Discover the ancient wonders of the Mediterranean with me on this private archaeology tour in Antalya. Walk through the marble streets of Perge and discover the great Roman Theatre of Aspendos. Enjoy a traditional local lunch in a village. Get inside tips from a local. Go at your own pace.
Perge is the closest significant Roman ruin to Antalya, and well worth a visit. The Great Theatre and the stadium of Perge are its most impressive and intact buildings, but the remnants of its massive Hellenistic-Roman gate-towers are the most photographed because they’re so unusual.
Through the gates are remnants of the fine colonnade street — not as fine as the Arcadian Way at Ephesus, but still quite impressive. The southern baths and the agora are worth exploring. The acropolis, on a nearby hilltop, has few extant buildings but a offers a fine overall panorama of the ruins. Still used for performances today, the theatre really allows you to imagine what it was like to attend a dramatic performance in Roman times.
The ruined city of Aspendos includes a substantial aqueduct and less impressive remains of an agora, basilica and stadium. You can wander through the fields to find them, though it’s the theatre that you will really want to see.