ANTALYA: With its beautiful beaches and an ideal climate, Antalya is a popular holiday resort both for Turkish and foreign visitors. Taurus Mountains, rising from the sea in a jumbled succession of fairy-tale peaks to a height of just over 3.000 m., they dominate a landscape more austere than that of the Aegean and Turquoise costs. Still standing on the cliffs which surround Antalya are the ancient city walls and ramparts built by the Greeks. In town stands the 13th century Alaeddin Mosque and Hadrian’s Gate which was built in honor of the Emperor’ visit in 130 AD. In the heart of the city, the pretty yacht harbor huddles below the Roman walls and, behind the new buildings, the crescent of Konyaalti Bay curves to the industrial harbor 10 km west of the city.
CITY BREAK ANTALYA (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)
DAY 1 ANTALYA
Arrival in Antalya, the major city on the “Turquoise Coast” of Anatolia. Transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon, overnight in Antalya hotel.
DAY 2 ANTALYA
Full day Antalya city tour; including visits to Hadrian’s Gate, the old Harbor, the old City Walls, and highly praised Antalya Archaeological Museum. After lunch at local restaurant, visit the ancient city of Termessos and the Lower Düden Waterfalls cascading over a cliff into the Mediterranean. Overnight in Antalya. (B, L)
DAY 3 ANTALYA
Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian cities of Perge (which dates back to 1000 BC and where St. Paul preached his first sermon), and to Aspendos (with its well preserved 15,000 seat theater famous for its excellent acoustics), and Side (which used to be a major harbor during the Roman rule, and one of the best known classical sites on the Turkish Riviera). After lunch on the way, visit the Manavgat Waterfalls and return to Antalya for overnight. (B, L)
DAY 4 ANTALYA
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight. (B)