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Daytrips from Antalya

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Daytrips from Antalya
Enjoy Lycia's ancient history with day trips to Olympos, Perge, Termessos and Apollo's birth place.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Summer, Fall
 
Koprulu Canyon
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Koprulu Canyon

East of Anatlaya you'll find the clear and beautiful river Köprü. Shortly after Beskonak is the starting point of the canyon and a white water rafting tour. Two Roman bridges mark the beginning. The canyon is 14k meters long.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mevlana Kekova, Myra, Boat Tour
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Mevlana Kekova, Myra, Boat Tour

If you like boats, mystery and history, then a day-long combined boat/bus trip to Kekova is just the thing for you. Many bays and tiny islands line the green coastline that leads to Kekova. From the boat you can explore the Sunken City Apollonia, destroyed in an earthquake in fourth century BC. Marvel at the Lycian tombs carved into the mountain. On land visit the St. Nicholas Church... More

If you like boats, mystery and history, then a day-long combined boat/bus trip to Kekova is just the thing for you. Many bays and tiny islands line the green coastline that leads to Kekova. From the boat you can explore the Sunken City Apollonia, destroyed in an earthquake in fourth century BC. Marvel at the Lycian tombs carved into the mountain. On land visit the St. Nicholas Church (Father Christmas) and Kaleköy castle. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
Mevlana Jeep Safari Tour
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Mevlana Jeep Safari Tour

What makes Antalya and the surrounding areas so attractive is the striking contrast between the beaches and the towering Taurus Mountains in the background. For an off-beat experience consider a Jeep safari. The vehicles carry four to 10 people through the Taurus Mountains and past the Gebiz River. There are swim breaks, lunch in a mountain restaurant and a half-hour nature walk.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Patara
Patara

A day trip to Patara, a few miles farther west from Kalkan, offers the chance to combine horseback riding, history and sand surfing. Once an important Lycian port town, legend has it that Patara is the birthplace of Apollo and with certainty it’s the birthplace of St. Nicholas. Horseback riding for riders of all ages and capabilities is available for rides along the 22 kilometers of... More

A day trip to Patara, a few miles farther west from Kalkan, offers the chance to combine horseback riding, history and sand surfing. Once an important Lycian port town, legend has it that Patara is the birthplace of Apollo and with certainty it’s the birthplace of St. Nicholas. Horseback riding for riders of all ages and capabilities is available for rides along the 22 kilometers of white beaches. And so is sand surfing. Less

Perge
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Perge

The historical site of Perge, 18 kilometers east of Turkey, holds the vast remains of what was once the most propserous city of the ancient world. Enter by passing through the arch of the Roman Gate to be greeted by an amphitheater, the Hellenistic Gate (quite well preserved) and richly decorated remains of the city wall and much more.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cirali
Cirali

The biggest attraction here are the flames coming out of vents in the mountainside. According to legend, the monster Chimera, which had three fire-spewing heads, was chased by the Lycian hero Bellerophon on his winged horse Pegasus. He killed the monster, but the fire-spewing heads fell on the mountain where they still burn.

Termessos
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Termessos

Approximately 34 kilometers northwest of Antalya lies Termessos and the beautiful Güllük Dagi National Park. The ancient Psidian city is built on a mountain platform, surrounded by pine woods and an abundance of rare plants. It’s one of the best preserved historical sites of Turkey and, due to its isolated location, an oasis of calm and tranquility.

Fee: Yes
Side
Side

Approximately 60 miles east of Antalya lies Side, another once important port town in antiquity. Side has become a popular holiday destination all by itself, but is well worth a day trip from Antalya. The village offers picturesque, narrow streets and lovely gardens while the long, white beaches invite swimming. Imposing monuments of antiquity, such as the Roman bath and the columns of... More

Approximately 60 miles east of Antalya lies Side, another once important port town in antiquity. Side has become a popular holiday destination all by itself, but is well worth a day trip from Antalya. The village offers picturesque, narrow streets and lovely gardens while the long, white beaches invite swimming. Imposing monuments of antiquity, such as the Roman bath and the columns of the Apollo temple by the sea, complete the picture of a perfect combination of modern-day vacation pleasure and the treasures of history. Less

Kemer
Kemer

Approximately 40 miles southeast of Antalya, you will find the beautiful coastal resort of Kemer at the foot of the majestic Taurus Mountain. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and a visit a reconstructed tent city that reflects the life of the Turkish nomads. You can watch carpet weavers at work and sample Turkish specialties such as ayran (yogurt drink) and gözleme (pancakes). Close... More

Approximately 40 miles southeast of Antalya, you will find the beautiful coastal resort of Kemer at the foot of the majestic Taurus Mountain. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and a visit a reconstructed tent city that reflects the life of the Turkish nomads. You can watch carpet weavers at work and sample Turkish specialties such as ayran (yogurt drink) and gözleme (pancakes). Close by is a cable car that lifts you right to the top of Tahtali Mountain (2,365 meters). Less

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