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From Side: Green Lake Catamaran and Cabrio Bus Safari

1. From Side: Green Lake Catamaran and Cabrio Bus Safari

Following pick-up from your hotel at around 09:00, journey towards the Taurus Mountains for an unforgettable full-day of adventure. Drive through the mountains passing fragrant orange gardens on a specially-designed bus that provides panoramic views of the countryside and all the great places you will pass through along the way. Hear the rich history of the area and its cultural heritage from your knowledgeable guide. Once at the lake, board a catamaran for a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise, and see the beautiful nature surrounding you from a different perspective. Next, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant close to the lake. Get back on the cabrio bus for the slow journey back to Side. Enjoy the leisurely drive and visit a village mosque to learn more about the religious traditions of Turkey. Get the option to visit a small zoo for a small additional fee. Finally, admire a beautiful waterfall on the Manavgat River before your hotel drop off at approximately 18:00.

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.

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

3. 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: Green Canyon Boat Trip

4. 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 or Alanya: Guided Day Trip to Pamukkale & Salda Lake

5. Side or Alanya: Guided Day Trip to Pamukkale & Salda Lake

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel at 4:00 AM. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned bus. Your first stop will be at Korkuteli Town, where you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast in a local restaurant. Next, continue the journey to Salda Lake. Once you’ve arrived at the lake, enjoy 1 hour to take photos and swim in the natural mud baths. After your swim, drive from Salda Lake to Pamukkale, stopping for lunch along the way. Following lunch, you’ll then visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, the Pamukkale Travertens, and the ancient Roman Kleopatra Pool. You’ll also take a short trip to Karahayit Hot Springs for a second swim. After a full day of exploring these history and scenic sites, be returned to your hotel between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM, in time for your dinner.

Antalya: City Tour with 3 Waterfalls and Old Town

6. Antalya: City Tour with 3 Waterfalls and Old Town

Drive by air-conditioned vehicle to the beautiful Düden Waterfalls. Marvel as the Lower Düden Falls cascade over the rocks and fall 40 meters into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the national park of Kurşunlu Waterfalls to see the water from a tributary of the Aksu River stream across the rocks and drop from the plateau into the lake. Get back to nature and soak up the surrounding flora and fauna. Next, go to Upper Düden Falls and discover a hidden cave where its possible to walk behind the waterfall. Enjoy lunch in the park as you listen to the sound of the falling water. End with a tour of Kaleiçi in the historic city center of Antalya. Admire the Ottoman-era architecture and remains of the Roman walls. Wander the narrow streets lined with stone and timber houses, and see the ruins of Hadrian’s Gate, built to commemorate a visit by the Roman emperor in 130 AD.

From Side: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

7. From Side: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Side, journey by jeep through the Taurus Mountains and embark on an off-road adventure with a professional team of drivers. Drive to locations that other vehicles can't access and get spectacular views of Side and its surroundings. Visit the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar to learn more about the life of the locals, and get details about their religious traditions at a village mosque. Try some traditional Turkish bread (gözleme) at an old house in the village of Oymapinar. Watch an animated show while you sip a glass of Turkish tea, and get the chance to ride a donkey (own expense). Then, drive to Manavgat Waterfall and marvel at the foaming cascades of a wide waterfall of the Manavgat River. Soak up the scenic landscape and admire the beauty and diversity of nature. Enjoy lunch at a picturesque location in the mountains, and end with a visit to a small zoo before returning to Side to get dropped off at your hotel.

From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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3.9 / 5

based on 347 reviews

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.

The trip was amazing. The canyon is beautiful and Selge was very interesting. In addition to the acropolis in Selge , it was great to see how “real” locals lived there . Our guide Youssef was brilliant - he spoke excellent English, really liked after my travel companion who was quite elderly and was informative and entertaining. If you book one trip from Side, make it this one

Nothing to say, the activity was perfect and the guides were on top. If you want to go buggy or quad in Antalya, don't hesitate for a second to go to them. They even take pictures that you can buy at the end, which are of very good quality. Very good memories, I recommend!

Really nice, relaxing day out. Plenty of things offered to keep you occupied during the trip like swimming and jet skis, or just relax all day like we did. Food was great and staff were friendly. Great day out and value for money.

Fantastic event. Great team, which made this trip really good fun! We loved it.