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Things to do in Antalya

This Mediterranean coastal city blends clear blue waters with a historical old town and Roman-era treasures.

Our most recommended things to do in Antalya

Antalya: Ziplining, Rafting, Jeep Tour & Quad Safari w/Lunch

1. Antalya: Ziplining, Rafting, Jeep Tour & Quad Safari w/Lunch

Take in the scenery of Turkey's waterways, countryside, and mountain trails on several different tour options, all of which include ziplining and rafting over a 14 KM trail. Start your day at an ancient bridge that you'll see with your guide near the start of the rafting point. Stop for photos at the site before continuing to your rafting experience. Begin your 14 KM rafting trip and zip through 10 different sections of rapids. Take breaks in between areas to swim. Next, grab hold of your zipline and soar over the ground. Learn from your instructors every detail about the zipline's features and safety. Next, any other adventures will be based on which option you choose to purchase for this tour. Try driving a Jeep through dust, rocky paths, and mud. Take a buggy through a mountain trail. Or, choose to skip the Jeep ride and choose just the buggy. Finally, you'll be delivered back to your hotel (if you chose this option) and can expect photos from the day of adventure through the countryside, air, and water, delivered to you at your hotel.

Antalya: City Tour with Cable Car, Boat Trip and Waterfalls

2. Antalya: City Tour with Cable Car, Boat Trip and Waterfalls

Discover the natural beauty of Antalya on this full-day tour. Visit the Duden Waterfall, explore a natural cave, and take a boat trip to see even more. Then visit the highlights of the old city of Kaleici. Your full-day Antalya City and Waterfalls Tour begins in the morning with a drive to the Duden Waterfalls National Park. Take a walk through the beautiful park and take in views of the spectacular 15-meter-high Duden Waterfall. Behind the waterfall is a natural cave you can enter to watch the cascades. Back in Antalya, you’ll enjoy a 45-minute to 1-hour boat trip from the old harbor. At 30 meters, it is the highest cascade in the Antalya region. You’ll have views of the coastline of Antalya’s old city as you arrive in the harbor. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant followed by exploring Kaleici – the old city. See the main attractions, including Hadrian’s Gate, the Clock Tower, Kesik Minare, and the city walls dating back to the 2nd century.

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

3. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

4. From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

Join a boat trip to Suluada Island and soak up this fantastic Mediterranean setting with transportation from Antalya or Kemer included. Take in the sights of the surrounding bays, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and watch the wooden boats from Adrasan. The island of Suluada is one of the most beautiful in the region and is covered in lush forests. The water sparkles like glass and is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Suluada is sometimes referred to as the 'Turkish Maldives' because of the sparkling bay. Begin with pickup and take a bus ride of up to 1 hour and 20 minutes to the port where the boat departs from. Sail toward the island and take your first swim in the beautiful waters. Enjoy further swimming breaks at the island's western and spring water beaches. Enjoy a lunch on board with vegetarian options available. On the way back from Suluada, take one last swimming break in the beautiful Hacivat Bay. The formation of its rocks resembles Hacivat, the lead character in a traditional Turkish shadow play.

Antalya: Aquarium with Pivate Transfer

5. Antalya: Aquarium with Pivate Transfer

World's Largest Tunnel Aquarium The Antalya Aquarium features the world's largest tunnel aquarium. It's 131 meters long and 3 meters wide. Tourists will be picked up from the hotel by private transfer, they will visit the prestigious leather and jewelry factories, and shops where the tradition of negotiation has not been lost. The Antalya Aquarium is a favorite place for families to visit. It's especially comfortable if you have small children and/or babies. The space is perfectly suitable for baby strollers and it's accustomed to welcoming kids. There are a total of 64 tanks and 40 thematic aquariums, containing 5 million liters of water. It's possible to see 5 thousand fish species, including sharks and moray eels. All these underwater species are brought by private planes from oceans, various seas around the world, rivers, and lakes. In fact, the Antalya Aquarium is an important one that you shouldn't miss. It's the 2nd largest aquarium in Europe and the 5th largest in the world.

Antalya: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

6. Antalya: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Day Tour with Lunch

A day trip to Pamukkale from the port city of Antalya is a nature and culture trip that you simply cannot afford to miss. The tour is mainly centered on the ancient town of Hierapolis and the world-famous travertine of Pamukkale. The travertine or calcium terraces are locally known as Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ because of their physical appearance. The site is located around 230 kilometers from the city of Antalya and is considered one of the oldest thermal towns in the world. Swimming in the thermal waters is one of the highlights of the travel, with the water temperature at 30 degrees Celsius. According to local legends, the thermal waters of Pamukkale can heal conditions such as heart disease, digestion, rheumatism, skin disease, circulation, and respiration. There are several small thermal pools that you can explore, depending on weather conditions. In addition to the thermal waters, another highlight of this trip is the ancient Greek town of Hierapolis, which translates to 'Holy City'. It was built just adjacent to Pamukkale hot springs by the 2nd BC king of Pergamon and spans about 2.7 kilometers in length, 0.6 kilometers wide, and 0.16 kilometers high. You can explore the main streets and ancient theater among many other ruins from the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. Moreover, this antique city can be seen from the town of Denizli, some 20 kilometers away. For history buffs, the city got its name Hieropolis from the activity of minting bronze coins that were done there in the 2nd century BC, which later changed to Hierapolis. But when Attalus III died, he surrendered his kingdom to Rome, making it a part of the Roman province of Asia. One of the main attractions of the city of Hierapolis is the museum, which houses historical artifacts from the city as well as from Attuda, Tripolis, Laodicea, and Colossae. The exhibition space features three closed sections of the Hierapolis Bath as well as the open sections in the eastern part, which are believed to have been used as the gymnasium and library. Just next to the antique city and Pamukkale formation is the famous Cleopatra pool, which is quite an interesting attraction and visitors can test the waters here too. The pool was not owned by the legendary queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Rather, it is an artificial pool built on top of the ancient columns that fell from the adjacent two during the earthquake. What is more, you can swim amongst these columns and ruins in the Cleopatra pool. This tour gives you enough free time to relax, swim and enjoy the surrounding landscape. There are a total of 17 hot springs in Pamukkale, with a temperature ranging from 30 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius. An important point to note is that this entire site is listed as a UNESCO Heritage, and thus it i0s attracts millions of visitors every year from every corner of the world.

Antalya/Kemer: Old City, Waterfalls Tour w/ Cable Car & Boat

7. Antalya/Kemer: Old City, Waterfalls Tour w/ Cable Car & Boat

Enjoy a guided tour of bustling Antalya, known for its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, traditional coffee, and winding Old Town streets. Ascend a 605-meter high hill on the Tünektepe Cable Car, enjoy lunch with sea views, wander the historic streets of Kaleici, and discover rushing waterfalls. The tour begins with an airconditioned bus ride from your hotel to Antalya's city center. Upon arrival, board the Tünektepe Cable Car and ascend a 605-meter-high hill, taking in picturesque views of the harbor and Mediterranean sea. Relax with a coffee or tea at the local cafe or wander the hilltop. Continue to Kaleici Old Town to visit Hadrianus Gate, a historic arch built in 130 BC to welcome Emperor Hadrin. Feast your eyes on the Fluted Minaret's Selijuk architecture and a 9th-century medieval clock tower. Use your time to join relaxing boat trip or to visit local shops, walk the streets, or stroll along the harbor. Then it's time to visit the Lower Duden waterfall in the Lara district, which empties into the Mediterranean Sea from towering, 40-meter-high cliffs. Take a photo at the waterfalls and visit Lara beach before boarding the bus and heading back to your hotel.

Antalya: Scuba Diving with Pickup, Lunch, and 2 Dives

8. Antalya: Scuba Diving with Pickup, Lunch, and 2 Dives

Expect to dive at one of the country’s most famous diving site, and to explore the magic of the Mediterranean waters. This experience takes place during the morning. Members of our team will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the port. For the purposes of this tour, you will sail with a comfortable and spacious boat, that is fully equipped for this experience. Please note that, prior experience is not necessary. Professional instructors will provide a complete briefing on how to dive, how to use the equipment, and answer any questions you might have. The schedule of the day includes two dives, at two different spots. The diving spots are carefully selected by the instructors depending on their difficulty level and weather conditions. Each dive has an approximate duration of 15 minutes. In between the dives, you will enjoy a tasty lunch on the boat, and have some time to relax and get energised. Our Antalya Diving Tour is also a great option for non-divers. Enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, and relax on the spacious decks, while your friends or family dive into the peaceful, blue-colour waters. Your day finishes during the afternoon, with a transfer service back at your hotel in Antalya. This thrilling tour promises unique emotions, a cool atmosphere, impressive views, and long-lasting memories.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

9. Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis from Antalya. See the Cotton Palace, Roman theater, Apollo temple, and more while learning about the history from your guide. You will also enjoy a delicious lunch and a refreshing dip in the warm waters.  After being picked up from Antalya start the drive to Pamukkale. Take a lunch break before visiting the cascading snow-white terraced cliffs of this mysterious cotton palace. The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter-high cliff that overlooks the plain. Marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains, and the agora. After the tour, have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee.

Antalya: Quad-Bike Excursion in Forest & Hotel Pick-Up

10. Antalya: Quad-Bike Excursion in Forest & Hotel Pick-Up

Upgrade your vacation experiences by adding an adventurous and fascinating Antalya Quad Safari. This half-day excursion promises to offer you fun, excitement and adventure all-in-one! Get to know the surroundings of Antalya and discover the natural beauties of Taurus Mountains. There’s nothing better than experiencing nature with an overdose of adrenaline during holidays! Antalya Quad Safari Tour begins once you are picked up from your hotel. Our team will drive you towards the starting point of Quad Biking, which is not far away. It is located in a distance around 30 minutes from the city. There, you will participate in a briefing given by the instructors. If this is your first Quad Biking experience or in case you do not possess a driving license, there is absolutely no reason to worry about. The professional instructors will provide a detailed tutorial about safety equipment and procedures, as well as important driving tips. In total, you will be able to enjoy more than 70 minutes on the Quad Biking machine. During your route you will have the opportunity to observe the amazing scenery that the skirts of Taurus Mountains form. The dusty trails are passing through moving mud, a pine forest and valleys. During your adventurous ride, there will be some breaks in between. Breaks will be an awesome chance for you to take beautiful photos. Depending on the route, you might be able to swim as well. In is important to mention that routes are changing every time. Once you reach the ending point of the route, another small break will take place to get some rest. Then, Quad Biking continues back to where you stared. This 24Km route will have a positive impact on you for sure! While riding your quad bike, you will be able to experience and observe the Turkish countryside, which is completely different than what you experienced in the seaside. Get filled with emotions, impressions, pictures and boost yourself with adrenaline by Antalya Quad Safari Tour. For sure your bike will be wet and dusty by the end of the route, so make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Once your return route reaches its ending point, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase at an extra cost official photos and videos of your adventurous outdoor activity. These photos will serve as amazing souvenirs of your experience. Then, our team members will transfer you back to your hotel.

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4.3 / 5

based on 4,340 reviews

The trip is definitely worth the money paid; great and polite tour guide and safe ride! Only off putting if you’re in a tour with idiots! We had a very rude woman with our trip that ruined it for us! From refusing to budge over when another passenger wanted to sit to moaning about everything from having to pay for her own drinks, steps and windy roads!! She even slammed her bag at me upon getting in the tour van because the idiot thought a stray dog was my dog coming into the van! What if it’s a blind man with their guide dog? Idiots like her shouldn’t be allowed out….. Everyone except themselves didn’t enjoy her company!!!! Then again it’s not the tour operators fault for picking idiots up as they’re everywhere!!!

It was an amazing trip not only because of picturesque destinations, but also due to perfect organization and extremely friendly and enthusiastic guide. Cengiz provided us with a plenty of information and was attentive to all participants. It has been a fascinating trip from start till the very end and we were happy to spend the day in such a great company.

I liked the trip. The schedule was compact, but in the off season like Dec, there are enough time for a decent appreciation of each historical sites. The default lunch was nice, extra drink add-ons was a bit awkward..

Worth every penny, amazing scenery and a very knowledgeable guide, if I had one criticism it would be the lunch, no choice and had to wait to be served but the food was nice once we received it.

Great tour, well arranged and the people are very friendly. A warm encounter, you’ll see nice views and the inner parts of the city. All guided without worrying about transport and the bustle.