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Review of Termessos

Termessos
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Private Tour: Termessos Ancient City and Duden...
Ranked #3 of 159 things to do in Antalya
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Approximately 34 kilometers northwest of Antalya lies Termessos and the beautiful Güllük Dagi National Park. The ancient Psidian city is built on a mountain platform, surrounded by pine woods and an abundance of rare plants. It’s one of the best preserved historical sites of Turkey and, due to its isolated location, an oasis of calm and tranquility.
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is perhaps one of the remarkable sites in Turkey - it has it all. A sense of a lost city, Indiana Jones moments and touches of Ozymandis and that's just the walk up the hill. Termessos isn't like Efes or Pergamon where the site is laid out and you don't have to imagine....Termessos makes you work at a bit but it repays so much.

We took a taxi from Antalya and then made the walk up to the outer city walls. This is a steep path up a narrow valley but it was carpeted with wild flowers. As you reach the outer city walls you are confronted with impossible stone works and you walk further to the inner walls. Pause here and turn to look down along the valley and you understand why Alexander the Great didn't conquer here. The site then lets you explore and the most dramatic element is the Theatre with its astonishing location, magnificent views and amazing architecture. It really does leave you speechless. Then wander round the ruins past the Temples but don't forget to see the baths and Gymnasium on the return path.

This is place ripe with memories, evocative and pausing to look around the hills you see small remains of towers, temple arches and the glimpse of a lost city. Wonderful and we see all 6 people during our three hours here....stunning

3  Thank ESVincent
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Ruins and mountains create special atmosphere, the amphetheater is well preserved, interesting necropolis and caved tombs. There were no crowds (end of March) so we could enjoy this solitary place. Recommened to spend about 3 hourse there, take your own water and snacks.

2  Thank MarinaKvasnytsia
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Amazing 2200 year old ruins. You will need a guide to nake the best of this visit. I went with Nirvana Travel, whose office is in the old town near Hadrians Gate. Their guide Ferit is a mine of information. Highly recommended. Best not to go on a cloudy day as I did. Take some warm clothing, it is 3000ft ASL.

3  Thank peterbees
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Termessos is the best attraction we saw while in Turkey. The first impression I had while we were getting closer to the roman ancient city of Termessos, was the fact that the city was built at an altitude of one thousand meters up in the side of the mountain (Solymos). Once you reach the city, it offers beautiful 360 degrees views. Beside, it is extremely well preserved. Including the theater, temples (six in total) and cemeteries, we spent almost five hours, and I could easily spend five more...It was terrific! As well as the ancient city, the views of the Taurus Mountains are outstanding. At the end, we walked a lot but the fact that the air was clean and fresh, made this excursion unforgettable (please be aware if any visitor with mobility issues). Antalya as a city is not quite special, but the Termessos day-trip made it so worth the trip! I am even consider to come back in the near future to enjoy it again. As an advice, bring plenty of water and wear hiking shoes to face the long and steeply hike (it was the only place Alexander the Great couldn't handle to invade due to its altitude).

7  Thank Alfred S
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

this was my first excurtion with my freind and i will not forget at all coz it very nice place and really i wold like to come back

6  Thank Katia S
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