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Saint Nicholas – Santa Claus Tour

Antalya, Turkey
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Duration

6 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

DE, EN, ES, FR, RU

Overview

1 – Santa Claus was born in the town of Patara on the South West coast of Turkey between the years of 260 and 280AD. Technically, the republic of Turkey was not formed until 1923 so if you want to split hairs, Patara at that time was under the Lycian rule.

2 – The true name of Santa Claus was Nicholas and in adult life, he became the bishop of Myra which was a town further up the coast from Patara. It is now called Demre.

3 – When Nicholas’s parents died, they left him a lot of money and made him a wealthy man. He wanted to help people who were poor but he wanted to do it in secret so the agile bishop used to climb on the roofs of people’s houses and drop coins down the chimney. One day, a citizen caught him in the act and his good nature was revealed to the town.

4 – Upon his death, a memorial was erected in the town but it would be a number of years before he gained the holiest of titles and that was as Saint Nicholas. He also became the patron saint of sailors but more specifically of children as he was remembered for giving them nuts, fruit and sweets for good behaviour. Bribery was alive and kicking even back then.

5 – December the 6th become associated with the feast of St Nicholas and in later years, a bishop declared December the 25th as the birth of Jesus. Over time, the two celebrations began to fuse together and that was the first connection between Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and Christmas day traditions.

6 –In the late 1800’s drawings appeared of St Nicholas aka Santa Claus with a beard, pipe and a large belly. The transformation of a humble saint called Nicholas to a fat, jolly man who feasts on mince pies and gets stuck in chimneys had begun. (God knows how the North pole, loyal elves and flying reindeer came about)

All Inclusive Concept

  • Food & Beverage: Open Buffet: breakfast, lunch and dinner (to the dinner proper dresses are required), late breakfast, coffee tea and cake time, midnight snacks. Service of drinks will be made to the table in Restaurants and Bars. Non-alcoholic beverages are served in the bars from 10:00 to 24:00, Local alcoholic beverages are served in the bars from 11:00 to 24:00. All  import alcoholic beverages are extra. Import champagne,  fresh juice which are not included in the concept are extra. Alcoholic beverages will be served only by glass, not by bottle and not during breakfast.  No alcoholic beverages will be served to persons less than 18 years.
  • Minibar service: Water will be replaced every day.
  • Daily activities: Soft animation, live music on certain days, Disco parties.

Starting prices of our tour is valid per person in double room prices of the cheapest option of the tour. You will receive your special offer after you fill the inquiry form.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Antalya Old City
  • Old Roman Harbour
  • Hadrian's Gate
  • Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall (Duden)
  • Konyaalti Beach
  • Tunektepe Cable Car
  • Demre
  • Myra Ancient City
  • Saint Nicholas Church

Itinerary

Day 1 - Antalya - Arrival Day
Day 1 - Antalya - Arrival Day

Arrive at Antalya Airport in Antalya. Arrival transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Day 2 - Antalya - Full Day Tour - Tunektepe Cable Car
Day 2 - Antalya - Full Day Tour - Tunektepe Cable Car

After breakfast, depart for sightseeing of Antalya including; Antalya Old city, Old Roman Harbour, Hadrian's Gate, Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall (Duden Waterfall PARK the place where the falls meet the sea and have a photo break in Konyaalti beach.). Our next stop will be Tunektepe for Cable car ride. After the tour return to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 3 - Antalya- Free Day

Free Day

Day 4 - Antalya - Demre - Myra - St. Nicholas Tour
Day 4 - Antalya - Demre - Myra - St. Nicholas Tour

We pick up you from the hotel after breakfast. Kekova –Myra –Demre tour from Antalya is a great journey to a natural and historical part of Antalya region. In our Tour program you will see the places; Myra antique city, having an ancient Greek amphitheatre and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra and Church of St. Nicholas the saint to whom is referred to as Santa Claus. Santa Claus was the bishop of Myra. Demre was chosen by St. Nicholas as his home and his final resting place. Boat tour to Kekova island; you will enjoy a boat tour taking about an hour to see the Sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2d century. At the end of the tour, we will go back to the hotel.

Day 5 - Antalya- Free Day

Free Day

Day 6 - Antalya - Departure Day

After breakfast, rest of the day is free at leisure till depart for departure airport transfer to your next destination.

Included/Excluded

  • 5 Nights All Inclusive Accommodation,
  • Airport-Hotel Return Transfers, Private Basis,
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary above,
  • Local Taxes.
  • Flights,
  • Personal Expenses,
  • Tips and porterage at hotels,
  • Tips to the driver and the guide.

Tour's Location

Antalya, Turkey

FAQs

What do Solo, Basic, Traveler, Adventurer and Explorer mean in the tour names?
We kept the accommodation and airport transfers constant in our tours and named the tours according to the activity intensity. Our only accommodation and airport transfer tours are called Solo, the tours with one activity are called Basic, and as the number of activities increases, Traveler, Adventurer and Explorer.
How can I change the tour itinerary?
Customizable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort. The tour program listed is representative and may completely change to suit your wishes if you contact us.
What are the hotel options?
Hotels options are 3*, 4*, 5* and 5*+. Only hotels with a google score of 4.5+ / 5 are used in our tours and your accommodation satisfaction is our priority.
What activities are available on the tour?
All places and activities in the itinerary above are included in the tour. The entrance fees required for museums, historical sites and other activities are included in our tour packages and there are no hidden charges. You can contact us to add or remove activities to our tours and make them tailor-made.
When and where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts at Antalya Airport by meeting your guide after your arrival. And its continued transfer to your hotel and check-in. The hotel check-in time is 2 pm, and we assist you with early check-in for your early arrivals if the hotel is available. Likewise, the check-out time is 12noon. Depending on the availability of the hotels, early check-in and late check-out may be charged. The tour will end at Antalya Airport, and your personal tour assistants are as close to you as a phone call from your arrival in Turkey till your departure day.
Who will be my personal tour assistance?
One week before your landing day, one of our available tour consultants will be assigned to you as your personal tour assistant and will work to ensure your satisfaction throughout your entire trip, until your arrival at your home. You can re-select your tour assistants, from your previous trips, as requested. (Please specify this in your reservations.)
How can I get Turkey Visa?
If you are not a citizen of one of the Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s, Ordinary, official/service passport holders are required to have a visa to enter Turkey. These passport holders with a valid Schengen members or USA, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit may get their single entry e-Visas valid for one month e-Visas. The other people who don't have Schengen, USA or UK visa-citizenship, should apply to our embassies for sticker visa.
How can I take Sticker Visa?
The people can take easily a visa who have been abroad for holiday purposes before, they can apply with a bank statement and sponsorship letter to our embassies. We will provide guidance about the sticker visa process.
What payment options are available?
You can make your payments by bank transfer or credit card. An online payment link will be sent to you after your reservation.
What languages are available for tours?
Besides the languages listed above, we can provide tours for any language if you request.

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