Start your history trip by visiting Perge's old town. The village is located 15 km from Antalya. Legend has it that Perge was founded after the Trojan War by a prophet, Calchas. It is now an amazing archaeological site with rich old Roman ruins amphitheatre (up to the age of 15,000), arena (of up to 12,000 spectators and for gladiatory battles), Roman gates and the city walls, agora, the basilica, the Roman baths etc.. It is nowadays a very spectacular archaeological site. Visit the Nymph (fountain) and Akropolis of the Bronze Age, stroll down Perge's 500-meter-long main street with several pillars. Go on to Aspendos. Carry on. Situated on the banks of the Köprüçay (formerly the Euromydon name) 50 km east of Antalya. Aspendos, its cultural and economic base, was one of the main cities of Pamphylia. It is now a popular tourist sight famed for the Roman amphitheatre, which Architect Zenon designed during the reign of Marcus Aurelius in 155 AD. Aspendos Theatre is one of the best-preserved theatre designs for Roman theatre worldwide. Steps up the tiered seating area of the theatre, enjoy the whole elegance of its galleries and decorations of the floor. The amphitheatre is still in use for major cultural events and festivals, with capacity up to 15,000 spectators. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival is held annually each year. A new program "Aspendos Efsanesi" (meaning Aspendos Legend) will be performed by the world-renowned Turkish dance group Fire of Anatolia on stage from May to November of the Old Theatre. Don't miss the chance to visit this majestic amphitheatre and fully understand its magnificence and compelling past.
Visit the old ruins of Side until lunch. This beautiful town sits on a peninsula roughly 1 km long and 400 m wide. The Side is a large and prosperous town with many remnants from the Hellenistic, the Roman and the Byzantine period. This is a town with a strong and long history. The foundations of the town walls, agora, the amphitheatre, collonaded streets with many of the marble columns of the settlement, city gates, remnants of the Roman Bath, basilica and the three temples are all evident on the roads of Ancient City. A temple of Apollo, situated on the old harbour of Side is the most impressive spot. Walk down there to admire the ancient pillars and an amazing view of the Mediterranean sea's turquoise waters.
Enjoy a soothing bath on the way back to Antalya after a long travel day. Explore an incredibly beautiful nature reserve of Kursunlu Waterfalls, one of Antalya's most popular natural attractions. Go brown, fresh air, pine scent, calm breeze and beautiful cascades. In the hotter summer days, this park is extremely nice to visit. You head down the stairs to get to the waterfall. Continue for a shot next to the old moul and then appreciate the breathtaking elegance of the 18-meter high turquoise lake. It is not a big, but very impressive, waterfall, Kursunlu. Don't leave this site behind the water flow without taking a photo. You will then have the chance to walk along the shore across turquoise waters and through multiple wooden bridges. Watching the ducks and trouts on your way and trying to see the little crabs hidden beneath the rocks.