Perge – Aspendos – Side Tour
One of the cultural and natural excursion. A full day trip to wellknown Pamphilian cities…
Colonnaded Main Street and the Agora…
Departure about 07:15 am. Visiting Perge antique site in detail; Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic gate, Colonnaded Main Street and the Agora.
Pick-up from the hotel at around 08:00 and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. Perge is the most important antique cities of Pamphilia Region where is originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. The theater stage has finely carved marble reliefs and other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. Amateur archaeologists will want to see the handsome city gate flanked by two lofty towers, a long colonnaded road once paved with mosaics and lined with shops, a large agora, the public baths and a gymnasium. Then proceed to Aspendos, which has a capacity of 15,000 people and bears one of the best preserved Roman theaters in Anatolia. It is located beside the river Eurymedon (Koprucay). The beautiful galleries of the theater, stage decorations and most important of all the acoustic of the theater reflects the talent of architect Zenon. Besides the theatre are temples, monumental fountain, basilica, agora, bouleuterion, stadium and aqueducts in Aspendos. The most important art is the Theater, which has been restored by Seljuks in 13 th century A.D. but was used as a caravanserai. By Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's order, now it is being used as a museum and attracts a lot of tourists all the year round. Cultural activities and festivals are held in Aspendos every year in Summer. After lunch by Koprupazari Stream, a visit to Side. Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbor whose name meant pomegranate.
Today a pretty resort town with its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, numerous shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract hundreds of visitors. Free time in Side, and a visit to Kursunlu Waterfalls and return to Antalya.