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PERGE, ASPENDOS, SIDE AND KURSUNLU WATERFALLS

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Duration

9 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

36 people

Languages

English, Turkish

Overview

Explore the historical sights of Perge, Aspendos, and Side, as well as the magnificent waterfall at Kursunlu, on a full-day tour from Antalya. See the Temple of Artemis and incredible Aspendos Theater, along routes followed by Alexander the Great.

Discover Perge, Aspendos and Side on a day trip. Depart in the morning and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. An important city of ancient Parnphylia, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. St. Paul visited Perge on his first missionary journey. The theater stage has finely carved marble reliefs, and other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. Amateur archaeologists will want to see the handsome city gate flanked by two lofty towers, a long colonnaded road once paved with mosaics and lined with shops, a large agora, the public baths and a gymnasium. Perge was one of the Pamphylian cities and was believed to have been built in the 12th to 13th centuries BC. Most of the remains of the city that can be seen date from the Roman era. From the two towers, which have become the symbol of Perge, starts the colonnaded street that ends in the nympheum beneath of the acropolis.

The theatre is the main feature of Aspendos, attracting visitors who come here to see the most magnificent example of such architecture still remaining in Turkey. That the theatre remained so well-preserved till this day, is due to the fact of the thought-out construction method of the architect Zeno under the rule of emperor Marcus Aurelius (in 161-180 A.D.) and also to the late Byzantines and Seljuks, who used the theatre and kept in good condition. The furthest city Side in the east historical Pamphylia, situated on a peninsular about 1000m long and 400 m wide, it fulfilled its duty as a commercial port. Naturally, Side used to be one of the most important trade centre in antiquity and now it’s one of the most popular holiday resorts in Southern Turkey. The merchants took up the local language, the name Side means pomegranate, the fruit symbolising abundance and fertility. During our time we will visit the Old Colonnaded Streets, Monuments of Fountains, Agora, Dyanisos Temple. The most important ruins are the Roman style amphitheatre and the Temple of Apollo with its huge columns.

Finally we visit Kursunlu Waterfalls National Park which is located at 25 km from the center of Antalya, covers an area of 33 hectares. The 18 metre waterfall is on one of the tributaries of the Aksu river and its situation in the midst of a pine forest is of quite exceptional beauty. The countryside around the water forms a lovely picnic and pleasure spot, and offers a nice refreshment, especially enjoyable on a hot Mediterranean summer day.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the ruins of Perge, Aspendos and Side on a full-day tour from Antalya
  • Visit Hellenistic Gate
  • Observe one of the best preserved theaters from antiquity at Aspendos
  • Enjoy the stunning harbor setting of Side
  • Go to the magnificent Kurşunlu Waterfall

Itinerary

Important additional information

> Available all year round on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
> Confirmation will be received at time of booking or within latest in 24 hours
> The pick-up time is approx. 08:00
> Drop off approx. 17:00
> Pick-up and drop off outside the main entrance of your hotel
> Offered as Private and Regular Tour
> Not wheelchair accessible
> Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
> Infants must sit on lap if seats N/A
> Regular tour can have several breaks for shopping with local handicraft productions centers.
We Suggest
> Hat
> Comfortable shoes

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transportation in comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned bus
  • Lunch set menu
  • Entrance fees to Perge
  • Entrance fees to Aspendos
  • Entrance fees to Kursunlu Waterfalls
  • English speaking guidance (can be multilingual)
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Photos and Videos
  • Gratuities (optional)

Durations

Full day (9-10 hours)

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