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Aspendos

Aspendos

Sarıabalı Mahallesi, Antalya, Turkey, 07500

The Basics

Day tours from Antalya often combine a visit to Aspendos with one of the region’s other ancient cities, such as nearby Perge or Side; a cruise along the Manavgat River; or a visit to the Manavgat or Kursunlu waterfall. The most atmospheric way to visit Aspendos is to attend a performance at the theater (only possible during the summer), while tickets to the popular Fire of Anatolia shows, held at the purpose-built Gloria Aspendos Arena nearby, often include a stop at the original theater along the way.

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Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
$75.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Side, Perge
Lovely tour guide and beautiful historic city. Only one thing was really good is the weather, too hot in Antalya.
NAI, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Antalya

star-4
Great places. Less driving
Grace_C, Oct 2021
Temple of Apollo, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Alanya
The bus pick up was way to long. Disorganized and unfriendly. This needs to be shortened before I would recommend to friends.
star-4
For history lovers.
Jocelyn_M, Apr 2021
5 in 1: THE BEST OF ANTALYA region: Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Waterfall
Tour was great. Lots of great history. Perge was amazing because you can see the layout of how the cities looked. Each site was really magical. The waterfall was beautiful and peaceful. Aspendos theater was magnificent and our guide told us about the layout and a story about the man who built it. We got some free time, about 15/20 mins to explore on our own. The aquaducts were grandiose and amazing architecture to see. Side was really cool to see a modern city atop the ancient one. They are excavating more and the have view platforms under your feet. Apollo's temple was looking over the water with athena's just to the right. Great tour if you love ancient history. Our guide was knowledgeable and kind. He answered a lot of my questions before I even had to ask. He also informed us of life today in Turkey which was really helpful. Being able to see so many sites in a day and getting in depth information was also really nice rather than just super basic information. The pickup and drop off were on time and the ride was really nice, comfortable and clean. There is some walking involved, which I loved. I recommend comfortable shoes and water. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
great trip great service great value
MartinR, Sep 2020
Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
Fantastic trip. Great guide who explained just enough and struck the right balance with allowing free time. So many amazing things to see and great service and value for money.
star-5
A very good introduction to Turkish history
Ayesha20172017, Jun 2019
5 in 1: THE BEST OF ANTALYA region: Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Waterfall
We had a another long but lovely tour with our guide Genghis, who escorted us thorough all the sights and then given free time to explore the attractions. The tour was conducted with historical explanations as well as a sense of humour.
star-5
Magic tour. Excellent guides. Great...
Mohammed Y A, Jun 2016
Temple of Apollo, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Alanya
Magic tour. Excellent guides. Great transport fluent in various languages. Great food. Good with kids. Not a rushed service, gave plenty of space and free time. Lovely people. Overall great service and highly recommended.
star-5
This is a must see if you are...
mina, Sep 2015
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
This is a must see if you are visiting Antalya! Our tour guide was very informative. Everything went off without a hitch. You will need to call and confirm your reservation 24hours before your tour. The bus was comfortable and airconditioned. We stopped at Perge first, then Side to see Temple of Apollo and Athena, then finished off the tour at Duden Waterfalls. We had an amazing day!
star-5
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide...
JOANNE G, Jun 2014
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide was great and very good with everyone on the tour. His knowledge of the history and Turkish culture was excellent.
star-4
A small well organised tour with a...
Roger T, May 2014
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
A small well organised tour with a friendly and very informative leader who's name unfortunately I forget. Perge - amazing and to my mind better than Ephesus; Aspendos - unfortunately Roman theatre closed for renovation; Manavgat waterfall - pleasant interlude in a beautiful spot and Side - great theatre and many other interesting ruins. A lunch stop with a very tasty lunch. A good day.
star-4
Nice
andodrew, May 2019
5 in 1: THE BEST OF ANTALYA region: Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Waterfall
The tour guide is nice gentlemen who can speak good English and is knowledgeable, able to answer all of our questions. It is just that the time alloted to Side is a bit rushed. Overall it was good.
star-5
The weather was terrible, but the...
Susan W, Feb 2015
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
The weather was terrible, but the sites are so fascinating and our guide so enthusiastic and well prepared that we didn't mind. Perge is a must for anyone interested in ancient history.
star-4
Apart from the fact that our pick up...
pj.verasdonck, Aug 2014
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
Apart from the fact that our pick up at the Hotel was an hour later, the tour has been great we have had with our party of 4 persons a private tour with an driver and a very enthousiastic guide.In spite of the high temperature it was a very learning and interesting tour.
star-5
amazing, very well organised, though...
tonyniu2008, Nov 2017
Temple of Apollo, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Alanya
amazing, very well organised, though the trip is a little too long

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is an admission fee to visit Aspendos Theater.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground, especially if you want to explore the surrounding ruins.

  • Some parts of the archaeological site are wheelchair-accessible, but steps and uneven ground mean that it’s not possible to fully explore the theater or the ruins.

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How to Get There

Aspendos Theater is located around 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Antalya, along route D400—about a 45-minute drive. Indirect buses run from Antalya, via Serick, to Termessos, but the easiest way to arrive is with your own transport or as part of a tour.

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When to Get There

The Aspendos ruins and theater are open all year round, but it can get busy in the summer months, when an early start is the best way to dodge the crowds and avoid the midday heat. For a rare opportunity to attend a concert in the original theater, visit Aspendos during the annual International Opera and Ballet Festival, held each June.

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Ancient Aspendos

The ruins of ancient Aspendos lie dotted around the theater and include a hilltop acropolis, where you can see the remains of the agora, nymphaeum, and basilica. The high vantage point also offers an expansive view of the city’s 9-mile-long (14.5-kilometer-long) aqueduct, as well as the Roman-era Eurymedon Bridge, which was rebuilt during medieval times.

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