Perge & Aspendos
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Highlights: Perge Ancient City, Aspendos Theater, Belkiz River, Side Ancient City, Kursunlu Waterfalls.
Operates: All Year Around Daily. Max 12 Persons
Your guide will meet you in the reception lounge of your hotel and escort you to the Ancient City of Perge which was built on the outlying ridge of the verdant and fertile Pamphylian Plain. The acropolis is built to the north of the city. The three storey, 15,000 seater theatre was constructed during the reign of Emperor Nero, 54-68 BC, and has an Hellenistic plan. The outer walls were used as a monumental fountain. Another fountain built in honour of Emperor Severus, 193-211 BC, stands in an open area to the west. The baths, whose walls and floor were covered with marble, were constructed during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, 69-79 BC. Statues of the founders of the city were placed in the niches of the two-towered Hellenistic gate. The agora was built by Emperor Antonius Pius.138-161 BC. In the center was a Tyche temple and the floors of the surrounding buildings were covered with mosaics. The public baths are near to the Palaestra. A Basilica is located to the south. The Columned Road starts at the Hadrian Gate and continues to the Nypheum. We then travel to Aspendos, known in ancient times as Pamphlylia, it is renowned for is wonderfully preserved Roman theatre, which ranks as one of the finest in Asia. The theatre entrance leads directly into the orchestra with the 20,000 seat auditorium rising steeply upwards. Partially built into the Acropolis mound, the upper storey's of the semi circular cavea are supported on barrel vaults. The façade was adorned marble statuary and columns and in the center, a relief depicting Dionysus surrounded by floral patterns, which has survived, is carved on the pediment. Whilst it has lost a great deal of its marble, it is still a fantastic backdrop for modern productions which are performed on the wooden stage. There is an ornamental gateway and, partial hidden in the undergrowth, the ruins of an agora, a council chamber, and a Byzantine Church. To the north is a well preserved Roman Aqueduct. After the tour we return to your hotel.