Things to do in Southeastern Anatolia

Our most recommended things to do in Southeastern Anatolia

Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

1. Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

Experience endless fun and excitement on a day trip to the Land of Legends Theme Park which boasts over 40 water slides and over 20 fun rides. Enjoy a fantastic day out perfect for entertaining your friends and family. First, touch the sky with the 62-meter-high Hyper Coaster. Then, meet the water after climbing up to 43 meters on the Typhoon Coaster. If you prefer, spin and spin on the Magicone ride. Or perhaps experience the Space Rocket and become a water astronaut. Also explore a range of other surprising, exciting, and adrenaline-filled rides. Don't forget to bring your swimwear and towel so you can take advantage of the pool and waterpark facilities.

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

3. Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Enjoy Cappadocia from above on a thrilling hot air balloon tour complete with a light breakfast and champagne celebration upon landing. Start your tour with a luxury mini-bus transfer from your hotel to the local partner's headquarters. Here you can relax and enjoy a light breakfast while the pilots choose a launch site. Then get ready to watch the crew assemble and inflate the balloon. It's the only balloon variety in the region that is silver-coated, a hallmark of quality and safety. Following a brief introduction, you'll be off to see Cappadocia from high in the air. Climb approximately 300 meters and take in panoramic views as you drift above the valleys and between rock formations. Balloons move by the wind and you'll float wherever the breeze takes you. Once back on the ground, celebrate your flight with a champagne toast and receive a commemorative flight medallion.

Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip

4. 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.

From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

5. From Selcuk/Kusadasi/Izmir: Pamukkale Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning region of Pamukkale and its hot springs on a day trip from Selcuk, Kusadasi, or Izmir. Begin by meeting your driver/guide at the reception of your hotel in the morning and a transfer to Pamukkale. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, built on solid limestone layers formed by mineral-rich waters that flowed for millennia over a raised level plateau. See the most significant sites of the sacred city including the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Necropolis. Admire the Necropolis (Cemetery) of Hierapolis, one of the largest ancient burial sites in Anatolia. See a Roman bath, the Gate of Domitian, the main street of the ancient city, and the Byzantium Gate. Walk to the natural warm water terraces, formed by running warm water rich in calcium and temperatures of 35 Celsius all year-round. Get the chance to see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis.  Enjoy optional free time to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool before ending the tour with a transfer back to your hotel. And during the tour you'll have the chance to have a look at the Turkish traditional handcrafts.

Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

6. Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

Travel back in time on a guided tour from Istanbul to the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing.  Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul in the early morning and transfer smoothly to the airport to catch your flight to Izmir. Be greeted upon your arrival and travel to Ephesus to meet with your guide. Explore this iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Discover the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine markers of civilization. Visit the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, and the Library of Celcius. Be awed by the the Great Theater with its capacity for 24,000 spectators, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Continue to Pamukkale which is known for its natural thermal spring waters.  Find out why this site is known as the cotton castle as you see how the chemical properties of the water have formed pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces that line the mountain’s slope, resembling piles of cotton. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of this site is be the Sacred Pool, which you can enter if you choose. There, shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins that lie beneath. Head to the Necropolis of Hierapolis which contains 1200 gravestones, including that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos. After your tour, transfer back to Denizli Airport for your evening flight back to Istanbul and be transferred back to your hotel.

Antalya: Full-Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour & Lunch

7. 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.

From Side: Green Lake Catamaran and Cabrio Bus Safari

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

10. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Cappadocia on a full-day guided tour. Admire the main highlights of the city like Goreme Open Air Museum, Paşabağı, Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide. Arrive in Göreme after pickup from your hotel and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Continue to the Underground City, the biggest and deepest underground settlement, which boasts eight levels connected by narrow tunnels. Enjoy time to explore the stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens, and other sections open to visitors, while your guide provides insightful commentary. Stop for some lunch in a traditional restaurant, before making your way to Pigeon Valley, located in Uçhisar town. Here, take in the spectacular panoramic views. Make your way to the Goreme Open Air Museum and marvel at the rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Learn about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia from your guide. Visit the Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, located on the banks of the Red River, which is the longest river in Turkey. Embark on a tour of the town, visiting a pottery workshop and learning about red clay work and ceramics. Watch a demonstration of the ancient free-hand technique and hear about the pottery-making tradition which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C by the Hittites. Then, head to a rug workshop with hand-woven products. Continue to Paşabağı where the spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon, which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as Imagination Valley. Admire the curious red rocks, which resemble animal forms, including a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken, and a penguin. At the end of your day, enjoy a relaxing return transfer to your hotel.

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Absolutely incredible and definitely worth it. Museum entrance and lunch are not included and there is no formal "skip the line" component, but the tour experience is well worth it. The tour is completely private, as in it is just your group, guide, and driver, and the start time listed is when you are picked up from your hotel. The actual attractions shown are not simply a valley or cave section in Cappadocia, but a smattering of the highlights of the region. if you want a one-stop tour, this is it. Our guide was also incredibly friendly, knowledgable, and had great English. We talked with him about the attractions, geology, history of Turkey, and even current events. 10/10 would recommend.

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.

Fab trip that was incredible value for money. Sadly we didn’t see any dolphins as towards the end of the season and just saw the beak of a turtle pop up briefly, but we had a delicious lunch and a great time with the foam party. Loved the pirate ship and having photos with the parrot. Very friendly crew picked us up directly from our hotel. Plenty of swimming and snorkelling stops too. Thank you :)

Mehmet, our private guide for the whole day, was amazing. He was extremely nice, patient and flexible. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of Anatolia and Cappadocia. The tour is perfect if you like to avoid the crowds and take your time. We could just go wherever we wanted and take the time we needed. I certainly recommend.

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