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From Side: Koprulu Canyon National Park Whitewater Rafting

1. From Side: Koprulu Canyon National Park Whitewater Rafting

Get picked up from your hotel in Side and enjoy a transfer to the activity starting point in an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and listen to a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Now its time to enjoy a wonderful river rafting activity along Turkey's stunning Köprüçay River. Admire panoramic views of the Taurus Mountains as you pass through the natural beauty of the Koprulu Canyon. Challenge yourself as you battle against white water waves, holes and drops. Enjoy getting wet as you splash through the rapids and stop for lunch at the riverside before continuing down the river.

From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

2. From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

Start your full-day scuba diving experience with a transfer to the harbor where you will head towards the first dive site. Suitable for beginners and more experienced divers alike, your activity will be tailored to your level of experience. En route to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full diving instructions, while the more experienced divers can choose their equipment. Upon arrival at the first dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first together with 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people. Then, enjoy a warm lunch served aboard the boat as you sail to the second dive site. Feel free to book as a non-diver and swim and snorkel in the clear waters. You can bring your own snorkel equipment or rent it on the boat. At the end of the second dive, all participants can enjoy some time to swim and snorkel before traveling back to Side. Climb aboard the minibus service upon arrival at the harbor for the return transfer to your hotel.

Side: Underwater Museum Scuba Diving Visit

3. 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: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

4. 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.

Koprulu Canyon Full-Day Rafting and Canyoning Tour

5. 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.

Side: Half-Day Fishing Tour in the Mediterranean with Lunch

6. Side: Half-Day Fishing Tour in the Mediterranean with Lunch

Set sail into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea on this half-day fishing tour. Fish in the wide-open waters and enjoy a delicious breakfast on board. Start your adventure at Side Harbor and take up your fishing rod and feed. Sail into the open sea and admire the scenic views of the Turkish coast behind you. Once you've found a good spot, cast your rods and enjoy refreshing drinks on board. Freshen up with a relaxing swim in the cool waters around you or explore underwater with some snorkeling. After, sit back and enjoy a delicious breakfast with fresh fish on board. Spend some time sunbathing on deck, and if you're lucky, spot some dolphins.

River Rafting & Buggy Cross Safari at Koprulu Canyon

7. 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.

River Rafting & Jeep Safari at Koprulu Canyon

8. River Rafting & Jeep 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 with a drive around Koprulu Canyon National Park in a Jeep. This Jeep safari is a fantastic way to discover the terrain and grab some memorable photo opportunities. After your 1.5-hour off-road experience, paddle through stunning scenery during a 7 km journey. Midway through your rafting experience, you'll get to stop for lunch at a delicious restaurant before heading back out onto the raft. The crew will be kind enough to grab photos and video of your experience, which you can view once arriving at your final destination at the end of the river. To end the day, enjoy a convenient drop-off service back to your accommodation.

Side/Alanya: Koprulu Canyon Whitewater Rafting with Lunch

9. Side/Alanya: Koprulu Canyon Whitewater Rafting with Lunch

Before the start of rafting you will get to see one of the antic bridges located near the starting point of rafting where you can take pictures . Next , you will do body rafting in the cold water. The rafting track is around 14 km, there are 10 rapids throughout the track, and there will also be swimming areas where you will be able to swim. Each boat takes around 10 people and will be accompanied by a professional guide/instructor. You will take one break halfway through rafting to make sure everyone gets some rest. You finish rafting at our restaurant where you will get lunch by the river , and you will watch the video and the pictures that were taken throughout the day.

Antalya/Kemer/Side/Belek/Alanya: Family Rafting Adventure

10. Antalya/Kemer/Side/Belek/Alanya: Family Rafting Adventure

Add adrenaline and extreme emotions to your Turkish vacation with a full-day white water rafting adventure on the Köprüçay River of the Köprülü Canyon. Sit back and relax on the 57 mile (95 kilometer) scenic drive from Antalya to Köprülü Canyon National Park where up to 7,000 people can raft on the river at the same time during the summer months. Upon arrival, you will be fully equipped by your rafting guide and given a safety briefing to help you through the day. No previous experience is needed and no swimming ability is required. Even children (6-12 years old), accompanied by their parents, can join this family ride. Then head out onto the waters of the Köprüçay River to raft the rapids of the 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) canyon, where the 2nd-century Oluk Bridge towers 88 feet (27 meters) high, lending even more drama to the backdrop of your rafting adventure.

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What people are saying about Side

We - a family of 4 with another family of 4, went rafting with Seven Tours in Köprülü Kanyon in Turkey. Our host was simply great - very responsive and very helpful. Everything was organized very well, too - pick-up from and return to our hotel, onsite arrangements - equipment handover, transport to the starting point, lunch and the rafting itself, of course. Initially, I thought that the river is quite still but the entire experience turned out extremely funny and with sufficient white-water spots to pump our adrenaline.

Everything organized very well. I was picked up from the hotel, then to Side to the ship. Ship was pretty nice too. Due to the low season we weren't that many people, hence a very pleasant vibe. The staff at the dive center and on the boat were super friendly. Everything went off stress-free, we always had time to lie on the deck in the sun in between. Food was simple but really tasty. Thank you, had a great day

Experienced a great all-day tour with my son (9 years old)! Funny guide who kept the group entertained. Took plenty of time towards the end of the season (early November). I can only recommend. Pick up at the hotel and return worked perfectly. ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Very pleasant experience with a nice guide Omar. The first part with canyoning took us to beautiful places! The water was a bit cold but the wetsuit brought relief.

Amazing day out! The Jeep Safari to the canyon is a lot of fun. You can get some amazing pictures there. The rafting is really good fun and the staff were amazing.