The guests are picked from the hotel and drive to the Ancient City of Perge which is around 17 kilometers away to Antalya city center for the Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya.
The city is recorded as “Parha” in Hittite manuscripts. Perge, who had three main periods in its history, experienced its first bright period during the Hellenistic Period. The mentioned period of the city, which was designed as a well-planned city in the 3rd century BC, represents the Hellenistic Period Towers that are still standing intact even today.
However, Perge had its golden age under the rule of the Roman Empire. As it is understood, Perge took advantage of the blessings brought by the period of peace and wealth known as “Pax Romana (Roman Peace) in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, and achieved a prosperous standard of living by combining these gains with its geopolitical position.
In this period, the city was the subject of reconstruction activities, and important public buildings such as the Theater, Stadium, City Gate, Agora & Macellum, Palaestra, which are the main attraction points of visitors today, and aesthetic arrangements related to water such as Baths, Water Channels and Monumental Fountains was built during the same period.
Perge, which lived its last brilliant period in the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) period in the chronological process, became the hub of the prominent saints of Christianity with the influence of the religious movements that left its mark on the period. Perge, frequently visited by St. Paulus, became the starting point of the Pisidia Antiocheia path which is called as S. Paulus path. In the 5th and 6th centuries AD, as the magnificent basilicas were built in the city and Perge, it has gained the identity of “Metropolitan City”.
After Perge, drive to Aspendos which is famous for having the best preserved Roman Period theater not only in Anatolia but also in the whole Mediterranean world. Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya. includes Aspendos which has the theatre was established on the hill near Köprüçay (Ancient Eurymedon), one of the largest rivers in the region. Today, theater and waterways are mostly visited in Aspendos, which owes its accessibility and development with the Mediterranean to the nearby river, and therefore to the fertile lands around it. Remains of other buildings belonging to the city are located on the plain of the hill where the theater leans.
Historians mention that the Greek side won the battle between the Greeks and Persians in 467 BC, known as the Battle of Eurymedon, by the river flowing near the city. Although Aspendos tried to resist Alexander the Great through fraudulent ways, the city finally surrendered and accepted the tax debt in exchange for the famous horses raised in the city and gold. The most brilliant period of the city, which came under Ptolemaic rule after the death of Alexander, is undoubtedly the Roman Empire period, when the famous theater and waterways were built.
Aspendos Theater is one of the most distinguished representatives of the Roman Age theaters today, with its architectural features and well preservation. Dedicated to the gods and emperors of the era, the building has the last lines of Roman theater architecture and construction technique. Aspendos Theater, one of the magnificent structures of its period, could accommodate 15-20 thousand people.
Today, many worldwide stars still have their concert there with the amusing atmosphere of the theatre and the period that it represents. Some of these stars are Elton John, Mikis Theodorakis, Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Sting, Diana Ross and many more. You will feel their exclusive existence during Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya. Please check this YouTube video of Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra to imagine the atmosphere of Aspendos during the concerts.
Continue to Duden or Kursunlu waterfall for the last station of Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya. Kursunlu Waterfall is a magnificent waterfall with an area of 33 hectares, falling from a height of 18 meters, among pine trees.
This waterfall in a 2-kilometer canyon where seven small ponds are connected by small waterfalls was opened to visitors in 1986. The rich flora and fauna around the Kursunlu Waterfall has made it one of the priority locations for eco-tourism activities such as trekking and observing plants and animals. It is possible to encounter rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers, turtles and other small animals while walking in the nature park. With its clean air and enchanting scenery, the nature park attracts many visitors for daily rest and picnics. You will feel the same relaxing during Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya.
Depending on the route, the guests may visit Duden Waterfall instead of Kursunlu Waterfall for the last stop of Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya.
Duden Waterfall is also referred to as Iskender (Alexander the Great) Waterfall and Yukari (Upper) Düden Waterfall in various sources. On the 28th kilometer of the old Antalya-Burdur road, on the 30th kilometer of Kırkgözler, there are two large karstic springs called Pınarbaşı. These two rivers with abundant water merge after a short flow and disappear into the Whiskered Sinkhole.
After the water lost in the Bıyıklı Sinkhole goes under the ground for 14 kilometers, it emerges from one end of the Varsak Depression, after a very short flow it sinks again from the other end of the depression. The water lost in Varsak appears on the earth in Düdenbaşı after two kilometers of underground flow.
Even on days when no water flows from the surface, at least 10 cubic meters of water rises to the surface per second under the Düdenbaşı Waterfall. The maximum flow rate of this water is 94 cubic meters and its average is 15-16 cubic meters per second.
The water flowing by making a waterfall from above in Düdenbaşı is the water coming from the Kepez hydroelectric power plant. After Düdenbaşı, the Düden Stream, which divides into two main canals in the sheep regulator, pours into the Mediterranean after 9 kilometers from a 40-meter high travertine threshold in the east of Antalya.
Since we’re now at the end of our Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya, we shall drive back to the hotel.
Tour type : Private OR Regular (Seat-in-coach)
Duration : 09am – 6pm (inclusive of hotel transfers)
– The tours are required at least 2 guests for the guaranteed departure.
– Departs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
– Depending on the tour program, the guides will the guests either to Duden Waterfall or to Kursunlu Waterfall in Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya.
– Guests will be picked up and dropped off from/to their hotels.
– Basic lunch is included – without beverages.
– Please contact us if you want to make the Daily Perge and Aspendos Tour in Antalya on private basis.