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How to Spend 3 Days in Antalya

How to Spend 3 Days in Antalya

As the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya offers much more than just beaches. It’s an ideal launchpad for exploring the ancient Pamphylian cities and cruising the Turquoise Coast, and three days gives you enough time to see it all. Here’s how to spend three days in Antalya.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

Antalya Old Town (Kaleici) encompasses cobbled streets and lively bazaars; a walking tour is the best way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Most tours cover Hadrian’s Gate, which dates back to Roman times, as well as other historic monuments such as the old Clock Tower and the Fluted Minaret.

Spend the afternoon at Antalya Aquarium, which ranks as one of the largest aquarium complexes in the world—to save time and avoid transport hassles, pre-book tickets with round-trip transfers included. History buffs can admire the treasures of ancient Turkey at the Antalya Archeological Museum while beach lovers can head to the nearby Konyaalti Beach, where you can rent a kayak, enjoy swimming and snorkelling, or grab a cocktail at a beachside bar.

In the evening, head back into Kaleici, where bars, restaurants, and nightclubs host live music and entertainment into the early hours.

Day 2: Discover ancient Pamphylia

Dedicate your second dat to exploring the ancient Pamphylian cities around Antalya, hailed as some of the best-preserved in Turkey. Full-day tours cover the three most popular sites—the ancient city of Perge, which dates back to before 1500 BC; the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, with its remarkable 7,000-seat amphitheater; and the coastal resort of Side, famous for its ancient theater and seafront Temple of Apollo. Touring the cities with a guide provides important historical context, and day trips often include extras, such as a traditional gözleme (Turkish pancakes) lunch and a visit to the Manavgat waterfalls.

To end your the day with a bang, book tickets to the Fire of Anatolia show, held at the Gloria Aspendos Arena. The show features up to 120 dancers that perform traditional dances and music that derive from Anatolia; tickets typically include transfers from Antalya.

Day 3: Cruise the Mediterranean

Spend your final day at sea; half- and full-day cruises set sail daily from Antalya, and options vary from adventure tours on a traditional pirate ship to family-friendly catamaran cruises or luxury private yacht charters. For the best value, look for a cruise that includes a buffet lunch on-board and features plenty of stops to swim and snorkel along the coast.

Adventurous types can spend the day white-water rafting and ziplining in Koprulu Canyon, or go scuba diving along the Turquoise Coast, while families might prefer a day pass to Antalya’s most popular water park, Aqualand.

Back in Antalya, spend your final evening at a traditional Turkish restaurant on the harbor, where you can Tuck into a classic Turkish kebab, sample tasty mezes, or enjoy fresh seafood.

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Pamukkale Tour

Pamukkale Tour

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Explore the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis in southwest Antalya. The ancient holy city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on natural hot springs which are thought to have healing properties and have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. Visit the unusual landscape at Pamukkale, also called the Cotton Castle—a unique natural site known for the carbonate mineral deposits left by thermal water. The small-group tour includes lunch, round-trip transportation, and entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
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$76.76
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$76.76
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Rafting Canyoning and Zipline Adventure from Antalya

Rafting Canyoning and Zipline Adventure from Antalya

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Depart from Antalya for a full day of outdoors activities in Koprulu Canyon. Zip down the Köprüçay River while whitewater rafting, fly through the air on a zipline course, and go canyoning in a scenic section of the canyon. Instruction, use of equipment, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included for a comprehensive day of active fun.
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  • 10 hours
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Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya

Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya

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Uncover the history and beauty of Perge, Aspendos and Managat waterfalls during this guided day tour from Antalya. Enjoy an archaeological paradise in Perge and learn about the famous statues once buried here. You will visit Aspendos and see one of Anatolias most well protected Roman theaters. After visiting the beautiful Manavgat Waterfalls spend time exploring more historic ruins, archaeological attractions, and sandy beaches in Side.
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  • 8 hours
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Diving in the Mediterranean sea

Diving in the Mediterranean sea

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Experience the natural wonders that lie beneath the Mediterranean as you dive amid a rainbow of coral and exotic fish. This full-day cruise from Antalya includes two thrilling dives, lunch onboard and lots of opportunities to swim or snorkel in-between, plus it’s suitable for all levels, including first-time divers.
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  • 8 hours
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Demre Myra Kekova Sunken City

Demre Myra Kekova Sunken City

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See some of the most beautiful highlights of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on this full-day tour from Antalya. Set off in the morning following hotel pickup, and head up the coast to Demre (site of the ancient city of Myra). Embark on a boat tour to see the Sunken City of Kekova, and have time for swimming. You’ll also discover ancient ruins and landmarks, ranging from Lycian rock-cut tombs to St. Nicholas Church, and will enjoy a buffet lunch in Demre before returning to Antalya.
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  • 11 hours
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fire of anatolia show ticket and transfer

fire of anatolia show ticket and transfer

Enjoy an immersive introduction to Turkish culture when you book tickets to Fire of Anatolia, which has been performed to millions of viewers since its inception in 2001. Consisting of colorful costumes, hundreds of performers, and a blend of traditional and modern dance styles, Fire of Anatolia is a wide-ranging and dynamic night of music and dance. Book tickets in advance to simplify logistics and guarantee your seats; round-trip transfer from area hotels is also included for your convenience.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Perge and Aspendos tour with Archaeologist Aykut

Private Perge and Aspendos tour with Archaeologist Aykut

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This two-for-one private tour covers both Perge and Aspendos, two ancient Greco-Roman cities famed for their well-preserved ruins. Wander both sides on an art-historian led guided tour, getting in-depth background on the stadiums, amphitheaters, and baths, plus free time to explore. Tours also include a traditional Turkish lunch break and a stop in the seaside city of Side.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$250.00
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