4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Antalya: Side, Aspendos and Perge
Day 1: Antalya Start your 4-day tour with an airport transfer from Antalya Airport to your central Antalya hotel. Alternatively, if you are already in Antalya, you can opt for a hotel-to-hotel transfer for a hassle-free start to your tour. After checking in at your hotel, relax at leisure in the colorful coastal town and perhaps seek out a restaurant in the harbor for dinner (own expense). Overnight: 4-Star Antalya hotel
Day 2: Antalya â€“ Perge â€“ Aspendos â€“ Side -- Antalya (B, L) After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel by luxury minibus and then drive you to Perge. Easily the most important city of ancient Pamphylia, Perge is said to have been in its heyday during the Hellenistic period and under Roman rule. Most of its relics date from the 2nd century AD, and youâ€™ll see some of the finest on a tour with your guide. See Pergeâ€™s Roman Gate with its magnificent arches, the colonnaded main street and the cityâ€™s meticulously restored public baths. After lunch in a cafÃ©, continue by minibus to Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved Roman theaters of the ancient world. Still used today, this incredible theater stages sell-out operas, events and concerts. Nearby, see Aspendosâ€™ 3rd-century basilica ruins and remains of the townâ€™s central meeting point, known as theÂ agora. Continue to Side, the most easterly ancient city of the region, situated on its own peninsula. Flanked by golden beaches on both sides, the ancient town holds wonders aplenty, owing to its history as one of Turkeyâ€™s most important trade centers. See marble Roman ruins and the Temples of Apollo and Athena â€“ reputedly the site of Cleopatra and Mark Antonyâ€™s romantic trysts. After exploring the majestic ruins with your guide, return to your hotel in Antalya and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight: 4-Star Antalya hotel
Day 3: Antalya (B) Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then the day is yours to sightsee around Antalya independently. Perhaps visit its picture-perfect Old Town, KaleiÃ§i, and walk around the cityâ€™s Roman port. Other highlights to check out include Antalya Archeological Museum or KonyaaltÄ± Beach (entrance fees are at your own expense). Overnight: 4-Star Antalya hotel
Day 4: Antalya (B) Enjoy breakfast, and then the morning is yours to spend at leisure in Antalya â€“ perhaps shopping for souvenirs or sightseeing independently. At a pre-arranged time in the afternoon, check out of your hotel and finish your tour with a transfer to Istanbul Airport or another Istanbul hotel.