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Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

1. 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. Stop by the steam room next and allow your troubles to melt away before taking a dip in the bubbling jacuzzi. 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.

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Beverages

2. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Beverages

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.

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: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

4. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise with this tour from Side. Swim around Karaburun Baym, the Manavgat Bosphorus, and at Dolphin Island. Party with foam and savor a fresh-cooked meal as you sail along the water.  Be collected from your hotel by airconditioned bus and transfer to the sailboat where staff will greet you and ask you which lunch option you would prefer, Depart along the Manavgat River and listen as your guide provides you with facinating commentary.  Listen as a live DJ starts to play and 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). Be served by the crew a fresh-grilled lunch of chicken or fish which is served with salad and a rice. After enjoying lunch on board, cruise to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break. Start the foam party on the boat.  Continue towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your experience. 

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

5. 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: Buggy Safari Tour

6. 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 10 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.

Manavgat River Cruise, Waterfalls ve Market Tour

7. Manavgat River Cruise, Waterfalls ve Market Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Grand Bazaar in Manavgat and cruise along the Manavgat River. Laze in the sun, enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard a traditional wooden boat, and pick up some souvenirs along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Side, transfer by comfortable, non-smoking minibus to the town of Manavgat. Here, climb aboard a 45-passenger wooden boat for a cruise along the river. Sit back and enjoy the views of the river banks and mountains. Relax in the sun, and soak up the cool breeze. A barbecue lunch of fish, chicken, pasta and salads will be served on board. Stop at the mouth of the river for a refreshing swim at a beach where the river meets the sea. Disembark the boat to go to the Grand Bazaar, waterfall and Blue Mosque of Manavgat. Pick up some souvenir bargains from the diverse stalls in the market. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to wander around the bazaar, before your return transfer to Side.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

8. Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

Begin your fantastic day trip by being picked up from your hotel in the city. Board the boat and start your trip down the Manavgat River. Swim in clear waters at the beach between the sea and the river and savor a tasty lunch. Make an optional stop at the magnificent Manavgat Waterfalls and have 20-30 minutes to explore this stunning area. Head to the public bazaar and enjoy the exquisite smells, brightly colored stalls, and bustling atmosphere for 2 hours. If you choose to skip the waterfall, then head to the public bazaar and enjoy around 3 hours of free time to look around.

Side: Quad Bike Safari in the Taurus Mountains

9. Side: Quad Bike Safari in the Taurus Mountains

Take in the splendor of the Taurus Mountains on this trip from the city of Side. Feel the exhilaration of four-wheeling through idyllic landscapes with a guide. Sit back and relax as your professional driver picks you up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel and take in the scenic ride to the base station. Get expert instruction on how to handle your four-wheeler safely. Follow your instructor and ride into the mountains. Discover the natural wonder of the mountains, spot some wildlife, and get a little dirty as you bike along. Take a break with a dip in a cool lake before continuing to ride the rest of the circuit. Return to the base station, take off your helmet, and have a refreshing shower. Watch a wrap-up movie while having a chilled drink before being dropped off at your hotel.

From Side: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

10. From Side: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Side, journey by jeep through the Taurus Mountains and embark on an off-road adventure with a professional team of drivers. Drive to locations that other vehicles can't access and get spectacular views of Side and its surroundings. Visit the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar to learn more about the life of the locals, and get details about their religious traditions at a village mosque. Try some traditional Turkish bread (gözleme) at an old house in the village of Oymapinar. Watch an animated show while you sip a glass of Turkish tea, and get the chance to ride a donkey (own expense). Then, drive to Manavgat Waterfall and marvel at the foaming cascades of a wide waterfall of the Manavgat River. Soak up the scenic landscape and admire the beauty and diversity of nature. Enjoy lunch at a picturesque location in the mountains, and end with a visit to a small zoo before returning to Side to get dropped off at your hotel.

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  • Cruises, sails, & scuba diving
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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4,550 reviews

It was an amazing trip not only because of picturesque destinations, but also due to perfect organization and extremely friendly and enthusiastic guide. Cengiz provided us with a plenty of information and was attentive to all participants. It has been a fascinating trip from start till the very end and we were happy to spend the day in such a great company.

Excellent Quad Safari experience ! Friendly and welcoming staff. We also had 30+ pictures for a very fair price. Only little disappointment was driving speed but as a group cruise, hard to handle it differently. Definitely recommend this activity !

I liked the trip. The schedule was compact, but in the off season like Dec, there are enough time for a decent appreciation of each historical sites. The default lunch was nice, extra drink add-ons was a bit awkward..

Our guide Mehmet was great. really helpful and explained everything in detail and in a funny way. recommend this tour

Loved the tour. Our guide was a retired history professor. Very knowledgeable.