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Private Tour: Termessos Ancient City and Duden Waterfalls
Ranked #3 of 158 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 July 15, 2014 via mobile

Staying in Antalya, we planned a visit to Termessos and investigated the possibility of hiring a car (150 lira) or a taxi (120-150 lira, depending on your negotiation). In the end we followed instructions on this site. We took the AntRay tram to Otogar bus station (3 lira each + 1lira for a magnetic card), 20 mins. At Otogar there are two terminals, one for proper coaches going a long distance and one for dolmus going a shorter distance; we needed the dolmus one which is the second (furthest) of the terminals. Here you find dolmus lined up with a destination board; we took one towards Korkuteli (Termessos is mentioned on the board). The journey took 20 mins, you pay when you get off (6 lira each); it is best to tell the driver that you want Termessos as he won't necessarily ask. At the main road drop-off at Termessos we were faced with a dilemma: pay the taxi driver 60 lira for the return trip to the actual site car park (9km each way - he arranges to come to collect you in 2 - 3 hours, subject to discussion) or wait for a car to turn up and hitch a ride up the mountain to the car park; we decided to get the taxi. It is 5 lira entry each. From the car park, it is a good 25 mins walk up stony paths to get to the top (proper walking shoes are helpful). Once you are there it is fantastic and well worth the effort. After 3 hours our taxi was waiting for us at the car park- easy! You may wish to negotiate a longer stay - 3 hours was only just enough for us.
No maps were left, so we took a photo of the map in the car park, intending to use it to orientate ourselves as we went along. That didn't work at all, as it was in Turkish and just didn't make sense to us. However we found that going up the trail between the map and the official's hut, and then following signs to the Theatre, it was pretty much a circular trail.
The amphitheatre was as good as everyone says. An excellent place to visit if you don't mind walking up and downhill on rocks and some scree.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Place of history, where you feel it. Alexander the great could not take it. You can understand why. About 30 km from Antalya in north. We were with a rented car. Entry with car is 5 turkish lira per pers. There is 9 km drive from fence to the place with parking. Then this is walk for 2 - 3 hours to see all the ruins and nice views on mountains and valley. Going with stroller is impossible, and this hike is not recommended for small children. There is no shop on the place, there is WC for tip. If you ask the guard he can show you his private shower outside. The parking has trees for shadow for the car which is useful. When you will come back to Antalya (this is not visible on the way to) near Antalya there is a big waterfall with a head in the rock (à la Rushmore) i think important turkish politician. Nice view from the road.

2  Thank S M
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Termessos... If you like walking then you will like this. You can walk up one of two trails for about 20-30min. There is an easy trail and a slightly harder trail. When you get to the top you can see all the ruins and the view from the theatre was amazing. Well worth a visit!!

3  Thank Mike G
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Make sure you read as much information before you visit. An easy drive from Antalya.....pay at the entrance and head up the winding road to a large car park. Take some food and drinks and enjoy a picnic. Stunning site...the ruins have been subjected to some 'plundering' over the years long ago....take time to really imagine how people could live there, build there and be successful.

Thank rupertperry
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Visited this place back in October 2012. Its amazing to think that this place existed and thrived back in the day. You can just about make out what this place would have looked like with a bit of imagination amongst all of the rubble. Make sure you visit the theatre as there are some amazing views to be had!

Thank cathtaz
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