In fact, an excursion to Demre-Myra-Kekova can be divided into three blocks - a pilgrimage tour to the temple-basilica of St. Nicholas, a sightseeing tour of the ruins of the city of Myra of Lycia, as well as an educational tour to the island of Kekova to see the ruins of ancient cities that have sunk under water. A tour to Demre Myra Kekova is very emotionally intense and allows you to get acquainted with the sights that show the Lycian, Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine history of Asia Minor before its conquest by the Seljuks and Ottomans.
The most important part of the Demre-Myra-Kekova excursion in Turkey is a visit to the Basilica of St. Nicholas. The pilgrimage takes place to the sarcophagus, which most likely contained the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, taken at the end of the 11th century to the Italian city of Bari.
The ruins of the ancient city of Myra are located within walking distance from the center of the modern city of Demre in Turkey. The city of Myra was once the capital of the powerful union of the states of Lycia, but fell into decay in the 7th century after the invasion of the Arab troops, and then flooded with the muddy streams of the Miros River.
Kekova (the ancient name of Dolihiste) is an uninhabited island, which is interesting for tourists due to the ruins of four ancient cities, which, after the earthquake of the 2nd century AD, mostly went under water.
Excursion to Demre-Mira-Kekova is a wonderful historical excursion with a rich program. Don't miss out on this extensive tour!
Stop for breakfast in the mountains
Yacht tour near the sunken city of Kekova + stop for swimming
Stop for lunch at the restaurant (beverages excluded)
Visit to the Icon Center with consecrated icons
Visit the "Church of St. Nicholas", a pilgrimage to the sarcophagus
Visit to the "Ancient City of Myra" (Roman Theater and Lycian Rock Tombs)