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Enjoy golden beaches overlooking the Mediterranean and travel back in time with its Greco-Roman ruins.

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From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

Embark on a fascinating full-day cruise traveling from the Manavgat River in Side to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Stay on the lookout for wild dolphins, admire panoramic views of the coastline, and listen as your guide shares interesting facts about the local marine life. Get picked up conveniently from your hotel and dropped off at the Side pier. Set sail along the Manavgat River before going out to the sea. Watch the river turtles lined up on the banks and pass the shipyards where all the wooden river boats are built. Stop where the river meets the sea to take a dip or a stroll on the beach. After your relaxing break, hop back on board and move on to some of the most scenic stretches along the shoreline as you taste a freshly-prepared lunch. Depending on tidal conditions, sail east or go to the ancient peninsula of Side, with another swimming break on the way. Allow your guide to point out dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable, your captain will take you further east for incredible views while you enjoy a foam party. Alternatively, go in the direction of Alanya and stop at a small, remote island for a walk before returning to Side.

Side: Rafting, Zipline, Jeep, Buggy & Quad Tour with Lunch

2. Side: Rafting, Zipline, Jeep, Buggy & Quad Tour with Lunch

Visit the Köprülü Canyon National Park for a rafting, zipline, quad, buggy, and jeep adventure. Drift down the rapids on a raft and go for a swim in the river. Take a rest and eat lunch. Fly across the river on a zipline, and choose a buggy safari, quad ride, and jeep safari. Select the activities you want to do. Get picked up at your hotel or make your way to the meeting point, depending on what option you choose. Then, go body rafting in the cold water on an 8.6 mile (14 km) rafting track with 10 rapids. Afterward, swim in the water if you like. Enjoy an exciting zipline ride across the river on a specially designed seat attached to a metal wire. Eat salad, chicken, and rice for lunch. If you have chosen the buggy safari, then you can ride your buggy along a muddy mountain trail. Also, have the option to ride a quad bike in the wilderness. Drive through the rocky and muddy mountain paths in a jeep if you want to do the jeep safari. Take memorable photos and videos of your adventure throughout the day. Finally, get dropped off at your hotel if you want, or finish up the activity at the starting point.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

3. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin.  Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

Side: Green Canyon Jeep Tour, Boat Trip, Waterfall, & Lunch

4. Side: Green Canyon Jeep Tour, Boat Trip, Waterfall, & Lunch

Take a journey from Side and learn about traditional Turkish culture. Drive around some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southern Mediterranean area of Turkey. Travel on and off-road on a Jeep, and cross rivers in your vehicle. Try local Turkish foods and teas, and take in an Islamic mosque. Start your tour by boarding your Jeep. Next, meet up with your group and drive as a fleet across rivers, rough roads, and along the mountains. Stop for lunch and tea at a local Turkish town. Once you’re refreshed, continue to the Oymapınar Dam, a stunning arch dam on the Manavgat River. Use this view as a prologue to your next views at Green Lake, a beautiful place to swim. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy a snack at a restaurant near the lake before getting ready to head back in your Jeep. Before you get back to Side, take a quick stop at a mosque to see where the Islamic religion lives. After, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your hotel.

From Side: Land of Legends Transfer & Boat Parade Show

5. From Side: Land of Legends Transfer & Boat Parade Show

Embark on a seamless and comfortable journey from Side to the enchanting Land of Legends Theme Park. Relax as your transfer service ensures your journey to this fascinating destination runs smoothly. Sit back and enjoy the scenic route to the Land of Legends, a place where fantasy becomes reality. Immerse yourself in thrilling rides, extraordinary shows and incredible attractions suitable for all ages. Enjoy the free Boat Parade Show while you're here. Create unforgettable memories with ease.

Side: Sapadere Canyon, Alanya City Tour & Optiona Cable Car

6. Side: Sapadere Canyon, Alanya City Tour & Optiona Cable Car

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Side and heads to the coastal city of Alanya. The first stop of the day is the Sapadere Canyon, a stunning natural site formed by years of wind, water, and ice erosion. Follow your guide on an exciting hike through the canyon and watch out for the array of wildlife that lives, especially colorful birds and butterflies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your hike, enjoy a relaxing stopover at a local restaurant and dine on a delicious lunch. Once you’re feeling suitably re-energized, continue your hike through the canyon. As you walk, soak up incredible views of the numerous waterfalls and stop to take photos as a selection of view points. You can also opt to visit Goblin’s Cave for an additional fee, or swim in the mineral waters that trickle down from the Taurus Mountains. Before leaving the canyon stop by Seyir Terrace, which boasts incredible views of Alanya and the surrounding landscapes. Finally, enjoy 2-hours of free time in the city to explore at your own pace and see the sights that interest you most. There’s plenty to discover in Alanya, including Cleopatra Beach, the Red Tower, and the Teleferik. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Side.

Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

7. Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Side then travel to a nearby Turkish bath where an incredibly relaxing experience awaits. Upon arrival, head to the sauna for a rest followed by a trip to the salt room. Prepare your body for the peeling massage in the steam room. Once you’re feeling suitably relaxed, it’s time for your first massage. Enjoy a 20 minute full body foam and peeling massage to refresh the skin. After your massage, a face mask is applied and you’ve got some free time to relax before your full body oil massage. At the end of a truly magical experience, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Side: Green Canyon Off-Road Jeep Safari Adventure with Lunch

8. Side: Green Canyon Off-Road Jeep Safari Adventure with Lunch

Your adventure starts with the hotel pickup from your hotel in Side area. Then you meet your guide at the meeting point. You will get brifing how to take place in the jeeps and the program about of the day. And then you will drive with your driver. First explore the Taurus mountains and make off-road. Stop for beautiful views of lake. Take some photos all together and continue to off-road until Roman Aquaducts. Here a few minutes have rest and take photo break. Next step is Green Canyon, drive to Green Canyon and when you arrive there, enjoy beautiful views of the canyon and Oymapinar Dam. Then drive to the Green Lake, make off-road on the way and stop to visit the old mosque with your guide. Then drive for lunch near Green Lake. Here you will have about two hours time. Order your meal and enjoy fresh waters of the lake and take a swim break while your food is getting ready. Enjoy your delicious meal. Enjoy your time by jumping into green lake. Stop for last break at Manavgat Waterfall for 30 minutes. Take a fresh air and beautiful photos. After waterfal take your places in the jeep to drop-off to your hotels.

Side: Buggy Safari Tour

9. Side: Buggy Safari Tour

Venture out on this buggy safari tour that begins in Koprulu Canyon National Park. After receiving a quick briefing on buggy bikes, enjoy a 10-kilometer drive along the river. Marvel at the the gorgeous natural surroundings of the park, and, about halfway through the expedition, take a short swim break before continuing the final 20 kilometers of the buggy tour. When you arrive back at the facility, check out the photos that your guide has taken during your adventure. When the day is done, enjoy a drop-off back at your hotel in an air-conditioned bus.

Side: Köprülü Canyon Rafting Tour with Lunch

10. Side: Köprülü Canyon Rafting Tour with Lunch

Embark on an exhilarating rafting adventure as you soar through the Köprülü Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the thrill and adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting as you immerse yourself in the invigorating embrace of the cold waters. Spanning approximately 14 kilometers, the rafting course presents ten exhilarating rapids, interspersed with serene swimming areas where you can delight in refreshing aquatic moments and take in the stunning mountains and lush vegetation. Start your day with a thrilling rafting adventure through the Köprülü Canyon. After a morning hotel pickup, head to our information zone for essential safety instructions. Then, it's off to the rafting start point, where you'll get suited up and join mixed groups of 10 adults. Your adventure begins under the guidance of a professional rafting guide. Navigate whitewater rapids, swim in refreshing pools, and even try body-rafting. Three breaks will help you refuel and rejuvenate. Enjoy drinks and pancakes (not included) at the first break. The second break offers optional diving platform and zipline experiences (fees apply). Finally, savor a delicious lunch at the third break. After lunch, continue rafting to the finish point. Watch a video of your memorable adventure, settle any remaining fees, and relax on the return journey to your hotel. This unforgettable experience awaits! Book your rafting adventure today!

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We had an amazing time on the quad biking tour in Turkey! The scenery was breathtaking, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and the experience was an absolute thrill. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure-filled excursion in Turkey. My wife had never been on a quad bike before, lets just say after this experience she wants to buy one to use at home!!! great company highly recommend!!! 5 stars This message has been generated by Nova - download it for free: https://novaappai.page.link/D5TGtbHEMeYEubhB6

absolutely loved it, you get plenty of time of the quads, it's a proper quad track, time to stop and take in the area, brilliant morning, loved every minute of it, highly highly recommended

The sites were amazing, the guide very knowledgeable there was a cycle race on so we were unable to go to all the sites but we saw others instead . We enjoyed the day.

A great day despite the rain. Sites were great. Excellent guide. Lovely food at a village restaurant. Time in side which we used to relax. Thanks!!

Thank you soo much to the paragliding team, we had an amazing time. We recommend this to everyone, the view is amazing !!