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From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

1. From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

Begin this full-day tour with a drive into the Taurus Mountains. Your first stop of the day is Avasun, known as the village of bay leaves. Stop to take in the views over the Green Canyon and Green Lake and take the opportunity to grab some terrific holiday snaps. Visit the village of Ürünlü and learn about the distinctive button houses, an architectural curiosity famous in this area. Enjoy a tea or coffee break at a traditional house before visiting Altinbesik Cave National Park. During your tour you'll also have the chance to take a boat ride on a subterranean lake and see the stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Golden Cradle Cavern. In Ormana village, see more button houses and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Sarihacilar köyü, a village on the Silk Road before visiting a traditional house and a spectacular 650-year-old Ottoman mosque.

From Side: Koprucay River Quad Bike Safari

2. From Side: Koprucay River Quad Bike Safari

Get picked up from your accommodation in Side and travel by air-conditioned bus to the Koprucay River. Meet your guide and get ready for a thrilling and scenic ride through the Koprulu Canyon, a must-see destination in the region. Get outfitted with all the equipment you'll need and learn the basics of riding a quad bike. Take a quick test drive before setting out with your guide.  Ride along the Koprucay River, feeling the breeze in your hair and the rush of adrenaline as you quickly round tight curves. Ride for 10 km before stopping for a swim break to cool off. Then complete a final circuit of another 10 km. Afterwards, watch the action-packed footage of your ride and purchase it if you choose. Then get dropped off back at your hotel.

From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

3. From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

Get picked up from your hotel in Side and enjoy a transfer to the activity starting point in an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and listen to a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Now its time to enjoy a wonderful river rafting activity along Turkey's stunning Köprüçay River. Admire panoramic views of the Taurus Mountains as you pass through the natural beauty of the Koprulu Canyon. Challenge yourself as you battle against white water waves, holes and drops. Enjoy getting wet as you splash through the rapids and stop for lunch at the riverside before continuing down the river.

Side: Antalya City and Cable Car With Lunch

4. Side: Antalya City and Cable Car With Lunch

Take a cable car ride for majestic views of Antalya city on this guided tour. Explore the sights of the historic city center, Kaleiçi, have a delicious lunch, snap terrific photos near Düden Waterfall, and more, on this unforgettable experience. The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation, then it’s off to Antalya city, with your licensed guide sharing interesting facts about the unique buildings on the way. Stop near Düden Waterfall, one of the most notable places in Antalya, perfect for taking pictures. After enjoying the sparkling breeze from the waterfall, transfer to the cable car, Tünektepe.  Watch as the picturesque landscape of Antalya city becomes clearer from an incomparable vantage point. You’ll travel to the highest point – 700 meters above sea level. Once there, enjoy the local cafes and pastries, and have a meal with a truly astonishing view. The next destination is the historic city center, Kaleiçi. You’ll get the most interesting information about the sightseeing there and enjoy an additional 2 hours of free time to explore, see the local sights, and shop for souvenirs.  Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation, satisfied with a day well spent.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

5. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

You will be collected from your hotel by bus. The boat's staff will meet you, ask you which lunch option you would prefer, and provide you with an order card. Then, the boat will debate from the Manavgat River. The multilingual guide will provide you with some general information about the tour program. As you set off, the dj will start to play and soon you will stop for the first swim break. Head to Manavgat Bosphorus, which has the sea on one side and the river on the other. Here, you can rent a Jet-Ski or taste a Gözleme (traditional Turkish food). As you swim, the crew will be grilling your lunch to be served on the boat. After enjoying lunch on board, you will head to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break and then the foam party will start. Afterwards, the boat sails towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way.

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

6. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a ride by bus to the Green Canyon. Journey by boat on an 8.5 mile (14 km)  Grand Canyon tour and a 2 mile (3 km) long Little Canyon tour. You will make stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along the emerald green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl! After exploring the Green Canyon, you will be able to enjoy a swimming break in the sparkling waters of the lake. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant with views over the lake. Well rested and well fed you will be ready to discover the other part of the Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop one more time to swim before the return ride to your hotel.

Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

7. Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

Start your day with a convenient pick up service at your accommodation. Meet your friendly expert guide and head to the stunning Alanya City on this guided tour. First you will take a cable car up to the Alanya Castle, and visit an iconic attraction of the district. Later, experience the Damlatas Cave and admire the stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Whilst here you can also visit one of the most famous beaches in the Riviera called Cleopatra. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to relax during a one-hour boat trip that departs from Alanya harbor and sails around the peninsula. You will get to marvel at landmarks such as the Red Tower, the ruins of 13th century´s Seljuk castle and numerous caves (pirates, phosphorus and lovers cave). Next, drive to the Dimcay River - one of the must-see attractions in Alanya and enjoy lunch there. It's a great place with delicious food, cool pockets of shade from the sun, and refreshing water. You will have some free time in Alanya to explore the city by yourself.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

8. 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 locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water on to each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will 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.

From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

9. From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

Start your full-day scuba diving experience with a transfer to the harbor where you will head towards the first dive site. Suitable for beginners and more experienced divers alike, your activity will be tailored to your level of experience. En route to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full diving instructions, while the more experienced divers can choose their equipment. Upon arrival at the first dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first together with 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people. Then, enjoy a warm lunch served aboard the boat as you sail to the second dive site. Feel free to book as a non-diver and swim and snorkel in the clear waters. You can bring your own snorkel equipment or rent it on the boat. At the end of the second dive, all participants can enjoy some time to swim and snorkel before traveling back to Side. Climb aboard the minibus service upon arrival at the harbor for the return transfer to your hotel.

From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

10. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Visit 3 ancient cities in one day with a professional guide, followed by an excursion into nature in Kursunlu Falls National Park. Start your journey into history with a visit to the ancient city of Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins, mostly dating back to the Roman period. See the gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, Roman baths, and more. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and the acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for the Roman amphitheatre built in 155 AD. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture in the world. Walk up its tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today.   After lunch, explore the ancient ruins of Side, which date from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Walk through the ancient city to admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheatre, marble columns, and much more. The most spectacular sight is the temple of Apollo, where you can take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

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based on 401 reviews

Súper buen recorrido, el guía dio buena información. Para hacer este tour toma en cuenta llevar bloqueador solar y agua para hidratarte. Las vistas son hermosas, muy cómodo el autobús. La comida incluida es muy pobre y el restaurante no se veía muy limpio. Por lo demás es una buena experiencia. ( si puedes llevar tus snacks estría genial )

An early start but well worth it. Guide was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about all locations we visited. Included lunch which was basic but was all that was required!

It was a very nice experience, the divers are very patient and we’ve had a good time under the water…

Fantastic from start to finish, the whole party loved it and would definitely book again

Top day!! The descent is cool and our guide Huseyin Ustûndag was really nice. To do !!!