Pisidia is the ancient mountainous land that fully surrounds the plain of Pamphylia. From Prehistory until Roman times the people that lived here though likely distant relatives remained distinct from the Pamphylians, who were descendents of the migrants from Troy after their losing battle. Alexander the Great struggled with the Pisidians never fully subjugating them, unlike the Pamphylians who didn’t even fight him. Later, when Persian battled Greece, the Pisidians supported the Persians. Then, even under the Roman rule, while Pamphylia obeyed Rome, the Pisidians continued to battle themselves, one another and the Romans.
Their vigour and distinction is likely due to the extremely rugged mountainous terrain on which they lived. This made their lives hard and the lives of their enemies harder.
From the mountaintop site of Termessos, to the unbelievable restored fountains in Sagalassos to the forests surrounding Selge and Adada, these sites retain their rugged appearance.
To mix in variety for this tour, lunch each day will be at an interesting stop – a country horse farm, a waterfall, and a lakeside. While there are a few hours of driving on day 2, 3 and 4, the sites are well worth seeing.
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||DAY 4|
|ANTALYA||ANTALYA||LAKE EGIRDIR||LAKE EGIRDIR|
|Arrive Visit Termessos and Karain Cave||Visit Selge and Waterfall||Visit Sagalassos and Pisidian Antioch||Visit Zindan Cave, Yazili Canyon and Adada Depart|
|Boutique Hotel in Kaleici||Boutique Hotel in Kaleici||Lakeside Hotel in Egirdir||Depart|
DAY 01: Arrival in Antalya
Arrive in Antalya where your guide will meet you. Today will visit Termessos and Karain cave. Termessos is located north of Antalya. It was home to the Pisidians, reputedly such a fiery bunch of warriors that even Alexander the Great decided to leave them alone. Once you see their mountain top city, you’ll understand why. The unbelievable theater aside, you will also find the impressive remains of a gymnasium, bathhouse, odeon and necropolis. After a delightful lunch at Orfe Horse Farm, you will visit Karain cave. Karain is a prehistoric cave. Imagine a place that has been inhabited for more than 25,000 years. You will then go to the your Antalya hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 02: Selge, Manavgat
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to visit Selge ancient city. It was an important city in Pisidia. The remains of the city are located mainly on the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best conserved monument is the theater restored in the 3rd century AD. After lunch at a riverside restaurant you will make an excursion to Manavgat waterfall with boat. After than you will return to your Antalya hotel.
DAY 03: Sagalassos, Pisidian Antioch
Today you will checkout of your hotel for and after a 2 hour drive north through the Taurus Mtns, you will come to one of the most spectacular excavated Greek / Roman sites in Turkey: Sagalassos. A Pisidian stronghold it was attacked and conquered by Alexander the Great, after a fierce war on what is now known as Alexander’s hill. The excavations have uncovered many of the original water sources and you will see not one but two of the world’s few restored grand fountains. After lunch in Isparta or at the Lake town of Egirdir, you will continue on to visit Pisidian Antioch. This is the Antioch located in Pisidia – of St. Paul’s Fame. During his first missionary journey, he established his first church here. The current site has an excellent museum, and remains of a much later Byzantine church. You will spend the night at a hotel in Egirdir along the lake, where you can enjoy a fresh fish dinner.
DAY 04: The King’s Road, Zindan Cave, Adada, Yazili (Epigraphic) Canyon, Departure
Today’s itinerary will be filled with Adventure! After a short drive south from Lake Egirdir you will go along the ancient Persian built Kings Road to the impressive Zindan Cave. After a short hike along its 1 km length, lunch will be in the nearby village. The afternoon will visit the Yazili Canyon and the Pisidian sight of Adada – where ancient hieroglyphs appear on the many canyon walls. You will then return to the Antalya airport for an evening departure.
4 Days / 3 Nights
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Final payment due 90 days prior to travel. We accept Visa, Master Card & Bank Transfers.
Price of the package includes:
Accommodation: 3 nights included
1 night at Amara Dolce Vita/ Marti Myra/ Gural Premier Hotel
2 nights in Kas at Tamara Villa Hotel / Olea Nova / Lukka Exclusive Hotel
Meals : 3 breakfasts / 3 dinners
Services of a private licensed professional tour guide/ Private Mercedes car/Luxury transportation and driver
Admission fees to sights and museums
Price of the package excludes:
International flight tickets and international air and departure taxes
Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
Visas, laundry, and personal items
*Semi private tours do not include a daily private guide, but rather on touring days you will join a small group of 5-10 others with our boutique tour guides and drivers.
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