Leaving the pier, a leisurely route brings you to Perge, whose fantastic ruins date back to around 1000 B.C. 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, you proceed on to the Antalya Archaeological Museum, one of the very best of its kind in the world.
The collections on display in this museum include pottery, coins, mosaics, sculptures, costumes, sarcophagi, and artifacts found in the once-inhabited caves of coastal Turkey. The Hall of Emperors is one of the museum's most impressive wings. The displays of classical art housed here are simply magnificent, and include statues of the Greek gods, the Emperors Hadrian and Septimus Serverus. You will also see a stunning mosaic collection from Xanthos. Other exhibits on display include the extraordinary finds from the Karain Caves, which date back to the Old Stone Age, a comprehensive and fascinating ethnographic collection, and pieces from the jawbone of St. Nicholas, who was, strangely enough, not from the North Pole, but from the sunny Turkish Mediterranean beach town of Patara. With such a wide array of sights, findings, and works of art, all described nicely in both English and Turkish, the Archaeological Museum will be sure to make a lasting impression with its numerous treasures. At the completion of your museum tour, you will return to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking or standing, at times over uneven surface. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited is subject to change.
*Guests who wish to spend more time in the city center can leave the bus at the shuttle bus drop-off point and return to the pier on a shuttle bus.