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From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

Take a journey from Side and learn about traditional Turkish culture. Drive around some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southern Mediterranean area of Turkey. Travel on and off-road on a Jeep, and cross rivers in your vehicle. Try local Turkish foods and teas, and take in an Islamic mosque. Start your tour by boarding your Jeep. Next, meet up with your group and drive as a fleet across rivers, rough roads, and along the mountains. Stop for lunch and tea at a local Turkish town. Once you’re refreshed, continue to the Oymapınar Dam, a stunning arch dam on the Manavgat River. Use this view as a prologue to your next views at Green Lake, a beautiful place to swim. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy a snack at a restaurant near the lake before getting ready to head back in your Jeep. Before you get back to Side, take a quick stop at a mosque to see where the Islamic religion lives. After, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your hotel.

From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

2. 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.

Side: Antalya City and Cable Car With Lunch

3. 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.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

4. 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 Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

5. 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.

from Side: Disco Yacht Party with Drinks in Alanya

6. from Side: Disco Yacht Party with Drinks in Alanya

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven from Side to Alanya by an air-conditioned bus. The tour guide will provide entry tickets and information about returning to your hotel. This event is a perfect way to fully immerse yourself in an atmosphere of fun and relaxation. The yacht will depart from the harbor at 9 PM. There will be an assortment of unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks available. The best DJS from Turkey will be performing until midnight. A foam party and fire show will fuel more life into a night of dancing. The triple-decker party yacht will drop you off at your hotel.

From Side: Excursion to Antalya City

7. From Side: Excursion to Antalya City

Start with pickup from your hotel by an air-conditioned bus. Travel to Antalya with a professional tour guide, who will provide plenty of facts and historical information about the city.  Make a stop along the way to visit Düden Waterfall for half an hour. Next, stop at the Tünektepe Cable Car, which will take you to the highest point of Antalya city center at 700 metres. Taste some local pastries or enjoy a coffee with a beautiful view. Explore the oldest area of the city, Kaleiçi, with 2 hours of free time. Get some local recommendations from your guide and do some shopping for local souvenirs. After this, be returned to your hotel in Side at approximately 5:00 PM.

Side: Green Lake Bus and Boat Tour

8. Side: Green Lake Bus and Boat Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up by bus from your hotel. From here your first stop will be to the Kulliye Mosque, where your guide will provide you with some brief information about the history of Islam. You will take a short break to taste traditional Turkish gozleme, before driving to the Seleukia Ancient Roman City where your guide will run you through some information on the history of this setting. You will later drive to Oymapınar Dam, which has views over both Green Canyon and the Green Lake. You will then stop for a delicious lunch at Green Lake, where you will have 2 hours to relax. Following lunch you will enjoy a boat trip over the lake for about 1 hour throughout which time you can swim, fish, canoe, or jump from the platform or waterslide into the lake. You will later stop at the Manavgat Waterfall for about 30 minutes, where you will have the option to enter. Finally, you will visit an orange garden to taste fresh orange and pomegranate juice before being returned back to your hotel at around 5:00PM.

From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

9. From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sapadere Canyon, located approximately 90 kilometers from Side. Walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the stunning landscape. During the relaxed walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice-cold water! Stop for a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Then, visit the natural cave of Guceler and see the stalagmite and stalactite formations.

Side: Underwater Museum Scuba Diving Visit

10. Side: Underwater Museum Scuba Diving Visit

Explore Side’s Underwater Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience in Europe. Take two 20-minute dives into the Mediterranean Sea and experience the 110 sculptures that represent parts of Anatolian history.   After pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned bus, you’ll drive a short distance to the harbor and walk to the boat. Once on board, you’ll have a safety briefing in each language before sailing out to the Sea. Get your equipment on and then dive underwater with an expert diver and photo team to explore the Underwater Museum. With a depth of only 5-6 meters, this area is accessible for beginners as well as experts.   After your first dive, you’ll have a rest on the boat (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours) and enjoy some lunch. Then, you’ll get to enjoy your second 20-minute dive to continue to explore the Mediterranean Sea and the unique animals and plants that can be found there.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 39 reviews

We went to the trip without great expectations and were totally pleasantly surprised. It started with an off-road tour, an absolutely awesome experience, where you might have to put up with a little bit. But it's definitely worth it. We really had fun!!! The visit to the mosque, the boat tour and the waterfall were also very worth seeing... and the dam was beautiful! Great tour guide, great driver - a MUST for us on vacation. The "small" unexpected surprises are also a highlight - stay tuned! THE team knows something about animation and entertainment!

We had a very nice, relaxing day. Everything worked smoothly. From pickup to delivery. We were with our child and everyone was very child friendly. In Germany, we have never experienced anything like this to this extent. I had wanted the safari for Mother's Day and it was super relaxed. We would do it again. Thank you for the great, eventful day.

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 an interesting and a very pleasant trip. The lunch was good and the guide was professional and very attentive to tourists.