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Day Trips from Antalya

By Viator, August 2010

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The booming city of Antalya, on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast, is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. And you can see why: with almost year-round sun, fine beaches and imposing landmarks stretching back to antiquity, Antalya offers the best in leisure and culture.

And once you get out of the city, more wonders await. As well as nearby winter sport resorts, there are historic centers within easy reach of the city which make great day trips.

One route will take you north-east into the hinterland. First port-of-call is Perge, a major settlement for the ancient Greeks (who knew it as Perga). They left extensive ruins behind, and it was still an important center when the apostle Paul visited. The next destination, Aspendos, was also an outpost of the ancient Greek domains but is best known for a later monument – one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the whole Mediterranean region.

After some refreshing time out admiring some impressive waterfalls, it’s back to the coast and back to the ancient world within the modern setting of Side. This peninsular city is home to more Roman treasures, including an impressive bath complex.

Another rewarding itinerary will take you south-west out of Antalya towards Demre, with its stunning tombs carved into hillsides. There’s also another fine Greek amphitheater here as well as a church dedicated to the 4th century bishop Nicholas. That’s Saint Nicholas, and yes that is St. Nick, or Santa Claus as he became known over time.
        
Your next stop presents a compelling contrast to sun-bleached marble monuments against blue Mediterranean skies and azure seas. Because many of the antiquities on the island of Kekova are actually in those azure seas; surreal stone outcrops in limpid waters. Which, by the way, you won’t be able to resist for long, so remember your swimming gear!

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Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Depart in the morning and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. An important city of ancient ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

Demre, Myra and Kekova

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Depart Antalya and travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas the saint to whom is referred to as Santa ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Antalya: Side, Aspendos and Perge

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover Antalya and the beauty of its surrounding ancient cities on this leisurely paced 3-day tour. Visit three majestic ancient sites – Perge, Aspendos and ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $320.53

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