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Side: Guided Day Trip to Pamukkale & Salda Lake

1. Side: 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.

Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Trip with Meals

2. Side: Pamukkale Travertine & Hierapolis Trip with Meals

Explore the unique "Cotton Castles" of Pamukkale and go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis on a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Start with a pickup in the early morning from your hotel in Side and a drive to the Pamukkale Travertines. Stop for a buffet lunch before entering Pamukkale. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs, and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Take a swim in the pools and experience the waters for yourself. If you want, enter the Cleopatra Pool for an extra fee. Then, walk through the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Visit the amphitheater and take unforgettable photos. After you've spent enough time wandering the site, meet back at the bus in the parking area. On the return journey to Slide, stop for dinner before arriving at your hotel in the evening.

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

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

Visit 3 ancient cities in one day with a professional guide, followed by an excursion into nature in Kursunlu Falls National Park. Start your journey into history with a visit to the ancient city of Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins, mostly dating back to the Roman period. See the gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, Roman baths, and more. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and the 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 the Roman amphitheatre built in 155 AD. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture in the world. Walk up its tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today.   After lunch, explore the ancient ruins of Side, which date from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Walk through the ancient city to admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheatre, marble columns, and much more. The most spectacular sight is the temple of Apollo, where you can take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.   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.

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

4. 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.

Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

5. Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

Take an excursion to some of the most important archaeological sights of Anatolia on an 8-hour tour from Antalya. You will visit 3 of the 4 great cities of the Hellenistic period, and cool down at the magnificent Kurşunlu Waterfall on one of the tributaries of the lovely Aksu River. First you will visit Perge, an ancient Greek city founded in the southwest of Anatolia, approximately 9 miles east of modern day Antalya. During the Hellenistic period Perge was the capital of Pamphylia, and one of the 4 great cities that also included Aspendos, Side, and Sillion. It was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, most famous for its temple dedicated to Artemis, the beautiful goddess of wilderness. Home to the renowned Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perge, according to legend, it was also the birthplace of beer. For approximately 450 years, Perge was under the control of the Greeks until the Persians conquered it in 546 BC. 200 years later the armies of Alexander the Great entered Perge, ending the Persian reign. From that time, until the fall of the Roman Empire, Perge was under the patronage of the Romans. With its long history and its combination of 3 different cultures, the ruins are a delight to explore. Continue to Aspendos, approximately 25 miles east of Antalya. Another of the great cities of Pamphylia, Aspendos was located on an important trade route. Alexander the Great’s armies had the city in their sight, finally conquering it in 333 BC. Aspendos then fell under Roman patronage in 930 BC until the end of the Roman Empire. The theatre, built between 161-180 AD during the reign of Marcus Aurelıus, is considered one of the world’s best-preserved theaters from antiquity, and is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Continue to Side. The ancient Greek city’s spectacular natural harbor setting made it one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, and one of the most significant centers for trade, especially of olive oil and slaves. This also made it a target for many invaders and, after the Greeks, the Persians took Side under their wing, eventually giving in to the forces of Alexander the Great’s armies in 333 BC. By the 4th-Century Side had begun to decline. Following non-stop invasions and a succession of natural disasters, the city was completely abandoned in the 10th-Century, leaving behind ruins that are considered among the most notable in Asia Minor. Departing Side, you will make your way back to Antalya, about 45 miles west of the ruins. Arrive back in the Mediterranean sea resort for a hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

6. From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Turkish Riviera and discover some of the most beautiful locations in the Demre province with a guide. Following pickup from accommodation in Side, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to picturesque Kekova Island. Explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip at the small town of Kale (Demre), and discover the stunning church of St. Nicholas before the transfer back to your hotel.

From Alanya or Side: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

7. From Alanya or Side: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

Begin your immersive Antalya experience with a visit to the Saratli Underground City and see its rock-carved dwellings from the Byzantine era. After lunch, explore Devrent Valley and the Cavusin Old Village abandoned rock houses carved into the cliff. See the church of St. John the Baptist and Pasabag Valley before taking in the views. Spend your evening at the cave-themed hotel or join an optional Turkish Night with traditional music and an Anatolian folk dance show. If you choose the hot air-balloon option or want to watch the balloon flights, start the next with a one-hour balloon ride. After breakfast, take in the panoramic views of Pigeon Valley and visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia.

From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

8. From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

On this 8-hour trip you’ll head out in the morning for a visit to Aspendos, one of the most important cultural and economic centers of Pamphylia. Every year thousands of people come to see the best well-preserved amphitheater in Turkey, built in 155 with a capacity of 7,000 spectators. Today the amphitheater hosts 10,000 people and shows such as the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. After lunch you’ll visit the ancient city of Side. The city is located on a peninsula and features ruins of a Roman amphitheater, a columned road, temple to Dionysus, and to a museum in the former Turkish bath. Admire the Temple of Apollo, which is the most beautiful site in Side, situated by the sea on the ancient harbor. On the way back to Alanya you’ll stop to visit the Manavgat Waterfalls. This is a place of exceptional natural beauty and fresh, clean air. You’ll see pine forests, waterfalls, and a river replete with trout and turtles.

From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

9. From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

Get picked up from your hotel in Antalya and depart for Perge, the ancient capital of the Pamphylia region. Check out the massive 15 km stretch of ancient ruins there and learn about the city's long history from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the Roman Baths, the Agora, Colonnaded Street, the Nympharium, and the stadium. Depart for Aspendos, an incredibly well-preserved ancient theater built in the 2nd century AD. Marvel at the scale of the immense structure which has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still being used for festivals and concerts. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on a nearby river before departing for Side (pronounced Seeday), a beautiful ancient coastal city with a number of Roman ruins. Learn about the history of this port city that served as the largest slave market in the region during Roman times as you explore various ruins, including those of a large theater, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo. Take an hour of free time here to enjoy the sea and the city. On the way back to Antalya, stop at the scenic Manavgat waterfall and marvel at the power of the river.

From Antalya: Private Day Trip to Aspendos, Perge and Side

10. From Antalya: Private Day Trip to Aspendos, Perge and Side

Take a memorable full-day trip from Antalya out to the most interesting sites in the region. Relax with pick up from your hotel in Antalya and drive to Aspendos, Perge, and the ancient city of Side. Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch and opt to make a stop for some shopping at authentic local shops.   Discover Perge, once the capital city of the Pamphylia region. During your visit, you will be able to see The Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic Gate, The Column Street, and The State Agora. After these visits, enjoy lunch in a restaurant near the Euromedon River. Continue your tour with a visit to the Aspendos Ancient Theater. Aspendos is the best preserved and the most complete example of a Roman theater in Turkey. The theater was still in use for concerts, festivals, and events until recently. Finally, drive to the ancient city of Side, where you will see the splendid Agora, the theater, and temples built in the 17th century B.C. before being dropped off back at your hotel.  

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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 55 reviews

One of the best tours I have taken. Organization/logistics was on point: time of pick up was as stated, reasonable time given at locations to see around, lunch was very good. The van/minibus was very comfortable as well and the drive went smooth with good music. Guide was excellent. Sites were very impressive. Even though it was very cold and windy it was a very very nice day due to all activities!! Definitely a tour to take with this company. (One additional plus side: for this tour we did not do a stop at a local shop/vendor, so this was highly appreciated after having several tours shortened the exploration time at sites due to a 30-40 min detour for an expensive shop).

There was a slight confusion as to pick up times but everything else was near perfect on the trip. I wanted to visit all these places with a taxi but this was definitely the better option mainly due to Ibrahim who is the best tour guide I have experienced. I wanted to visit the Kursunloo waterfall but we went to another waterfall. Nonetheless, we made several other stops which made up for it I guess. I would definitely use this company again. There were plenty of loo breaks and even a stop for lunch which all helped my pregnant wife. This was the best day of my holiday!

El guía era muy competente y pudimos ver todo con detalle, el tiempo libre en cada parada era el adecuado y nunca nos llevaron a comprar cosas. La comida estuvo bien, pollo con arroz, ensalada y sopa en un restaurante lugareño incluido en el precio del viaje menos bebidas. El conductor era tranquilo y nos vinieron a recoger al hotel. Sin duda recomendo este viaje.

Awesome tour with a great funny guide(Daryas). The theatre in Aspendos was simply stunning. Really enjoyable and would recommend to see these beautiful ancient sites

It was an interesting and a very pleasant trip. The lunch was good and the guide was professional and very attentive to tourists.