Things to do in Antalya

This Mediterranean coastal city blends clear blue waters with a historical old town and Roman-era treasures.

Our most recommended things to do in Antalya

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

1. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip

2. Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip

Discover the natural beauty of Antalya on this full-day tour. Visit the Duden Waterfall, explore a natural cave, and take a boat trip to see even more. Then visit the highlights of the old city of Kaleici. Your full-day Antalya City and Waterfalls Tour begins in the morning with a drive to the Duden Waterfalls National Park. Take a walk through the beautiful park and take in views of the spectacular 15-meter-high Duden Waterfall. Behind the waterfall is a natural cave you can enter to watch the cascades. Back in Antalya, you’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat trip from the old harbor to the spectacular Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, also known as the Lower Duden Waterfall. At 30 meters, it is the highest cascade in the Antalya region. You’ll have views of the coastline of Antalya’s old city as you arrive in the harbor. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant followed by some free time to explore Kaleici – the old city. See the main attractions, including Hadrian’s Gate, the Clock Tower, Kesik Minare and the city walls dating back to the 2nd century. You’ll also have time to visit some of the numerous boutiques, art galleries and interesting museums in the old town.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

3. Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis from Antalya. See the Cotton Palace, Roman theater, Apollo temple, and more while learning about the history from your guide. You will also enjoy a delicious lunch and a refreshing dip in the warm waters.  After being picked up from Antalya start the drive to Pamukkale. Take a lunch break before visiting the cascading snow-white terraced cliffs of this mysterious cotton palace. The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter-high cliff that overlooks the plain. Marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains, and the agora. After the tour, have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee.

Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

4. Antalya: Old City, Duden Waterfalls & Cable Car Tour w/Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour of bustling Antalya, known for its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, traditional coffee, and winding Old Town streets. Ascend a 605-meter high hill on the Tünektepe Cable Car, enjoy lunch with sea views, wander the historic streets of Kaleici, and discover rushing waterfalls. The tour begins with an airconditioned bus ride from your hotel to Antalya's city center. Upon arrival, board the Tünektepe Cable Car and ascend a 605-meter-high hill, taking in picturesque views of the harbor and Mediterranean sea. Relax with a coffee or tea at the local cafe or wander the hilltop. Continue to Kaleici Old Town to visit Hadrianus Gate, a historic arch built in 130 BC to welcome Emperor Hadrin. Feast your eyes on the Fluted Minaret's Selijuk architecture and a 9th-century medieval clock tower. Use your free time to visit local shops, walk the streets, or stroll along the harbor. Then it's time to visit the Lower Duden waterfall in the Lara district, which empties into the Mediterranean Sea from towering, 40-meter-high cliffs. Take a photo at the waterfalls and visit Lara beach before boarding the bus and heading back to your hotel.

Antalya: City Tour including Waterfalls and Cable Car

5. Antalya: City Tour including Waterfalls and Cable Car

Your experience begins as you are picked up at around 09:30AM from your hotel, before driving to the west side of the city. Antalya is surrounded by sandy beaches, soaring mountains, and picturesque waterfalls, and this tour takes in some of these most scenic spots. Ride the cable car to the top of Tünek Tepe Mountain for a magnificent view along the coast. Afterwards, visit two different waterfalls: Düden Falls and the Karpuz Kaldıran Waterfall. There will be plenty of time granted at these two waterfalls for you to explore and take photos. This tour provides you with a fantastic chance to discover the local culture as well as the ordinary lifestyle of Turkish people. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver will return you back to your accommodation.

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

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

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Antalya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Perge, Aspendos, and Side. Travel into the Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an 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 its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD.  Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.  Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo.   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.

Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

7. Antalya/Kemer: Kekova Sunken City, Demre & Lycia Day Tour

Explore ancient Lycia on a day trip and yacht cruise from Antalya. See a historic rock tomb from Lycian times, marvel at ancient Greco-Roman amphitheaters, and sail to the beautiful Kekova Island. Meet your driver outside your hotel and begin your adventure with a drive through the ancient state of Lycia. Marvel at an ancient rock tomb from the Lycian times and stop to visit the Greco - Roman amphitheater. Next, visit the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Demre city. This ancient church sits above the 4th-century burial place of St. Nicholas, the original inspiration for Santa Claus. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to Kekova Island. Board a glass-bottomed yacht and sail through pristine waters to reach this fascinating island. Sail by the mysterious sunken city of Kekova, an ancient Lycia city, destroyed by an earthquake. Spot the ruins of the city and the Simena Castle from the side of the boat and under the water through the glass bottom. Before heading back, jump into the refreshing water for a swim. Finally, return to your hotel, having experienced Turkey's rich ancient history.

Antalya: Traditional Turkish Bath with Massages

8. Antalya: Traditional Turkish Bath with Massages

Enjoy a 2-hour session at a Turkish bath (hamam) in Antalya and experience a traditional cleansing and relaxation method. It first became popular in Western Europe during the Victorian era and is a perfect activity if you’re looking for some calm and relaxation during your vacation. While similar to a sauna, the hamam dates back centuries and is more closely akin to Ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. Just as prevalent today, a traditional hamam is seen not just as a time to cleanse the skin, but as a total experience in a special atmosphere. Relax in the sauna and steam room and revitalize your skin with a peeling and foam massage. Experience the benefits of a full body aromatherapy oil massage. Indulge in a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique traditions.

From Antalya: Suluada Bays Boat Trip with Lunch

9. From Antalya: Suluada Bays Boat Trip with Lunch

From Antalya city centre pick up time is 07:15 a.m. Adrasan is 95 km far from Antalya and it is 2,5 hours transfer time to port. Starting in Adrasan port you will go to the island of Suluada “Maldives in Turkey”. Wonderfull beach and the view of the bay nice time for swimming. On the boat, there will be ready a Medeterian lunch for you with a menu of fish ( fish, pasta, salad). The next stop is in the ‘Cave of Love’ . The route of the boat will follow the coastline; you can see from the sea the “Lycian Way”. Several beaches and deep forest views rocky coast will always be around the trip. If you are lucky you can see sea Turtles which like swimming and hunting in these waters. After sunbathing and swimming all day in the cleanest Mediterrane bays you will back to the port and meet your transfer bus going back to your Hotel.

Koprulu: Canyoning, Rafting, and Zip Line Adventure

10. Koprulu: Canyoning, Rafting, and Zip Line Adventure

Be collected at your accommodation for a 2-hour drive to the Koprulu Canyon National Park. Attend a safety briefing and receive instructions for your upcoming adventure.  Discover two very different canyons. First: a narrow warm water canyon surrounded by sheer rock cliffs for canyoning. Second: a wide cold water canyon of forested cliffs and natural waterfalls.  Stop to swim and dive into the crystal clear water and enjoy natural water slides. Play with gravity and experience a fantastic zip line across the canyon.  Enjoy a lunch break to take in the beauty of the Koprulu Canyon River. The canyon course takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Then, walk through the canyon to a river for your whitewater rafting adventure. Head out onto the waters of the Köprüçay River to raft the rapids of the 14-kilometer canyon. See the 2nd-century Oluk Bridge towering 27 meters high, lending even more drama to the backdrop of your rafting experience.  At the end of the tour, you can purchase photographs and videos from your adventure. Then, be driven back to the resort to enjoy the rest of your day.

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What people are saying about Antalya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,261 reviews

Everything was perfect and well prepared, the problem was if u only book rafting you most likely going to wait because it’s one bus, but they kinda fix the waiting problem, you have to bring all your stuff with you if they have a shop for everything you might need, our guide was ABDUL he’s funny and outgoing we had a great time but he keep throwing people in the river lol. The bus we took was with no air conditioning but it good shape we left the hotel 10:00 and came back 17:00 I highly recommend it

I love that I booked the service late less than (24h) and they were able to cooperate at the end and adjust the ride to my needs, the van wasn’t in the best shape and with no air condition. Other than that everything was perfect, thank you

Was an excellent trip. our guide Yusuf was brilliant, the tour was very informative the transport was comfortable and they were very helpful throughout the tour. Highly recommended to get a tour of the main to see points around Antalya.

Very helpful and drop was efficient. But it was expensive for group of 3. maybe more affordable for group of 6-8

It was the best tour we've ever had the whole trip. Alp, the tour guide, was excellent.