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Aspendos
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.
$73.80 per adult
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Excellent trip and super tour guide Mustafa
This is a very good tour to do from Antalya taking in Side, Perge, Aspendos and a waterfall. Our guide Mustafa was excellent in that he explained all architectural sites that we visited very well. The only slight disappointment was the quality of the lunch but other than that the tour was amazing and it's something I'd recommend others to do.
Bhrein_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Antalya

star-5
Brilliant tour
Jacqueline_C, Oct 2021
Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
What a brilliant trip! Our guide was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and all around wonderful. If you want to see the historical side of Turkey I would 100% recommend taking this excursion. We thought it was superb value for money, absolutely couldn’t fault it.
star-5
Side, Perge
NAI, Aug 2021
Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
Lovely tour guide and beautiful historic city. Only one thing was really good is the weather, too hot in Antalya.
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-4
Nice
YIKKAN_L, 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
great trip great service great value
Martin_R, 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-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.

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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