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From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

4.9 / 5

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From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

From US$ 39.60 per person

Visit the mountain village of Ormana and Altinbesik, Turkey's largest cave. See authentic button houses and enjoy a subterranean lake boat ride.

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Duration 9 hours
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German, English


  • Visit mountain villages and admire the traditional houses
  • Discover the largest underground lake in the country
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Ormana village
  • See the Golden Cradle Cavern
Full description
Begin this full-day tour with a drive into the Taurus Mountains. Your first stop of the day is Avasun, known as the village of bay leaves. Stop to take in the views over the Green Canyon and Green Lake and take the opportunity to grab some terrific holiday snaps. Visit the village of Ürünlü and learn about the distinctive button houses, an architectural curiosity famous in this area. Enjoy a tea or coffee break at a traditional house before visiting Altinbesik Cave National Park. During your tour you'll also have the chance to take a boat ride on a subterranean lake and see the stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Golden Cradle Cavern. In Ormana village, see more button houses and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Sarihacilar köyü, a village on the Silk Road before visiting a traditional house and a spectacular 650-year-old Ottoman mosque.
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • 20-minute boat trip to the Altinbesik Cave
  • Professional local guide
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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4.9 /5

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We were very pleasantly surprised! The trip was well accompanied, we learned a lot. The landscape is just amazing and everything was just right. It was a good mix of adventure and culture and cuisine. For us, lunch in the mountain village was an absolute highlight. No food in the hotel could beat that! A really big compliment to our tour guide and of course also to our bus driver, who brought us safely through the winding roads :)

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October 17, 2021

Minibus with German and Russian speaking guides. The German-speaking travel guide Faruk, the oil man, shared his profound knowledge of botany with us. After visiting an orange plantation, we got an impression of the forest fires from summer 2021 on the way to the Taurus Mountains. After a hike in a place with "button houses", we enjoyed an herbal tea made from herbs from the region. The largest cave in Turkey, the total length of which is approx. 5.2 km, can be visited with a rubber dinghy over a length of 200 meters. The extensive, varied lunch was then taken in a hotel in Ormana. Extremely delicious Turkish cuisine. After a 1-hour drive we reached a historical village with a historical school and mosque to be visited. The opportunity to purchase agricultural products was given.

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September 28, 2021

We went to Ormana on Thursday September 9, 2021 with Farut and driver and a small group (8 people). He is a great guide and speaks German and Dutch. It was a great day and highly recommended. Farut has told a lot about the different stop places and if we had questions we could ask them. The driver drove very calmly through the Taurus Mountains, which we experienced as very pleasant. Farut and driver thanks again for the lovely day.

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September 10, 2021

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