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Apollo Temple Side, Perge, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

1. Apollo Temple Side, Perge, 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 & Manavgat Waterfall Tour From Antalya

3. Perge, Aspendos, Side & Manavgat Waterfall Tour From Antalya

Aspendos- Side-Perge-Manavgat 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 - Manavgat 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. Finally, the Manavgat river and the famous Manavgat waterfall which is one of the most photographed spots in Turkey. Manavgat waterfall has white foaming water rushing over the rocks. It is not high but the curative of water is powerful. Next to the waterfall; a relaxing shady tea garden offers a pleasant resting place. Do not miss this Aspendos- Side-Perge-Manavgat waterfall day tour from Antalya, in which we combine history and nature.

Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

4. 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

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.  

Ancient City Perge, Temple Of Apollo & Aspendos Theatre Tour

7. Ancient City Perge, Temple Of Apollo & Aspendos Theatre 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.

Istanbul: Multi-day Trip to Cappadocia, Konya, and Ephesus

8. Istanbul: Multi-day Trip to Cappadocia, Konya, and Ephesus

Day 1 Arrival Istanbul (Sunday) Upon arrival at Istanbul A/P, greeted and drives to your hotel. C/IN. O/N Istanbul. (No Meal) Day 2 Treasures of Istanbul (Monday) (09:16:00) Today you explore Hagia Sophia; was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. Topkapı Palace; the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar O/N Istanbul. (B-L) Day 3 HD Cruising on Bosphorus / Flight to Cappadocia (Tuesday) (09:00-12:30) Upon breakfast at the hotel C/OUT. Today you visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and enjoy cruising on Bosphorus where you see Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress and further along the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. After tour flight to Kayseri. C/IN. O/N Cappadocia. (B-L) Day 4 Underground Cities of Cappadocia (Wednesday) (09:30-16:30) Today you visit Rose Valley; is an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, Cavusin, Pigeon Valley, Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians and Ortahisar. O/N Cappadocia. (B-L) Optional: Hot Air Balloon Flight Day 5 Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (Thursday) (09:30-16:30) Today you explore Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls, Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal shaped rocks, Pasabagi, Avanos; where you will enjoy typical Turkish Lunch and experience make Potter, Goreme Panaroma, Uchisar. O/N Cappadocia. (B-L) Day 6 Konya&Antalya (Friday) Upon breakfast at the hotel C/OUT. Today you visit 700-years-old Sultanahni Caravanserail (ancient traders and travellers on silk road) Then, the museum of 13th century Philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. After lunch travel to Antalya. C/IN. O/N Antalya (B-L) Day 7 Perge&Aspendos&Kursunlu Waterfall Tour (Saturday) (08:30 - 16:30) Today you visit Perge, one of the largest and most popular ancient city in the Pamphylia region, Aspendos Ancient Theatre; can hold over 20,000 and ıs still being used for festivals and music concerts. After lunch visit Kursunlu Waterfall Enjoy fresh pine scent and spectacular waterfalls. O/N Antalya (B-L) Day 8 Pamukkale Tour / Travel to Kusadasi (Sunday) Today you Explore Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Drive to Kusadasi. C/IN. O/N Kusadasi. (B-L) Day 9 Ancient Ephesus Tour (Monday) (09:00-16:00) Today you visit The House of Virgin Mary; where Mary spent her last days. Ancient Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. O/N Kusadasi (B-L) Day 10 Flight to Istanbul (Tuesday) Today is the last of our service. Flight from Izmır to Istanbul will be arrange according to your request. End of our service. (B)

From Istanbul: 13-Day Tour with Cappadoccia & Epheseus

9. From Istanbul: 13-Day Tour with Cappadoccia & Epheseus

Day 1 Arrival Istanbul (Sunday) Upon arrival at Istanbul A/P, greeted and drives to your hotel. C/IN. O/N in Istanbul. (No Meal) Day 2 Treasures of Istanbul (Monday) (09:16:00) Today explore Hagia Sophia; was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. Next; Topkapı Palace; It housed the ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Continue to with Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the World. O/N in Istanbul. (B-L) Day 3 HD Cruising on Bosphorus / Flight to Cappadocia (Tuesday) (09:00-12:30) Upon breakfast at the hotel c/out. Visit; Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and cruısıng on Bosphorus; A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. After tour flight to Kayseri. C/IN. O/N in Cappadocia. (B-L) Day 4 Underground Cities of Cappadocia (Wednesday) (09:30-16:30) Today visit Rose Valley, Cavusin, Pigeon Valley, Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 christians, Ortahisar. O/N in Cappadocia. (B-L) Optional: Hot Air Balloon Flight Day 5 Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (Thursday) (09:30-16:30) Today explore Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls, Devrent Valley, Pasabagi, Avanos, Goreme Panaroma and Uchisar. O/N in Cappadocia. (B-L) Day 6 Konya&Antalya (Friday) (08:30-19:30) Upon breakfast at the hotel c/out. Today you visit 700-years-old Sultanahni Caravanserail (ancient traders and travellers on silk road) Then, the museum of 13th century Philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. After lunch travel to Antalya. C/IN. O/N in Antalya (B-L) Day 7 Perge&Aspendos&Kursunlu Waterfall Tour (Saturday) (08:30 - 16:30) Today you visit Perge, one of the largest and most popular ancient city in the Pamphylia region, Aspendos Ancient Theatre and Kursunlu Waterfall. O/N in Antalya (B-L) Day 8 Pamukkale Tour / Travel to Kusadasi (Sunday) (08:00 - 19:00) Today you visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia.After tour travel to Kusadasi. C/IN. O/N in Kusadasi. (B-L) Day 9 Ancient Ephesus Tour (Monday) (09:00-16:00) Today you visit The House of Virgin Mary; where Mary spent her last days. Ancient Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean, Temple of Artemis;was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. O/N in Kusadasi (B-L) Day 10 Travel to Bodrum (Tuesday) Today, trtansfer you to your hotel in Bodrum. C/IN. O/N in Bodrum. (B) Day 11 Leisure Day (Wednesday) Today is the leisure to explore city your own. O/N in Bodrum. (B) Day 12 Flight to Istanbul (Thursday) According your pick up drıve to Bodrum A/P for your flight to Istanbul. C/IN. O/N in Istanbul. (B) Day 13 Departure Day (Friday) According your pick up tıme drıve to Istanbul Airport. End of our service. (B)

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Perge

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4.5 / 5

based on 176 reviews

It was an amazing trip not only because of picturesque destinations, but also due to perfect organization and extremely friendly and enthusiastic guide. Cengiz provided us with a plenty of information and was attentive to all participants. It has been a fascinating trip from start till the very end and we were happy to spend the day in such a great company.

Amazing experience with a perfect tour guide. Berkay is an exceptional tour guide with VR tool feature making your trip more exciting and real life experience. As a suggestion, the trip should include more evening time in Side.

I liked the trip. The schedule was compact, but in the off season like Dec, there are enough time for a decent appreciation of each historical sites. The default lunch was nice, extra drink add-ons was a bit awkward..

Our guide Mehmet was great. really helpful and explained everything in detail and in a funny way. recommend this tour

Loved the tour. Our guide was a retired history professor. Very knowledgeable.