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Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

1. 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, have the opportunity to relax during a one-hour boat trip that departs from Alanya harbor and sails around the peninsula. Marvel at landmarks such as the Red Tower, the ruins of 13th-century 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. Have some free time in Alanya to explore the city by yourself.

From Side: Alanya Guided City Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch

2. From Side: Alanya Guided City Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation. Here, you will meet your friendly driver/guide and head to the stunning Alanya City. On the way you will visit Banana Garden and later enjoy the stunning views from the panoramic terrace from the top of Alanya castle. Later, experience the Damlatas Cave, an absolute must-see if you are in the area. Be impressed by the numerous stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Whilst here you can also visit one of the most famous beaches on 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 a free lunch there. It's a great place with great food, plenty of shade and really cold water that will keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Before coming back to Side you will have 1.5-hours free time in Alanya to look around the city by yourself.

From Alanya: Pamukkale and Salda Lake Guided Full-day Tour

3. From Alanya: Pamukkale and Salda Lake Guided Full-day Tour

Start your day with an early-morning pickup. Board an air-conditioned bus and stop first at a local restaurant in Korkuteli Town for breakfast.  Continue driving to Salda Lake, a pristine lake surrounded by white magnesium rocks similar to the ones found on Mars. Make a one-hour stop and enjoy walking along the white sandy beaches and swimming in the lake's clear turquoise waters.  After your refreshing break in the Turkish Maldives, head to Pamukkale. Stop at a local restaurant on the way and have lunch. Then get ready to see one of the world's most unique natural wonders with a 4-hour stop at Pamukkale and Hierapolis.  See firsthand why the hot springs were given the name Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish. Stroll along the white calcium travertines overflowing with thermal water.  Swim in Cleopatra’s Pool and explore the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis, which include the largest necropolis in Turkey and one of the largest amphitheaters.  Then swing through Karahayit where you will have the option to swim in a thermal pool. On the way back to Alanya, stop back in Korkuteli Town for a delicious dinner. Arrive back at your hotel at around 10:00 PM.

Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena

4. Fire of Anatolia Dance Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena

Experience the Fire of Anatolia, or Anadolu Ateşi, a Turkish dance group that features some 120 dancers. Having performed in more than 85 countries, from the USA to China, join the more than 20 million people who have seen them live. Every year from April to November, the 2 legendary dance shows “Evolution" and "Troy" are held at the stunning Gloria Aspendos Arena. The outdoor amphitheater is the largest stage in the world, and boasts seating capacity for 4,700 people. From this glorious setting, you will see one of the fastest dances in the world, performed at 241 steps per minute, and learn more about the history of Turkey and the Anatolian region through the dramatic medium of dance.

Alanya & Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Day Trip

5. Alanya & Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Day Trip

Explore the unique "Cotton Castles" of Pamukkale and go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis on a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Start with a pickup in the early morning from your hotel in Side or Alanya and a drive to the Pamukkale Travertines. Stop for a buffet lunch before entering Pamukkale. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs, and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Take a swim in the pools and experience the waters for yourself. If you want, enter the Cleopatra Pool for an extra fee. Then, walk through the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Visit the amphitheater and take unforgettable photos. After you've spent enough time wandering the site, meet back at the bus in the parking area. On the return journey to Slide, stop for dinner before arriving at your hotel in the evening.

From Antalya-Alanya: 2-Day Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour

6. From Antalya-Alanya: 2-Day Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour

Explore Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Antalya or Alanya. See the famous Uchisar Castle, explore the Devrent Valley's fairy chimneys, and see the Stone Church, cut out of the cliffs. Day 1Begin with a hotel pickup and head for Cappadocia. Take a break along the way for breakfast (not included). Once you arrive in Cappadocia, head to Saratli Kirkgoz Underground City. Explore the small and narrow rooms and corridors and learn about this city's fascinating history. Next, visit Göreme Open-Air Museum (entrance not included). Marvel at the rock-cut churches, chapels, and monasteries. After exploring, enjoy lunch near Uchisar Castle (not included). Next, Devrent Valley and Pasabag Valley, also known as the Monks Valley. As you explore the valleys, marvel at the dainty fairy chimneys dotted throughout. Continue to the Kizilirmak (Red River) for relaxing, scenic views. After the river, stop at a local pottery shop. See how the potters create their pottery by hand. Continue to an onyx manufacturer and learn the fascinating production process. Finish your evening with dinner at the hotel. Day 2Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before heading to Göreme to visit the famous Stone Church. Next, explore Love Valley and snap a photo of its many fairy chimneys. Have lunch in Konya (not included) before heading back to your original pickup point.

From Alanya: Duden Waterfalls and Ancient Cities Guided Tour

7. From Alanya: Duden Waterfalls and Ancient Cities Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Alanya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Side and Aspendos. Travel into the Duden Waterfalls. Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Side, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an 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 its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD. Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo. On the way back to Alanya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Duden Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

8. Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning, from where you will travel to Demre town. From there, take a boat trip around the sunken city of Kekova for 1 to 1.5 hours. Whilst at this location, you will also be welcome to rent a canoe to get closer to the "sunken city". Following your boat trip, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before visiting the St. Nicolas Church with a professional tour guide. Your guide will provide you with information about the church in several languages. Towards the end of your tour you will visit the Rock Tombs to take photos. You can explore this ancient city with information from your tour guide. Finally, you will be at your hotel between 7:00PM-8:00PM, just before dinner time.

Cappadocia 3-Day Tour with Optional Balloon Flight

9. Cappadocia 3-Day Tour with Optional Balloon Flight

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1985. Discover these natural wonders on a 3-day professionally guided tour, choosing from Alanya, Side, and Belek departures. Cappadocia, located in eastern Anatolia, boasts a unique historical and cultural heritage. In addition, the landscape of the region’s Devrent, Paşabağ, and Pigeon valleys is characterized by unusual fairy chimney formations. Millions of years ago, 3 of Cappadocia’s mountains were active volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions and erosion of the tuff layers of volcanic ash created the formations you see in the area today. During this excursion you’ll come across a wide variety of fairy chimney shapes, ranging from conical, pointed, and columnar to hat and mushroom-shaped. Visit an underground city and the Göreme Open Air Museum, which features over 30 rock-carved churches and chapels, dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries, and many with interior frescoes. Your guide will take you to the Mevlâna Museum in Konya, the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. The site was also the lodge of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes. If you like you can choose to see a whirling dervishes show (not included in the tour price).

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4.4 / 5

based on 23 reviews

The trip was worth the money, everything was well organized, the guide was very nice and explained a lot about the tour. A lot was also said about Turkey in general. With the balloon ride, which I booked 2 days before with your Turkish partner, it also worked great. The only thing I have to complain about is the balloon ride was very expensive 280 online and on the bus it was already 300 euros per person

First of all we want to say thank you for the really good Memet, he guided us really well today, was a lot of fun with him and he was always making sure everyone was doing well. In general, we really enjoyed the trip. Many thanks and greetings to Memet. Best regards, The two from Verbena Hotel.

We had a fabulous day. Our tour guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable, extremely funny and spoke to everyone individually throughout the day making sure we were enjoying ourselves. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the guide.

Show was very nice. But it doesn't last 3 hours as stated on the ticket. But only 1 hour 45 minutes including a 20 minute break. That was a bit annoying!

A must see. The place is just wow and makes you travel through time.