All Roman ruins and great sea views, the peninsula town of Side is one of the must-sees in this corner of Turkey. An evening visit is the ideal way to combine some sightseeing, shopping and dinner. By arriving during the early evening you can check out Side's showpiece – the Temple of Apollo. And you'll see it at the best time of day – sunset. When the sun has dropped below the horizon, you'll have some free time on your own to look round. After this, you'll end your evening at a harbour-side restaurant where you can tuck into an included two-course dinner.
Make a splash at Aqua Fun City – it promises thrills and spills for all the family. It's packed full of chutes like the pitch-black tunnel slide and the aqua tower. For little ones, there's a dedicated kids' zone complete with water cannons and mini-slides. With everything from Cuban dancers to Mickey Mouse shows, too, it's an entertainment extravaganza. Elsewhere, you'll find a fun fair, climbing wall and a games' arcade. And when you've worked up an appetite, there's plenty of bars and restaurants. Then, you can unwind in the spas' steam room or Turkish bath.
Centuries-old Side has hardly changed since its days as a favourite getaway of legendary lovers Anthony and Cleopatra. Uncover one of southern Turkey's best-kept secrets with this full day tour. You'll get to snap photos by the ancient Temple of Apollo, discover the huge Roman-era amphitheatre and explore the modern side of the city, too.
Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle' in Turkish – and you'll see why as soon as you set eyes upon its magical landscape. Leaving Antalya early in the morning, you'll arrive at Lake Salda Lake after a few hours' scenic drive. It's been compared to the Maldives for its long beaches and multi-toned blue waters. You'll have free time to take some photos. You'll then head to Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards, explore the ruins of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then let off steam with a dip in Cleopatra's Ancient Pool before dinner in a forest restaurant.
A boat trip that offers the best of both worlds – a tranquil start with a party atmosphere later on. As you set sail, sit back, relax and listen to the waves as you glide out to sea. You can chill out on the main deck and soak up the sun with a drink in hand and, when the captain drops anchor, jump in for a refreshing swim. A fresh and tasty lunch is served on board and, with all local drinks included, you can keep the cocktails coming. In the afternoon there'll be a couple more swim stops before it's time to party. Banging tunes and lots of foam make for a full-on boat party atmosphere so you can dance and sing all the way back to dry land.
Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. You'll join our crew in search of the booty, and along the way everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on board. There'll be lots of fun activities for everyone to join in on. For our little pirate crew, there'll be face painting and lots of pirate-themed games to play and for the older pirate crew, there'll be some pirate challenges to join in with. And no pirate adventure would be complete without a treasure map and clues to follow. There'll be swashbuckling fun for the whole family to enjoy.
A tale of two cities, Alanya is a true mix of the old and the new. You'll start the day at the Damlatas Caves. Filled with stalagmites and stalactites, the cylindrical chamber within is said to cure asthma. Next up is the 13th century Seljuk Castle. Explore its watchtower-studded battlements and peer through the holes from where hot oil was poured onto enemies. Then, you'll continue on to the Alanya Culture House to learn more about the history and heritage of this city. After lunch, there's free time to explore the gulet-crammed harbour, relax in a cafe or go shopping in Alanya bazaar – market day is Friday.
If there's ever a trip out that combines all the thrills and spills you'd want, then this is it. Climb into a monster truck and set off on a sightseeing safari – but not quite as you know it. You'll experience nature, but this time bumping over the land in a thrilling experience. Before lunch, there's the small matter of getting over the Köprülü Canyon, so a jet boat comes to your rescue. Glide past amazing rock formations and enter the canyon in this supercharged machine. Your last adventure will be whitewater rafting, when you'll get to freshen up in the midst of the gentle rapids.
Mountain roads and villages are the stars of this great family-orientated off-road safari. Start off with a visit to an orange grove. Then grab a bargain in a Turkish textile shop. We rev up the action next with a couple of hours' off-roading the highlands. Prepare yourself for some wild scenery. For lunch, you'll be served a specially prepared barbecue on a beautiful island and there's a children's playground to keep the little ones entertained. To round off the day, we'll go on a catamaran cruise on the green waters of the River Manavgat.
This off-road adventure in Sapadere combines cave explorations, natural pool swims and traditions of the past. We'll make our way to a typical village to see the centuries-old tradition of silk scarf-making before paying a visit to a local mosque. Continue through Sapadere Canyon and your guide will fill you in on facts about nature as they navigate the rocky roads to a natural pool – the ideal place to wash off the dust and dirt of the day with a swim. It's then time to learn the legend of the Dwarf's Cave by exploring its dark depths followed by lunch at a local restaurant. There's time for another swim before heading back to base.
Ancient strongholds, sky-high scenery and age-old culture – if you're after an adventure in Antalya, this is it. There'll be a cable car ride complete with wow-factor photo opportunities, a tour of Alanya Castle to hear of its history as a hangout for Queen Cleopatra, plus a peek into the past at the lavish lifestyle of the Ottoman elite.
You'll travel back in time to the days of togas and chariots with this half-day excursion to the ancient sites of Perga and Aspendos. First up is the classical city of Perga. Take a guided tour, stepping through the triumphal Roman gate to admire the ruined temples, marketplace and fountains. On the column-lined main street, you can even see the grooves in the flagstones created by chariot wheels. Next, we go to Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved theatres from antiquity. Its perfect acoustics mean that it's still used for operas and concerts today.
Step away from your sunbed and into adventure with this thrill-pumping quad safari in Alanya. Feel the wind in your face as you zoom into the wild for an off-road experience like no other. After a quick safety briefing, you'll have a test drive before setting off into the mountains on special trails. Zooming through pine forests and muddy tracks, you'll enjoy an exhilarating ride over rocky tracks and splashing through water in the pine forests. This exhilarating quad ride of up to 1.5 hours is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends and make holiday memories in the amazing surroundings of Alanya.
Get a two-for-one on epic adventure with this thrilling day trip in Antalya. It all starts with a journey to Köprülü Canyon. Welcomed by the crew, you'll have a quick safety briefing and be ready to ride. Hop into your monster truck, zooming along dusty tracks and plunging through puddles as you whizz by the stunning scenery. After lunch, we'll kick things up a gear. Jump into a raft, grab a paddle to work your way down the foaming whitewater rapids of the River Köprüçay – one of the most scenic waterways in Turkey. A day bursting with adrenaline-pumping fun.
If you've ever fancied giving scuba diving a go, then this beginner's taster day in Alanya is just the ticket. We'll whisk you off to meet a top-rated diving crew, and help you get to grips with the basic skills. Once you feel comfortable, you'll head out by boat to a designated area around Alanya Castle for your first, fun dive. Descend into the warm waters with an experienced instructor by your side. As you waft through the waters, keep a lookout for grouper, octopus, damselfish and more. Then after lunch back on-board, you'll enjoy a second afternoon dive – giving you another chance to brush up your skills and see even more sea life.
Cappadocia is a magical world of cones, pillar pinnacles and fairy chimneys – all created by ancient volcanic eruptions, wind and water. You'll fly from Antalya to this region of fairytale landscapes for a day trip with a difference. The sightseeing kicks off at Kaymakli, a subterranean city with a multi-level maze of houses carved by early Christians. Next, we'll visit Pigeon Valley en route to Pasabaglari. Monks once inhabited Pasabaglari, a valley of hundreds of fairy chimneys rising into the sky. There'll also be time to see the ‘Three Graces' fairy chimneys before flying back to Antalya.
For a full-on adrenaline rush, this off-roading and rafting excursion is just the ticket. You'll hop into an open-top safari truck and head to Aspendos aqueduct. Next, we'll take a winding trail into Köprülü Canyon National Park in the Taurus Mountains, stopping at the riverside. Next up is a restaurant stop for a spice-rich local lunch with a cooking demonstration. In the afternoon, you can choose either a one-hour dinghy ride on the River Köprülü or visit the Roman and Paulus bridges in an off-road minibus.
Hammams have existed in Turkey since ancient times, providing locals with a way to relax and freshen up. They're also brilliant for exfoliating your skin so you're more likely to develop a lasting tan. We'll take you to one of the best local hammams – a humid, marble-tiled room with a ‘gobektasi', a heated stone slab in the centre. Relax as the heat softens your skin, opens your pores and gets you sweating out those toxins. Alongside a steamroom, you'll be treated to a body scrub as well as a covering in soft, soapy bubbles and a face mask. After that, you'll enjoy a stone massage and a fresh fruit plate.
Nothing offers an authentic slice of Turkish life like a local market. First up is a stop by the Alanya Panorama Terrace. Be sure to bring your camera for those all-important Instagram snaps, the views are epic. It's then time for a trip to Alanya's fragrant spice and fish market. You'll be wowed by the range of fragrant aromas and by the quality of the seafood – plucked from local waters on the very morning. Net a bargain on famous Turkish gold jewellery at a traditional gold centre, whose quality and low prices attract visitors from all over Europe. Do some haggling for all manner of souvenirs and artisanal craft items at the bazaar.
How about leaving the sands of your resort behind for the day and instead go for a spin on dirt tracks? Travelling in off-road vehicles with your experienced guide, you'll drive into the hills above the coast, feeling the air get cooler as you go. You'll journey along jaw-dropping mountain roads and through rural villages where time seems to have stopped still. Bumping along winding roads on and adrenaline adventure, you'll discover the heart of this enchanting region – the stunning views, untouched nature and the real beauty of the area. It's the drive of your life.