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From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

1. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Antalya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Perge, Aspendos, and Side. Travel into the Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD.  Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.  Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

2. From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

Get picked up from your hotel in Antalya and depart for Perge, the ancient capital of the Pamphylia region. Check out the massive 15 km stretch of ancient ruins there and learn about the city's long history from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the Roman Baths, the Agora, Colonnaded Street, the Nympharium, and the stadium. Depart for Aspendos, an incredibly well-preserved ancient theater built in the 2nd century AD. Marvel at the scale of the immense structure which has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still being used for festivals and concerts. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on a nearby river before departing for Side (pronounced Seeday), a beautiful ancient coastal city with a number of Roman ruins. Learn about the history of this port city that served as the largest slave market in the region during Roman times as you explore various ruins, including those of a large theater, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo. Take an hour of free time here to enjoy the sea and the city. On the way back to Antalya, stop at the scenic Manavgat waterfall and marvel at the power of the river.

Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

3. Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

Take an excursion to some of the most important archaeological sights of Anatolia on an 8-hour tour from Antalya. You will visit 3 of the 4 great cities of the Hellenistic period, and cool down at the magnificent Kurşunlu Waterfall on one of the tributaries of the lovely Aksu River. First you will visit Perge, an ancient Greek city founded in the southwest of Anatolia, approximately 9 miles east of modern day Antalya. During the Hellenistic period Perge was the capital of Pamphylia, and one of the 4 great cities that also included Aspendos, Side, and Sillion. It was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, most famous for its temple dedicated to Artemis, the beautiful goddess of wilderness. Home to the renowned Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perge, according to legend, it was also the birthplace of beer. For approximately 450 years, Perge was under the control of the Greeks until the Persians conquered it in 546 BC. 200 years later the armies of Alexander the Great entered Perge, ending the Persian reign. From that time, until the fall of the Roman Empire, Perge was under the patronage of the Romans. With its long history and its combination of 3 different cultures, the ruins are a delight to explore. Continue to Aspendos, approximately 25 miles east of Antalya. Another of the great cities of Pamphylia, Aspendos was located on an important trade route. Alexander the Great’s armies had the city in their sight, finally conquering it in 333 BC. Aspendos then fell under Roman patronage in 930 BC until the end of the Roman Empire. The theatre, built between 161-180 AD during the reign of Marcus Aurelıus, is considered one of the world’s best-preserved theaters from antiquity, and is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Continue to Side. The ancient Greek city’s spectacular natural harbor setting made it one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, and one of the most significant centers for trade, especially of olive oil and slaves. This also made it a target for many invaders and, after the Greeks, the Persians took Side under their wing, eventually giving in to the forces of Alexander the Great’s armies in 333 BC. By the 4th-Century Side had begun to decline. Following non-stop invasions and a succession of natural disasters, the city was completely abandoned in the 10th-Century, leaving behind ruins that are considered among the most notable in Asia Minor. Departing Side, you will make your way back to Antalya, about 45 miles west of the ruins. Arrive back in the Mediterranean sea resort for a hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

Aspendos, Perge and Side Day Tour from Antalya

4. Aspendos, Perge and Side Day Tour from Antalya

Spend an enjoyable day discovering the highlights of ancient Turkey. The tour includes round-trip transfers from Antalya. Visit Aspendos, famous for its Roman amphitheater and aqueduct and its acropolis. Stop to explore the ancient Anatolian city of Perge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site settled around 1500 BC. Perge was an important trading post in ancient times. This was also the starting point for St. Paul on his journeys and where preached his first sermon. You’ll also visit Side, one of the most important trading centers of antiquity, conquered by Alexander the Great in 334 BC. On the last stop of the trip, you’ll discover the beautiful Kursunlu Waterfall, located 19km from Antalya and a perfect spot for picnics. This day trip combines all of these fascinating highlights and more in a single package!

Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Antalya on a full-day private sightseeing tour, traveling by luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a leisurely walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s most important city for tourism. Antalya was once Turkey's fastest growing city - it has been usurped by Istanbul - and the multitude of high rise apartment blocks are evidence of this speedy growth. However, the center of Antalya is a different story, where new development and restoration of historic buildings is carefully controlled. Despite its growth, Antalya maintains a small town feel, with lovely Ottoman houses. Next, drive to the Düden Waterfalls, formed by the Düden River, one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia. See where the waters of the Lower Düden fall off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the ruins of Aspendos, and admire the best-preserved theater of antiquity, which once provided seating for up to 7,000 eager spectators. The last site on your tour is the ancient Greek city of Perge, once the capital of Pamphylia, situated between the Rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus. Walk among the ruins of the theater, churches, palæstra, and Temple of Artemis, once the most eminent building of Perge.

From Antalya: Private Day Trip to Aspendos, Perge and Side

6. From Antalya: Private Day Trip to Aspendos, Perge and Side

Take a memorable full-day trip from Antalya out to the most interesting sites in the region. Relax with pick up from your hotel in Antalya and drive to Aspendos, Perge, and the ancient city of Side. Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch and opt to make a stop for some shopping at authentic local shops.   Discover Perge, once the capital city of the Pamphylia region. During your visit, you will be able to see The Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic Gate, The Column Street, and The State Agora. After these visits, enjoy lunch in a restaurant near the Euromedon River. Continue your tour with a visit to the Aspendos Ancient Theater. Aspendos is the best preserved and the most complete example of a Roman theater in Turkey. The theater was still in use for concerts, festivals, and events until recently. Finally, drive to the ancient city of Side, where you will see the splendid Agora, the theater, and temples built in the 17th century B.C. before being dropped off back at your hotel.  

Antalya: Perge, Aspendos, Side, & Kursunlu Guided Tour

7. Antalya: Perge, Aspendos, Side, & Kursunlu Guided Tour

Aspendos- Side-Perge-Kurşunlu waterfall tour from Antalya is a cultural daily excursion to the beautiful ancient cities and Kurşunlu waterfall. Accompanied by your experienced tour guide you visit the following places during the course of the Aspendos- Side-Perge-Kurşunlu waterfall tour Aspendos is a world-famous Roman theatre which is located 45 km from Antalya. The design was made in the year 155 A.D. by a Greek architect called Zenon who lived in the city of Aspendos It was built under Marcus Aurelius (161-180) at the 2nd century A.D. It is richly decorated, really worth a visit. It is famous for its fabulous acoustics. Today it is still used for the annual opera and ballet festival, usually taking place in September every year. Side meaning pomegranate in the old local language is located 60 km from Antalya. Side established in the 7th BC. was an important ancient harbor city and the biggest slave trade center in the Mediterranean. Side was home to many civilizations. However, most of the ruins you see today are built by the Romans, except the museum near the theatre. The theatre of Side is unique. Because all the other theatres were built against the natural slope of a hill. But There was no hill in Side. They had to build it with arches. It is also the only theatre with elephant legs in the world. Perge is located 18 km from Antalya. Perge established in 2th BC was the most beautiful and rich city in the ancient world. It was also was the capital of the Pamphylia (old Antalya region). Perge has a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometers. A theatre, a palaestra, a temple of Artemis, and two churches are the places to see in the ruins of Perge city. Kurşunlu waterfall is located 20 km from Antalya. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Antalya. The waterfall is about 20 meters high and launches ıt's water into a lake with large fish. It lies in a beautiful park. Do not miss this Aspendos- Side-Perge-Kurşunlu waterfall day tour from Antalya, in which we combine history and nature.

Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Kursunlu Waterfalls Tour

8. Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Kursunlu Waterfalls Tour

This 9-hour tour begins with a visit to the ancient city of Perge, a Roman archaeological site. See the amphitheater, stadium, gates and city walls. Continue to Aspendos, known for its Theater of Aspendos, one of the world's best-preserved examples of Roman theater architecture. Every summer it hosts the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. After lunch, explore the ancient ruins of Side. This spectacular city is situated on a peninsula, and features ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. The most spectacular sight is the Temple of Apollo in the old harbor. On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a refreshing dip at Kursunlu Waterfalls Natural Park.

From Alanya: Private Perge, Side, and Aspendos Theater Tour

9. From Alanya: Private Perge, Side, and Aspendos Theater Tour

Take an insightful full-day excursion to some of Tukey's historic landmarks from Roman times. See the ancient ruins in Perge, appreciate the acoustics of Aspendos Theater, and stop at the old Apollo Temple in Side. Take a lunch break to taste some local delicacies. Get picked up from your hotel in the Antalya region and ride in a modern vehicle toward the ancient city of Perge. Immerse yourself in the history of the area by walking through the stadium, Roman gate, nymphaeum, Roman baths, and Hellenistic gate. Move on to the Aspendos Theater, one of the best preserved from the Roman period, and listen to the amazing acoustics. Visit the local aqueducts and enjoy a delicious lunch of Turkish cuisine staples. Finally, admire the sunset from the city of Side, where you'll explore the agora and Apollo Temple.

From Antalya: Perge, Aspendos & Side Private Tour

10. From Antalya: Perge, Aspendos & Side Private Tour

Experience an unforgettable full-day excursion to Hellenistic Roman cities and theaters from Antalya. Explore the UNESCO Ancient City of Aspendos and the ruins of the city of Side. Walk through Amphitheaters and aqueducts on this trip. First, be picked up from your hotel in the Antalya region in a comfortable vehicle. Begin your adventure in the Ancient City of Perge and explore the city. See the stadium, Roman gate, Nymphaeum, Roman baths, Hellenistic gate, columned street, and state agora. Travel to the Aspendos Theater, a well-preserved Roman theater that could hold around 7500 people and is 100 meters wide. Listen to the acoustics of the theater and enjoy the view. Marvel at the highly decorated architectural facade and two-storied stage. Next, visit the aqueducts which used to bring water from the mountains situated 15 km to the north. Take in the 30-meter-high aqueducts which are one of the highest Roman constructions. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local Turkish cuisine before continuing on your tour. Head to the ancient city of Side where you will see the magnificent Agora theater and Apollo temple built in the 17th century BC. Admire the white marble columns from the Hellenistic Temple of Athena near the harbor. Watch the sunset before returning back to Antalya.

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We had one terrible experience with GetYourGuide but thankfully this tour made up for it. It was excellent and was helped by two key aspects: Tour guide was excellent. Very articulate and extremely knowledgable. My annoyance is not knowing the young man’s name so can’t give him a shout out (looked young with a moustache!) Secondly, he didn’t waste anytime taking us to some shop trying to flog something such as Turkish delights or silver. No waste with thr tour, all spent on value added activities.

The tour guide was very experienced, fun and interactive, the trip was very informative and all the stops were very beautiful. No unnecessary shop stops and we had plenty of time to take pictures at each site and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Was very organised and would highly recommend. Gengis, the tour guide was very kind, well informed and knowledgeable.

Superb activity! Oussein our guide was great, he explained each crossing point in detail. The waterfalls were beautiful too. Recommended guide!!

It was a long day but very beautiful. Our host had a wealth of information about the sites and was very enthusiastic about his job.

A long day but saw some great sites. Traffic slowed us down on the way back.