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From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

1. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin. Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water on to each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

You will be collected from your hotel by bus. The boat's staff will meet you, ask you which lunch option you would prefer, and provide you with an order card. Then, the boat will debate from the Manavgat River. The multilingual guide will provide you with some general information about the tour program. As you set off, the dj will start to play and soon you will stop for the first swim break. Head to Manavgat Bosphorus, which has the sea on one side and the river on the other. Here, you can rent a Jet-Ski or taste a Gözleme (traditional Turkish food). As you swim, the crew will be grilling your lunch to be served on the boat. After enjoying lunch on board, you will head to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break and then the foam party will start. Afterwards, the boat sails towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way.

From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

3. From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

Get picked up from your hotel in Side and enjoy a transfer to the activity starting point in an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and listen to a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Now its time to enjoy a wonderful river rafting activity along Turkey's stunning Köprüçay River. Admire panoramic views of the Taurus Mountains as you pass through the natural beauty of the Koprulu Canyon. Challenge yourself as you battle against white water waves, holes and drops. Enjoy getting wet as you splash through the rapids and stop for lunch at the riverside before continuing down the river.

From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

4. From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

Take a journey from Side and learn about traditional Turkish culture. Drive around some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southern Mediterranean area of Turkey. Travel on and off-road on a Jeep, and cross rivers in your vehicle. Try local Turkish foods and teas, and take in an Islamic mosque. Start your tour by boarding your Jeep. Next, meet up with your group and drive as a fleet across rivers, rough roads, and along the mountains. Stop for lunch and tea at a local Turkish town. Once you’re refreshed, continue to the Oymapınar Dam, a stunning arch dam on the Manavgat River. Use this view as a prologue to your next views at Green Lake, a beautiful place to swim. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy a snack at a restaurant near the lake before getting ready to head back in your Jeep. Before you get back to Side, take a quick stop at a mosque to see where the Islamic religion lives. After, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your hotel.

Side: Guided Quad Bike Riding Experience

5. Side: Guided Quad Bike Riding Experience

Get picked up from your accommodation in Side and travel by air-conditioned bus to the base station. Meet your guide and get ready for a thrilling and scenic ride around the Taurus Mountains, a must-see destination in the region. Get outfitted with all the equipment you'll need and learn the basics of riding a quad bike. Take a quick test drive before setting out with your guide.  Ride near the Manavgat River, feeling the breeze in your hair and the rush of adrenaline as you quickly round tight curves. Ride for 10 km before stopping for a short break Then complete a final circuit of another 10 km. Afterwards, watch the action-packed footage of your ride and purchase it if you choose. Take a shower afterward (don't forget to bring your change of clothes!) and then get dropped off back at your hotel.

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

6. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a ride by bus to the Green Canyon. Journey by boat on an 8.5 mile (14 km)  Grand Canyon tour and a 2 mile (3 km) long Little Canyon tour. You will make stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along the emerald green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl! After exploring the Green Canyon, you will be able to enjoy a swimming break in the sparkling waters of the lake. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant with views over the lake. Well rested and well fed you will be ready to discover the other part of the Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop one more time to swim before the return ride to your hotel.

From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

7. From Side: Full-Day Scuba Diving in Manavgat

Start your full-day scuba diving experience with a transfer to the harbor where you will head towards the first dive site. Suitable for beginners and more experienced divers alike, your activity will be tailored to your level of experience. En route to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full diving instructions, while the more experienced divers can choose their equipment. Upon arrival at the first dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first together with 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people. Then, enjoy a warm lunch served aboard the boat as you sail to the second dive site. Feel free to book as a non-diver and swim and snorkel in the clear waters. You can bring your own snorkel equipment or rent it on the boat. At the end of the second dive, all participants can enjoy some time to swim and snorkel before traveling back to Side. Climb aboard the minibus service upon arrival at the harbor for the return transfer to your hotel.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

8. Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

Begin your fantastic day trip by being picked up from your hotel in the city. Board the boat and start your trip down the Manavgat River. Swim in clear waters at the beach between the sea and the river and savor a tasty lunch. Make an optional stop at the magnificent Manavgat Waterfalls and have 20-30 minutes to explore this stunning area. Head to the public bazaar and enjoy the exquisite smells, brightly colored stalls, and bustling atmosphere for 2 hours. If you choose to skip the waterfall, then head to the public bazaar and enjoy around 3 hours of free time to look around.

Side: Taurus Mountains Guided Buggy Cross Riding Experience

9. Side: Taurus Mountains Guided Buggy Cross Riding Experience

Get an adrenaline rush in the Taurus Mountains on a guided buggy cross tour. Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Side, learn how to ride a buggy cross, and watch the video of your adventure after it's over. Meet your driver at your accommodation in Side and travel by air-conditioned bus to the base station. Get outfitted with all the equipment you need and learn the basics of riding a buggy cross from your guide. Take a quick test drive near the base station before setting out on your adventure with your guide.  Ride near the Manavgat River and feel the breeze in your hair and adrenaline rush as you quickly round tight curves. Ride for 10 kilometers before stopping for a short break. Hop back on your buggy and complete a final circuit of another 10 kilometers before returning to the base station. At the station, watch the action-packed footage of your ride and purchase it if you wish. Take a shower at the station before returning to your hotel in Side.

Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

10. Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

Start your day with a convenient pick up service at your accommodation. Meet your friendly expert guide and head to the stunning Alanya City on this guided tour. First you will take a cable car up to the Alanya Castle, and visit an iconic attraction of the district.  Later, experience the Damlatas Cave and admire the stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Whilst here you can also visit one of the most famous beaches in the Riviera called Cleopatra. Afterwards, have the opportunity to relax during a one-hour boat trip that departs from Alanya harbor and sails around the peninsula. Marvel at landmarks such as the Red Tower, the ruins of 13th-century Seljuk castle and numerous caves (pirates, phosphorus and lovers cave). Next, drive to the Dimcay River — one of the must-see attractions in Alanya and enjoy lunch there. It's a great place with delicious food, cool pockets of shade from the sun, and refreshing water. Have some free time in Alanya to explore the city by yourself.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 347 reviews

I received the confirmation immediately after booking. Then an email followed for the pick-up time at the hotel. on the day of the boat cruise we were picked up on time. At about 10:00 we boarded a pirate boat and sailed across the green river. Food and drink is partly free. With music and a foam disco at sea it was a nice display. Then moored at a beach for a dip in the sea, jet ski rental and a little later a tasty lunch on board. then you sail to the starting point where buses are ready. You can go straight to the big bazaar or first buy a ticket in advance or on board for a visit to the waterfall (30min) and then another 1.5 hours to the bazaar. At half past six we were back at the hotel in Side. It was a fun day with variety.

Our family – 2 adults and 2 kids aged 6 and 4 had a wonderful rafting experience with this company. What to be ready and look for: this is a very popular activity with several rafting companies starting from the same point at the same time so be prepared to wait about an hour on the spot under sun + transfer time. Dinner was excellent but drinks and snacks before main lunch are extra – beer 4 EUR, cola 2 EUR, water 1 EUR, don’t remember how much sweet pancakes were. If you want to save – bring your own water and snacks in the drybag that you can attach to your safety vest. I can’t say those extra charges are bad – just be ready for them.

It so nice to visit Pamukkale & Salda lake. Just a long journey from where we stayed on however it is good experience. Our guide from Pacho tours is so helpful, too. Lunch & dinner included & were delightful. Will recommend this activity when you visited Turkey. It is once in a lifetime experience.

The white water rafting was great fun. The instructors speak fluent German, English and Turkish. The food also tasted very good. We were glad that we had booked the kayak, because you are a bit freer and more independent there. Everyone was always waited for and it was a super nice day!

The excursion was amazing, especially the Turkish night and the absolutely amazing balloon ride.