Alanya Sightseeing Drive, Damlatas Cave, the Castle, and Archeological Museum
- Alanya tour: See the sights of the city and visit a 16th-century castle built over 13th-century ruins; explore the inn and mosque inside the harbor's iconic Red Tower.
- Archeological Museum: Its 15 exhibition halls hold historic artifacts going back thousands of years, including coins, mosaics, and a bronze Hercules from 200 A.D.
- Damlatas Cave: Marvel at dramatic stalactites, stalagmites, and pillars going back to the last Ice Age in a cave rumored to have miraculous asthma healing powers.
- Artisan Center: Browse one of the region's largest carpet and jewelry handicraft centers and learn about the traditional techniques involved in the art of weaving.
About this Alanya tour
A city with 3,000 years of history has more than a few interesting stories to tell.
One tells of the shrewd Seljuk sultan who rounded up hundreds of goat and tied candles to their horns, giving the impression of a conquering force much larger than the one he actually commanded. It worked; Alanya's defenders surrendered, and the city began a golden age that saw the creation of the formidable castle complex you'll see today.
As you tour the castle, look for a platform dating from Roman times called the hurling tower. Underneath is a cell where the Romans caged their prisoners before giving them three rocks to throw over the precipice into the sea. If they succeeded in throwing one into sea, they were pardoned. If not, they were slung into the sea. Visitors still give this rock-hurling feat a try; the results indicate that few of those long-ago prisoners were pardoned.
But long before all that, Alanya's most famous visitor came to call. Cleopatra was on a pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean when she stopped in Alanya, where, according to local lore, she bathed in the clear waters of the bay. The spot is now called Cleopatra Beach, and you'll see it near the entrance to Damlatas Cave.
Besides its eerie subterranean beauty, Damlatas Cave is famous for air that has long been reputed to benefit asthmatics. The temperature inside is a near-constant 74 degrees, with 95 percent humidity and 10 to 12 times more carbon dioxide than outside air. And patients believe. Thousands of visitors come to the cave each year eagerly seeking relief.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking lot and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
Please consider your mobility and physical fitness before selecting this tour. Participants must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 100+ steps.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping, Walking Tour, Bus Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. There is no maximum age restriction, but we ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations, and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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