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Nat Geo Day Tour: Women of Antalya, Past to Present
Excursions & day trips

Nat Geo Day Tour: Women of Antalya, Past to Present

Nearly two millennia ago, Plancia Magna blazed a trail by making an impressive impact on the city of Perge despite the usual passive role of women at that time. She was born into a wealthy, powerful family, but instead of leading the easy life of the elite, she used her privilege to benefit her city. Her courage, independence and strength of character was celebrated long after her time, and inspired women through the ages to seek influential roles in society. Your National Geographic-trained guide will reveal the ancient city of Perge with a focus on the life and legacy of Plancia Magna, an inspirational figure even today. Perhaps Plancia was a source of inspiration for Hatice Adıgüzel, whose workshop you will visit next. Discover the skills and artistry involved in creating lamps and garden ornaments from gourds, and learn from Hatice herself what sets her business apart - her leadership in a male-dominated workforce and her commitment to empowering local women. During a hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to create your own small decorative gourd and learn more about both the craft and Hatice's contributions to the local women's community. She pays her success forward by employing local women to decorate the gourds from their own homes and provides them with seeds to help grow the gourds for the business. This helps women who are unable to work in regular employment due to childcare commitments or similar restrictions by giving them a convenient way to earn.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring Antalya's Nomadic Culture
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring Antalya's Nomadic Culture

The foothills of the Taurus mountains have been a region of travel and trade for millennia. On this tour, get a flavour of the ancient traditions still alive in the region, and visit a Yörük family to experience their nomadic lifestyle in close-up. First, see the unusual Seljuk bridge at Aspendos, whose fascinating story is represented by its zigzag formation. A bridge has spanned this section of the Köprüçay river since around the 4th century, and your guide will explain its significance. Another sign that this region has a long history of comings and goings is the 13th century Kargıhan caravanserai, with most of its original layout still in good condition. Strolling through the ancient inn's bedrooms, guardian's quarters, bathhouse and prayer hall with your guide you'll get a sense of times gone by and all the thousands of people who passed through here for a rest and refuel on their travels. Yörük people have been following the rhythms of their nomadic lifestyle for centuries. Each spring, they move their camps and flocks from the mild coastal plains to the summer pastures in the mountains. Meet a Yörük family to understand more about their low-impact lifestyle and their humble tented homes knitted with wool from their own animals. You'll also have time to explore the pretty Ottoman village of Ormana, known for its ingenious 'button houses' - built only with stone and timber. On the return journey, you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the famous wild horses of the area.

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Side Ancient City Highlights Tour with Temple of Apollo
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Side Ancient City Highlights Tour with Temple of Apollo

Ancient Side has hardly changed since its days as a getaway for legendary lovers Antony and Cleopatra. Uncover one of southern Turkey's best-kept secrets with this tour. You'll get to snap photos by the Temple of Apollo, discover the huge Roman theatre and explore modern Side, too. As Muzaffer, one of our guides, says, ‘You'll walk all over history. On the way to the Temple of Apollo, there are glass walkways over ancient Roman streets.'Side's location on a compact little headland is as romantic as it gets. Our expert local guide will give you the lowdown on the long history of this once-busy Roman port. You'll see the marketplace where slaves were traded, the Byzantine hospital and the Vespasian Gate. The ancient theatre, which is still used today, is a sight to behold – it seated up to 20,000 spectators. While the former bathhouse is now a museum with a small but impressive collection of artefacts dug up here.But one of the most-photographed spots is the Temple of Apollo. Legend says that this second-century seafront shrine was a gift from Antony to Cleopatra. And just beside it is the Temple of Athena – zoom in on the frieze of Medusa heads. Once you've explored the ruins, there'll be free time in modern Side to buy a sizzling kebab at one of the street stalls, or haggle for bargains in the backstreet bazaars. What's more, for your convenience, this is a small group tour to help you follow the guide better and avoid agglomerations.

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Antalya Family Adventure Experience in Aladdin's Canyon
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Antalya Family Adventure Experience in Aladdin's Canyon

An experience in the Anatolian wilds awaits with a day of canyoning, swimming, diving, jumping and enjoying the best of nature in the Taurus Mountains. You'll head deep into the countryside to Ahmetler Canyon for an action-packed adventure.

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Green Canyon Boat Cruise with Lunch and Orange Grove Visit
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Green Canyon Boat Cruise with Lunch and Orange Grove Visit

The star attractions of this full day excursion are orange orchards, shopping and a beautiful, wild canyon. You'll taste fresh orange juice, enjoy a canyon boat trip and stop for a swim at Oymapinar Dam Lake. Narin, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Oymapinar Dam Lake is one of the largest reservoirs in Turkey, covering an area of approximately 19 square kilometres. The lake is fed by the Manavgat River, which flows south from the Taurus Mountains and eventually empties into the Mediterranean Sea at Side.' Your morning starts with a quick visit to a fruit garden for some freshly squeezed orange juice. We'll then call in for a spot of shopping at Dickman Textile Centre. If fashion is your thing, then you're in luck as you can enjoy a stress-free browse for clothing and accessories without the hassle of pushy salespeople. Next, we'll head for a riverside restaurant to enjoy a freshly prepared lunch made with locally sourced ingredients. After lunch it's all aboard, ready for a cruise down the canyon waterway. Spectacularly rugged rock formations tower around you and the river, in shades of turquoise and green, snakes away into the distance. It's a tranquil slice of Turkish natural beauty and the colour of the water is spellbinding. You'll cruise the canyon, admiring the views, before the boat slows - you'll be able to swim in these wild surroundings once the boat reaches the Oymapinar Lake.

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Gulet Cruise with Lunch from Side
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Gulet Cruise with Lunch from Side

This excursion combines history with relaxation. Kick off with a guided tour of ancient Side – its classical links include none other than Alexander the Great. See the ruins of Vespasian Gate, Temple of Apollo and the theatre. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, its location is one of the prettiest among Turkey's archaeological sites. Bring your swimwear and a towel and get ready to live the life on board the yacht. Your captain will drop anchor from time to time so that you can take a dip in the water. Lunch will be served on board and all locally branded drinks are included.

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Adults-only Gulet Cruise with Lunch from Side
Excursions & day trips

Adults-only Gulet Cruise with Lunch from Side

This relaxing boat trip serves-up all the little luxuries that make being on holiday so special. Set sail from Side aboard this adults-only cruise for a day of sun, sea and snoozing. What's more, there's an open bar stocked with local drinks, lunch, and plenty of chances to refresh yourself with a swim in the open water.

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Phaselis & Tahtali Mountain Day Tour
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Phaselis & Tahtali Mountain Day Tour

If you'd like an insight into Antalya's past and present, then this day tour will tick all the boxes. You've got history at the ancient ruins of Phaselis and panoramic views with a ride on the Olympos Aerial Tram. What's more, there's time to visit one of Antalya's best beaches and enjoy lunch at the top of Mt Tahtali.

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Antalya Old Town Tour with Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall
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Antalya Old Town Tour with Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall

Thundering over the cliffs into the Mediterranean Sea, the Karpuzkaldiran waterfall is a sight to behold. This leisurely tour will take you to snap the falls before heading into Antalya's old town for a guided walk and some free time to explore.

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Summer Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis with Lake Salda
Excursions & day trips

Summer Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis with Lake Salda

This summer tour takes you to Pamukkale, which means ‘cotton castle' in Turkish – and you'll see why as soon as you set eyes upon its magical landscape. Heading deep into the Anatolian countryside, you'll also visit Hierapolis, Lake Salda and Cleopatra's Pool.

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Kekova, Myra and St Nicholas Tour with Lunch and Boat Trip
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Kekova, Myra and St Nicholas Tour with Lunch and Boat Trip

Authentic cuisine, a lost city and Santa – this trip offers an eclectic mix of attractions. You'll savour local dishes in Beymelek, glide along the coast to Kekova island and its sunken town, and visit the church of St Nicholas – better known today as Santa Claus – in Myra.

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Antalya Airport VIP Lounge from Antalya Area
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Antalya Airport VIP Lounge from Antalya Area

A more relaxed way to round off your holiday. Booking the VIP airport service and lounge ensures that you'll be greeted at the airport and then fast-tracked through check-in, hand luggage security and passport control.

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Things to do in Antalya

A popular holiday destination on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is famous for its blissful beaches, historic sites and buzzing nightlife. A true paradise for those who enjoy unspoiled nature and water sports, the area is also ideal for those who prefer a cultural holiday, thanks to sights such as Hadrian's Gate, many archaeological sites and some remarkable contemporary architecture. A perfect blend of ancient and modern, in a destination that invites you to savor every moment.

Top six things to do in Antalya

1. Get lost in the streets of Kaleiçi

Kaleiçi is the historic center of this charming Turkish city. Lose yourself in its narrow, cobblestone streets and admire the surrounding buildings, which are Ottoman-era and feature terracotta roofs. There are plenty of enticing sights, among these why not drop by Kale Kapısı, the main square, then visit the 15th-century İki Kapılar Hanı covered bazaar, and admire the tiles of the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii mosque.

2. Hike the Taurus Mountains

You'll likely catch a glimpse of the Taurus Mountains from Antalya - a truly unmissable natural wonder. Rugged and fascinating, these peaks offer hiking trails, 4x4 safaris, rafting, and plenty of other activities. If you prefer a more relaxing experience, visit the village of Ormana, famous for its "button houses," buildings constructed using a traditional technique that dates back some 700 years.

3. Take a cruise through Green Canyon

Be lulled by the waters of Green Canyon Lake, a pristine gem set among the Taurus Mountains. Take a boat tour of this nature reserve framed by greenery, picture-postcard scenery, and rock walls. The lake is the only one in Turkey that has been formed by a dam, and with its emerald-colored waters it provides fulfilling moments of relaxation.

4. Have fun at The Land of Legends theme park

This action-packed destination is the perfect option for spending a day of fun with the whole family and cooling off on hot days. The Land of Legends is a beautifully themed water park that offers attractions for all tastes and ages. Slides, roller coasters, the classic lazy river, a wave pool and even a 5D cinema. All in a dreamlike setting surrounded by white sandy beaches and palm trees.

5. Visit the archaeological site of Perge

This UNESCO World Heritage candidate site is located a few miles away from Antalya and makes an exciting excursion, especially for those who love history. Perge tells of the greatness of ancient civilizations with the impressive ruins of the amphitheatre, many intricate mosaics, and the famous temple of Artemis. Join a guided tour of this vast archaeological area to discover the history of the area's early settlements.

6. Taste the local cuisine

Antalya is particularly famous for its street food. Taste the shish kebab, a lighter version of the classic kebab, made with lamb and served on skewers. Also delicious is gozleme, a savory pie stuffed with cheese, spinach and minced meat. For the best start to your day, try the Turkish breakfast, typically consisting of many different dishes, including eggs, jams, yogurt, vegetables, cheese and hot tea. And for dinner be sure to order meze, shareable appetizers that will introduce you to the many flavours of this culinary tradition.

Plan your trip to Antalya

When’s the best time to visit Antalya?

Antalya's climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and very hot summers. The best time to visit is spring and early autumn. From mid-June to the end of August is high season, so you'll find more tourists but also a busier calendar of events. Avoid the winter months, which are particularly rainy.

How many days should you spend in Antalya?

Antalya enjoys a strategic location, not only for access to the beautiful beaches of the Turkish Riviera but also to reach sites of great historical and cultural value. That's why we recommend that you spend at least a week in the area, so you can alternate moments of pure relaxation with sightseeing and nature excursions.

What are the best beaches in Antalya?

Among the most attractive beaches in Antalya, to the west is Konyaaltı Beach, which is spacious and well-equipped, ideal for those who need good facilities for a relaxed beach day. East of Antalya city centre, on the other hand, is Lara beach, perfect for those travelling with children. If you are looking for a wild and unspoiled beach, don't miss the three coves of Phaselis, near the archaeological site. Finally, Cirali beach is a natural wonder with crystalline water.