Xanthos - Letoon - Patara
Kaş is a perfect base to see some of the most important and beautiful sites of Lycia. Reached within an hours drive, you can explore most of the central part of Lycia without really having to spend much time for travelling. Today’s itinerary visits two Unesco World heritage sites (Xanthos & Letoon) and the last capitol of the Lycians, Patara. This full day program is suitable for anyone and requires a moderate amount of walking around the sites. The day finishes with a swim break in 16 km sandy beach of Patara.
The tour starts with your pickup from the hotel at 9.30. 1 hour drive through the coastal roads and plains will take us to the ruins of Xanthos. This unesco world heritage site has become famous in the 19th century with the discovery of Charles Fellows. Within a small area of visit, we will see some of the most impressive structures like Inscribed Pillar, Harpies Monument and the Theatre. Xanthos was the former capitol of Lycia before the advance of Patara.
After leaving this photographic site, we will travel to the sacred site of Letoon. The three temples dedicated to Leto and her twins, Artemis and Apollo, were the most sacred temples of ancient Lycia. The site was once connected to Xanthos through a sacred way.
The transfer then takes us to a delicious lunch in Gelemiş Village, near the ruins of Patara. The food here will be as remarkable as the ruins that you will see today.
The last visit of the day is to one of the largest sites of Lycia. A walk through the site will take us to the roman period theatre, parliament of the Lycian federation and the main street. Another 20 minutes of walk takes us the recently discovered lighthouse of Patara. Built by Emperor Nero, the lighthouse shed light for the sailors for a couple of hundred years and then was covered in sand as the harbour was silted up. This is the oldest standing lighthouse in the world.
The day finishes with a swim in the golden sandy beach of Patara. 16 km’s in total, the beach is a marine turtle, Caretta caretta, nesting area. Changing cabins, showers and a cafe is available at the beach. After some free time, we will head back to Kaş (40min).
- Sandals or shoes
- Suntan lotion
- Towels & Swimkit
The tour requires a minimum number of 8 people.
* Air conditioned bus
* Professional Tour Guide
* Entrance fees to Xanthos, Letoon and Patara.