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 have a unique boat trip above the sunken city of Kekova and to explore the cultural treasures of Anatolia.

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Demre Myra Kekova Tour – Discover Anatolian Treasures

On Demre Myra Kekova Tour from Side, you will embark on a blue voyage above the sunken city of Kekova, the hidden charm of the Mediterranean. Additionally, you will visit the mystical Santa Claus Church in Demre, and see Myra Ancient City and the rock tombs of the 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 the Side region is 05.30.

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. There is a short break near Antalya for breakfast and the bus arrives at the seaside village of Üçağız. This is where you will take a boat tour over the Kekova Sunken City.

At around 10.30, you board a cute two-deck boat and go on an exciting boat tour on the 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 will inform you about the Sunken City of Kekova and the city ruins on the coast.
We take a swimming break in a bay near Kekova Island. Here you will be able to experience the wonderful feeling of swimming in the clear waters of Kekova above the ruins of the ancient city. After this one-hour boat ride, we return to the pier and go to our restaurant near Demre district. You will have your delicious open buffet lunch prepared from fresh products here. The lunch menu consists of two main dishes, rice, pasta, soup and 12 types 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 where thousands of tourists flock every year. After visiting St. Nicholas Church, we arrive at Myra Ancient City around 14.00. This magical place is famous for its amphitheatre with brilliant acoustics and magnificent rock tombs carved into the mountains. After an hour’s break at this historical place, we get on the bus to return to Side and we 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 Salda Pamukkale Tour

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Kekova Boat Trip And The Ancient City Of Simena

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
The peaceful Lycian Union was the first civilization that 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. Simena means "Mother Goddess" in Luwian language and the history of Simena dates back to the 4th century BC. It was a coastal city in the union and as a result of some earthquakes that occurred in the region in the 2nd century AD, a part of the city sank into the sea and the inhabitants abandoned the city. Over time, a small settlement named Kaleköy was founded on the ruins of the ancient city. During the Kekova Boat Tour, you will see Simena city ruins, Kaleköy, and Simena Castle from the Middle Ages. You will be amazed by the spectacular views you will see around you throughout the tour. Moreover, you will have the privilege of swimming over the ancient ruins of the sunken city of Kekova.

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. He lived in Myra and was the archbishop of the city. He spent all his wealth on the poor. It is believed that he performed many miracles during his life. Santa Claus is well known as the protector of children, students, travellers, 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, visitors are greeted by a statue of Santa Claus, gifted from Russia.

The Ancient City Of Myra

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
Myra Ancient City, which was an important settlement until the 11th century AD, is one of the important tourist attractions in Turkey. There are two separate necropolises in the city. The rock tombs carved in the mountains will amaze you. The acoustics of the 11,000-seat theatre is awesome. You will feel like you have travelled to ancient times while sitting in the seats of this theatre, walking through the city streets, and wandering around the ancient baths and temples.

Some Important Notes About The Tour

Demre Myra Kekova Tour
Our guides provide information in English, German, Turkish and Russian throughout the tour. The boat is a cute boat with two decks suitable for sunbathing on the upper deck. Since the floor of the boat is glass, you can also watch underwater during the boat tour. Our guides and staff in the restaurant and on the boat welcome you warmly and take care of your needs and requests throughout the tour, befitting Turkish hospitality. Entrance to St Nicholas Church and Myra Ancient City is optional, so you can choose which ones you want to enter and inform our guide on the bus. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring sunscreen with you as the summer months can be warm. This excursion is free for infants aged 3 and under. However, free children are not given seats on the bus. Parents should carry their free kids on their laps. If you want to reserve a seat for your child on the bus, please make your booking as a child participant. Children aged 4-11 pay a discounted price for the tour. Children aged 8 and under can enter St Nicholas Church and Myra Ancient City without paying an entrance fee.

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 (13 Euros)
  • Myra Ancient City Entrance Fee (10 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.