Cruise Port Atlas | Antalya, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Antalya, Turkey iDay Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Antalya: Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Kalieci, Fluted Minaret, Hadrian's Gate, Hidirlik Tower, MiniCity, Konyaalti Beach, Park Beach, Lara Beach, Side Archaeological Site, Perga, Aspendos, Termessos, Kursunlu Waterfall, Manavgat Waterfall, Duden Falls

Antalya Attractions

Port to Kaleici - 15 KM, 21 minutes
Port to Mini-City - 9 KM, 12 minutes
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Besides the resorts and beach areas, the primary tourist appeal of Antalya is focused on the historic center, Kaleici, which means inner castle. This area is famous for its mosques, minarets, and cobbled streets. The symbol of the city is the Fluted Minaret (Yivli Minare), part of the Alaaddin Mosque, the oldest multi-dome mosque in Anatolia. It now serves as an ethnographic museum with special focus on textile designs from the area. Since the city was surrounded by a wall, there are a number of gates and the most famous is the Roman era Hadrian's gate which is in excellent condition and is a popular photo stop. At the southern end of the city wall at the sea's edge is Hidirlik Tower, originally a Roman construction, but extensively renovated. It divides the old city from Karaalioglu Park, which offers a beautiful walk along the coast and is the location of municipal offices. The old city also encloses the yacht harbor, once the city's port, and many cobbled streets that feature other mosques from several periods, a madrasa, and some excellent shopping and dining opportunities.

           

   

Photo of the Old "Yacht" Harbor by Rainbow Demon

Antalya area beaches

Port to Konyaalti Beach - 7 KM, 9 minutes
Port to Lara Beach - 24 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Belek Beach - 60 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
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For many tourists, Antalya is synonymous with sandy beaches and there is a good reason for this. Not only do you get the nice sand both above and under the sea, but you have eating, drinking and recreating opportunities galore. The crowd here is very international, so you may hear English, but Russian and other languages are even more common. The most famous beach area is to the southeast of the city center at Lara where many of the most luxurious of the resort hotels are located. However, closer to where cruise ships docks are Konyaalti Beach and Park Beach, another long stretch that offers great amenities and cooler waters due to an underground stream that feed into the sea there. Konyaalti is primarily a pebble beach. Further afield is Belek Beach, offering many children's activities, scuba, and snorkeling. Another nice attraction in the area is known as MiniCity. It is an open park with 1/25-scaled models of many of Turkey's most famous monuments and buildings showing incredible architectural detail.

              

   

Photo of Konyaalti Beach by Bozaltan

Perga and Aspendos

Port to Perga - 32 KM, 40 minutes
Port to Aspendos - 63 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
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The large site at Perga (sometimes spelled Perge) is an ancient Greek settlement that remained important through the Byzantine era. The important ruins that are on display today are primarily from the Roman era. Perga is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles twice as a place where St. Paul visited to preach. Perga offers a wide variety remains spread out over a large area. These include the Agora, an amphitheater, a stadium, Roman baths, a palaestra (wrestling school) and a nyphaeneum. There is also a temple dedicated to Apollo's sister Artemis and two Byzantine churches from a later era. Aspendos is a Roman city that is most famous as the location of the best preserved amphitheater from the ancient era. The incredible facility was maintained and upgraded by successive regional ruling cultures beginning with the Seljuks. Though it was used for concerts until recently, it is now just a historic site.

     

   

Photos of Perga and Aspendos Amphitheater by Saffron Blaze

Termessos

Port to Termessos - 42 KM, 65 minutes
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Termessos is a ancient Greek and Roman settlement high in the Tarsus Mountains which was never defeated by Alexander the Great and was an autonomous city during the Roman era. This is explained by its easily defended and high location. It is now inside a park with beautiful views and significant and unique wildlife and plants. Like many of the area ruins, Termessos offers many stone cut tombs and sarcophagy. Among the most important structures is a Roman era two-story house. There are 5 temples in various states of repair including one dedicated to Artemis. There is an amphitheater with amazing views of dramatic plains far below the city and sits next to the smaller Odeon. The Agora includes a Stoa given to the city by Attalos II, king of Pergamon, who was allied with Termessos.

              

   

Photos of Termessos Amphitheater and Rock Tombes by Ingo Mehling

Ancient Side

Port to Side - 89 KM, 1 hour 50 minutes
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Side (the name means pomegranate) is an ancient site where Greeks, Romans and other civilizations before and in-between built a port. The setting is dramatic with ruins and a few resorts and beaches located on a small peninsula about 1 kilometer long - north to south - and less than one half kilometer wide. The most famous of the attractions is the Temple of Apollo, situated at the water's edge and offering dramatic photo opportunities. The largest of the attractions is not surprisingly the amphitheater which is nearly as large as the one in nearby Aspendos. The city's main gate leads to colonnaded streets that are not in good condition, but gives you a sense of the wealth and layout of the Roman era city. Also of interest are the Agora and the Necropolis. There is an excellent archaeological museum housed in the remains of the Roman baths.

           

   

Photo of Side's Great Gate by Ozgurmulazimoglu, Photo of Apollo Temple by Saffron Blaze

Waterfalls near Antalya

Port to Upper Duden Falls - 24 KM, 34 minutes
Port to Kursunlu Waterfalls - 36 KM, 42 minutes
Port to Manavgat Waterfalls - 93 KM, 1 hour 55 minutes
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There are three sets of waterfalls that are popular with visitors to Antalya. The closest to the port are Duden Falls, two widely separate falls on the Duden River which enters the Mediterranean near the Lara Beach area. The waterfall on the sea is known as Lower Duden Falls and is surrounded by a park. The upper falls are at another park area and are about 10 kilometers inland. Less visited are the nearby Kursunlu Waterfalls, which are surrounded by a pine forest and provide a quiet setting and lovely views. The waterfall at Manavgat is an incredible sight, though if you are expecting Niagara then you may be disappointed. The falls are not high, but the water of the Manavgat River flows rapidly over the wide cataract and creates a foamy expanse of water that is soothing in both sound and sight. A nearby tea garden is one of the most popular vantage points.

        

   

Photo of Lower Duden Falls by Saffron Blaze, Photo of Manavgat Waterfall by tomgensler

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