Antalya Old Town Walking Tour and the Archeological Museum
- Kaleici: Stroll the ancient, maze-like inner castle neighborhood with its perfectly restored red-roofed Ottoman mansions, mosque, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.
- Archeological Museum: See exhibits dating back to the Stone and Bronze Ages plus the sublime Three Graces and other evocative statues in the Hall of Gods.
- Hadrian's Gate: Enter Old Town in imperial style, passing through the monumental portal and marble columns erected for the emperor's visit in 130 A.D.
About this Antalya tour
You're joining an illustrious list of travelers who have visited Antalya since this classically beautiful city was founded by the Greek King Attalus in about 150 B.C.
The renowned Roman Emperor Hadrian came to call in 130 A.D. He'd rebuilt Rome's Pantheon, designed Rome's largest temple, and constructed a massive 73-mile-long wall marking the northern boundary of Roman Britannia. Antalya's townsfolk wanted to build something to commemorate the emperor's visit, but what do you build for the man who's built everything?
They did well. Antalya welcomed him with what they now call Hadrian's Gate, the monumental triple-arched portal you'll see in the city walls. No one knows if Hadrian was awed by the fine marble and ornate decoration, but we think you'll be. It has impressed visitors for centuries, as proved by deep grooves carved in the pavement by thousands of chariots. (So today's admirers won't sprain any ankles, the grooves are now covered by a transparent walkway.)
As Christianity spread, the Apostle Paul and Barnabas also visited, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. A casket of bones said to be those of St. Nicholas (our model for modern Santa Claus) lies in Antalya's museum. Your GoBe guide will catch you up on the next few centuries, and be sure to have him tell you about Barack Obama and the 19 other modern-day emperors who came to town for the 2015 G-20 Summit.
The Turkish Riviera in southwest Turkey is famous for its warm waters and gorgeous stretches of sand. But how do Muslim women enjoy the beach and still observe the traditional emphasis on modest dress? The answer is a stylish, high-necked swimming costume with sleeves and a small skirt, designed to be worn with long trousers and a water scarf.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking lot and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
Antalya Museum is closed on Mondays.
Bring local currency for any additional purchases or souvenirs.
Please consider your mobility and physical fitness before selecting this tour. Participants must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces and stairs.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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