Fly to Antalya and drive to our hotel in the old town.
Two Pamphylian cities: Perge, with fine stadium, colonnaded street with fountain, houses, shops and baths and theatre (usually closed). Magnificent sculpture from this site is beautifully displayed in Antalya museum. Aspendos, famous for its theatre (one of the best-preserved in the ancient world) and aqueduct - a remarkable example of ancient hydraulic engineering, carrying water via a siphon from one hilltop to another, across the valley floor.
Down to the harbour of Antalya for a private boat trip to the beautiful site of Phaselis, where the stones of the Roman mole still survive beneath the sea, and the bathing is just about perfect! Hadrian visited in the early 2nd century, and the commemorative arch lies in ruins on the main approach to the city from the sea. Explore the ruinous city before taking the boat home.
Visit to the easternmost of the Pamphylian cities, Side, in a beautiful setting by the sea. Once a great harbour, it dwindled to an insignificant village due to silting, before enjoying a resurgence as a tourist resort. Much has recently been excavated, and the museum - in a Byzantine bath-house - contains some wonderful scuptures. Free afternoon in Antalya.
West into the mountainous region of ancient Lycia, to Myra, where some of the finest rock-cut tombs of these fiercely independent people can be found. Elaborately carved into the rock face, they mimic the houses and temples of these fiercely independent people. There is also a very fine theatre with the remains of its carved architectural decoration. The nearby harbour city of Andriake lies in a ruinous state, with warehouses and the remains of wharfs along the river mouth. The city became an early Christian bishopric, and St Nicholas (Santa Claus) was bishop here. The 6th century church dedicated to him has been restored in recent years, and it still contains his tomb, although his bones were carried off to Italy by the men of Bari many years ago.
Head into the hills, and the more rugged terrain of ancient Pisidia, to the site of Termessus, with a theatre perched on top of the hill. Built on a natural platform between two mountains, the site was well-defended and affords fantastic views. Alexander the Great failed to take this city during his journey through Asia Minor - he probably decided it was not worth the trouble, as he had a greater goal in mind. Many rock cut and decorated tombs lying along the sides of the valley. Return to Antalya to visit the archaeological museum, with its many treasures, especially the sculptures from Perge. Antalya itself was also an important Pamphylian port - Attaleia - but as it has remained a successful city its ancient past has largely been built over. A triumphal arch, dedicated to Hadrian, still survives as one of the city’s landmarks.
Fly home from Antalya.
N.B. there is a steep and protracted climb up a rough stoney path involved in the visit to Termessos, but you can stop and catch your breath and enjoy spectacular views on the way up.
- Flights - Scheduled flights London to Antalya
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach; private boat on day 3
- Guide Lecturer - Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves. Not to be confused with "guest lecturers"! The guide lecturer will be with you from breakfast to supper, and probably even a drink in the bar afterwards. There is the occasional site where they may not be allowed to guide because of local regulations but otherwise the guides are just that. They will have been chosen because of specialist knowledge and their ability to communicate and interest you. After 26 years of making tours worldwide, we are highly appreciative of the attributes of a good guide, and intensely critical of people who do not possess them
- Meals - Independent except dinner Days 1 & 6, lunch on boat on Day 3 and Day 6
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites & tips included
- Field Notes
7 nights in a comfortable hotel converted from an Ottoman mansion in the old town of Antalya. Small swimming pool.
|Mon 7th - Sun 13th Oct 2013 with Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves
||Singles: Last few
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