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From Side: Koprucay River Quad Bike Safari

1. From Side: Koprucay River Quad Bike Safari

Get picked up from your accommodation in Side and travel by air-conditioned bus to the Koprucay River. Meet your guide and get ready for a thrilling and scenic ride through the Koprulu Canyon, a must-see destination in the region. Get outfitted with all the equipment you'll need and learn the basics of riding a quad bike. Take a quick test drive before setting out with your guide.  Ride along the Koprucay River, feeling the breeze in your hair and the rush of adrenaline as you quickly round tight curves. Ride for 10 km before stopping for a swim break to cool off. Then complete a final circuit of another 10 km. Afterwards, watch the action-packed footage of your ride and purchase it if you choose. Then get dropped off back at your hotel.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

You will be collected from your hotel by bus. The boat's staff will meet you, ask you which lunch option you would prefer, and provide you with an order card. Then, the boat will debate from the Manavgat River. The multilingual guide will provide you with some general information about the tour program. As you set off, the dj will start to play and soon you will 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). As you swim, the crew will be grilling your lunch to be served on the boat. After enjoying lunch on board, you will head to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break and then the foam party will start. Afterwards, the boat sails towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way.

Manavgat Full-Day River Cruise from Side

3. Manavgat Full-Day River Cruise from Side

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

4. 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.

Side: Green Lake Bus and Boat Tour

5. 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.

Side: Underwater Museum Scuba Diving Visit

6. 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.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

7. 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: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

8. Side: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

Your adventure will begin when you’re picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Side. Your first stop will will be near Koprucay River, where you’ll take a refreshing break, eat a delicious lunch, and enjoy 45 minutes to wander at your leisure. You’ll then travel onwards and make a stop at an ancient Roman bridge to take some stunning photos and learn about its history from your expert guide. Next, you’ll arrive in the ancient city of Selge, where you’ll have 40 minutes to soak up the unique atmosphere and hear stories from you guide.  After stopping at the Roman Aquaducts for another photo session, you’ll then drive on to the area of Eagle Canyon, embarking on a short hike with your guide to reach the canyon together. After exploring this fascinating location, you’ll then begin the drive home, arriving back at your hotel at around 5 PM with memories that will last a lifetime.

Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

9. Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

You will be transported in an airconditioned bus from your hotel to the activity start point. When you arrive at Koprulu Canyon, you will be given your equipment (life vest, helmet, and paddle). If you need extra equipment, such as suitable shoes, you can purchase them here. After you have received the necessary information, you will find yourself on the cold waters of the Koprucay River. Paddle down the river for around 14 kilometers and have lunch midway down. At the end of the program, you will watch a movie and see photos of your adventure (optional to purchase). After changing your clothes, you will return to your hotel.

Side: Altinbesik Cave and Ormana Village

10. Side: Altinbesik Cave and Ormana Village

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your hotel in the Side area. From there, your first stop will be to the village of Avasun, which is also known as "laurel village". Afterwards, you will drive to a height of approximately 1,200 meters, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Green Canyon, Green Lake, and Manavgat. From there you will visit the small village of Ürünlü, which is known for its “button houses”. There you can relax in a local café before heading to the local national park to drink natural tea. Next, you will visit the Altınbeşik Cave, which is also known as the "Gold Cradle Cave". There you will be able to discover the largest underground lake in the country. You are bound to be inspired by the beauty of this place, as you explore it throughout a 20-minute boat trip. Towards the end of your tour, you will taste a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Ormana. Following lunch, you will explore the village of Sarıhacılar, including its 650-year-old Ottoman mosque, before returning to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Side

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!

It's fun, but a lot of dust gets in your eyes in dry weather - even with safety goggles. All clothing must then go into the washing machine - including the shoes. In hot weather, it is best to only ride in swimwear and a hat / sunglasses and then take a shower on site.

From the pick up at my hotel, the boat cruise, lunch in the fog , the beautiful waterfall and bazaar visit..it has been a spectacular day. The driver was great and instructive. Highly recommend

Brilliant...unfortunately without dolphins but that's nature...lucky or bad luck...

Friendly guide and delicious food by the river. Recommended!