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From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

1. From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

On this 8-hour trip you’ll head out in the morning for a visit to Aspendos, one of the most important cultural and economic centers of Pamphylia. Every year thousands of people come to see the best well-preserved amphitheater in Turkey, built in 155 with a capacity of 7,000 spectators. Today the amphitheater hosts 10,000 people and shows such as the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. After lunch you’ll visit the ancient city of Side. The city is located on a peninsula and features ruins of a Roman amphitheater, a columned road, temple to Dionysus, and to a museum in the former Turkish bath. Admire the Temple of Apollo, which is the most beautiful site in Side, situated by the sea on the ancient harbor. On the way back to Alanya you’ll stop to visit the Manavgat Waterfalls. This is a place of exceptional natural beauty and fresh, clean air. You’ll see pine forests, waterfalls, and a river replete with trout and turtles.

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Side: Temple of Apollo Sunset Group Tour

2. Side: Temple of Apollo Sunset Group Tour

Have an enchanting sunset walk through ancient Side, explore Roman ruins, and take in beautiful panoramic views of the Greek Amphitheatre and the Temple of Tyche. Meet your guide at the Side bus station near the Roman ruins. Get some background on the history of the place and see the Roman Fountain (Nymphaeum). Continue to walk the ancient stone streets to the Agora for some great photos. Take in the views from the hill near the Byzantine Hospital. Walk past the ancient Greek Amphitheatre and arrive at the Temple of Apollo. Catch the sunset, take some pictures, and then settle in for a great dinner with a sea view.

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Side: Small-group Bike Tour

3. Side: Small-group Bike Tour

Bike through the forest, take a swim in Lake Titreyen, and check out the ancient ruins around Side on this small-group tour. Meet at the Side bus station to get your bikes and equipment and then hit the bicycle road for a pleasant forest ride along the river to Lake Titreyen. Take some photos and have a refreshing swim. Continue on through the Sorgun forest to the ancient ruins of Side. See the Roman Agora and the Temple of Apollo. Have an hour break here for photos or food. Ride past the Greek Amphitheater, Roman ruins, the Tyche Temple, and more on your way back to the starting point at the bus station.

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Side: Rent a Bike

4. Side: Rent a Bike

Rent a bike and take our suggested route to see all the highlights of beautiful Side. At the easy-to-find meeting point, you can pick up the bike/s and we will give you suggestions on the best way to go. You can then take the personalized route prepared especially for you. There is a long and enjoyable bike road from the meeting point that will take you to the Sorgun Forest, as well as Titreyen Lake and Manavgat River. All of these points are close to each other, so you can fit a lot into your sightseeing bike ride. As you start the way back to the meeting point, you can also explore Side Beach, Apollon Temple and Side Harbor. In the old streets, you can take a break from the bike and walk the 500 meter way, because this area is closed to vehicles. You can taste local foods or enjoy a cold drink. After your stop, continue on the bike to the front of the Greek Amphitheater. If you want to enter, you can pay for the skip-the-line tickets and take your time exploring this historical building. After seeing many of Side’s highlights, you will arrive back at the meeting point to drop off the bike/s.

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What people are saying about Temple of Apollo, Side

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Excellent tour with excellent tour guides

The guided tour was excellent because Betty and Alex were perfect tour guides. Betty has explained nearly everything and has a big knowledge about the Roman time. It was not just a tour, it was explained history. We definitely would book another tour with her. Thanks from our site for the tour.

Very interesting

Shocked by the level of knowledge from our guide and the vast history surrounding ancient city and aspendos. Great tour. Long day but worth it. Be sure to wear trainers as terrain is hard going, and take water. You are out for 2 hours in the hot sun in ancient city.

Nice tour but long bus ride, but there is no other way

We liked it very much and there was also a stopover. Very good information about the objects and great tour guide. As already written you have to be prepared for a longer bus trip in a good bus.

Fantastic trip

Great team to guide and drive. Every detail was in order and very organized! Lovely experiences - definitely worth the money

Fantastic day spent looking at ancient history and beautiful sights