Saklikent Gorge & Ancient City of Tlos
Fethiye Cruise Port
from 44 EUR to 277 EUR
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Fethiye Cruise Port
Share a Private Tour
55 EUR per person
Max. 8 people group size
Visiting: Saklikent Gorge, Ancient city of Tlos
Duration: 10 hours
After our guide picks you up from the port of call, we will drive to Saklikent Gorge. It is the largest and deepest gorge in Turkey and the second in Europe. Once walking on the raised walkway above the water, you will suddenly become aware of yourself. You will feel so tiny and insignificant among the natural walls of cliffs soaring into the sky, giving you an almost spiritual experience.
Walking inside, you will reach the Ulupinar Springs where water bubbles up under great force from the base of the cliffs and you wade across the stream into the gorge to begin your walk. You will see a lot of people cover themselves with clay found in the area. The clay is believed to have healing and rejuvenating properties. Keep walking until you get to penetrate into the heart of the mountains and enjoy the cool temperature coming from the rocks preventing you from the heat outside. There are small cafÃ©s placed inside the gorge where you can get food and cold drinks kept iced cold in the waters of the river. Relax on wooden platforms suspended just a foot or two above the river furnished with Turkish rugs and comfortable cushions in the shade in which they serve freshly-caught trout. It is such a delight to be able to stop in one of these small cafes as they are surrounded by very magnificent scenery of the canyon.
After your adventure in the gorge, our guide will drive you to visit the Ancient city of Tlos which is 4 km. northwest from the Gorge.
In times of Lycia, Tlos was one of the religious centers in the Lycian regions. It was also recognised as one of the most powerful principal cities of Lycia and was once known to be remarkably brilliant and vibrant. The ruins in the city such as castles, Lycian tombs and ancient theaters display how advanced and sophisticated the city used to be under the Roman Empire. Once you get to the top you will be able to view yet another ancient Lycian city of Xanthos and the surrounding. The landscape around that city is so magnificent and you will surely want to know more about its history.
It is also one of the few Lycian cities to continue its existence through the 19th century. This city has been the melting pot of many different cultures and you can see the influence in the various structures of these vine-covered buildings. No wonder why this place must have inspired a lot of romantic painters and poets.
In Tlos you can see a lot of remaining ruins which enable you to see what the city looked like in the past. The evidence is in the forms of ancient buildings and public baths lying around the city. The Stadium is from the Roman period and located just under the acropolis hill. It had a seating capacity of 2,500. Today only the seats remain and the sporting area is being used as a farmer's field.
If you are a history fan, this tour is guaranteed to be just right for you, and if you are a fun and adventurous nature lover, it is also perfect. If you enjoy both, then it cannot get better. When you finish your day, our guide will drive you back to the port of call and you can relax in our air conditioned vehicle!