Aspendos Ruins and Theater Tours

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Aspendos was an ancient Greco-Roman city founded around 1000 B.C. It was located about 25 miles from the modern city of Antalya, and it's known for having one of the best preserved theaters from antiquity. Despite being built in 155, the theater is still in great shape and has remained mostly intact. A small portion of the theater was built leaning into a hill where the Acropolis stood, and the rest of it was built on vaulted arches. A sloping wooden ceiling that was over the stage area has been lost over time. Dozens of post holes are on the upper level, which at one time supported an awning to protect the audience from the sun. 

Since the theater is still in such good condition, it is still a functional venue. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival holds annual productions in the theater in the spring and early summer. 

Spend some time wandering around outside the theater as well. Nearby you'll find the ruins of a basilica, the agora, a nymphaeum, and more than nine miles of a Roman aqueduct. You can also find the Eurymedon Bridge. This was a Roman era bridge that was rebuilt in the 13th century. 

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The Aspendos Theater is located approximately 25 miles east of Antalya along route D400. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April through October, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., November through March. The entrance fee is 20TL (about US $9).
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Aspendos Fire of Anatolia Music and Dance Show

Enjoy an Anatolian fire and dance extravaganza on this evening out in Aspendos. Travel to an outdoor Aspendos theater and take a seat for a 2-hour ‘Fire of Anatolia’ show celebrating Turkey’s history, myths, music, and dances. Watch an award-winning, 120-strong troupe perform folk and acrobatic dances, and be swept up by feats, plus ballet and belly-dancing displays, all set to live Turkish music. Includes entrance ticket and hotel transfers from Antalya, Lara, Konyaalti, and Kundu.
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Fire of Anatolia at Gloria Aspendos Arena from Antalya

There’s no show quite like the world-famous Fire of Anatolia – with 2 Guinness records, award-winning choreographers and more than 120 spectacular dancers taking to the stage each night. Prepare yourself for an evening of non-stop entertainment at the Gloria Aspendos Arena, including tickets for the show, and transfers from Antalya.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya

Uncover the history and beauty of Perge, Aspendos and Managat waterfalls during this guided day tour from Antalya. Enjoy an archaeological paradise in Perge and learn about the famous statues once buried here. You will visit Aspendos and see one of Anatolias most well protected Roman theaters. After visiting the beautiful Manavgat Waterfalls spend time exploring more historic ruins, archaeological attractions, and sandy beaches in Side.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Perge Aspendos Side and Waterfall Tour by Antalya

The Antalya region is dotted with ancient ruins, but it is tricky to tick them off without a car. Visit the sites of Perge, Side, and Aspendos with ease on this guided tour. Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach and explore the ruined city of Perge. Learn about the ancient port city of Side from your guide. Wander through the theater at Aspendos. At midday, pause for a riverside lunch.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Tour of Kursunlu Waterfalls, Aspendos, and Ancient Ruins of Side From Alanya

Visit ancient ruins and a scenic waterfall on a full-day tour from Alanya to the Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, Kursunlu Waterfalls, and Side. You’ll see a beautifully-preserved Roman amphitheater, temples, and a nymphaeum, a fountain dedicated to the Greek nymphs. This 8-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Antalya, as well as a Turkish lunch and entrance fees at all locations.
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Antiquities of Side and Aspendos Theatre and Manavgat Waterfall Visit

Explore ancient architecture, nature, and the historic city of Side on a full-day excursion with lunch at the edge of a scenic river. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators at the Aspendos Ruins and Theater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Manavgat Waterfall in a shady pine forest, then join a guide for a trip through the Greek and Roman ruins in Side. This 7-hour tour includes all entrance fees, as well as pickup and drop-off at hotels in selected areas.
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