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

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

Visit 3 ancient cities in one day with a professional guide, followed by an excursion into nature in Kursunlu Falls National Park. Start your journey into history with a visit to the ancient city of Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins, mostly dating back to the Roman period. See the gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, Roman baths, and more. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and the 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 the Roman amphitheatre built in 155 AD. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture in the world. Walk up its tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today.   After lunch, explore the ancient ruins of Side, which date from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Walk through the ancient city to admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheatre, marble columns, and much more. The most spectacular sight is the temple of Apollo, where you can take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.   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.

Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

2. 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.

Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. 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: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

4. 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.

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

5. 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.  

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What people are saying about Perge

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 40 reviews

One of the best tours I have taken. Organization/logistics was on point: time of pick up was as stated, reasonable time given at locations to see around, lunch was very good. The van/minibus was very comfortable as well and the drive went smooth with good music. Guide was excellent. Sites were very impressive. Even though it was very cold and windy it was a very very nice day due to all activities!! Definitely a tour to take with this company. (One additional plus side: for this tour we did not do a stop at a local shop/vendor, so this was highly appreciated after having several tours shortened the exploration time at sites due to a 30-40 min detour for an expensive shop).

There was a slight confusion as to pick up times but everything else was near perfect on the trip. I wanted to visit all these places with a taxi but this was definitely the better option mainly due to Ibrahim who is the best tour guide I have experienced. I wanted to visit the Kursunloo waterfall but we went to another waterfall. Nonetheless, we made several other stops which made up for it I guess. I would definitely use this company again. There were plenty of loo breaks and even a stop for lunch which all helped my pregnant wife. This was the best day of my holiday!

El guía era muy competente y pudimos ver todo con detalle, el tiempo libre en cada parada era el adecuado y nunca nos llevaron a comprar cosas. La comida estuvo bien, pollo con arroz, ensalada y sopa en un restaurante lugareño incluido en el precio del viaje menos bebidas. El conductor era tranquilo y nos vinieron a recoger al hotel. Sin duda recomendo este viaje.

We had a great time touring around Side, Aspendos, and Perge. We didn't know that we are going to have a private tour today and our guide made it all fun. Will definitely re-book next time. Thank you!

Awesome tour with a great funny guide(Daryas). The theatre in Aspendos was simply stunning. Really enjoyable and would recommend to see these beautiful ancient sites