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Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side

Embark on a captivating journey to the heart of Turkey’s natural splendor with our Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side. Discover the enchanting beauty of two of Turkey’s most exquisite natural attractions. Often referred to as the ‘Turkish Maldives,’ Salda Lake offers a breathtaking experience with its therapeutic thermal waters and mesmerizing turquoise hues. Meanwhile, the awe-inspiring terraces of Pamukkale, known as the Cotton Castle, invite you to marvel at their natural white limestone formations and indulge in the healing properties of their mineral-rich waters. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Side Salda and Pamukkale, where each moment is a masterpiece of natural beauty waiting to leave an indelible mark on your memory.

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Exploring Salda Lake

The Side Salda and Pamukkale Tour offers visitors a chance to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Salda Lake and Pamukkale, two of nature’s most exquisite creations. Salda Lake, nestled in high mountainous terrain, retains its pristine beauty, protected from development by strict regulations. The only accommodations near this natural wonder are found at a designated campsite located a short walk from the lake’s edge.

Nearby, a solitary establishment provides snacks and restroom facilities, ensuring a comfortable visit without intruding on the natural surroundings.

Discovering Pamukkale’s Wonders

The tour then progresses to the marvels of Pamukkale, situated at the base of stunning white terraces known as travertines. These terraces, formed over millennia by mineral-rich waters, resemble frozen waterfalls and contain natural thermal pools believed to have healing properties.

Visitors are invited to climb these natural wonders to reach the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient city teeming with historical significance. This journey to Salda Lake and Pamukkale stands as a remarkable experience for anyone visiting Side, offering a blend of natural beauty and historical exploration.

How much does Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side cost?

For the Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side, you have two options to choose from: the Classic and the All-Inclusive package.

For the Classic package, the price is 45 euros for adults and 25 euros for children aged 4 to 11. Children up to and including 4 years travel free of charge. The all-inclusive package costs 65 euros for adults and 35 euros for children between 4 and 11 years old. Here too, children up to 4 years travel free. You can easily select your desired package using our booking form.

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All-Inclusive Package

  • Hotel Transfer (Both Ways)
  • Comfortable Bus (Full A/C)
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fee To Salda Lake
  • Entrance Fee To Pamukkale
  • Entrance Fee To Hierapolis
  • Entrance Fee To Necropolis
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Full Insurance

Classic Package

  • Hotel Transfer (Both Ways)
  • Comfortable Bus (Full A/C)
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fee To Salda Lake
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Insurance


  • Cleopatra's Pool Entrance Fee
  • Personal Expenses

“Please note that we have no hidden costs”

What do you need to bring with you?

Towels, swimming costumes, sun cream, sunglasses, camera, comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, and a hat are all recommended.

Description of Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side

The Side to Salda & Pamukkale Tour is a daily excursion that begins in the morning for your convenience. Your journey starts right at your hotel in Side, where you’ll be picked up and seated in a comfortable bus designed for a pleasant travel experience. Upon reaching your destinations, you’ll be welcomed by a professional tour guide. This expert is dedicated to enhancing your visit with captivating stories and valuable information about each site on your itinerary, ensuring a memorable exploration.

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Begin a captivating journey from Side to Pamukkale, complete with a scenic detour to the stunning Salda Lake, often hailed as the ‘Turkish Maldives’ for its mesmerizing turquoise waters and pristine white beaches. This adventure begins with a comfortable bus ride from your hotel in Side, where a friendly local guide will welcome you aboard and share the exciting itinerary details. Along the way, we’ll pause for a brief breakfast break to refuel and refresh.

The Turkish Maldives: Salda Lake

Our adventure’s first highlight is the breathtaking Salda Lake, renowned for its vibrant turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and unique rock formations. Celebrated as Turkey’s cleanest lake, it offers an hour of leisure—perfect for swimming or simply marveling at the picturesque landscape. Remember to capture these moments with your camera.

Lunch Break

Post our rejuvenating stop at Salda Lake, we continue our journey to Pamukkale, pausing for a delicious lunch at a charming local restaurant. This meal provides a perfect opportunity to taste regional specialties before delving into the wonders of Pamukkale.

Ancient City of Hierapolis

Upon reaching Pamukkale, we explore the ancient city of Hierapolis. This historical gem, once a center for healing and spirituality in antiquity, is adorned with well-preserved ruins of houses, a necropolis, a theater, and Roman baths. Our guide will enrich your visit with fascinating insights into its storied past.

Cotton Castle: Pamukkale’s Natural Wonder

Pamukkale, known for its breathtaking limestone terraces filled with hot springs, resembles a “Cotton Castle.” Wander through these natural terraces, soaking up the stunning views. For those intrigued by thermal pools, consider a visit to Cleopatra’s Pool—a historic thermal pool within Pamukkale (note: entrance fee required).

Return Journey

As our exploration concludes, we’ll head back to Side. The return journey offers a moment of relaxation and reflection on the incredible sights and experiences of the day.

This itinerary promises an unforgettable journey through some of Turkey’s most beautiful and historical landscapes, blending natural wonders with ancient history for a truly enriching experience.

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Questions & Answers

Is there anything else extra I should know about the Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side?

Drinks and access to the Cleopatra pool are not included in the purchase of your ticket.

Do I need to bring my swimming suit for the Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side?

You should absolutely put your bathing suit underneath your clothing so that you may effortlessly take a brief swim. Don’t forget to bring a towel and sunscreen!

Why is the bus ride from Side to Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour so long?

While you will be travelling a few hundred kilometres, you can be confident that you will make any required convenience breaks along the route and that the bus is completely air conditioned with roomy seating. You may discover that you use your travel time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Can anyone take the Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side?

Anyone who has mobility issues should avoid it. Pamukkale offers many of opportunities for walking. Otherwise, this is a family-friendly trip (children like splashing around in the rock pools), and the beaches and waters of Lake Salda are a dream come true for people of all ages. This journey is a treat from beginning to end, with its feeling of history and natural beauty.

Reviews of Salda Lake & Pamukkale Tour from Side

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Anika Juarez
Anika Juarez

Brilliant day trip from Side to a very popular tourist spot in Turkey. The day was great and the pools were quite busy with tourists from all over the world. We went there with my son, he loved the place so much too.

Dora Blake
Dora Blake

I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is staying in Side and wants to visit Pamukkale!!


Did the Pamukkale Express Tour. The tour guides were of the highest quality and knowledgeable of all those areas we visited. Always ready to answer all your questions. I can’t wait to come back to Side and explore some more.