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Alanya

Explore natural wonders and even swim in waters Cleopatra allegedly visited in this Turkish coastal town.

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Antalya Aquarium Entrance Ticket and Transfer

1. Antalya Aquarium Entrance Ticket and Transfer

Visit one of the largest aquarium complexes in the world with a 1-day ticket to Antalya Aquarium, and journey through the marine and riverine life of some of the world’s most famous bodies of water. Antalya Aquarium offers inspiration, entertainment and education in equal measures. Several thematic sections make your journey more memorable. Explore the diverse life of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Pacific Ocean in 4 different thematic aquariums. See examples of underwater life in and around Antalya province in a big, cylindrical aquarium surrounded by smaller ones. Travel down the rivers of Asia, as well as the Nile and Amazon. Come to the Tropical Reef section and take a closer look at living corals, clown fish, seahorses, lion fish, octopus and giant morays. The last stop of the thematic section is a shark tank. You can even catch shark feeding time, held regularly every day. After exploring 40 thematic aquariums, come across the biggest tunnel aquarium in the world. The 1st section of the tunnel presents one of the world’s largest tropical reef decorations, while the 2nd part describes the lost city of Atlantis and leads to a pirate shipwreck observation point. Transform your visit with unforgettable memories, such as souvenir photos using Hollywood green screen backgrounds. Make snow balls from real snow at Snow World, or step carefully among the most poisonous and interesting species in the world in the tropical reptile house of Wild Park. Sail the seas using multi-dimensional movie technology in the Oceanride XD Cinema, and more!

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2-Day Cappadocia Tour

2. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour

Explore the legendary "fairy chimneys" and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia and experience the spectacular landscape from multiple perspectives. Day 1: Start at approximately 05:00 AM and stop for breakfast en route to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, marvel at the rock formations and rock-carved houses, and visit Saratli Underground City (Kirkgoz) to explore its corridors with your guide. Then, drive to Pigeon Valley for lunch at a scenic restaurant. Gaze in awe at the castle in Uchisar Valley, and then visit a rock house. Drive to the Göreme Valley for a stunning panorama and go inside a rock-cut church in Cavusin village to learn about the area's religious past. Get the chance to purchase onyx jewelry on the way to your accommodation in Urgup, where an open buffet dinner awaits. Attend an optional folk dance show.  Day 2: Experience Cappadocia like a bird on an optional early morning hot air balloon ride. Check out from your hotel after a buffet breakfast, and explore the fairy chimneys up close. Enter the valleys of Devrent, Pasabag and Love, and walk through rocks shaped like mushrooms and other odd formations. Stop for lunch near Konya before drop off at your hotel at around 07:00 PM.

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Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

3. 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.

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Turkey: 10-Day 4G SIM Card

4. Turkey: 10-Day 4G SIM Card

Stay connected while traveling around Turkey with a 4G SIM card from one of the leading mobile operators in Turkey, Avea or Turkcell. You will be free to use your sim immediately, with no need to register. Your SIM can be sent to your address anywhere in the EU, and will be valid for 10 days after activating.

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Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

5. Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Alanya between 8:30 and 9:30 AM, you will travel by minibus to the harbor and head to the first dive site. Transfers are also available from hotels in Manavgat. On the way to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full instruction about their introductory dive. Experienced divers can choose their equipment and get ready for their dive. Once at the dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first. This will be in the company of 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people, entering the water after the experienced divers. After your first dive is complete, enjoy a warm lunch as you sail to the second dive site. The order of the program will be the same as at the first dive site. If you have booked as a non-diver, you can swim in the crystal-clear water. Snorkels and masks are available to rent on the boat. You are free to bring your own if you wish. Once all of the divers have finished the second dive, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Then, sail back to the harbor at Alanya. The minibus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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Alanya: Quad Bike Safari

6. Alanya: Quad Bike Safari

Pickup is available for all guests from their hotel security gate. From there you will arrive to the activity facility where you will watch a short movie about driving whilst learning information about how quad bikes work. You will then take a test drive around the facility twice. When you are ready to drive, everyone will follow the tour leader, marking the beginning of the tour program. It will take about 2 hours including stops, and you are guaranteed to feel adrenaline as you drive through the rivers and mud. A paparazzi team will be on hand to to take your photos while you are riding and swimming. Following your driving experience, you will watch a short movie and will have photos and a DVD available to purchase. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your hotel by an air-conditioned minibus.

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Koprulu Canyon Full-Day Rafting and Canyoning Tour

7. Koprulu Canyon Full-Day Rafting and Canyoning Tour

Enjoy an adventure away from the beaches of Antalya Province with a full-day canyoning and rafting tour in Koprulu Canyon National Park. Transfer from your hotel in Antalya, Alanya, Belek, Kemer, Manavgat or Side to a meeting point approximately 2 kilometers from the start point of your adventure. On arrival, get a safety briefing and instructions before your set off. During the day you will experience 2 very different canyons: a narrow warm water canyon surrounded by sheer rock cliffs for canyoning; and a wide cold water canyon of forested cliffs and natural waterfalls. Pause to swim and dive into crystal clear water, enjoy natural water slides and Jacuzzis, along with other fun activities. Halfway through, enjoy a break to take in the beauty of the Koprulu Canyon and Kopru River. The 1st course (Canyon Course) will take about 1.5 hours to complete. Then, walk through the canyon to a river where your whitewater adventure will take place. The terrain here is rocky with some fast flowing water and some calm water. As the level of difficulty is higher, children under 10 years old are not permitted to take part.

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Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

8. Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Sapadere Canyon. Located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon offers visitors the chance to walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. With departures from hotels in Alanya province, drive to the cooling Canyon for the start of your 7-hour guided tour which includes a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at nature’s pure beauty. During the relaxed 750-meter walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice cold water! During this trip you will also visit the natural cave called Guceler (Smurffs cave). It will be an interesting experience to see the stalagmites and stalactites formations.

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Green Canyon Boat Trip from Antalya

9. Green Canyon Boat Trip from Antalya

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. Continue your journey by boat on the 14-kilometer-long Grand Canyon and 3-kilometer-long Little Canyon. You’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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 resort.

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Antalya: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

10. Antalya: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

Begin your immersive Antalya experience with a visit to the Saratli Underground City and see its rock-carved dwellings from the Byzantine era. After lunch, explore Devrent Valley and the Cavusin Old Village abandoned rock houses carved into the cliff. See the church of St. John the Baptist and Pasabag Valley before taking in the views. Spend your evening at the cave-themed hotel or join an optional Turkish Night with traditional music and an Anatolian folk dance show. If you choose the hot air-balloon option or want to watch the balloon flights, start the next with a one-hour balloon ride. After breakfast, take in the panoramic views of Pigeon Valley and visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia.

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Frequently asked questions about Alanya

What top attractions are a must-see in Alanya?

Planning Your Visit

  • Damlatas Cave opening hours

    Between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, Damlatas Cave is open only for those seeking to soothe their asthma.

  • Cover up

    If you are entering any places of worship, remember to dress modestly - women should bring a scarf to cover their head, just in case it is required.

  • Market scams

    Although there are a lot of markets with seemingly low prices, think carefully about how you spend your money - most vendors will be good-intentioned, but there are also those looking to scam tourists.

  • Turkish treats

    Try some tasty local food, such as baklava (a sweet pastry) and lahmacun (Turkish pizza).

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    As a resort town sitting on the Mediterranean, it lives up to its reputation as the city "where the sun smiles". While the summer months (June - August) usually provide long hot days, the spring is mostly mild but still sunny and most of the rainfall occurs in the fall and winter months.

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What people are saying about Alanya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,842 reviews

This tour was amazing! The company that does the tour is Fortuna Adventures and the guides Ahmed and Mehmet are amazing. The canyon trekking was great, the nature was just breathtaking. The water was cold but they give you wetsuits so it is quite fine to swim. Rafting was great as well unfortunately there was not so much water in the river due to not raining for the whole summer, but still it was great. In our group there was 10 people and that was the perfect size so you don’t wait for anyone. The lunch at the end of the trip was great. Prepare to buy water slippers (there is really nothing else you can wear) price was 8€ per pair. Regarding comments about not being able to take you phone with you, I don’t really see where would you put it as you literally swim in the water and jump from the cliffs. If you have a go pro than it’s a different story.

We had a wonderful day in Alanya. The guide was very nice, funny and knowledgeable. You also learn a lot about local life, which is very interesting. Everything was very well organized, from the pick-up to the individual excursion destinations to the transfer back to the hotel. Highly recommended, thank you very much for this great day!

We had an indescribably beautiful day. It all started when we got on the bus when we were picked up by the best guide ever, Ahmet. Ahmet brought us closer to the culture and history of Turkey in an exciting and funny way that could hardly be better. Thank you very much for this unforgettable day

Absolutely brilliant. The canyoning was surprisingly the best bit. Absolutely stunning scenery. Great lunch. No complaints.

My sim card worked perfectly as soon as the plane landed.