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From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

1. 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.

From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

2. 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.

Side: Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon, and Goblin's Cave Tour

3. Side: Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon, and Goblin's Cave Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Side and heads to the coastal city of Alanya. The first stop of the day is the Sapadere Canyon, a stunning natural site formed by years of wind, water, and ice erosion. Follow your guide on an exciting hike through the canyon and watch out for the array of wildlife that lives, especially colorful birds and butterflies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your hike, enjoy a relaxing stopover at a local restaurant and dine on a delicious lunch. Once you’re feeling suitably re-energized, continue your hike through the canyon. As you walk, soak up incredible views of the numerous waterfalls and stop to take photos as a selection of view points. You can also opt to visit Goblin’s Cave for an additional fee, or swim in the mineral waters that trickle down from the Taurus Mountains. Before leaving the canyon stop by Seyir Terrace, which boasts incredible views of Alanya and the surrounding landscapes. Finally, enjoy 2-hours of free time in the city to explore at your own pace and see the sights that interest you most. There’s plenty to discover in Alanya, including Cleopatra Beach, the Red Tower, and the Teleferik. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Side.

Koprulu Canyon Full-Day Rafting and Canyoning Tour

4. 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.

River Rafting & Buggy Cross Safari at Koprulu Canyon

5. River Rafting & Buggy Cross Safari at Koprulu Canyon

Start your day with a pick up from your hotel in an air-conditioned bus. Once you hop aboard this comfortable vehicle, you will take a 70 km scenic drive to Koprulu Canyon. Once you arrive at the park, you will be provided with all the equipment you need for the day, such as a life vest, helmet and paddle. Team leaders will be on site to provide you with any information you need, available in a wide array of languages.  Kick start the adventure by driving your Buggy Bikes around Koprulu Canyon National Park. Take unique photos of this landscape for unforgettable holiday memories. After 45-minutes of buggying, you can start to paddle in your rafting boat, an experience that lasts for about 7 km with an included stop half of the way at a restaurant for lunch. After lunch, continue your paddle through pristine nature before arriving at the finish point. During your paddle, the team will capture fantastic photos of you and your group and even make a movie out of the experience. Once at the finish point, you will get to watch it with your friends. Finish your day of excitement with a drop-off back at your hotel, ready for an evening of rest after a fun day at Koprulu Canyon.

Koprulu Canyon National Park: River Rafting & Quad Bike Trip

6. Koprulu Canyon National Park: River Rafting & Quad Bike Trip

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Koprulu Canyon by bus, quad bike, and river raft. Sit back and relax as your minibus drives the 70-kilometer route to the National Park, marvelling at the intense landscape around you.    Kick-start your journey into the Koprulu Canyon National Park with a 45-minute guided ATV quad biking adventure surrounded by the park's incredible nature. Continue on to your next adrenaline-filled adventure in a rafting boat, gliding down the waters of the canyon for 14 kilometers. About halfway down the river, stop to enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Re-energized, get back into your raft and continue paddling downstream. Finally, relax in your comfortable bus seat as you're driven back to your hotel.

From Side: Koprulu Canyon National Park Safari with Lunch

7. From Side: Koprulu Canyon National Park Safari with Lunch

Get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned bus. At your first stop, you'll have a briefing about the rafting experience. Then take the rafting equipment including a paddle, helmet, and lifevest. Drive to the rafting starting point by bus. Before the ride starts, take a photo near the amazing Ancient Roman Bridge and Canyon.  Next, bring your boat into the Koprucay River. Each boat will have a maximum of 10 people.  When you paddle down in the river, you will be filled with adrenalin and have the paparazzi team take your photos. Sail along for 14 km before taking a break to swim in the cool water and enjoy a drink. Afterward, watch the film of you sailing along the river. Have a look through the photos and purchase some to take your memories home with you.  Then, drive to the  Safari area by bus. There will be a piece of small information about driving and you'll conduct a test drive. Finally, it's time to drive into the river on your buggy or quad bike for 20 unforgettable kilometers of adventure. Drop-off will be between 6:00 PM-7:PM.

3-Day Cappadocia Tour

8. 3-Day Cappadocia Tour

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).

Side: Buggy Safari Tour

9. 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.

Side: Quad Safari Tour

10. Side: Quad Safari Tour

The tour begins upon pickup from your hotel in Side, Turkey. You will then be driven to Koprulu Canyon National Park, home to the Koprucay River and Turkey's most popular watersports area. In transit, you will be briefed on how to safely drive quad bikes, which are insured by Allianz. Once arriving, you will be given a free helmet with the option of purchasing additional equipment. Your all-terrain vehicle tour will take you around the area's breathtaking canyons, turquoise waters, and ancient landmarks. You may test-drive around our facility to ease into your exhilarating ride. You will drive in the river and be shown a special circuit for the first 10 km, with a swimming break. Then you will continue driving 10 km in and around the river. When returning to the facility, you will be shown professional video footage and photos we captured of you on your quad bike, which are available for purchase. At the end of the tour, we will drop you off to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 225 reviews

Really recommend this kayaking activity. Perfect for 2 people. The kayaking itself took approx 2 hours, but it was really fun, since you really felt all the waves with the inflatable kayak. Everything was well organized. The pickup was convenient and on time. Hüseyin, our guide and his team were very helpful and friendly. We would definitely do this again!

A very interesting and recommendable tour. You get to know Turkey from its natural side and get an impressive insight into life in the country. The food was more than enough and very tasty. Overall the best excursion of our stay.

Everything went great. From pickup to return. The food was very good and the whole tour was a lot of fun. Our guide was also very nice

This trip was the most beautiful I've done in Antalya. very good guide. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Friendly guide and delicious food by the river. Recommended!