Your tour first travels to Perge, whose fantastic ruins date back to around 1000 BC. Legend has it that the city was founded by two Trojan seers, named Mopsus and Calchas, who fled the long siege of their home city and sought the solace of a more peaceful land. Although Perge was not a very large city, its theatre held nearly 14,000 people. If you look closely at the lower part of the stage, you can make out beautiful marble reliefs, friezes, statues and carvings that once decorated the theatre's entire stage facade.
While here, explore one of the best-preserved stadiums in Anatolia, a stadium that once housed performances and gladiator bouts for a roaring crowd of 12,000 spectators. Continue on through the Roman Gate, which was the entrance to the city, into the Baths Complex, and around the Hellenistic Gateway and walls, which are the only pre-Roman structures as yet unearthed. Following a colonnaded street which once led the ancients from the Hellenistic gate to the Nymphaeum, you travel up to the Agora, built in the 4th century AD when the city was enlarged. From here, it's only a short trip to Aspendos, the next stop on your tour.
Aspendos, once a major port city near the Eurymedon River, is reached after climbing a scenic hilltop. Set against the splendid backdrop of the Taurus Mountains, only parts of Aspendos have been excavated; however, the Roman theatre here is the best preserved of any on the Mediterranean coast, barely deserving all-too-familiar label, ruin. The theatre was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. As you walk around, it's hard not to imagine what a show here might have been like during that time. Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, once did so, and had his dream turned into a reality, demanding that the theatre be used rather than converted into a museum. A performance here, where the acoustics are so perfect that microphones are often not even used, is really an unforgettable experience.
On your return to the ship, your route will pass by a marvelous aqueduct that was once used to supply the city.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of moderate walking and standing, at times over uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes, light clothing, a hat and sunglasses are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited is subject to change.