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From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

1. 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.

Full-day Dolphin Island Boat Trip with Lunch

2. Full-day Dolphin Island Boat Trip with Lunch

The exuberant daily boat trip organized in and around Side offer quite nice pleasures that add value to your holiday. Sunbathing, relaxation and swimming from the boat will give you extraordinary pleasure. While sipping your drink on the terrace of our boat, you will admire the scenery you will see with a sweet breeze waving your hair. This full day joyful daily boat tour will start from Manavgat River. We will take a 40-minute boat ride from the river pier to the sea. During this journey you will see the river turtles lined up on the river bank. When our boat gets a little closer to the turtles, they will all jump into the water quickly. And while our boat is slowly traveling with music, we will pass the shipyards by the river. Very amazing and wonderful wooden boats are being built here. All the boats you see on the river were built at these shipyards. When we get to the place where the river meets the sea, we will take a break here. This place is quite interesting on one side of the sea and on the other side of the river. And you can swim in the icy water of the river or in the sea. Or you can take a walk by the beach. Or you can choose to stay in the boat. After the break at the mouth of the sea, our boat will take anchor from the pier and will slowly leave the river and go out to sea. And our boat tour starts at the sea. Depending on the weather, we will sail east or go to the ancient peninsula Side. Of course we're gonna have a swimming break on the way. And if we are lucky today, we will follow dolphins in the sea. We will also see huge sea turtles (caretta caretta) at the sea. When you cross the ancient peninsula by boat, don't forget to watch the magnificent Side view from the boat and the temple of Apollo at the end of the peninsula! If the weather is favorable, we will go from sea to east direction for about 1 hour. Again, of course we will have swimming breaks. If we go to the direction of Alanya there will be a chance to go to a small island and walk there. And open your eyes to the Dolphins!

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

3. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a ride by bus to the Green Canyon. Journey by boat on an 8.5-mile (14 km) Grand Canyon tour and a 2-mile (3 km) long Little Canyon tour. You will make stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along the emerald green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl! After exploring the Green Canyon, you will be able to enjoy a swimming break in the sparkling waters of the lake. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant with views over the lake. Well rested and well fed you will be ready to discover the other part of the Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop one more time to swim before the return ride to your hotel.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

4. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise with this tour from Side. Swim around Karaburun Baym, the Manavgat Bosphorus, and at Dolphin Island. Party with foam and savor a fresh-cooked meal as you sail along the water.  Be collected from your hotel by airconditioned bus and transfer to the sailboat where staff will greet you and ask you which lunch option you would prefer, Depart along the Manavgat River and listen as your guide provides you with facinating commentary.  Listen as a live DJ starts to play and 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). Be served by the crew a fresh-grilled lunch of chicken or fish which is served with salad and a rice. After enjoying lunch on board, cruise to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break. Start the foam party on the boat.  Continue towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your experience. 

From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

5. From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

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 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.

From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

7. 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.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

8. 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: Excursion to Antalya City

9. From Side: Excursion to Antalya City

Start with pickup from your hotel by an air-conditioned bus. Travel to Antalya with a professional tour guide, who will provide plenty of facts and historical information about the city.  Make a stop along the way to visit Düden Waterfall for half an hour. Next, stop at the Tünektepe Cable Car, which will take you to the highest point of Antalya city center at 700 metres. Taste some local pastries or enjoy a coffee with a beautiful view. Explore the oldest area of the city, Kaleiçi, with 2 hours of free time. Get some local recommendations from your guide and do some shopping for local souvenirs. After this, be returned to your hotel in Side at approximately 5:00 PM.

Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 401 reviews

honestly this is a must to do, particular with this company!! I would agree with the other reviews and give more stars if I could! the team was amazing, our driver was chilled out, understanding and made sure we all had fun! it's a well organized experience. The lead organiser comes with you and gives you clear updates Food was really good and tasty, set up at the perfect location. Constant water fights along the way so I would say prepare to have fun getting drenched and wetting other keeps! The boat trip was nice and relaxed, lovely scenery and really friendly drivers. The water fall are was nice and clean with a few shops (you have to pay 10 lera to get in)

Really fun day out. The views during the rafting are absolutely incredible. Great value for money aswell considering all that is included. We did purchase water shoes whilst we were there but i'd reccomend taking your own if you can as they were really uncomfortable. There was only one thing I wouldve changed about that trip and that was the fact we are english speakers but put with a german speaking group and tour guide, so we couldnt understand alot of what was going on

It was just great! our guide - Captain Jack was the best! He made it such an adventure for all of us! we laughed a lot! the water is a bit cold. wear watershoes. dont take anything with you. the pictures and the video are verry good and funny! its worthy!

this was a truly amazing trip. everything from start to end was great. the Boat ride was fantastic! lunch was good, I chose fish.

Big adventure! A lot of fun! off road was crazy, swimming in the lake was refreshing! Take a scarf for the dust.