Hierapolis and Laodikeia Tour: Visit the land of prophecy and the land of water, which is one of the largest old cities in Turkey. Join the daily Hierapolis and Laodicea tour with Romos Travel and enjoy the daily tours of Turkey.
Duration: 8 hrs.
Departure: Kusadasi Cruise Port or Hotel
Destinations: Hierapolis, Laodikeia
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Greek, and Japanese
After breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the old city of Hierapolis. We’re going to see the biggest old cemetery. There are 1200 graves in the cemetery, which was built between 200 BC and 300 A.D. 300 epitaphs have been read and released.
The Roman Bath was built in the second century A.D. In the sixth century A.D., it was turned into a church. Use the olive press to make olive oil.
Frontinus Street, with its doric-style facade that stretches 170 m to the Byzantine Gate, dates back to the late 4th century A.D, when the city was growing and they needed to build a defense wall around it.
The Great Cathedral was built in the sixth century A.D. when the city became the capital of Phyrigia. There is a narthex, three aisles, and an apse in the church. Plutonium is the new shrine to Pluto.
Agora was built in the second century A.D. It was one of the world’s oldest and biggest markets.
The theater holds 12,000 people and is one of the best-preserved theaters from the ancient world. In the water of the Antique Pool, which is also known as Cleopatra’s Pool, you can swim among the ruins of the past. After the archeological tour, you have about an hour to do whatever you want. Then, go to the Travertines, where you can walk on the white slopes.
Since ancient times, the water has been coming from underground and running down the hills. We’ll have lunch at a neighborhood restaurant and then drive to Laodicea by way of Syrian Street, which has been dug up in the past few years. The agora was right next to the door.
The Greeks built a stage that could hold 12,000 people. In the year 600 A.D., the church was built. The Corinthian Temple has columns that look like they came from Rome. The ruins of a gate in Ephesus that was built for the Roman Emperor Domitian at the end of the first century A.D. The Romans built the stadium, which is one of the biggest venues in Anatolia with an arena.
After seeing the sights on the Pamukkale and Laodicea Tour, drive back to the hotel.
A licensed guide who speaks English or another language of your choice
A luxury car with air conditioning and a driver
Service to pick up and drop off
Costs to get into the museums and places on the above schedule
Gratuities to the guide and driver
Anything not specifically listed as included
It is a good idea to bring a camera, a hat, and shoes that are good for walking.
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Pamukkale, often referred to as the “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is a unique natural wonder situated in southwestern Turkey. Its white terraces, formed from calcium deposits left by flowing hot spring water, have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a magnet for visitors from all over the world.
But just above these terraces lies another treasure: the ancient city of Hierapolis. Founded in the 2nd century BC, Hierapolis was an important therapeutic center during the Roman and Byzantine periods and was known for its hot springs.
When traveling from Kusadasi, a coastal town on the Aegean Sea, visitors embark on a journey through time. The route from Kusadasi to Pamukkale not only introduces travelers to the sublime beauty of the terraces but also to the magnificent ruins of Hierapolis, including its theater, Necropolis, and the famed Antique Pool, where one can swim amidst ancient ruins.
Tour of Laodicea Pamukkale Hierapolis together forms a triad of significant historical and natural sites in the region of Denizli in Turkey. Starting with Laodicea, it’s an ancient city founded on the river Lycus. Historically significant for its mention in the Biblical Book of Revelations, today it is an archeological gold mine with ongoing excavations revealing its bygone glory.
Following Laodicea, travelers proceed to Pamukkale, marveling at the pristine calcium terraces that glow in the sun. The journey culminates in Hierapolis, a city with deep Greco-Roman roots. This tour offers a deep dive into ancient civilizations, their architectural prowess, religious fervor, and their relationship with nature, making it an enriching experience for both history enthusiasts and nature lovers.
A Laodicea Pamukkale Hierapolis Tour is like following in the footsteps of ancient civilizations while also marveling at the wonders of nature. Laodicea, a city with strong Biblical ties, was once a flourishing trade and administrative center, showcasing ruins like the ancient stadium and the remains of monumental structures.
A short drive away, one is met with the sight of Pamukkale’s terraces, shimmering in white and resembling frozen waterfalls. The thermal waters here have been believed to have healing properties since ancient times.
Atop this natural wonder, Hierapolis stands as a testament to the Greco-Roman era with its sprawling necropolis, vast theater, and thermal baths. This tour promises an insightful blend of history, spirituality, and nature’s splendor, ensuring that visitors leave with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Embarking on a tour of Hierapolis is akin to stepping into a time capsule that transports you to the glory of the ancient Greco-Roman world. Located adjacent to the natural splendor of Pamukkale’s white terraces, Hierapolis is a testament to human civilization’s prowess amidst nature’s marvels.
Here, travelers can explore an array of historical relics, including the grand Roman Theater, the expansive Necropolis with its variety of tombs, and the Plutonium, an ancient temple said to be an entrance to the underworld.
For those looking for a unique experience, the Antique Pool, also known as Cleopatra’s Pool, offers the opportunity to swim amid fallen Roman columns, making it a rejuvenating historical dive.
Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city”, was founded in the 2nd century BC in the province of Phrygia in southwestern Turkey. It rapidly gained fame as a therapeutic center due to its thermal springs.
Over the years, Hierapolis has been a melting pot of various cultures, primarily Greek and Roman, which is reflected in its architecture, tombs, and artifacts. Today, it stands as an extensive archaeological site, offering glimpses of its grandeur through its ruins, especially the theater, necropolis, and its famous Antique Pool.
Laodicea, located on the banks of the Lycus River, is an ancient city with a rich historical tapestry. It was established in the 3rd century BC and became a vital center for commerce, culture, and Christianity.
The city’s significance is also underscored by its mention in the Biblical Book of Revelations. Modern archaeological excavations have unearthed several important structures in Laodicea, including theaters, a stadium, and early Christian churches.
These ruins provide insights into the lives and times of their inhabitants, making them a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
Laodikeia, often pronounced and written as “Laodicea” in many English references, is the Hellenistic name of this ancient city. Its origin ties back to the Seleucid King Antiochus II, who named it after his wife Laodike.
Strategically located at a crossroads of major trade routes, Laodikeia flourished both as a trade center and a significant religious hub. Its ruins, encompassing grand theaters, intricately designed basilicas, and remnants of its old infrastructure, depict a city that was once at the zenith of cultural and economic prosperity.
Q: What is the Hierapolis-Laodikeia Tour?
The Hierapolis-Laodikeia Tour is an organized excursion from Kusadasi to two ancient cities: Hierapolis and Laodikeia, both of which are rich in history and archaeological significance.
Q: How long is the tour?
The tour typically lasts a full day, which includes transportation time and ample time at both sites.
Q: What is the historical significance of Hierapolis and Laodikeia?
Hierapolis, known for its thermal springs, was an ancient Greco-Roman city. Laodikeia, on the other hand, was an ancient trade center and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the Bible.
Q: Are entrance fees to the archaeological sites included in the tour price?
Yes, the entrance fees are included.
Q: Is lunch included in the tour?
Lunch is not included in the tour. You can ask your guide what to eat.
Q: Is this tour suitable for children and elderly guests?
While the tour is informative and educational, the terrain can be uneven and may be challenging for elderly guests or those with mobility issues. Children may enjoy the historical sites, but they should be supervised.
Q: Do I need to bring any special equipment or attire?
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Depending on the season, you might also want to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.
Q: What language is the tour conducted in?
Most tours will be conducted in English, but multi-language guides might be available. Always inquire in advance if you need a guide in a specific language.
Q: How do I book the Hierapolis-Laodikeia Tour?
You can book through our online platform.
Q: Can I book a private tour?
Yes, this tour is a private excursion.
Q: What’s the cancellation policy?
You can read our cancellation policy.
Q: Are the sites wheelchair-accessible?
While some areas are accessible, the ancient terrain might be challenging for wheelchairs. It’s recommended to check with our tour operator for specifics.
Q: How far is the drive from Kusadasi to Hierapolis and Laodikeia?
The drive is roughly 3 hours to Hierapolis and a bit less to Laodikeia. This can vary depending on traffic and the route taken.
Q: Are there any additional activities or stops included in the tour?
You can read the whole itinerary to see what activities are available.
Q: Are pets allowed on the tour?
This tour is not suitable for pets.
Q: Do we get free time to explore on our own?
Yes, you will have free time to explore, shop, or relax. The amount of free time can vary.
Q: Are there restroom facilities at the archaeological sites?
Yes, there are basic facilities at both Hierapolis and Laodikeia.
Q: Is photography allowed at the sites?
Yes, photography is allowed, but always be respectful and avoid touching or climbing on ancient structures.
Q: Will there be any shopping opportunities during the tour?
Typically, there will be opportunities for shopping, especially for souvenirs related to the archaeological sites.
Q: What happens in the case of bad weather?
Tours may be rescheduled or, in rare cases, canceled due to extreme weather. Refunds or alternate dates might be provided.