Small-Group Pamukkale Day Trip from Kusadasi: Travertines and Hierapolis

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Small-Group Pamukkale Day Trip from Kusadasi: Travertines and Hierapolis
from USD $71.57
Visit the archaeological site of Pamukkale and see its extraordinary white travertine rock terraces cascading down from the crumbling city of Hierapolis. On this full-day trip from Kusadasi, you’ll walk around the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, learning about the rock’s formation and history. Then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis for a refreshing dip in its naturally formed bathing pools before taking a walking tour around its evocative ruins.

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group Pamukkale trip, ensuring a more intimate experience at this archeological site.
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In Brief

Pamukkale, Turkey
10 hours
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Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkey

After a pickup from your Kusadasi hotel, head inland to Denizli Province to visit Pamukkale –Turkey’s most incredible natural wonder. Meaning ‘cotton castle,’ this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of dazzling white travertine rock terraces that seem to flow down 656-foot (200-meter) cliffs. From a distance, the travertine terraces almost look like snowy cliffs or frozen waterfalls, but in fact they are mineral deposits from Pamukkale’s hot springs.

Walk around these fascinating rocks and see the naturally formed bathing pools while learning about their geology from your guide. Views from Pamukkale are unforgettable – see the white travertine terraces contrasting with brown mountains in the distance, and then walk up to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city with crumbling ruins and geothermic bathing pools.

Enjoy time at leisure here, and be sure to bring your bathing suit as the pools are definitely worth a dip (entrance fee is at your own expense)! Relax in the warm natural springs that are separated by ancient columns, and then visit a café for lunch before meeting your guide for a leisurely walking tour around the ancient city. Take in its impressive Classical ruins, such as the necropolis (Roman burial ground) and the vast Roman theater that was capable of seating more than 12,000 people. See St Philippe Martyrion (also known as the Basilica of St Philippe) and learn about this important early Christian sanctuary before returning to your coach for the ride back to Kusadasi.

Duration: 10 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fee (approximately 25 Turkish Lira) to the thermal pools at Hierapolis
  • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from your hotel in Kusadasi.
Please contact your supplier for your pick-up time.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

It was awesome
• Submitted 03 Oct 2018
Great Tour! Lots of walking, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and hat or umbrella to shield from the sun!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
We had a well presented and air conditioned mini bus. Our driver was charming and spoke excellent English. Our guide at Pamukkale was lovely and she was very knowledgeable and also spoke excellent English. It was a really hot day so we spent quite a while bathing in the warm Cleopatra pool. Sadly, I think the magical powers associated with the water have waned over the years as I didn't look any younger after my swim haha. Pamukkale is a beautiful place and I would recommend this trip as we had a great time. We stopped off at an Onyx factory on the way back and it was interesting to see how the artists manipulated and shaped the onyx. There was a gift shop full of beautiful things and even though we did not feel pressurised into buying anything, of course we had to get a little momento of the trip. Overall, an excellent experience.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017
Wonderful tour and sightseeing.
• Submitted 12 May 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 18 Apr 2017
It was a lovely day and the site was worth anyone seeing. True wonder of the world.
• Submitted 16 May 2016
This tour was great from start to finish! Our guide Mehmet was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Our tour included a buffet lunch which has really nice. Visiting Pamukkale, the white travertine rock terraces and Hierapolis is something I would recommend to travelers visiting the area. I would recommend paying the little bit extra to go into the thermal pools, we had a good time all round.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2015
The guıde was really ınformatıve and helpful. It was a small tour and very accomodatıng to everyones needs. It was fun to swım ın the natural waters of pummakale.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2015
Pick up on time . Hard to fault the day. Knowledgeable guide and a spectacular place well worth seeing. Lunch was impressive all you could eat Buffett option and a stop at a onyx rock making factory for a short demo. Took you into the shop but no pressure to buy anything. Good value day out
• Submitted 18 Sep 2014
Amazing, picked us up and dropped us off plus best of all we had plenty of time to see the beautiful Pamukkale!!
• Submitted 20 Aug 2014
The bus trip there from Kusadasi was about 3 hours and quite pleasant with a food/drink/toilet stop. We wasted some time at a linen/Manchester outlet store which we were not interested in. So between the bus trip, the Linen shop and the lunch getting to the actual site took about 4.5 hours. Everything else on the tour was fantastic, we had plenty of time at the site, we walked around the travertine's and did all the photos, visited the museum which is excellent and then had about 1 hour swimming in the pool before departing. If we had just a bit more time we could have also had a short walk to the roman amphitheatre but we some many more better ones later on our trip so no big issue. The tour guide and driver were both fantastic, great English skills and informative. Great tour just get a book to read for when they do the outlet store.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2014
I definitely recommend this tour as the most painless way of seeing Pamukkale. We were collected from our hotel at 8.45 am and returned at 6.45pm. The three hour drive was broken up by a stop half-way at a cafe/shop at a petrol station, with good toilet facilities. There were five travellers in total in a very comfortable vehicle with driver and excellent guide, Gul. We enjoyed the buffet lunch at a large restaurant at the foot of Pamukkale, obviously used by all the various tour groups. There was a good selection of food. Drinks are payable in any currency and were not expensive. We had two hours free time at the top of Pamukkale to swim in the Antique Pool and paddle in the travertines. We really enjoyed the Antique Pool with its very warm water and decidedly unusual experience of swimming over ancient ruins. We were offered a stop at an onyx factory, but were able to decline easily.
• Submitted 01 Jul 2014
I had a great day with this tour company ,they run a very professional and informative tour ,thought it was terrific value for money ,even though we were offered a tour cheaper with another company ,I would use this company again ,I couldn't imagine the same quality tour for less money ,the guide was great .
• Submitted 21 May 2014
The trip was great. It was only four of us and the guide was very good.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2014
Pamukkale is indeed a must see! Our trip there had been really awesome. Our tour guide Rose from Fez Travel is not only very knowlegeable but really helpful as well. The price that I paid for my whole family to go on this trip is really affordable. I have been recommending to all my friends since then and will regularly check their website for great deals on my future travels.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2013
It was perfect day trip to Pamukkale.. the guid was excellent .. they picked us from the hotel in time ..we had enough time to walk around and discover the magnificent Pamukkale pools ..Thank you
• Submitted 17 May 2013
It was a long ride 3 hours there and 3 hours back but the Mercedes mini bus was nice and the guide phenomenal and friendly. There is a lot of walking so if you cant do that I recommend renting a cart. The whit hills and pools are a sight to behold. There were lots of people but quite manageable. We stopped and the linen factory and bought some awesome table cloths and towels at a reasonable price. The amphitheater in the the ruins was phenomenal. Would definitely do it once but don't think i would go back because of the six hours traveling.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable about the area. He gave great suggestions for routes and was very open to all kinds of questions about the site. Since I visited in August the pools were really crowded so I didnt swim, but the site itself is very beautiful and worth the visit. My two complaints are the tourism stop we made at the Onyx workshop, which was essentially a ploy to get us to buy stuff. It wasnt on the itinerary and I felt that it was a little heavy handed to add that in without telling us. We also stopped at a crowded buffet restaurant for lunch that wasnt very good.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2018
Pamukkale is amazing. The only thing I'd change are the trips to the leather fashion show and gem store.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
Tahsin was an incredibly passionate guide and was really nice to talk with. He was very informative and knowledgeable about Turkey and the environments. I wish we'd have him for Ephesus as well. His and the drivers services deserve an absolute 10! The only reason I did not give a 5 star rating are rather because of the firms organizational details: We were picked up had to drop breakfast right away at 7.30, whilst the day before, the company comfirmed through phone we'd be picked up at 8-8.30 The journey from Kusadasi to Pammukkale was very long. Our hotel being the furthest away in the group, we spent at least a total of 8.5-9 hours sitting in the bus, just to enjoy about 2.5 hours of Pammukkale. For such a long journey, I personally wouldn't recommend travelling in a small group or bus. Us being tall Europeans and a little overweight, let's be honest, spending that long in rather cramped seats isn't quiet comfortable.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
The tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis was wonderful. The guide was knowledgable, the lunch was delicious, and the sites were beautiful and interesting, even though there wasn't much water in all the pools. It seemed as though we spent a lot of time shuffling people around and waiting for vehicles to arrive to take people from our bus to different locations, which I hadn't experienced on a day tour before....which is why I gave this a 4 star rating, instead of a 5.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2015
Pamukkale is surely a place to visit. Travertines are really amazing and scenery in front of you magnificent. When you are experiencing travertines you forget time. There are so many photos to shoot. It's good to remember that also theatre and museum of Hierapolis is worth to see. I give the place five stars but for tour planning only two stars. What irritated me was the fact that we drove some three hours to get Pamukkale and then spent nearly one hour in textile shop. So we had only two hours to spent in Pamukkale itself. Time in textile shop was wasted ... we should have gone straight to Pamukkale....
• Submitted 04 Jun 2015
This day trip was worth the 3 hours or so in a small but comfortable mini bus. Our tour guide was very informative and had an outgoing personality. We thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiasm. Pamukkale is worth the effort! Hieropolis was fascinating. A tour well worth doing.
• Submitted 03 May 2015
The tour is a good way to go from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, but doesn't add anything other than that. You should face it as an alternative to a shuttle or taxi. The lunch included was below average, for sure. We had wonderful and cheap meals in Turkey and that was not one of them. The tour guide was nice and helpful, but was lacking a bit in his English skills and didn't add much information. Also, we wish we had more time there. Considering the long trip, I'd recommend the time there to be an hour longer at least, getting one hour later to the hotel.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2015

In Brief

Pamukkale, Turkey
10 hours