Antalya, also known as the Turkish Riviera, where the pine-clad Toros (Taurus) Mountains sweep down to the sparkling clear sea, is the tourism capital of Turkey. The region, bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year, is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming and water sports, yachting, trekking, mountaineering and golf. If you come to Antalya in March or April, you can even ski at Saklıkent in the mornings and in the afternoons swim in the warm water of the Mediterranean.
Antalya is a jewel of a city sitting in the tiara of a coastline arcing from beaches to mountains. Set in ancient lands and ornamented by natural wonders, the weather in Antalya is bathed in sunshine. It is a modern holiday resort and these enticing shores embrace the ever-changing blue of the Mediterranean. Antalya’s historical Old Town area known as the Kaleici offers beautiful harbor views and is surrounded by medieval fortified walls, which date back before both the Roman and Byzantine periods and have been restored many times.
The Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi) really does stand out and offers an insight into the city’s Roman and Ottoman past. Another good bet is the Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, while close by, further museums await in the neighboring seaside resort city of Alanya.
There is a truly extraordinary selection of tourist attractions situated on the outskirts of Antalya, including spectacular Roman remains, picturesque stretches of coastline and national parks. For the most impressive ruins, a day trip to either Patara or Termessos won’t disappoint. Antalya is also within reach of the port town of Bodrum, the Turkish capital of Ankara, and the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, as well as popular tourist destinations such as Aspendos, Izmir, Kemer, Olimpos (Olympos) and Demre – the home town of the world-famous Saint Nicholas of Myra, who to most is perhaps best known as simply Santa Claus.
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ANTALYA AREA TOURS
PERGE, ASPENDOS & SIDE TOUR
We will depart around 08:00am from your hotel and start the trip with Perge Ancient City. This ancient city gives a perfect idea about how a Greek and Roman city looked like and it dates back to 4th century BC. It was visited by Greek colonists after the Trojan War, by St. Paul and companions when it was one of the leading cities of Pamphylia, fell under the leadership of Alexander the Great and also the Byzantines.
The next stop will be Aspendos Theatre. Aspendos is one of the best protected theatres from Romans in which still the concerts are held even though it is dating back to 2nd century. Depending on performance dates, you may be able to visit this ancient theatre to see the world renowned summer evening opera and ballet performances.
After lunch we will visit Side Ancient City which was the biggest port of the ancient Pamphylia. Coming from Cyprus, St.Paul would have entered the ancient port enroote to Perge. The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a mote separate it from the mainland. The tour will end around 05:00pm and we will drive you back to your hotel.
The rate for the tour will be 55 Euro per person including pick-up / drop-off from your hotel, professional English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, transportation with A/C vehicle, lunch and taxes.
PRIVATE TERMESSOS TOUR
We will depart from your hotel at around 08:30am and drive to see Evdirhan Caravanserai. There are hundreds of caravanserais on Silk Road to trade between the countries and you will visit a typical caravanserai which can be counted as a hotel for the traders.
We will then drive Termessos and start climbing up to reach the ancient city. This ancient city is one of the few examples thatAlexander the Great could not conquer because of its altitude. We will visit The Gymnasium, Ancient Theatre, The Bouleuterion , Odeon, Temples, Cisterns and Rock Tombs. After having lunch at a nice restaurant, we will drive to see Duden Waterfalls and we will refresh after a very hot day. The tour will end around 05:00pm and we will drive you back to your hotel.
The rate for the tour will be 140 Euro per person including pick-up / drop-off from your hotel, professional English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, transportation with A/C vehicle, lunch and taxes.