Daily tours and Excursions in Antalya
Antalya city and things to know about Antalya
Antalya is both the name of a region and the name of a city. There are also many touristic hotels in the city of Antalya. There are Konyaalti hotels to the west of Antalya city center, there are also touristic hotels in the city center and Kaleici (Old Antalya). There are quite a lot of touristic hotels in Lara beach and Kundu area in the east of Antalya.
The population of Antalya province, including all the towns, is 2.5 million. Antalya city population is 1.3 million. It is the 5th largest city in Turkey after Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Bursa. In the summer, the population of Antalya increases 10 times with tourists and employees from other provinces.
Antalya is surrounded by impressive Taurus mountains. The city center of Antalya is not at the sea level, but is a city built on cliffs. The shores in the city center are rocky, and there are no sandy beaches throughout the city center. Sandy beaches are seen on the west and east sides of the city. It is possible to swim from the platforms in the beach clubs located throughout the city center.
Although the rain (unless hard rains with storm) is not a barrier of any activities in Antalya, Things to do in Antalya when it rains, and perhaps also wondered at nights in Antalya by couples either in Antalya old town, or Antalya city centre: what to do in Antalya? Antalya province has many enjoyable holiday options for families, also for couples.
In winter, in December Antalya is still not cold although snow is seen on the peak of the Taurus Mountains surrounding Antalya region.
Are there any sandy beaches in Antalya city?
Antalya city center is built on rocks called "Falez". There is no sandy beach in the city center. The beaches are seen from Lara Örnekköy on the east and from Konyaalti beach on the west. The sea is very clean everywhere in Antalya, and you can swim from anywhere in Lara and Antalya city. There is no waste water pollution in Antalya seas.
Antalya offers great holidays, rich holiday activities and enjoyable tour opportunities for holidaymakers. The list of places to see in Antalya is very rich. There are many important places that vacationers should see during their holidays, but no holidaymaker can provide the opportunity to see all of them in a limited vacation time. Vigo Tours will assist you for the places good to see.
Antalya city tour: Places to visit in Antalya
During your Antalya holiday, you can take a tour of Antalya city and see many important points of this attractive city.
In this tour you will experience the following attractions of Antalya;
the famous upper Duden waterfalls,
360 degree Antalya panorama from Tünektepe mountain at 530 altitude with Tünektepe cable car,
Old Town, called Kaleici (inner castle) in Turkish,
and the ancient marina of Antalya,
The republic square surrounding the ancient marina,
and Antalya bazaar,
1 hour boat tour from Antalya ancient marina,
and lower Düden waterfall.
Is Antalya city tour run everyday or?
No, Antalya city tour is run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Also private tour for small groups is possible everyday if requested as possible as early.
Is Pamukkale and Cappadocia tour possible from Antalya?
Yes both is possible. Daily Pamukkale tour from Antalya is run everyday except Wednesday and Saturday. 2 Day trip to Cappadocia is run from Antalya everyday except Tuesday and Friday. The operations of Pamukkale and Cappadocia trips are run in less days during winter season. During coronavirus covid-19 we have trouble to make groups to run the tour on programmed days.
Places to see in Antalya and Antalya attractions to enjoy holidays in Antalya
One of the most famous monuments in Antalya is the Fluted Minaret (Yivli Minare). Located in Kaleiçi (the old city center), the Fluted Minaret is one of the oldest Seljuk monuments in Antalya and an icon of the city. It was built in 1230. Also In Antalya, there are lots of roman ruins to see.
The Hadrian's Gate of Antalya was built in 130 AD to commemorate the visit of Emperor Hadrian in Attaleia, as Antalya city was known in this period. It was incorporated in the walls surrounding the city (now it is old city of Antalya), and has become a major gateway to the city.
Termessos ancient city
35 km north from Antalya is the extraordinarily impressive ancient city of Termessos. With its strong defense, Termessos Ancient City, which has made its name in history as "the city that Alexander the Great could not conquer", is among the ancient cities that attract visitors with features such as giant columns, unique rock tombs, sarcophagi, a sheltered location resembling an eagle's nest and being in touch with nature.
It is a highly interesting place, but there is almost no possibility to join an organized tour from the city to the ancient city of Termessos. You will either request a private tour from a tour company or rent a car and go yourself. From the parking lot, you will have to walk for about 20 minutes to the ancient city of Termessos with a steep path. The walk is a bit difficult.
Karain cave is located 33 km north of Antalya. Karain Cave is one of Turkey's largest natural cave. During the excavations carried out in the Karain cave, it was found that the region was a settlement center 500 thousand years ago. There is no one-day tour organized from Antalya to Karain cave. You can go there by private tour or by renting a car.
Perge ancient city
Perge ancient city is 16 km east of Antalya, in the town of Aksu on the road to Side and Alanya. Known as "Parha" during the Hittite period, the city became one of the most organized and important cities of Anatolia in the Roman Period. The sculptures found in the excavations in the ancient city, which is famous for its magnificent architecture and amazing marble sculpture, made Antalya Museum one of the most important sculpture museums.
Perge Ancient City Entry Hours Summer Period: 08:30 - 19:30 (15 April-2 October)
Perge Ancient City Entry Hours Winter Period: 08:30 - 17:30 (October 3 - April 14)
Perge Ancient City Holidays: The first day of religious holidays until noon.
There are regular tours to the ancient city of Perge, and this tour is Perge, Aspendos and Side from Antalya, and is organized as a full day tour.
Kursunlu waterfall is one of the famous waterfalls of Antalya and is on the road from Aksu to Isparta, 20 km north-east of Antalya. The waterfall was opened for visits in 1986. The height of the waterfall is about 20 meters, and the region is like a botanical park.
The visit to Kurşunlu waterfall is included in the Perge Aspendos and Side tour program from Antalya, but from July and August until the first rains there is almost no water in the waterfall, and therefore Manavgat waterfall is visited instead of Kursunlu waterfall in the tour program.
Kurşunlu Waterfall Visiting Hours Summer Term: 08: 00-19: 00
Kurşunlu Waterfall Visiting Hours Winter Period: 08: 00-18: 00
Kurşunlu Waterfall Holidays: Open to visitors every day.
Düden waterfall is 10 km away from Antalya city center, and is among Antalya settlements. Duden waterfalls, which almost every holidaymaker wants to see, is known as Alexander the great waterfall and the upper Düden waterfall.
Düden Waterfall Visiting Hours Summer Term: 08: 00-19: 00
Düden Waterfall Visiting Hours Winter Period: 08: 00-18: 00
Düden Waterfall Holidays: Open to visitors every day.
Kaleici and the ancient marina
Kaleiçi is the old settlement of Antalya. Its name in Turkish is "inner castle". The walls that surround Kaleiçi from inside and outside are Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman works. There are about 3000 houses within the walls of Kaleiçi. The characteristic architecture of Kaleiçi houses gives an idea of the amazing architectural history of Antalya, and reflects the city's lifestyle, traditions and customs in the best way.
Today, the buildings in Kaleiçi, which is an important touristic entertainment center, are used as boutique hotels, restaurants, bars, cafeterias, pensions, shopping points, handcrafted souvenir shops, and residences without deteriorating their original architecture.
Tunektepe cable car
Tünektepe is within the boundaries of the city of Antalya, and is a 530 altitude hill on the Kemer road. You can reach Tünektepe by cable car and there is a cafe that rotates 360 degrees above. Here you can take a panorama for astonishingly beautiful landscapes.
The ancient city of Aspendos and the ancient theater of Aspendos
Aspendos ancient theater is 46 km away from Antalya, on the east side of Antalya, on the road from Antalya to Side and Alanya. Located in the ancient city of Aspendos, Aspendos ancient theater is famous for being the best preserved Roman theater not only of Anatolia but of the whole Mediterranean world.
The city of Aspendos tried to resist Alexander the Great through fraudulent methods, but in the end, they accepted the defeat and accepted the tax debt with the famous horses and gold raised in the city. The heyday of the city is undoubtedly the Roman Empire period, when the famous theater and waterways were built. You can see the ancient city of Aspendos and the ancient theater of Aspendos on our Perge, Aspendos and Side tour departing from Antalya.
Tahtali mountain and Olympos cable car
Olympos cable car substation is near Kemer and 61 km from Antalya. The cable car ride from the lower station at 800 altitude to Tahtalı Mountain at an altitude of 2365 meters takes approximately 11 minutes. You should experience the 360-degree magnificent view on the top of Tahtalı mountain. The summit is under snow in the winter months, the cable car runs also in the winter. How about playing snowballs at the top? You can have a great time in the panoramic cafe located at the summit. We have a daily tour from Antalya for the Tahtali mountain with Olympos cable car.
Is Tahtali mountain by cable car tour possible from Antalya and Lara?
In the summer season it s everyday but in the winter it s Wednesday and Saturday. During coronavirus covid-19, due to curfew at the weekends the tour days might be different which can be seen at the web page of the tour.
Olympos ancient city and Cirali Yanartas (Mount Chimaera)
Olympos ancient city is 80 km away from Antalya. There is a long Çıralı beach in front of the ancient city of Olympos, and this is the place where the caretta caretta turtles lay their eggs. There are many small boutique hotels and pensions, and tree pensions in the town. Yanartaş (Mount Chimaera) is about 5 km from here.
Yanartaş Mount Chimaera, which has been an eternal fire for centuries, can be reached from the parking lot with a half-hour trail walk (1400 meters). Yanartaş is 230 meters above sea level. No tours are organized from Antalya to the ancient city of Olympos and Çıralı Yanartaş mountain (Mount Chimaera).
Is there any tour organised to Mount Chimaera from Antalya?
Unfortunately no any tour is organised from Antalya to Mount Chimaera. You can go there by a private tour, taxicab or a public transportations (to central bus station and then to Çıralı by a public bus)
Phaselis ancient city
The ancient city of Phaselis is within the boundaries of Kemer town, 60 km from Antalya. It is known that the ancient city was founded by the Rhodesians in the 7th century BC. The portraits, agoras, and ship descriptions of the ancient city on city coins show that Phaselis was a large commercial port. The ancient city has been a city of welfare that lasted for 300 years from 43 BC and the Roman period.
There is no organized tour from Antalya for the ancient city of Phaselis, but we take a break for both swimming and lunch in Phaselis bay during our boat tour from Antalya. And during this break in our boat tour, you can visit the ancient city of Phaselis. The ancient city visiting is provided by a zodiac boat from our tour boat and is paid.
Side ancient city and Apollo temple
Side ancient city is 75 km away from Antalya. It is known that the ancient city of Side was founded on the peninsula called Selimiye today, in the 7th century BC. Side was the most important port city of Pamphylia in ancient times. Magnificent ancient structures can be seen at every point of Side.
Apollo temple, Ancient theater, Agora and Side museum are places to see in Side. The architectural structure of the ancient theater of Side is the same as the ancient theater in Rome, Italy, and this style of ancient theater architecture is not seen anywhere else in the world.
Is there any tour organised from Antalya to Side and Apollon temple?
Yes, Perge, Aspendos and Side tour is run from Antalya three days a week in the summer and less day in the winter. On this tour ancient town Side is visited. You can see the tour program and details at the web page of the tour, please click here.
The Manavgat waterfall is 82 km away from Antalya and is located on the Manavgat river passing through the town of Manavgat. It is visited by thousands of people every day during the summer.
There are 3 options for visiting Manavgat waterfall from Antalya; By participating in Manavgat bazaar and river boat tour departing from Antalya, Perge, Aspendos and Side tour program departing from Antalya (August and September only), or you can go by private tour or your own transportation.
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Antalya's must-see attractions and Antalya sights to see
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Antalya Museum and Art Galleries
Although Antalya does not have many traditional museums, many of its historical attractions may be widely regarded as open-air museums because they provide visitors with many interesting visual materials. Those looking for a place that fits the traditional definition of museums will find that the Antalya Museum and Alanya Archeological Museum are among the best choices. These cultural highlights trace the history of the city through interesting exhibits, attracting people of all ages.
Some very interesting day trips in Antalya
Rafting at Koprulu canyon, Atv quad safari and fun, Antalya to Pamukkale, Cappdocia tour from Antalya, Scuba diving experience in Antalya, Jeep safari tour at the Taurus mountains near Antalya, Olympos cable car to Tahtali mountain 2365 mt, Antalya city tour with its attractions, Green Canyon boat trip through Oymapinar dam lake, Land of legends, Full day Boat trips, Tandem Paragliding from Tahtali mountain near Kemer, Horseback riding at the beach, Fishing tour by the boat.
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