Antalya Culture & history

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From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

1. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

2. Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis from Antalya. See the Cotton Palace, Roman theater, Apollo temple, and more while learning about the history from your guide. You will also enjoy a delicious lunch and a refreshing dip in the warm waters.  After being picked up from Antalya start the drive to Pamukkale. Take a lunch break before visiting the cascading snow-white terraced cliffs of this mysterious cotton palace. The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter-high cliff that overlooks the plain. Marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains, and the agora. After the tour, have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee.

Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip

3. Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip

Discover the natural beauty of Antalya on this full-day tour. Visit the Duden Waterfall, explore a natural cave, and take a boat trip to see even more. Then visit the highlights of the old city of Kaleici. Your full-day Antalya City and Waterfalls Tour begins in the morning with a drive to the Duden Waterfalls National Park. Take a walk through the beautiful park and take in views of the spectacular 15-meter-high Duden Waterfall. Behind the waterfall is a natural cave you can enter to watch the cascades. Back in Antalya, you’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat trip from the old harbor to the spectacular Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, also known as the Lower Duden Waterfall. At 30 meters, it is the highest cascade in the Antalya region. You’ll have views of the coastline of Antalya’s old city as you arrive in the harbor. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant followed by some free time to explore Kaleici – the old city. See the main attractions, including Hadrian’s Gate, the Clock Tower, Kesik Minare and the city walls dating back to the 2nd century. You’ll also have time to visit some of the numerous boutiques, art galleries and interesting museums in the old town.

Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

4. Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour of bustling Antalya, known for its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, traditional coffee, and winding Old Town streets. Ascend a 605-meter high hill on the Tünektepe Cable Car, enjoy lunch with sea views, wander the historic streets of Kaleici, and discover rushing waterfalls. The tour begins with an airconditioned bus ride from your hotel to Antalya's city center. Upon arrival, board the Tünektepe Cable Car and ascend a 605-meter-high hill, taking in picturesque views of the harbor and Mediterranean sea. Relax with a coffee or tea at the local cafe or wander the hilltop. Continue to Kaleici Old Town to visit Hadrianus Gate, a historic arch built in 130 BC to welcome Emperor Hadrin. Feast your eyes on the Fluted Minaret's Selijuk architecture and a 9th-century medieval clock tower. Use your free time to visit local shops, walk the streets, or stroll along the harbor. Then it's time to visit the Lower Duden waterfall in the Lara district, which empties into the Mediterranean Sea from towering, 40-meter-high cliffs. Take a photo at the waterfalls and visit Lara beach before boarding the bus and heading back to your hotel.

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

5. 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.

Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

6. Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

Explore ancient Lycia on a day trip and yacht cruise from Antalya. See a historic rock tomb from Lycian times, marvel at ancient Greco-Roman amphitheaters, and sail to the beautiful Kekova Island. Meet your driver outside your hotel and begin your adventure with a drive through the ancient state of Lycia. Marvel at an ancient rock tomb from the Lycian times and stop to visit the Greco - Roman amphitheater. Next, visit the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Demre city. This ancient church sits above the 4th-century burial place of St. Nicholas, the original inspiration for Santa Claus. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to Kekova Island. Board a glass-bottomed yacht and sail through pristine waters to reach this fascinating island. Sail by the mysterious sunken city of Kekova, an ancient Lycia city, destroyed by an earthquake. Spot the ruins of the city and the Simena Castle from the side of the boat and under the water through the glass bottom. Before heading back, jump into the refreshing water for a swim. Finally, return to your hotel, having experienced Turkey's rich ancient history.

Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena

7. Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena

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 Gloria Aspendos Arena. The outdoor amphitheater is the largest stage in the world, and boasts seating capacity for 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.

Antalya: City Tour with 3 Waterfalls and Old Town

8. Antalya: City Tour with 3 Waterfalls and Old Town

Drive by air-conditioned vehicle to the beautiful Düden Waterfalls. Marvel as the Lower Düden Falls cascade over the rocks and fall 40 meters into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the national park of Kurşunlu Waterfalls to see the water from a tributary of the Aksu River stream across the rocks and drop from the plateau into the lake. Get back to nature and soak up the surrounding flora and fauna. Next, go to Upper Düden Falls and discover a hidden cave where its possible to walk behind the waterfall. Enjoy lunch in the park as you listen to the sound of the falling water. End with a tour of Kaleiçi in the historic city center of Antalya. Admire the Ottoman-era architecture and remains of the Roman walls. Wander the narrow streets lined with stone and timber houses, and see the ruins of Hadrian’s Gate, built to commemorate a visit by the Roman emperor in 130 AD.

Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

9. Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

Explore Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Visit an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a hotel pickup from Antalya region, travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra Ancient City. According to Strabo, Myra was once a large city, making up one of the most influential parts of the Lycian League in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. After visiting Myra, head to the Church of St. Nicholas. Admire this ancient East Roman basilica church dedicated to the saint who is otherwise referred to as Santa Claus. Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Demre. After lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the Kekova Island for Kekova sunken city tour. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Learn the history of the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

10. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

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4.2 / 5

based on 92 reviews

This was so far my favorite tour in turkey! I fell in love with views and the sea. the captain and his wife made us a typical delicious turkish lunch that we enjoyed very much! The boat was very comftable and clean and the captain and his wife are extremely kind and nice peopleOn every stop They gave us plenty time to explore and swim Me and my friend had an amazing time, best excursion ever Thank you for such an experience

Was an excellent trip. our guide Yusuf was brilliant, the tour was very informative the transport was comfortable and they were very helpful throughout the tour. Highly recommended to get a tour of the main to see points around Antalya.

since I didn't live in a hotel, we came up the pick up location, the van arrived on time. Guide is super friendly spent about 2 hours in pamukkale its adequate. a lot to choose from in linch buffet overall a great experience!

Great tour. Our guide CK was great, so passionate to give us all the informations about history and special pictures points. Everything was perfect. I really loved this excursion.

It was the best tour we've ever had the whole trip. Alp, the tour guide, was excellent.