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Southeastern Anatolia Hiking

Our most recommended Southeastern Anatolia Hiking

Side: Altinbesik Cave and Ormana Village

1. 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.

Side: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

2. Side: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

Your adventure will begin when you’re picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Side. Your first stop will will be near Koprucay River, where you’ll take a refreshing break, eat a delicious lunch, and enjoy 45 minutes to wander at your leisure. You’ll then travel onwards and make a stop at an ancient Roman bridge to take some stunning photos and learn about its history from your expert guide. Next, you’ll arrive in the ancient city of Selge, where you’ll have 40 minutes to soak up the unique atmosphere and hear stories from you guide.  After stopping at the Roman Aquaducts for another photo session, you’ll then drive on to the area of Eagle Canyon, embarking on a short hike with your guide to reach the canyon together. After exploring this fascinating location, you’ll then begin the drive home, arriving back at your hotel at around 5 PM with memories that will last a lifetime.

Sapadere Canyon Discovery Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

3. Sapadere Canyon Discovery Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

Discover one of the most colorful places in the Alanya region - the magnificent Sapadere Canyon on a full-day tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Alanya at 10 AM, and set off on a 48 km drive to Sapadere. During the journey, admire breathtaking views of the gorge along the route, crossing the Sedre River multiple times on the scenic mountain road. On the way, stop for 15-20 minutes in a nomad tent where you can taste gözleme (Turkish pancake) as a light snack. Then, head over to the Cüceler Cave (the dwarf cave) for the chance to get out and explore. After this, continue on to the village of Sapadere Village for a 45-minute stroll to visit some interesting places. Discover the small village mosque, an old watermill, and a silk weaving workshop. Have the chance to visit a fruit garden where you can pick fresh oranges and taste local exotic fruits. Then, arrive at Sapadere Canyon for the opportunity to discover its hidden waterfalls and swim in crystal clear natural pools. Follow the stairs down to pristine swimming spots, with water flowing all year round. At the end of a 600 m path, find the most impressive waterfall where swimming is also allowed. Take a dip in this spectacular location and refresh yourself from the heat.   Finally, at around 4:30 PM, return to Alanya where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Side: Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon, and Goblin's Cave Tour

4. Side: Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon, and Goblin's Cave Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Side and heads to the coastal city of Alanya. The first stop of the day is the Sapadere Canyon, a stunning natural site formed by years of wind, water, and ice erosion. Follow your guide on an exciting hike through the canyon and watch out for the array of wildlife that lives, especially colorful birds and butterflies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your hike, enjoy a relaxing stopover at a local restaurant and dine on a delicious lunch. Once you’re feeling suitably re-energized, continue your hike through the canyon. As you walk, soak up incredible views of the numerous waterfalls and stop to take photos as a selection of view points. You can also opt to visit Goblin’s Cave for an additional fee, or swim in the mineral waters that trickle down from the Taurus Mountains. Before leaving the canyon stop by Seyir Terrace, which boasts incredible views of Alanya and the surrounding landscapes. Finally, enjoy 2-hours of free time in the city to explore at your own pace and see the sights that interest you most. There’s plenty to discover in Alanya, including Cleopatra Beach, the Red Tower, and the Teleferik. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Side.

Tazi Canyon Safari & River Rafting Combo Tour With Lunch

5. Tazi Canyon Safari & River Rafting Combo Tour With Lunch

During your holidays in Turkey you can get unforgettable impressions from the Tazi Canyon Tour in Antalya. This remarkably beautiful natural landmark is a part of the Turkish National Park and is protected by law. On the deep bottom of a huge gorge there is a mountain river which has formed its way for centuries. The route follows the picturesque places of Antalya, so the trip will be a great pleasure. Visitors are looking forward to delightful photo shoots in the Tazi Canyon known also as Valley of Wisdom, amid steep cliffs of the gorge and an exciting journey along the mountain river. Rafting are popular forms of active entertainment suitable for those who like extreme and explosive emotions. Arrival at Köprülü Canyon. The main attraction of this site is the stone bridge Oluk 27 m high, bounded over the gorge. It’s incredible, as it’s about 2,000 years old. The construction was built by ancient Romans, and it’s still in good condition today. When you arrive at Tazi Canyon, you will be able to take splendid photographs of one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Turkey. Once the necessary equipment and life jackets have been issued for the rafting, a detailed safety briefing will be conducted. Organized rafting along the river includes a 30-minute stop near the bridge specifically for swimming and photographing against a stunning landscape that stretches along the rocky coasts. The trip ends with a river raft to the finish point. The tour participants are given the opportunity to take a shower and change their clothes. Tired and satisfied travellers wait for a tasty lunch and return to hotels.

Alanya&Side: Köprülü Canyoning, Whitewater Rafting, Zip-line

6. Alanya&Side: Köprülü Canyoning, Whitewater Rafting, Zip-line

Pickup from hotels by an air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive to Rafting base station. Information about canyoning and rafting experience from your instructor. Change your clothes and wear your equipments such as helmet, life vest and take your paddle into the bus. Continue to drive to canyoning area by mini Cabrio bus. Walk in the canyon and jump into fresh waters of the river and swim to Rafting starting point. Take your place in the rafting boat and paddle down about 7 km. Enjoy your rafting and let the paparazzi team to take your beautiful photos. Stop for lunch break on the middle of the route which is near the river. After you finish your lunch jump into rafting boats and continue to paddle down. Next stop will be for Zipline experience. You will be crossing the zipline and then continue to paddle down to finish point. Take out your equipments and watch your after movie and photos. Then drop-off to hotels.

Trabzon: Uzungol Lake Day Tour with Lunch

7. Trabzon: Uzungol Lake Day Tour with Lunch

Your tour will begin with pickup from your hotel in Trabzon. From there you will travel to Uzungol, which takes approximately one hour. As you travel from Trabzon you will visit a tea factory, which will provide you with a look at the way fresh tea is grown and harvested. You will also be able to buy fresh tea to take with you.  Once you are done learning about the hectic life of tea makers, you will visit the Surmene knives and gift shop. There you will see the hard work of master craftsman of the Surmene region, as well as their handcrafted blades. These blades have been forged, folded, twisted, and hammered, until a unique blade is finished. After a lunch break you will be free to discover the Uzungol area by yourself. You may like to rent a pedal boat on the lake, or can instead opt to follow one of the hiking trails for a chance to see some of the impressive local wildlife. In the evening you will return to Trabzon, where you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

From Yerevan: 2-Day Garni, Geghard & Azhdahak Hiking Tour

8. From Yerevan: 2-Day Garni, Geghard & Azhdahak Hiking Tour

In the morning, meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel and start the adventurous camping tour. Head to the Western part of Gegharkunik Region to start the hiking mission to the highest point of The Geghama Range. First, discover the crater Lake Akna on the foot of the extinct volcano Azhdahak. Climb up the slopes and enjoy fragrant flowers and the beauty of virgin landscapes. Afterward, reach the summit of the mount and unveil the views of the biblical Mount Ararat, the valley of Kotayk, Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama mountain range. Later, descend to Vanki Lake and set up the tents for overnight. Along the way, explore the petroglyphs and dragon stones near the Lake, which date back from 2 B.C. to 1 B.C. In the evening, delicious meals, a friendly atmosphere, and a warm campfire will fill your evening with joy. In the morning, fresh alpine air wakes you before you descend the Mount to drive to the next location, the UNESCO heritage site Geghard Monastic complex. Later, head to the Pagan Temple of Garni, another ancient marvel surrounded by divine backgrounds. In the evening, the comfortable vehicle will transfer you back to the capital city.

Kas and Kalkan: Saklıkent, Patara, and Kaputaş Jeep Safari

9. Kas and Kalkan: Saklıkent, Patara, and Kaputaş Jeep Safari

Leaving at 9:30AM from just in front of the tour office, you will meet your guide before heading out on your jeep for a scenic, hour-long voyage towards the village of Uzumlu. Whilst seeing the traditional architecture and friendly faces of the locals, here you’ll get the chance to experience the feeling of authentic Turkish village culture. You’ll have a break for some tea and some snacks, before afterwards hopping back on your jeep. The fun then continues, as you wind your way towards Saklikent where you’ll start a tranquil hike to the flowing waters of the Gizlikent Waterfall. You will then continue with another walk up through the waters of the Saklikent Gorge, one of the longest canyons in Turkey. After body-surfing back to the entrance, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved buffet lunch near the gorge’s cool, refreshing waters. At around 3:00PM, it will be time to enjoy the endless sands of the 16-kilometer-long Patara Beach. You can play in the waves, relax in the Mediterranean sunshine, or visit the ruins of the ancient city of Patara. On the trip back to Kas, you’ll make one more stop at the scenic Kaputas Beach for the best pictures you’ll be able to take all day, a swim in the clear turquoise waters, and some local fruit provided by the crew. You will later return to Kas at around 7:30PM, tired yet invigorated by your action-packed day.

Turkey: Guided Trip to Tazi Canyon, Selge, and Men of Rock

10. Turkey: Guided Trip to Tazi Canyon, Selge, and Men of Rock

We will start our tour by visiting the Historical Roman Bridge in Köprülü Canyon, we will arrive at the Tazı Canyon with a fascinating view by passing winding roads on the journey we will make with Jeep Safari. Tazi Canyon: On this Jeep Safari trip you will be impressed by an amazing valley, one of Turkey's hidden gems; Tazı Canyon which is one of the most picturesque and excellent nature spots. With the walls reach up to 400 meters, it is one of the highest valleys in the world.Eurymedon River( today Köprüçay) flows over a thousand years in the valley. It is the famous rafting area of the region. It is located within the borders of Köprülü Canyon National Park.The valley today is called 'Wisdom Valley', named by shamans who lived in this area before. After our visit to the Tazı Canyon we driver to Selge. Selge Ancient Theater Many people prefer to enjoy only rafting in this region but there is a unique historical spot that dates back to the 13th century BC; Selge Ancient City. The settlement was well protected from attacks of enemies with its hill located center. The city has witnessed many important periods, wars and also Alexander The Great. The theater of Selge is on the slope of the hill and the top rows offer a glorious view of the Köprülü Canyon National Park. Men of Rock: Adam Kayalar, the last stop of our tour; Also known as the Fairy Chimneys of the Taurus Mountains, the Land of Avatars, and the Conglomerate Rocks, they are estimated to be 65 million years old, covering the entire region at the foot of Bozburun Mountain. Conglomerate Rocks is a very beautiful area for those who love nature sports and hiking trails. 4in1 Combo Tour is perfect for fans of rich programs who want to see as much as possible in one day. When going on a trip, you definitely need to take care of an adequate supply of drinking water and protection from the scorching sun rays and give preference to a comfortable sports style from clothes. And of course, do not forget about the camera, the memory card of which will be full of colorful and vivid memorable photos. Tour Programme: Transfer our Guest Journey to the Köprülü National Park Arrival at Beshkonak village Safety awareness Transfer to jeeps and departure to the observation deck of Tazi Canyon Free time for Taking Nice Photos Departure to the ruins of the ancient city of Selge Visit the Adam Kayalar area Serving lunch in a local restaurant Back road to Beshkonak village Transfer to hotels Attention! The sequence of the tour program may vary depending on the season.

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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

Our guide Ali told a lot about the country and its people. You sit quite a lot in the bus, but you also make a number of photo stops in addition to the excursion destinations. Lunch was in a nice restaurant and was good. However, the trip took longer than expected (over 10 hours).

Very pleasant experience with a nice guide Omar. The first part with canyoning took us to beautiful places! The water was a bit cold but the wetsuit brought relief.

It was a beautiful day with many stops to take photos. The bus ride was varied, informative and sometimes funny.

Great excursion! Yusuf and the driver were great. The services were unbeatable for the price.