotel with our air-conditioned bus. The first stop is a cute coastal town called Üçağız village. This journey takes about 3 hours, passing through the resort towns of Kemer, Kumluca and Finike. During this journey, you see the Taurus Mountains and nomadic villages on one side of the road, and the untouched shores of the Mediterranean on the other. A short stop for breakfast is given near Antalya and the bus arrives at the coastal village of Üçağız. This is the place where you take a boat tour on the Kekova Sunken City.

At about 10.30, you get on a cute two-decked boat and go for an exciting boat trip on turquoise blue waters of Kekova. The floor of the boat is glass and watching the city ruins at the bottom of the sea is an incredible experience. During this boat tour, our guide informs you about the Sunken City of Kekova and the city ruins on the beach.
We stop for a swimming break at a bay near the Island of Kekova. You will be able to experience the wonderful feeling of swimming in the crystal clear waters of Kekova above the ancient city ruins here. After this one-hour boat trip, we return to the pier and go to our restaurant near the town of Demre. You will have your delicious open buffet lunch prepared from fresh products here. The lunch menu consists of two main courses, rice, pasta, soup and 12 kinds of salad.

Following the lunch break, you get on the bus to visit St. Nicholas Church. We stay for about 45 minutes at this holy pilgrimage site that attracts thousands of tourists every year. After visiting St. Nicholas Church, we arrive at Myra Ancient City at around 14.00. This magical place is famous for its amphitheatre with brilliant acoustics and amazing rock tombs carved into the mountains. After an hour break at this historical place, we get on the bus to return to Side and drop you off at your hotels around 18.30.

    • Avaliable Days: Wednesday – Friday – Sunday
    • Don’t Forget: Swimsuit, Sunglasses, Towel, Sun Cream, Hat, Comfortable Shoes, Camera
    • Restrictions: Not suitable for the guests with walking difficulties
    • Please Also See: Side Pamukkale Day Trip

If you have any questions about the excursion please feel free to contact us

Kekova Boat Trip And The Ancient City Of Simena

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
The peaceful Lycian Union is the first civilization which adopted democracy as a form of government. This civilization was a union of 23 cities located on the coastline of Anatolia, such as Olympos, Myra, Phaselis and Simena. The history of Simena, which means "mother goddess" in the Luwian language, dates back to the 4th century BC. It was a coastal city in the union and as a result of some earthquakes in the region in the 2nd century AD, some parts of the city sank into the sea and the inhabitants left the city. In time, a small settlement named Kaleköy was built on the ruins of the ancient city. During Kekova Boat Tour, you will see Simena city ruins, Kaleköy and Simena Castle from the Middle Age. Spectacular sights around will amaze you while sunbathing on the boat. Moreover, you will have the privilege of swimming above the ancient ruins of Kekova sunken city.

Church Of St. Nicholas

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
St. Nicholas or Nikolaos of Myra was born in Patara in 300 BC to a wealthy family. Saint Nicholas, believed to have spent his wealth on the poor and performed many miracles, died in the city of Myra, where he served as an archbishop. Santa Claus is known as the protector of children, students, travelers, sailors and the poor. When he passed away, a church was built in his name in Myra and his tomb was placed in this church. Now open to the public as a memorial museum, the church has been an important place of pilgrimage for Christians. The building, which also draws attention with its architecture, includes the tomb of Santa Claus, frescoes, icons and mosaics. At the entrance of the building, a statue of Santa Claus, which was given as a gift from Russia, greets the visitors.

The Ancient City Of Myra

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
The ancient city of Myra, which was an important settlement until the 11th century AD, is an important tourist attraction in Demre. There are two separate necropolis in the city. The rock tombs carved in the mountains will amaze you. The acoustics of the 11,000-seat theatre is awesome. While sitting on the seats of this theatre, walking in the streets of the city and in ancient baths and temples, you will feel like you have traveled to ancient times.

Some Important Notes About The Tour

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
Our guides provide information in English, German, Turkish and Russian languages ​​throughout the tour. The boat is a cute two-deck boat suitable for sunbathing on the upper deck. Since the floor of the boat is glass, you can watch underwater during the boat trip. Our guides, staff at the restaurant and on the boat warmly welcome you and will take care with your needs and requests along the tour worthy of Turkish hospitality. Entrance to St Nicholas Church and Myra Ancient City is optional, so you can choose which ones you want to enter. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes and as it is warm in the summer season bringing suncream is also recommended. This excursion is free for infants under 6 years old. Children aged 7-12 pay half price. Children aged 0-8 can freely enter the attraction centres.

Departure : Pick up from your Hotel

Duration: 12 Hours (Full Day Tour)

  • Hotel Transport
  • Full Insurances
  • Open Buffet Lunch
  • Guiding Service
  • Kekova Boat Trip
  • Drinks
  • St. Nicholas Church Entrance Fee (9 Euros)
  • Myra Ancient City Entrance Fee (9 Euros)
  • Personal Expenditures
  • Tips And Gratuities

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1 Review Added Overall rating: 5


    Me and my wife had a great time in this tour. Our guide and the driver welcomed us warmly in the early morning. Our guide Mehmet was especially very knowledgeable. He had us smiling along the tour while giving lots of info about the historic sites along the way. The boat tour above the sunken city was unique, we had an half hour swimming there which was exhilarating. Ancient city of Myra, Roman amphitheater and the views on site were amazing. Overall it was a well organised excursion and we enjoyed it very much. Thanks a lot Excursion Side for this nice organisaton and our tour guide and staff.