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From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

1. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided 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 Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  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 Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

2. Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

After being collected from your Kalkan or Kaş accommodation, you will be ready for your full-day boat trip through the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Beginning from Ucagız village, you will sail for 1 hour to arrive at the heart of Kekova. Here you will be able to take your first swim break at Tersane Bay, viewing the sunken city ruins through the glass-bottomed boat. You will then have the opportunity to dine on a delicious open buffet lunch at Gokkaya Bay, where guests will have a second chance to swim through the clear water. From there, you will visit the pirate cave and Burc Bay, before eventually stopping at Simena. Once at Simena, you will have the choice to walk up to the castle that boasts magnificent views over the bay. Alternatively, you can explore the village and settle into one of the cafes well known and admired for their home-made ice-cream. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy a final swim near Ucagız Village, before the drive back to Kalkan.

Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel and head over to the incredible Goreme Valley. Resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church, Goreme is understandably the star attraction of any visit to the region. Continue the tour to Devrent Valley, also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. Next, make your way to Uchisar for a walk through the beautiful valley, often called Valley of the Pigeon Lofts due to the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the surrounding land at Mount Erciyes in the distance from the Uchisar Castle and then continue the tour to Pasabag. Pasabag, meaning general's vineyard, is located on the road to Zelve and filled with remarkable earth pillars and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping for the duration of the tour. Buy local products at the Carpet Handicraft Center and Cappadocia Stone Shop as well as ceramic, pottery, and other textiles.

Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Antalya on a full-day private sightseeing tour, traveling by luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a leisurely walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s most important city for tourism. Antalya was once Turkey's fastest growing city - it has been usurped by Istanbul - and the multitude of high rise apartment blocks are evidence of this speedy growth. However, the center of Antalya is a different story, where new development and restoration of historic buildings is carefully controlled. Despite its growth, Antalya maintains a small town feel, with lovely Ottoman houses. Next, drive to the Düden Waterfalls, formed by the Düden River, one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia. See where the waters of the Lower Düden fall off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the ruins of Aspendos, and admire the best-preserved theater of antiquity, which once provided seating for up to 7,000 eager spectators. The last site on your tour is the ancient Greek city of Perge, once the capital of Pamphylia, situated between the Rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus. Walk among the ruins of the theater, churches, palæstra, and Temple of Artemis, once the most eminent building of Perge.

5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

5. 5-Hour Ephesus and Miletos Tour from Kusadasi

Tour the cities of Ephesus and Miletos and visit their main sites as you learn about their histories on a 5-hour tour from Kusadasi. Upon meeting with your guide, drive to Ephesus, one of the most spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and the world. The city will come alive as you walk through 2,000-year-old marble streets to admire the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and more. Afterward, continue to the second archaeological site of the day, the ancient city of Miletus. Formerly a prosperous commercial harbor city, Miletus is now home to various noteworthy ruins, including the Great Theater and the Roman Baths. At the end of the day you'll return to Kusadasi.

Ayrarat Wine Tour

6. Ayrarat Wine Tour

The winery is located 70 kilometers west of Yerevan. It will bring you to the age-old wine estates of the Armavir region where history, tradition, and culture come together. Once there you will be able to enjoy the beautiful vineyards, complete with unique biblical Ararat and Sis mountain views. According to legend, following the great flood, Noah and his descendants had planted the first vine of grapes on the foot of Mount Ararat. At 12:30PM you will meet your guide in front of the main door of your accommodation, you will then depart to the Karas Winery. Your tour includes a cellar tour and a wine tasting paired with cheese, chocolate, and dried fruits or nuts. The wine-making process will be also explained in detail during this visit. The tour begins with an overview of the vineyard and an explanation about Karas Project, its history, the technology used, and all the information regarding the vineyards. You will then enjoy a tour around the reservoirs and greenhouses (not available in winter). Afterwards, you will be redirected towards the winery where you will be informed in detail about the production of wines including the technology, equipment, and products.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Great tour! They picked us up at our hotel in Kas around 9:45 (Kalkan is earlier). Lots of swimming stops in beautiful coves- so make sure to bring your towel. Lunch was excellent and cooked on the grill at the back of the boat. I do wish there was a little more time in Simena as it was only enough time to hike to the top of the castle and get an ice cream. The guides English was good and even came around and asked if we had any questions. Keep in mind this is more of a swimming tour than a historic site seeing tour. Would recommend!

One of the best experiences ever. Such good value for money. The food is absolutely amazing and there is such a good atmosphere on the boat as it is family run and they are all so friendly. Swim stops and scenery are incredible. Can’t believe I had one of the best days of my life for only £34 !!

Superb activity! Oussein our guide was great, he explained each crossing point in detail. The waterfalls were beautiful too. Recommended guide!!

It was a long day but very beautiful. Our host had a wealth of information about the sites and was very enthusiastic about his job.

Great spots, beautiful scenery, yummy food. Would definitely recommend.