Find A Cruise

Clear Selections






Istanbul to Istanbul

ILLUSTRIOUS ISTANBUL | 22 Nights | Departs Jul 29, 2014

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner

Alanya, Turkey


Jul, 29

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 30

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 31

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 1

-Mykonos, Greece

Aug, 2

-Rhodes, Greece

Aug, 3

-Antalya, Turkey

Aug, 4

-Alanya, Turkey

Aug, 5

-Limassol, Cyprus

Aug, 6

-At Sea

Aug, 7

-Patmos, Greece

Aug, 8

-Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Aug, 9

-Syros, Greece

Aug, 10

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 11

-Cruise the Bosphorus

Aug, 12

-Sinop, Turkey

Aug, 13

-Trabzon, Turkey

Aug, 14

-Batumi, Georgia

Aug, 15

-At Sea

Aug, 16

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 17

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 18

-Nessebur, Bulgaria

Aug, 19

-Istanbul, Turkey

Aug, 20

-Istanbul, Turkey

Alanya, Turkey-port

Alanya rose to prominence during the Middle Ages under the Seljuks, a tribe from central Asia that built the fortress and protective wall that still dominate the city. Several other buildings from that time also remain, including the octagonal Red Tower and the Seljuk Shipyard. Thousands of archaeological pieces in the Alanya Museum attest to the city's importance through the ages. But history only touches on Alanya's considerable allure. The city sits on a lovely gulf, backed by the pine-forested Taurus Mountains on Turkey's beautiful Mediterranean coast.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Side & Aspendos
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Side & the Damlatas Cave
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Side & Aspendos

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 4 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: ala-001


    Discover two of Turkey's hidden treasures on this half-day tour that showcases the ancient cities of Side and Aspendos.

    Leaving from the pier, it's a 1-hour drive to Side, a stunningly seaside village where Marc Antony and Cleopatra played out one scene in their romantic saga. Side, meaning pomegranate in a long-lost local language, was an important seaport at the beginning of the first Millennium.

    Upon arrival, you will walk through broad colonnaded streets lined by ancient buildings and then to a central agora, where pirates once unloaded and sold their cargo. Passing through the agora, you can admire Side's 15,000-person theater which was built in the 2nd century AD. This theater, once home to legendary gladiatorial bouts, was converted into a massive open-air church in the 5th century. Three temples lie on the fringes of the theater, one of Dionysus, the god of wine, and two others dedicated to Apollo and to Artemis. Also included in your tour of Side is a visit to the Archaeological Museum.

    Side's blossoming period was long ago, between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD, when the city prospered due to good relations with the Roman Empire. Earthquakes, Christian crusaders, and Arab raiders all took their toll on the city and sadly, it was completely abandoned by the 10th century, left to be buried by the sands. Recently, Side has enjoyed a remarkable resurrection, and is home to an eclectic but tasteful blend of ancient ruins and modern beachside hotels, caf├ęs and nightclubs.

    Following your exploration of Side, you will travel to Aspendos. Founded on a hilltop near the Eurymedon River, with the splendid backdrop of the Taurus Mountains, Aspendos was a major port city during the Roman period. To date, only parts of Aspendos have been excavated, but the Roman theater here is the best-preserved of any on the Mediterranean coast, barely deserving the perhaps all-too-familiar label, ruin. The theater was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. You may remember him as the pensive, brooding, and finally strangled old Emperor in Gladiator, the movie. Or perhaps the more literary will recognize him as the author of Meditations, the very first and very depressing book in the Great Books series. The theater he had built here is dedicated to the gods of country and the imperial house, and holds over 20,000 people. As you tour this theater, it's hard not to imagine what a show here might have been like in the time of Marcus Aurelius.

    Amongst other sites you will see in Aspendos is a marvelous aqueduct that is located near the theater and which can be seen from the road. At one time, this aqueduct supplied the city with its water source.

    Following your time in Aspendos, you will travel back to the pier in Alanya where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

Contact an Agent Questions
Agents Available Now.
Call: 877.505.5370 Or contact
a Travel Agent
Book This Cruise Questions
Your Journey Awaits.
Book Cruise Now