Departure from the hotel to Perge in the morning.
Perge is 18 km. away from Antalya and has colonnaded streets,
an Agora, a Bath, a Stadium and a Theatre. The Hittites
settled in this area in 1500 BC and St. Paul stopped here on one of his journeys
during the time when Perge was an important city of ancient Pamphylia. The stage
of the theatre has very nice marble relief work. A part of the relief is displayed
in the stadium for easy viewing.
Drive to Aspendos. Aspendos is one
of the best preserved theatres of the antique world
15,000. The galleries, stage decorations and the acoustics all reflect the
success of the architect. Close to the theatre, the remains of an aqueduct can be
seen, which was the largest in Anatolia. Aspendos is 49 km away from Antalya and is
reached by crossing the Kopru River over a very old Selcuk bridge.
Drive to Side. Side is 70 km away from Antalya. It is one of the best known classical sites in
Turkey. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches,
is the largest in the whole area. Next to the theatre is an Agora. The creamy
white columns of the Apollo Temple make a striking contrast against the blue
sea. The extensive Roman Bath, now a museum, houses one of Turkey’s finest archaeological collections.
Return and arrival at the hotel.