Demre, Myra and Kekova Island Excursion

Antalya Excursions Demre, Myra and Kekova Island Excursion

Depart Antalya and travel to Demre to visit the best examples of the amazing Lycian tombs at Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas himself, the saint to whom is referred to as Santa Claus.


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Myra / Demre

Demre is the ancient Lycian town of Myra, the home of the original Santa Claus!

Myra was one of the most important cities in ancient Lycia and thrived as part of the Roman Empire where many spectacular public buildings were constructed. The city of Myra is best known for its amphitheatre, the largest in Lycia.

Ancient tombs of Myra

These famous and absolutely magnificent tombs are cut into the rock in two main groups. One is into the cliff face above the theatre and the other in Necropolis on the East side of the river. Although the colour has faded now, the tombs of Myra were once painted a riot of bright red, yellow and blue.

To the west are more tombs cut as houses, and often with original ancient paintings portraying funeral scenes and daily life.

Church of St. Nicholas

After visiting the tombs ion Myra you will be taken to the Church of St. Nicholas. Inside the Church is the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas himself. The earliest church was built in the 6th century AD, supposedly over St. Nicholas' tomb. There have been several churches built on the site since then, the current one from the 9th century, probably rebuilt after Arab attacks.

The church's floor is of beautiful opus sectile and cosmati, types of luxury mosaic marble, and there are also magnificent paintings on the walls.

St. Nicholas was known for his charitable nature and humility. Several legends about him have been based on his kind and giving nature and have led to the development of Santa Claus.

Lunch and Kevoka Island

After a delicious Mediterranean lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island, one of the most attractive sights of the Turkish coast and something not to be missed.

Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, a charming mix of ancient, medieval and modern history making it interesting as well as beautiful. In ancient times Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of RhodesNext visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel if desired, so don't forget your bathing suit and towel.

Highlights of the Demre and St Nicholas Church Excursion

  • Full-day trip from Antalya to Demre, a province on Turkeys Mediterranean coast
  • See the Lycian town of Myra, once home to St Nicholas of Myra (the original Santa Claus)
  • Sail to Kekova Island, where you will have opportunity to swim or snorkel
  • Learn about the sunken city of Simena at Kekova Island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Antalya hotels

Return in the late evening to Antalya where tour concludes with a hotel drop-off to your Antalya hotel.

Demre, Myra and Kekova Island Excursion Reviews

5.0 / 5 based on 2 customer reviews.
Demre, Myra and Kekova Island Excursion
Would definately recommend this tour. Picked up from our hotel in Antalya on time and from there on the day went very smoothly due to the good planning of our tour guide. Each location was amazing, i didn't swim at Kekova but my partner did and said the snorkeling was great. This was easily the best tour we went on with TurkeyExcursions. PS a big hello to Graham and Mo at TurkeyExcursions, thanks for a great day.

Kerry & Paul
Kerry Ash from Scarborough .
Demre, Myra and Kekova Island Excursion
Snorkeling at Kekova was great, the waters are gorgeous and the setting is breath-taking. Lunch was very tasty
Matthew Slate from Brighton .

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