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Things to do in Manavgat, Turkey

Our most recommended things to do in Manavgat, Turkey

From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

1. From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

Get picked up from your hotel in Antalya and depart for Perge, the ancient capital of the Pamphylia region. Check out the massive 15 km stretch of ancient ruins there and learn about the city's long history from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the Roman Baths, the Agora, Colonnaded Street, the Nympharium, and the stadium. Depart for Aspendos, an incredibly well-preserved ancient theater built in the 2nd century AD. Marvel at the scale of the immense structure which has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still being used for festivals and concerts. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on a nearby river before departing for Side (pronounced Seeday), a beautiful ancient coastal city with a number of Roman ruins. Learn about the history of this port city that served as the largest slave market in the region during Roman times as you explore various ruins, including those of a large theater, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo. Take an hour of free time here to enjoy the sea and the city. On the way back to Antalya, stop at the scenic Manavgat waterfall and marvel at the power of the river.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

2. 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 the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be 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.

Side: Quad Bike Safari in the Taurus Mountains

3. Side: Quad Bike Safari in the Taurus Mountains

Take in the splendor of the Taurus Mountains on this trip from the city of Side. Feel the exhilaration of four-wheeling through idyllic landscapes with a guide. Sit back and relax as your professional driver picks you up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel and take in the scenic ride to the base station. Get expert instruction on how to handle your four-wheeler safely. Follow your instructor and ride into the mountains. Discover the natural wonder of the mountains, spot some wildlife, and get a little dirty as you bike along. Take a break with a dip in a cool lake before continuing to ride the rest of the circuit. Return to the base station, take off your helmet, and have a refreshing shower. Watch a wrap-up movie while having a chilled drink before being dropped off at your hotel.

Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

4. Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Alanya between 8:30 and 9:30 AM, you will travel by minibus to the harbor and head to the first dive site. Transfers are also available from hotels in Manavgat. On the way to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full instruction about their introductory dive. Experienced divers can choose their equipment and get ready for their dive. Once at the dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first. This will be in the company of 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people, entering the water after the experienced divers. After your first dive is complete, enjoy a warm lunch as you sail to the second dive site. The order of the program will be the same as at the first dive site. If you have booked as a non-diver, you can swim in the crystal-clear water. Snorkels and masks are available to rent on the boat. You are free to bring your own if you wish. Once all of the divers have finished the second dive, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Then, sail back to the harbor at Alanya. The minibus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Side: Adler Canyon & Selge Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

5. Side: Adler Canyon & Selge Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

TAZI CANYON AND THE ANCIENT CITY OF SELGE Our company was established in 1997. Experienced, qualified and professional soforier in Antalya Manavgat and side region for years and in Turkish, English, German. We do it in the company of our TURSAD certified and cockatiel guides who speak Russian and many foreign languages fluently. Our guests stayed in an air-conditioned vehicle, depending on the location of the hotel, after being picked up from your hotel between 08:30 and 09:15 in the morning, at the starting point in the RPSKONAK region, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, approximately 50 minutes from Side, After 10 minutes of information given by our guides in various languages We start our tour towards SELGE ANCIENT CITY, which is 11 km away from the 1400 meters peak of the Taurus MOUNTAINS. You will make the short breaks we will take on the way unforgettable with photos and videos that you will take unforgettable moments on ADAM ROCKS, KÖPRÜLÜ CANYON, KOPRUCAY, HISTORICAL ANCIENT SELGE and uniquely beautiful viewing hills. Our guides will inform you about the history and geography of the region and will accompany you everywhere worth seeing. Before the Hellenistic period, the kingdom of ANTIQUE LYDRA started from 2000 BC, then passed under the auspices of the Macedonian Emperor Alexander the Great, with its air, the Seljuk EMPIRE, ROMAN EMPIRE, ANCIENT GREEK AND OTTOMAN EMPIRE, which passed under the auspices of the ancient theater in 2200 BC. The KINGDOM of LYDRA, whose population increased up to 20 thousand in history, lived its golden age, and the food-weighted products they produced were transported to the people of ASPENDOS, PERGE and ANTIQUE SIDE by using the bridge river as a means of transport. After your visit to SELGE, where you will experience unforgettable moments, you will have the opportunity to swim in the river for lunch, after having a local lunch prepared by our chefs at our restaurant with a view of the Taurus Mountains and the river on the edge of Köprücay. After lunch, we will visit TAZI CANYON, which is the biggest canyon of Turkey, 410 meters high, 40 meters wide, based on the glacial age, a WORLD HERITAGE and first degree protected area, where you can not get enough of watching the incredible panorama at the summit of the TOROS mountains. On the way back, after a local natural tea and coffee break in our village cafe with a wonderful view, we will complete our tour and bring you to your hotels between 18:00 and 18:30. We will be very happy to host you on our tour of SELGE AND TAZI CANYON, accompanied by an unforgettable history, geography, nature, culture and a unique beauty of the Taurus Mountains.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

6. 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.

From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

7. 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: Altinbesik Cave and Ormana Village

8. 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.

Manavgat River Cruise, Waterfalls ve Market Tour

9. Manavgat River Cruise, Waterfalls ve Market Tour

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.

Manavgat River Boat, Waterfalls & Local Bazaar Tour

10. Manavgat River Boat, Waterfalls & Local Bazaar Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Alanya or the surrounding region and embark on a day cruise on the Manavgat River. Enjoy a relaxing excursion along the river, and make a stop at the picturesque Manavgat Falls. After the cruise, travel to the charming town of Manavgat, and explore its grand bazaar. Discover a wide variety of local food and products available for purchase, including vegetables, fruits, spices, dried fruits, clothing, and souvenirs.  Then, take a boat trip to the estuary where the Manavgat River pours into the sea. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a stop for some swimming in the ocean, before being transferred back to your hotel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

As agreed via WhatsApp, we were picked up punctually by jeep to the collection point, where we continued with 7 other cars. Together we drove off-road up to the mountains and there was a real atmosphere! ATTENTION! Clothes get very dirty because they drove through huge puddles. So don't wear white clothes! There was a stopover for a coffee and cake break at the lake. And the lunch was ok too. The boat trip was about 1 hour with a small swimming break. All in one a very successful trip! You could see a lot and the drivers created a lot of atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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

We were really excited. Everything was right here, from the pick-up, which took place on time, to the off-road tour, lunch and the boat trip. We've never had so much fun on a tour. Next time I would like to use this seller again. Only to recommend. Thank you for the wonderful day.

I liked the trip. The schedule was compact, but in the off season like Dec, there are enough time for a decent appreciation of each historical sites. The default lunch was nice, extra drink add-ons was a bit awkward..

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.