Aspendos, Antalya

Aspendos, Antalya

Aspendos, Antalya: Our most recommended tours and activities

Antalya: Perge, Aspendos, City of Side, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Antalya: Perge, Aspendos, City of Side, and Waterfalls 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 Manavgat Falls National Park. 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 Manavgat 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.

City of Side: Adler Canyon & Selge Guided Tour with Transfer

3. City of Side: Adler Canyon & Selge Guided Tour with Transfer

TAZI CANYON AND THE ANCIENT CITY OF SELGE Our company was established in 1997. Experienced, qualified and professional soforier in Antalya Manavgat and side region for years and in Turkish, English, German. We do it in the company of our TURSAD certified and cockatiel guides who speak Russian and many foreign languages fluently. Our guests stayed in an air-conditioned vehicle, depending on the location of the hotel, after being picked up from your hotel between 08:30 and 09:15 in the morning, at the starting point in the RPSKONAK region, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, approximately 50 minutes from Side, After 10 minutes of information given by our guides in various languages We start our tour towards SELGE ANCIENT CITY, which is 11 km away from the 1400 meters peak of the Taurus MOUNTAINS. You will make the short breaks we will take on the way unforgettable with photos and videos that you will take unforgettable moments on ADAM ROCKS, KÖPRÜLÜ CANYON, KOPRUCAY, HISTORICAL ANCIENT SELGE and uniquely beautiful viewing hills. Our guides will inform you about the history and geography of the region and will accompany you everywhere worth seeing. Before the Hellenistic period, the kingdom of ANTIQUE LYDRA started from 2000 BC, then passed under the auspices of the Macedonian Emperor Alexander the Great, with its air, the Seljuk EMPIRE, ROMAN EMPIRE, ANCIENT GREEK AND OTTOMAN EMPIRE, which passed under the auspices of the ancient theater in 2200 BC. The KINGDOM of LYDRA, whose population increased up to 20 thousand in history, lived its golden age, and the food-weighted products they produced were transported to the people of ASPENDOS, PERGE and ANTIQUE SIDE by using the bridge river as a means of transport. After your visit to SELGE, where you will experience unforgettable moments, you will have the opportunity to swim in the river for lunch, after having a local lunch prepared by our chefs at our restaurant with a view of the Taurus Mountains and the river on the edge of Köprücay. After lunch, we will visit TAZI CANYON, which is the biggest canyon of Turkey, 410 meters high, 40 meters wide, based on the glacial age, a WORLD HERITAGE and first degree protected area, where you can not get enough of watching the incredible panorama at the summit of the TOROS mountains. On the way back, after a local natural tea and coffee break in our village cafe with a wonderful view, we will complete our tour and bring you to your hotels between 18:00 and 18:30. We will be very happy to host you on our tour of SELGE AND TAZI CANYON, accompanied by an unforgettable history, geography, nature, culture and a unique beauty of the Taurus Mountains.

Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Ancient Aspendos Theater

4. Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Ancient Aspendos Theater

Experience the Fire of Anatolia, or Anadolu Ateşi, a Turkish dance group that features some 120 dancers. Having performed in more than 85 countries, from the USA to China, join the more than 20 million people who have seen them live. Every year from April to November, the 2 legendary dance shows “Evolution" and "Troy" are held at the stunning Ancient Aspendos Theater. The outdoor amphitheater is the largest stage in the world and boasts a seating capacity of 4,700 people. From this glorious setting, you will see one of the fastest dances in the world, performed at 241 steps per minute, and learn more about the history of Turkey and the Anatolian region through the dramatic medium of dance.

From City of Side: Perge, Aspendos & Kurşunlu Waterfall Trip

5. From City of Side: Perge, Aspendos & Kurşunlu Waterfall Trip

Begin your adventure in the Side-Manavgat area, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. A knowledgeable guide, fluent in both English and German, will be your companion throughout this captivating journey. As you depart, you'll soon find yourself transported through time and immersed in the rich history and natural beauty of the region. The first stop takes you to the Aspendos Amphitheater, a marvel of ancient engineering renowned for its exceptional acoustics. Feel the echoes of history as you wander through this remarkably well-preserved amphitheater, where ancient performances once captivated audiences. Adjacent to it, the Aspendos Bridge gracefully spans the Eurymedon River, a testament to Roman engineering prowess. Your hour here will be filled with wonder and appreciation for these architectural gems. Next, you'll travel to the Perge Ancient City, a historic treasure trove awaiting your exploration. Spend two enriching hours strolling through the well-preserved streets, temples, and theaters that were once the heartbeat of this ancient metropolis. Admire intricate mosaics and immerse yourself in the stories of Perge's past, brought to life by the expert guide. The final destination, the Kurşunlu Waterfall, offers a soothing contrast to the historical sites. Hidden amidst lush greenery, this serene oasis invites you to unwind and connect with nature. Spend an hour surrounded by the sounds of cascading water, taking refreshing dips in the crystalline pools, and capturing the essence of tranquility in this natural paradise. Throughout this excursion, you'll not only gain insights into the history and culture of the region but also create lasting memories against the backdrop of these remarkable destinations. Get ready for a day filled with wonder, history, and natural beauty as Aspendos Amphitheater, Perge Ancient City, and Kurşunlu Waterfall invite you on this exceptional journey.

Antalya: eSIM Internet Data Plan for Turkey high-speed 4G/5G

6. Antalya: eSIM Internet Data Plan for Turkey high-speed 4G/5G

Dive into the sun-drenched beauty and ancient history of Antalya, Turkey, without missing a beat! Our eSIM ensures you stay connected with high-speed data, whether you're wandering through the charming old town of Kaleiçi, lounging on the stunning beaches of Lara, or exploring the ruins of Perge and Aspendos. How It Works: 1. Purchase: Select the data package that fits your Antalya adventure. 2. Scan & Activate: Upon purchase, you'll receive a QR code. Scan it with your eSIM-compatible device, and you're ready to go! 3. Stay Connected: Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity throughout your visit to Antalya. Compatibility: Ensure your device supports eSIM. Check our compatibility list at for more details.

Alanya: Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls and City of Side Tour

7. Alanya: Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls and City of Side Tour

On this 8-hour trip you’ll head out in the morning for a visit to Aspendos, one of the most important cultural and economic centers of Pamphylia. Every year thousands of people come to see the best well-preserved amphitheater in Turkey, built in 155 with a capacity of 7,000 spectators. Today the amphitheater hosts 10,000 people and shows such as the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. After lunch you’ll visit the ancient city of Side. The city is located on a peninsula and features ruins of a Roman amphitheater, a columned road, temple to Dionysus, and to a museum in the former Turkish bath. Admire the Temple of Apollo, which is the most beautiful site in Side, situated by the sea on the ancient harbor. On the way back to Alanya you’ll stop to visit the Manavgat Waterfalls. This is a place of exceptional natural beauty and fresh, clean air. You’ll see pine forests, waterfalls, and a river replete with trout and turtles.

City of Side: Fire of Anatolia Dance Show Ticket & Transfer

8. City of Side: Fire of Anatolia Dance Show Ticket & Transfer

Pick up from hotels in Side area. Drive to Aspendos Arena by an air-conditioned bus. Arrival will be at 8:30 pm to the show area. After parking the bus in park area, you will be informed about meeting point and get a ticket for entrance. You will give this ticket to security at express control. After you passed security, you can take a seat in the area. There is no seat number, everybody can choose their seats separately. The Fire of Anatolia Dance Show starts at 9pm and it takes about 2 hours. During this time you watch all Turkish folklore dance shows by an expert team. There is a break for ten minutes at the middle of the program. You can buy some food or drinks near arena. Drop off will be to hotels until midnight.

Ancient City Perge, Temple Of Apollo & Aspendos Theatre Tour

9. 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.

From City of Side: Antalya Tour with Cable Car and Transfers

10. From City of Side: Antalya Tour with Cable Car and Transfers

Antalya has been called “Turkish Riviera” thanks to its archaeological and natural beauties. Antalya, where sea, sun, history and nature are integrated in a magical harmony, has the most beautiful and clean shores of the Mediterranean Sea. 630 km long along the coast of Antalya, ancient cities, ancient harbors, monumental tombs, lace-like bays, beaches, lush forests and streams are located. Lined boulevards with palm trees, its internationally acclaimed marina, forming a cozy corner with the traditional architecture of the Old City and modern spaces with Turkey’s most important tourism center of Antalya, Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, International Beach Volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis, Ski competitions etc. The activities organized by the Antalya Culture Center in 1995 are home to many cultural and artistic activities such as plastic arts, music, theater and exhibitions We will start the day by picking you up at the security gate of your hotel. Kaleici, or Old Antalya, is filled with history and lovely buildings. You will see old houses built in the Ottoman style and from the park you will enjoy terrific views of the water. During the free time you will see the ancient harbour, Hadrianus’s Gate, and many other sights as well. This section of the city features many small streets lined with shops, kebab restaurants and pensions. There are some great boutique hotels and pensions here if you decide to return and stay in the ancient heart of Antalya. Places to see; • Antalya Old Harbour • Old Town of Antalya (Kaleici) • Alexander Waterfall by boat (optional) • Free time at traditional Antalya old bazaar • Old fluted minaret & clock tower

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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Perge, Aspendos and the Kursunlu waterfalls, firstly because of the quality of artifacts but mostly because of our knowledgeable and amenable guide. A smashing lad who made the experience very special. Thanks for a great day! Sandra and James

Pros: Fabulous guide who really knew history and archaeology well, and was able to answer all questions, and make the wonderful places we visited come to life. Breathtaking sites definitely worth visiting. Cons: lunch wasn’t very good 🤣

it was very good, right on time and plenty to do. bring comfortable shoes and ready to enjoy the day, the guide she was very good and knew a lot. and every one on the bus was very friendly

Ibrahim was a great host and very clued up on the history, full of facts and gave us plenty of time at each stop. Tasty lunch and plenty of rest stops.

It was great views.the guide amazing.over all great day