This tour is actually a combined tour which means you can 3 place’s at the same time to which makes it an extra special day. We will take you to visit Antalya and 2 more of its historical site’s.
Your day will start by your antalya tour guide taking you over to firstly see the Antalya Museum, the Museum is among Turkey’s more impressive museums and the exhibits range from prehistoric times to the Turkish republic and its featuring the first money, artifacts from Archaic Era also finds from Perge, Side, and Aspendos. Your Antalya Tour guide will escort you around the site and explain to you all of its history about the museum, you will also visit the Gallery of the Gods as its here the displayed statues that were discovered in Perge dating from the 2C AD can be found. We will also make a visit to Room 2 in the Antalya museum as within this room is the prehistory of all Antalya region (sealed room) which includes – Artifacts from Palaeolithic, Neolithic, chalcolithic and Early Bronz Age. Afterwards we will then drive to Antalya City center and besure that we will not miss the Tophane Cay Bahcesi (Tea Garden) along the way, its located on top of the rampart walls that overlook the harbour. Then its on for a tour the Republic Square and the old city entrance where you will see the red-tinted Fluted Minaret (Yivli Minare), that dates all the way from the 13’th century and virtually is the symbol of Antalya city, just on your right side you will see the Clock Tower in front which is fascinating.
After we will then go to visit the Old Town of Antalya where we will be able to explore the Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque. Just a short distance along and to the right is Hadrian’s Gate that was built to commemorate the Emperor’s visit to Antalya in AD 130 its construction is made from marble and it has three arches that all have coffered ceilings that have been decorated with rosettes. Behind Hadrian’s Gate is the Old Town – A maze of small narrow winding streets which makes up the old quarter, here you can see the overhanging the wooden balconies of old dilapidated houses lean companionable towards each other like in ancient gossips exchanging the latest scandal, and sometimes through a gap in a crumbling walls you can catch a glimpse an overgrown gardens where a few neglected orange trees produced shrivelled, bitter fruits. As we are walking around in the old town of Antalya you will see Kesik Minaret Mosque (broken Minaret) and the ruined mosque beside it was transformed from Byzantine Church by Seljuks. At the far end of the city is Hidirlik Tower which is situated on the sea front with magnificent views of all over the city, the gulf of Antalya, and also the rugged Taurus Mountains.
After you have soaked in the sights of around Antalya you will then be given some free time (approx 1 hour) so you can stroll at your leisure or relax have some refreshments in the cafeteria. When we all meet back up we will then drive to have our lunch as afterwards we will be visiting the Waterfalls – Antalya is known for its spectacular waterfalls. The next place for take you to explore is Perge Ancient Site that has an extensive amount of remains so it is very easy to imagine what a life must have been like in this once prosperous town that had over 100.000 inhabitants. The Perge stadium which seated a crowd of 12.000 has a wall at the far end that was meant to protect spectators during the wild beast fights that took place here. Just against the opposite hill is a impressive Theater with it features finely rendeed reliefs of Dionysus, and on entering through the Roman gate you will see a large Agora to your rightside. Up ahead are two imposing Hellenistic Tower that mark the beginning of the long colonnaded avenue leading to the Nymphaeum, just behind here we can find the Roman Public Bath dating from the 3C AD. After you have seen all of Perge Ancient site we will drive over to Aspendos Ancient Site, as its here that has the most perfectly preserved theatre in the Roman world, the estimated capacity of theater is 15.000 although in recent years more than 40.000 have been squeezed in to see Turkish wrestling and song contests. The most interesting monument to be found in Aspendos is of course the Aqueduct, it was this aqueduct that brought water from the Isaurian Mountains in to the North and it really has tremendous engineering construction. The remaining sections consists of an arched structure 880m long and 15m high which carried the limestone water pipes and two pressure towers.
As the day starts to close in we will make our last stop to visit the Seljuk bridge that goes over Koprucay (Eurymedon) and dates from the 13’th century AD, this bridge is still used to this day and it was this bridge that replaced a 2C Roman bridge whose ruins may be seen in the river-bed just a few metres to the North. A tentative reconstruction of the 5m wide Roman bridge whose central span was 9m above the water so it shows that large sea ships could have passed underneath it on their way to the docks. As the day comes to a close it also means it is the end of your tour around Antalya, Perge and Aspendos so we will then return you back to your pick up point. We trust that your time with us discovering and exploring some of Turkeys hidden treasures has been everything that you wanted and more, we would also like to wish you a pleasant journey home and shall look forward to seeing you again on one of our many other time travelling packages.
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Private Professional Licenced English Speaking Tour Guide.
(You can ask for other language options).
Private Deluxe A/C VIP Vehicle.
Parking Fees of vehicle
Pick up From Antalya Harbor, airport, Antalya Hotel
Drop off to Antalya Harbor, airport, Antalya Hotel
What’s Not Included
Gratuities to the guide and driver.
Entrance fees to various sites.
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