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A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

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A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Hi,

We are scheduled to be in Turkey between the 28th of June to the 8th of July.

28th afternoon - 30th evening - Cappadocia

30th Night travel

1st July - Antalya

2nd July - Day's visit to Cirali/ Chimaera

3rd July - Antalya

4th July - Morning travel to Pammukale and late evening flight to Istanbul

4th July night to 8th July - Istanbul

My concern is that is it too much to do a day's trip to Cirali? If so, should we extend one day in either Cappadocia or Istanbul?

Also are 5 hours enough to explore Pammukale? Which bus operator is the best to take a trip from Antalya to Pammukkale? Considering we need to reach there by 1030 am?

Looking forward to your valuable feedback. Especially Canmon's since you seem to be knowing Turkey like the back of your palm.

I had posted this query earlier today but I can't seem to find it hence reposting.

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S

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1. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

hi SaaKu,

and welcome to the forums

<<28th afternoon - 30th evening - Cappadocia

30th Night travel

1st July - Antalya

2nd July - Day's visit to Cirali/ Chimaera

3rd July - Antalya

4th July - Morning travel to Pammukale and late evening flight to Istanbul

4th July night to 8th July - Istanbul

My concern is that is it too much to do a day's trip to Cirali? If so, should we extend one day in either Cappadocia or Istanbul?<<<

as for your plans they are ok yes a wee bit rushed in the whole plans..but you have thought of many details

here are the bus details fro Antalya to Denizli with PAMUKKALE TURİZM

the earliest bus is at 630am and you get to Denizli at 1130am so that wil get to you Pamukkale around noon with the dolmus from Denizli to Pamukkale..you could go ar 1230am which arrives ar 430am see details below

DURAK BİLGİLERİ

06:30 ANTALYA

07:30 BUCAK

08:30 BURDUR

09:15 DİNAR

10:00 KAPTAN MOLA Y.

10:15 DAZKIRI

11:30 DENİZLİ

00:30

MERCEDES TRAVEGO

KORKUTELİ YOLU Teknobüs 40 TL 44 TL

06:30

MERCEDES TRAVEGO

BURDUR YOLU Teknobüs 40 TL 44 TL

07:30

MERCEDES TRAVEGO

KORKUTELİ YOLU MOLASIZ Teknobüs 40 TL 44 TL

08:30

MERCEDES TRAVEGO

KORKUTELİ YOLU Teknobüs 40 TL 44 TL

HAREKET TARİHİ

04-07-2014 CUMA - 00:30

KALKIŞ:ANTALYA

VARIŞ: DENİZLİ

ARAÇ MODELİ: MERCEDES TRAVEGO

İNTERNET FİYATI: 40 TL

NORMAL FİYATI: 44 TL

DURAK BİLGİLERİ

00:30 ANTALYA

01:15 KORKUTELİ

03:00 SUİT PARK MOLA Y.

04:30 DENİZLİ

here are your bus options

Isparta Petrol

Metro Turizm

Pamukkale Turizm

but only pamukkale tur has the eariest buses.

are you planning one night in Cirali ? from above looks like that

do be advised that there are no bank machines ATM's or banks, in Cirali ... nearest ATM is about a 20-30 minute drive..or also you can access the airport ATM upon your arrival or along the way..and do not forget to bring a FLASHLIGHT for visiting the chimaera. ( perhaps marshmellows for roasting ) for a.possible trip to visit the flames on the mountain side of the Chimaera..( yanartas ). The walk from the parking lot to the flames is around 30 mins. be sure to have good or decent walking shoes..no flip flops etc.

.the walk to the chimaera is a series of stone steps up to the flames about 1km..it will take about 30 minutes to walk up and you need a flashlight to walk up to the flames..go at around dusk or around 9pm..its open til quite late in the evening..its totally safe..there will be many people walking up and down the path..also it can be slippery so do take care when coming down

It is not just for the fit and older people have done it. Also in the off season months of the spring and fall the weather will be much cooler making the walk easier. If one takes it slow and easy it can be done.....plus on the way up there are a few benches along the way for resting.

But if anyone has any major knee, hip or heart problems it can be risky. It can be more difficult to walk down and one MUST have good walking shoes. No flip-flops or high heeled shoes. Wear a small back pack so you can carry up some water as well.

Most important do not forget to bring a FLASHLIGHT as the path is not lit. And the best type of flashlights are the one's that you can wear on your head ( headlamp ) this way your hands are free.

turkeytravelplanner.com/go/…tram.html

check out the useful pages of the Turkey travel planner

turkeytravelplanner.com/go/…index.html

You can see my photos and the historicals sights in and around Antalya plus other places in Turkey at these pages;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/sets

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2. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Thank you for the detailed feedback. :)

We do not intend to stay back at Cirali. Maybe hire a hire for a day's drive along the coast to the city and back. Sorry missed mentioning this earlier. We made this plan since we read that the drive is breath taking.

In case it's too much, would it be advisable to stay in Antalya itself? If yes what are the things we could explore in Antalya?

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3. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Hi SaaKu,

From you above plans it looks like you will have 3 nights in Antalya is that correct ? so why not take 1 of those nights and spend it in cirali ?? I would NOT advise trying to visit the flames of the Chimarea during the day of the summer months in June, July, August, and early Sept as it will be far too hot to climp the 1km trek to see them plus ther flames are better seen at night or dusk..or you could drive to cirali for the day, visit the flames at night them drive back to antalya ( quite late ) get to the flames around 8/9pm..spend 1.5 hrs to walk up, down and take photos..so that will bring you to about 1030pm at night..then you will drive back to Antalya. so now you can see why it would be better if you overnight in Cirali

you wont miss much if you skip 1 night in Antalya.

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4. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

I would also like to say that just one night only in Cirali is hard pressed and very rushed to try and see all the sights...you are better with a minimum of 2 nights or 3...you will need time to visit the ruins of Olympos along the beach and as well possibly time to visit the Chimaera in the evening...to do all of this within one nights stay is very rushed and tiring. You would benefit by staying a bit longer in Cirali if your plans allow.

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5. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

That is really helpful Canmon! I guess we'll have to drop the idea of Cirali/ Chimaera since we have already booked our hotel at Antalya.

Other then the Termessos, are there any good places worth visiting?

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6. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

for a day trip from Antalya try and go to Phaselis ..and then Cirali is another 20 minutes from there..you can still do the trip in one day but it would be a long day if you want it to be

other places perhaps Perge

another note about Termessos..if you do that you need to leave antalya early in day the to begin..before it gets too hot..you need about 3 hrs to walk around the site and 45 minutes to drive there from antalya

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7. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Great! that makes it easier. :) We will be in Antalya from 1st July morning to 4th early morning before we start for Pamukkale. Hope to enjoy the place to the max.

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8. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Hi Canmon,

This thought has been nagging me for some time now... is 3 whole days a bit too much in Antalya?

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9. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

Hi SaaKu,

Yes and no..It depends on what you want to do

here is some useful advise for Antalya

he old city center to visit the sites..Kaleiçi, has narrow, winding streets enclosed in ancient city walls, which now protect the peaceful quarter from the noise of the concrete metropolis of a million people. The northern part (Selçuk and Tuzcular sections) of Kaleiçi is mostly touristy shops and restaurants lining the narrow mazelike streets. The Kilinçarslan section is a little more quiet and still charming. Although there are other entrances, it is best to enter and exit the old quarter from charming Hadrianus Gate, built by the Roman emperor Hadrianus as the entrance arch to the city. Hadrian Gate will lead you to Kilinçarslan district.

Fluted Minaret Yivli Minare - In this area, you can see the famous 125 feet tall fluted minaret and the mosque. Nearby is an old market building with an interesting entrance, and a ruined gate or two.

Clock Tower area Saat Kulesi - Ottoman-era clock tower and 18th century Paşa Camii mosque.

Fortified Roman port Yat Limanı - A beautiful harbour surrounded by town walls built during the Roman Era. Nearby is the İskele Camii mosque.

Broken Mınaret Mosque Kesik Minare - beautiful ruins of an old Roman temple, which eventually was converted into a Christian church and finally a mosque.

Hıdırlık Tower Hıdırlık Kulesi - a tower on the edge of the town walls with scenic views of the marina and the harbour.

Atatürk's Home Atatürk Evi (just outside the Kilinçarslan district, walk to Karaalioglu Park along Atatürk Cd.) - house where the first president of Turkey stayed at during his visits in Antalya.

the major attractions in the city are easily accessed by foot or tram..however for trips to perge, side and aspendos or the waterfalls you are better off to join a group tour as public transport is more limiting..more so to the historical sites of Perge and Aspendos..but you can get buses to Side..

Most tours so all those three places in one day and are not that expensive..however book locally and you will find lots of travel acencies in the old city ( kaleiçi ) area

Historic sites in the city center

The Atatürk Monument at Cumhuriyet Meydanı (Republic Square.)

Kaleiçi: the historical center of the city.

Ancient monuments include the City Walls, Hıdırlık Tower, Hadrian's Gate (also known as Triple Gate), and the Clock Tower.

Hadrian's Gate: constructed in the 2nd century by the Romans in honor of the Emperor Hadrian.

İskele Mosque: A 19th century Mosque near the Marina.

Karatay Medrese: A Medrese (Islamic theological seminary) built in 1250 by Emir Celaleddin Karatay.

Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret) Mosque: Once a Roman temple then converted to a Byzantine Panaglia church and finally into a mosque.

Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque: A 18th century Mosque built in honor of Tekeli Mehmet Paşa.

Yat Limanı: the harbour dating to Roman era.

Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret) Mosque: Built by the Seljuks and decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, this minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.

[edit]Museums

Antalya Museum: Prize winning archaeology museum.[citation needed]

Kaleiçi Museum:[15] Opened in 2007 by the Mediterranean Civilizations Research Center (Akdeniz Medeniyetleri Araştırma Merkezi)[16]

Atatürk's House Museum

Antalya Toy Museum. The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality opened the exhibition facility in 2011.[17]

Suna & İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum : A ethnographic museum run by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation.

In the city of antalya there are 2 main beaches..Konyaalti beach and Lara beach...plus there is a very small beach inthe city center call mermerli beach.

but for one of the best uncrowded beaches in the area go to Cirali ( Olympos )..If you are looking for a small resort you could look at Cirali as a quiet alternative....stunning beach, lush forests..an idyllic, concrete-free paradise, and sparkling clear seas. The Cirali Beach is also a rare opportunity to visit one of the Med’s few remaining nesting sites for loggerhead turtles.

for 3 days in Antalya I would not bother with a rental car and driving in antalya can be very stressful with lots of traffic..just use the local buses to get around..there is enough to do..or if you want to take some tours there are plenty of tour operators ( travel agents ) available in the old city center..and they offer daily tours to various places with the prices usually listed on a board

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10. Re: A day's trip to Cirali/ Chimaera

thanks :) so it's not all that bad!

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