Cotton Castles

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Cotton Castles

This Istanbul day trip provides an excellent opportunity to see another unique landscape in Turkey, Pamukkale, as well as visit the neighboring historical ruins of Hierapolis.

Pamukkale’s limestone terraces have been formed by layers of calcium carbonate deposits as warm mineral water cascaded down the slopes of a ridge, forming petrified pools that create the illusion of ‘cotton castles’.  These formations are unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in Turkey.   Many of the terraces are filled with mineral water from the hot springs, forming pools that glisten in the sun.

Hierapolis was founded by the Greeks around 190BC as a ‘cure’ center because of the hot springs.  It was ceded to Rome in 133BC.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It was also known for its textiles, particularly wool.  Hierapolis is a treasure trove of excavated ruins, most famous for its Necropolis, which contains more than 1200 tombs from Greek, Roman, and early Christian times.  The ruins of Hierapolis are spread over a large area and include a Theater which sat 20,000, Thermal Baths, the Arch of Domitian, an Agora, the Triton Fountain, the Apollo Temple and much more.  

You will also visit Karahayit, a small village which is also known for its hot springs.

Cotton Castles

Route:  Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Apollo Temple, Red Spring Waters, Roman Baths
Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Duration: Full day


  • All airport transfers and pick up/ drop off from and to the hotel
  • All transportation by A/C No Smoking vehicles
  • Lunch
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums


  • Flight tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional programs
  • Tips – driver and guide
  • Any other meals or services not specified in ‘Prices Includes’

Explore the nearby town and learn about the ancient history of Ephesus in our Ephesus Whirlwind tour.

This three-in-one tour encompasses a visit to Pamukkale. It is famous for its healing thermal mineral waters, beautiful snow-white petrified pools and waterfalls; and a walk among the ruins of Hieropolis, which is now famous for its well-preserved NecropolisKarahayit is also known for its hot springs.

We will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your early morning flight to Denizli. You guide and driver will meet you at the Denizli airport and take you to Karahayit to see its Red Spring Waters. After visiting Karahayit, we will drive to Pamukkale to view its fossilized pools filled with mineral waters. After having lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Hierapolis, including the Necropolis, Roman Baths, the Arch of Domitian, the Latrina, the Oil Factory, Frontinious Street, the Agora, the Byzantium Gate, the Triton Fountain, the Cathedral, the Apollo Temple, the Plutonium, the Theater and the Antique Pool. We will depart from Hieropolis and head to Denizli Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival at the Istanbul airport we will transfer you to your hotel.

1 review for Cotton Castles

  1. Metin Alkan

    Different world, feel like to walk on the clouds… History, relaxing and fun, all in one…

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