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Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Known for their therapeutic properties since Roman times, the waters of the Pamukkale Thermal Pools flow into white travertine formations that rise out of the surrounding plains. Nearby are the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient city that grew up around the springs. The thermal pools and petrified waterfalls create an otherworldly landscape at Pamukkale, which means Cotton Palace.

 

The Basics

Most visitors come to soak in the Pamukkale pools and then head uphill to the extensive Hierapolis ruins, which include an amphitheater, a basilica, and a large Roman bath. These two sites, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are often combined on full-day tours from Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir, and even Istanbul.

 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Pamukkale pools and Hierapolis are a must-visit for history buffs.

  • Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as you will have to remove them when you enter the site.

  • Bring a bathing suit if you want to swim in the pools.

  • Some of the pools are knee-deep, so make sure to wear pants or skirts that can be rolled up so they won’t get wet.

 

How to Get There

The pools at Pamukkale are walking distance from the town of Pamukkale, but most visitors will likely be coming from another city. From nearby Denizli or other regional centers, buses travel to Pamukkale, and taxis are also available. Most day tours include transportation to and from the site.

 

When to Get There

Pamukkale is open year-round, 24 hours a day. Summer is the most popular time to visit, despite the thermal waters and the heat from the sun reflecting off the white limestone. During the Turkish holidays, Pamukkale can be crowded with locals. Arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds during these times.

The Ruins at Hierapolis

The sprawling ancient city that overlooks the pools retains many recognizable structures. The Hellenistic-era settlement includes a large amphitheater, a monumental arch, thermal baths, a necropolis, and examples of early Christian structures. The theater is still used for performances. Though the site is protected, most structures are open to exploration.

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4 Day Turkey Tour: Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

4 Day Turkey Tour: Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

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Embark on an exhilarating tour of Turkey’s most iconic locations on a 4-day excursion to Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale from Istanbul. Discover the dramatic valleys and canyons of Cappadocia; delve into the rich Roman history of Ephesus; and sink into the steaming serenity of Pamukkale’s hot springs. Receive three nights’ comfortable accommodation, selected meals, a professional guide, and round-trip hotel transportation on this exhilarating tour.
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  • 4 days
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7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara
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7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara

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Explore the historical attractions in Turkey during this 7-day Turkey tour that begins and ends in Istanbul. You will traverse Istanbul with an expert guide aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach to visit the poignant battlegrounds of Gallipoli, the mesmerizing Roman-Greco remnants of Ephesus, and the other-worldly geology in Cappadocia. Along the way stop at Pamukkale to marvel at the cream colored rock plateaus, take a dip in the hot Hierapolis natural springs and discover the history of Troy. Enjoy the peace of mind of six nights accommodation and daily breakfast and dinner meals, all included and planned for your convenience.
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  • 7 days
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2 Day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour From Istanbul

2 Day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour From Istanbul

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The historical sites at Ephesus and natural travertine pools at Pamukkale can be tricky to see from Istanbul. On this 2-day tour, explore both with ease on a guided tour. Travel by plane from Istanbul and visit the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, the ruins at Hierapolis, and more. Stay overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
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Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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Marvel at the petrified lime cascades of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis during this guided day trip from Izmir. This tour not only journeys to the stunning natural wonder of Pamukkale, but will venture to fascinating Roman ruins at Hierapolis built during the 2nd century AD. Here you will see the Theater and the Necropolis, the biggest ancient graveyard in Anatolia.
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  • 9 hours
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5-Day Tour of Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale

5-Day Tour of Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale

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Sample Turkey’s historic gems, vibrant culture and natural wonders on this 5-day small-group tour of Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale, including domestic flights, transfers and accommodation. Spend a full-day enjoying Istanbul’s highlights, including Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, then journey to UNESCO-listed Ephesus to explore the remarkable ancient city and see the sacred House of the Virgin Mary. Finally, plunge into the thermal waters of Pamukkale and bathe against a post-card worthy backdrop of the striking white travertines.
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  • 5 days
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Private Tour: Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Private Tour: Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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Prepare to be dazzled by the startling white landscape of Pamukkale, one of Turkey’s most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites, on this private full-day tour from Izmir, including lunch. Keep your camera to hand as you discover the magnificent natural wonder and take a dip in the mineral-rich thermal baths, then explore the fascinating ruins of the Roman city of Hierapolis. 
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  • 8 hours
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4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Kusadasi: Pamukkale, Ephesus and Hierapolis

4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Kusadasi: Pamukkale, Ephesus and Hierapolis

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Take in two equally mesmerising UNESCO sites on this 4-day small-group Kusadasi tour, with a maximum of 14 people.  Enjoy 4-star hotel accommodation in Kusadasi, free time to explore the city and two full-day excursions to Pamukkale and Ephesus. Get up close to the natural wonder of Pamukkale and bathe in its mineral-rich pools, then explore the ruins of nearby Hierapolis. Journey to ancient Ephesus and marvel over the Great Theater and Celsus Library, then visit the House of the Virgin Mary and see the remains of the Temple of Artemis.
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  • 4 days
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Small-Group Pamukkale Tour from Kusadasi or Selçuk

Small-Group Pamukkale Tour from Kusadasi or Selçuk

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Expand your visit in Selçuk to include a day-trip to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.  After pickup from your hotel, enjoy an air-conditioned ride to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. All entry fees are conveniently included. Then, wade through the hot springs and travertines of Pamukkale (cotton castle), before returning to your Selçuk hotel.
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2-day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

2-day Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum

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Wander the marble-paved streets of ancient Ephesus, see the UNESCO-listed terraces of Pamukkale, and visit the Roman spa city of Hierapolis on this 2-day trip from Bodrum. Witness Ephesus’ time-honored monuments including the Great Theatre and Library of Celsus on a guided walking tour of the well-preserved archaeological site dating back to the 2nd century BC. Then, visit the Greco-Roman city built above Pamukkale, with the opportunity to dip into its thermal pools. Three-star hotel accommodation, coach transport, and several meals are included.
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  • 2 days
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Small-Group Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour

Small-Group Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour

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Walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, St Paul and the Virgin Mary on this 3-day tour of Turkey’s historic highlights. Enjoy two different day trips from your base in Kusadasi – explore the mighty monuments and world wonders of ancient Ephesus, and bathe in the legendary thermal baths of Pamukkale, including an optional visit to Cleopatra’s pool. This small-group tour has a maximum of 14 people and includes two nights accommodation in Kusadasi, some meals, and round-trip airport transfers. 
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  • 2 days
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Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Trip from Marmaris with Breakfast and Lunch

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Trip from Marmaris with Breakfast and Lunch

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Admire Turkey’s natural and ancient wonders on this day trip of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from Marmaris. First, immerse yourself in the geological sights of Pamukkale, known in Turkish as ‘Cotton Castle’ due to its crystalline white pools and terraces. Next, discover the remains of Hierapolis. This Greco-Roman spa city contains spectacular remnants of theaters, marble streets, springs and markets. And if you’re feeling bold, opt for a swim in Cleopatra’s Pool (own expense).
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  • 12 hours
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