Antalya Shore Excursions

Most cruises to Antalya will offer tours once the ship arrives. What to see on Antalya cruise tours include some of the most extensive ancient ruins outside of Greece, sightseeing excursions in a gulet (traditional Turkish sailing yacht), and tours of the historic and picturesque city.

Antalya shore excursions that concentrate on the city will almost always have a walk through the Kaleici District, the old part of the city with its narrow streets, lovely mosques, and fascinating Ottoman architecture. Here you will also see the Roman Hadrian's Gate, built in celebration of the emperor's visit in 130 AD. This is the district where you will find numerous intimate boutique hotels and pensions that are located in wonderfully restored old Ottoman homes. It is this cooperation between preservation and income producing tourism that has been so helpful in keeping this area much as it has been for hundreds of years.

Often, full-day Antalya shore excursions outside the city will end with some free time in the picturesque port area where you can get in some shopping or just relax with a cool drink as you take in the sea views. One of the finest museums in Turkey, the Antalya Archeological Museum, is also sometimes included in a tour.

What to see on Antalya cruise tours also include the famous ruins of the ancient city of Perge, the massive Aspendos Theater, and Termessos. The Aspendos Theater was built in 155 by the architect Zenon during the time that Marcus Aurelius was emperor of the Roman Empire. It is one of the best preserved examples of Roman theater construction in the world. It was one thought that its seating capacity was from 10,000 to 15,000 spectators, but modern events like the Aspendos Culture and Film Festival had attracted crowds as large as 20,000.

Finally, most cruises to Antalya will have a visit to the ancient city of Perge as one of the shore excursions. This was one of the chief cities of Pamphylia, and became a thriving Roman city. The earliest ruins here date to 1,500 B.C.  and water was brought here (about fourteen miles from the city of Antalya) by a great aqueduct. Here you will see a temple to Artemis, forests of Corinthian columns, and ancient Roman and Turkish baths.

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