Welcome to Side
Down at Side harbour, the re-created colonnade of the Temple of Athena marches towards the blue sea, while at the top of Side old town's gentle hill, the 2nd-century theatre still lords it up over the surrounding countryside. Between these two ancient relics, the lanes of this once-docile fishing village have long since given themselves over to souvenir peddlers and restaurant touts hustling for business. Despite... Read More
Top experiences in Side
Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
Next proceed to Aspendos, which bears one of the best preserved Roman theaters in Anatolia. After lunch by the river, visit the beautiful Manavgat Waterfalls.Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbor whose name meant pomegranate. Today a pretty resort town, its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, numerous shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract hundreds of visitors. The magnificent theater of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Other monuments include the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, which is situated near the sea, a fountain and Necropolis. The extensive Roman baths, now a museum, houses one of Turkey's finest archaeological collections.After some free time on your own in Side, you will return to Antalya.
2-Day Cappadocia Tour from Side
Day 1:The tour starts early in the morning - 05:00 is the pick up time for the hotels in Side city center. About 7 a.m. you will stop for breakfast. If you do not get a lunch box from the hotel, you can buy some snacks, tea, coffee there in a cafe. There are some other breaks on the way to Cappadocia to make the long journey more easy and comfortable for you. On arrival to Cappadocia you will be amazed by this natural wonder with incredible shapes, rock houses and fairy chimneys. First you are going to visit the Saratli underground city (Kirkgoz). Explore its rooms and corridors with your tour guide and learn about the history of this interesting place. After drive to the Pigeon Valley, have photo break there and be ready for a lunch at a scenic view restaurant. You will enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Uchisar valley and then explore the Uchisar castle. After you are going to visit a rock house and drive to the Goreme Valley to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Cappadocia. In Cavusin village you will visit the rock-cut churches and learn about the religious past of this area. On the way to the hotel you will visit onyx fabric where you can buy nice souvenirs if you wish. Overnight accommodation arranged at the hotel in Urgup town. After the open buffet dinner in hotel you can rest, look around the city or visit the 'Turkish Night' - folk dance show (optional for an extra charge). Day 2:Early in the morning you can join a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (optional, organized by your tour guide). The Second day starts with an open buffet breakfast in the hotel. Don't forget to take all belongings with you as we make check out from the hotel and continue the tour. You are going to visit 'The three beauties' near Urgup town - amazing fairy chimneys considered to be the symbol of Cappadocia. Then discover the most popular and the most beautiful valleys of Cappadocia - Devrent (Imagination), Pasabag and Lovers valleys. Feel yourself like in a fairy tail walking through the different shaped rocks (mushrooms, camel, etc.). You will have enough time to explore these amazing volcanic rocks and make great photos there. On the way back to Side there are some stops for rest (in Aksaray) and for lunch (near Konya). Arrival time to Side city center is 6 p.m.
Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Guided Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel in Side around 5am and have breakfast in Korkuteli (not included). You will then be taken to Pamukkale that is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world, it's meaning is 'cotton castle'. It is a natural formation that contains hot springs for bathers that are full of minerals and good for the skin. From Pamukkale you will go to Hieropolis where you can visit the Roman Amphitheatre, historical museum and Cleopatra pool (not included). Visit the vine and textiles factories where you can shop. You will then have lunch (included), visit the red water before having dinner (included).You will be transferred back to your hotel and arrive by 10pm. On the way back there will be a 15 minute stop.
Whitewater Rafting Trip in Koprulu Canyon National Park
Following a handy morning pickup service at your hotel in Antalya, Kundu, Belek, Side, Manvagat or Alanya, hop into your vehicle and head into the Köprülü Canyon National Park to begin your white-water rafting adventure. On arrival at basecamp, listen as your guide runs through the full safety briefing. Then, pull on your rafting kit, grab your paddle and hit the swirling rapids!During your adrenaline-filled 8.7-mile (14km) descent, challenge yourself against the class II rapids’ winding twists and turns, and marvel at the Köprülü Canyon National Park’s rugged beauty.Watch the riverbanks for native wildlife, and stop about half-way down the river to take a refreshing swim or relax at your leisure. Afterward, head back to basecamp for a hearty lunch at the riverside restaurant.Soak up the sunshine in the park, then return to your hotel to conclude your tour.
Antiquities of Side and Aspendos Theatre and Manavgat Waterfall Visit
You will leave the hotel around 10:00 am to get to the scenic landscape park with the Manavgat waterfall. Despite the fact that you are not allowed to swim in the waterfall you are more than welcome to walk around it or soak your feet in its water. Your comfortable bus will take you further to Roman Aspendos theatre – best preserved in the world, where gladiators were fighting. Majestic walls, a stage and audience is surrounded by arcades and is breath-taking. And even more breath-taking is the amazing acoustics inside the theatre. The theatre is open till today. Right after that, we will head for a lunch on the shores of the river (included in price) and our next steps are going to be directed to Side – city located on the Mediterranean Sea. During the time of its brilliancy, it was a center or trade of slaves and piracy. Today we can admire numerous of monuments that are located on the local sand dunes. The most beautiful ones you will see right by the sea in the port – Apollo and Athena temples. Great ancient streets, building and their atmosphere will give you the opportunity to take the best photos – it is a beautiful and popular place for photo shoots. You are also able to walk down the port streets full of monuments and modern stores with souvenirs. This trip is a unique journey to the past.
Temple of Apollo, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Alanya
Depart in the morning and visit one of the most important cultural and economic centers of Pamphylia in the past, today Aspendos. Every year thousands of people visit the best well-preserved amphitheatre in Turkey that was built in 155 and provided space for 7,000 people. The amphitheatre now hosts 10,000 people and shows such as the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival.After lunch you will visit the ancient city of Side. It’s situated in peninsula and boasts with ruins of Roman amphitheater, Columned Road, Agora, Temple of Dionysus, Museum (former Turkish bath), Nymphaeum and the Temple of Apollo – the most beautiful place in Side situated near by sea in ancient harbor.On the way back to Alanya we will visit the Manavgat Waterfalls is situated 40 km from Alanya! This is a place of exceptional beauty, green nature, clean air. Pine forest, waterfalls, Aksu River full of trout fish and turtles will leave no one indifferent!