Antalya is the pearl of Turkish Riviera and Turkey’s most significant vacation spot particularly for sun and beach lovers who also like to go all -inclusive. However, there is another face to Antalya which is very different than what’s best known. There are many ancient sites to explore in close vicinity to this beautiful city some well-known others less known but totally surprisingly beautiful. Beautiful strip of beaches, nature and history is the combination of this city.
Day 1 – Take the early morning from Istanbul. At Antalya Airport you will be met by your local guide and start the first day of Antalya Tour. The first visit is to Perge Ancient City which is located 18 km east of Antalya. St. Paul visited Perge in 46 A.D and preached his first sermon here making Perge an important city for the Christians during Byzantine period. The sculptures found in the excavations in the ancient city of Perge are famous for the extraordinary fine architecture and unique marble sculptures which are on display at Antalya Museum you will be visiting the following day.
In this full day tour, you will also be seeing the ancient theatre of Aspendos which is a perfect example of a Roman amphitheater which has survived up to present day in perfect condition. Dedicated to the gods and emperors of the time, the building exhibits the latest lines of unique Roman theater architecture and construction technique. It was built during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD)
Overnight within the historical Antalya Forth and enjoy the old city atmosphere by night.
Day 2 – After breakfast in the hotel your guide will pick you up from your hotel to take you one of the most amazing ancient cities of the region ( certainly my favorite location which I like to climb every year ) which is Termessos Ancient City. This is one of the most interesting ancient sites in the province of Antalya and most probably in Turkey as well. It’s located inside the National Park , built on the Taurus Mountains at approximately 1050 meters above sea level ,one of the few places which Alexander the Great couldn’t t capture. Today the site is mentioned in UNESCO’s Tentative list for World Heritage. You can look at hundreds of images but nothing can prepare you for the spectacular beauty of both setting and the ruins , particularly the Theatre. Many of my quests say that hiking Termessos was the highlight of their trip.
After Termessos visit return back to Antalya and visit Antalya Museum and have some free time before the evening flight back home.