Kingdom of Pergamon-present day Bergama was a very strong actor in the history of Asia Minor from Pergamon to Antalya. Pergamon is like a hidden gem and not many people knows. Its a city of initials of many things such as invention of parchment paper, first mental hospital of the world etc. In this private Turkey tour, we cover these 3 major places as an extension to your Istanbul travel. Rather than a regular short trip of Pergamon which is generally offered 2 maybe 3 hours, we wanted to organise a comprehensive visit to this legendary city with its every important spot worth seeing specially for history and archaeology buffs. One of them is definitely the Red Basilica which is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. This is followed by many other important areas of Pergamon.
Day 1- Travel Ayvalık-Pergamon-Private
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport. Board a short flight to one hour distance airport to Pergamon. Upon your arrival our local guide will pick you up from airport and drive to Ayvalık where you can spend some time. Drive to Pergamon, check in your hotel. After having our dinner, we will visit an old Turkish Bath to relax before a action packed day trip in Pergamon tomorrow. Overnight in Pergamon. We are not passing by, we are getting inside!
Day 2-Tour of Pergamon-Acropolis-Asclepion- Red Basilica-Private
Breakfast at the hotel. Commence our day trip with a short cable car ride up to the Acropolis. Listening in depth history about this legendary civilization from your guide which covers the whole summit of the mountain overlooking the surrounding valley. We will visit Theatre which is the steepest one amongst its kind and used to accommodate around ten thousand audience. We will continue to visit the a few remains marble stairs of stolen Altar of Zeus, Trajan Temple, Temple of Dionysus and Temple of Athena. This hilltop city is very famous with its Aqueducts as well. Continue to city center for lunch and afterwards we will visit Red Basilica. This area has an interesting attraction by almost all the religions during the history. You can see many samples and sarcophagus of Muslims, Christians and Jews that lived in the city in the past. We will pay a quick visit to the official museum of Pergamon where you can see a lot of interesting remnants within. Our final visit will be to Asclepion considered the first mental hospital of ancient world led by Galenus(Galen). At the end of the day, transfer to bus terminal and travel to Pamukkale at night. Late arrival in Denizli and transfer to your hotel in Pamukkale
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3- Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour-Private
You can jump to thermal pool for a refreshment before having your breakfast. We will arrange the departure a bit late so you can benefit the facility a little bit more before you check-out form the hotel with your luggages. Enjoy a nice breakfast before you start off another day full of fun and history. You will commence the tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from the top of the mountain. This remarkably well-kept remains of Greek-Roman era with full of supreme combination of human-made structures and natural wonders. Its strictly forbidden to walk with your shoes or slippers to avoid damage over this delicate white deposits but this is a really good thing as you let this surface message your soles while walking its warm healing waters grazing your toes. If you are not willing to swim, you can simply rollup your pants but its recommended to wear your swim suits to splash its mineral waters during your hiking and you may also succumb to your childlike instincts and jump to these natural infinity pools to the best of your ability. Your guide will give you some free time to linger on these white terraces made of limestone deposites and take some pictures for making your family and friends jealous.
The original Hellenistic constructions had been devastated by earthquakes in the first century so majority of the historical artifacts we will visit today are from the Roman era. The antique pool of Cleopatra(additional cost applies) offers us a rare opportunity to swim in warm healing water amongst the collapsed marble columns of Apollo (divine founder of the city) Temple which was toppled into the water after many successive earthquakes.
At the end of the tour you will be treated a late lunch before we set off on a journey to Antalya. Arrival in Antalya and overnight in Old City.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4-Perge Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Tour-Small Group
Pick up from your hotel, hop in to coach and say hi to other participants. We will start exploration from the capital of Pamphylia, the Perge full of numerous ancient ruins such as Nymphaeum, Colonnaded Main Street and the Agora and much more. After having our lunch in the riverfront continue to Aspendos Theatre built during reign of Marcus Aurelius designed by the architect Zeno. Afterwards visit to an ancient port city Side and Temple of Apollo. Our final visit will be waterfalls and return to our hotels. Overnight in Antalya
Day 5- Free Day in Antalya or Daily Boat Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can explore the old city on your own and participate our numerous day trips or a relaxing boat tour to enjoy some bays and swim. Transfer to airport in the evening and flight to Istanbul. End of our services
This trip can be extended with many other packages listed in our website. You can simply contact us and we can customise according to your demands and dates.
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