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Side City Tour

The charming town of Side, nestled by the Mediterranean Sea’s azure waters, serves as a perfect blend of historical charm, vibrant nightlife, rich cultural heritage, and pristine natural landscapes. Indeed, the city attracts countless visitors annually, eager to immerse themselves in its cosmopolitan culture and explore its premier attractions. For those looking to experience all that Side has to offer, embarking on a Side City Tour presents an opportunity to witness the city’s most celebrated sites and understand its widespread popularity.

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Embark on an All-Day Tour with Pick-Up from Side

Every morning, embark on a captivating full-day tour that begins with a convenient pick-up service from your accommodation in Side. Enjoy the comfort of a fully air-conditioned bus equipped with soft seating as you journey through the day. A well-informed guide proficient in English will accompany you, offering insightful commentary on each site visited to enhance your experience.

Explore Side City and its Ancient Ruins

Your journey starts with a brief 30-minute visit to the breathtaking Manavgat Waterfall, known for its grand scale and the serene green waters cascading into the pool below. This is an ideal moment for peaceful reflection and capturing stunning photographs. Relax and savor the experience as your tour continues to Seleukia (Lybre), an ancient city perched on a hill for strategic defense, dating back to the 4th century BC.

Explore the Grandeur of Manavgat

Among the historic remnants, you’ll find an ancient agora, a resilient Byzantine church, and a temple dedicated to Apollo. Following your exploration, the tour leads to a local village where you’ll engage with the inhabitants and gain insight into their daily lives. Shop for unique souvenirs before enjoying a meal at a traditional restaurant. The tour culminates at the Merkez Kullye Mosque in Manavgat, notable for its stunning architecture both inside and out. The mosque features a large, intricately carved dome and interiors adorned with contemporary eastern art.

Your guide will provide comprehensive answers to any questions and share detailed information about the mosque. The tour concludes with a comfortable bus ride back to Side, leaving you enriched by the day’s adventures and carrying memories that will last a lifetime.

How much does Side Turkey City Tour cost?

Side Turkey City Tour costs (price) 28 € for adults, 18 € for children 6 between 12 years old and children under 6 years old are free.

Side Hotels – 09:00

Includes

  • Hotel Transfer (Both Ways)
  • English Guiding
  • Bus with Full A/C
  • Entry Tickets
  • Lunch
  • Insurance

Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks

“Please note that we have no hidden costs”

What do you need to bring with you?

Sun Cream, Sunglasses, Camera, Comfortable Shoes, Comfortable Clothing.

Description of Side City Tour

In-Side City Tour Turkey, Side, a coastal city in Turkey, was established by the ancient Greeks around the 7th century BC. This city, notable for its expansive harbour, served as a crucial hub for trade and culture. It was also a place where enslaved individuals were traded openly. However, in the eighth century, it faced destruction at the hands of the Arabs. Over time, the remnants of Side gave rise to a quaint fishing village known as Selimiye.

This village has since undergone significant modernization in its infrastructure, transforming into a popular destination for tourists. Despite these modern advancements, several historical ruins remain accessible for exploration. Among these are the temples dedicated to Apollo and Athena, the Vespassina fountain, an ancient Amphitheater, the agora (a combination of a state and market square), as well as remnants of baths, hospitals, and streets adorned with columns, showcasing the rich history of the area.

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Pick-up

An early morning pickup from your accommodation in Side is arranged, ensuring comfort with a modern, air-conditioned bus for your excursion.

Tour guide

Upon boarding the bus, a seasoned tour guide, proficient in English, will welcome you. This guide will accompany you throughout your journey, providing insightful information, responding to any questions, and assisting as needed.

Manavgat waterfall

The journey’s initial highlight is the Manavgat Waterfall, a serene haven echoing with the sounds of nature. The sight of the waterfall, with its majestic flow and striking green waters, promises to be a breathtaking experience. You will have about 30 minutes here to capture photos, explore the surroundings, or simply relax amidst the tranquil setting.

Seleukia

Following that, the excursion leads to Seleukia, a historic settlement perched atop a hill and dating back to the fourth century BC. The elevation offers magnificent panoramas, and you’ll have the chance to discover ancient ruins including the agora, the Temple of Apollo, and a Byzantine church. Feel free to engage the tour guide with any inquiries about the site’s historical background and significance.

Lunch

The adventure proceeds to a quaint village, presenting an excellent opportunity to interact with locals and gain insight into their everyday life. Here, small shops and booths offer local delicacies and souvenirs. A lunch break at a traditional restaurant in the vicinity is also part of the plan.

Merkez Kulliye Mosque

The tour concludes with a visit to the Merkez Kulliye Mosque, one of the country’s most magnificent mosques, celebrated for its vast, ornately decorated dome and interior adorned in vibrant eastern patterns. As you explore, the tour guide will enlighten you with intriguing facts about the mosque’s importance.

Return back

In the late afternoon, your exploration comes to an end as you are transported back to your hotel in Side, marking the close of a memorable day.

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Questions & Answers

Where can I book the Side City Tour?

Our website Joinexcursions.com allows you to book Side City Tour online. The online booking form is very easy to use!

When does the Side City Tour begin?

The Side City Tour begins at 09:00 and concludes at 16:00. This excursion will last 7 hours.

What is the price of the Side City Tour?

Side City Tour costs (price) 28 € for adults, 18 € for children 6 between 12 years old and children under 6 years old are free.

What are the main attractions of Side City Tour?

Side is an ancient city in Turkey with well-preserved ruins, including a Roman amphitheater, a temple of Apollo, and the “Arch of Hadrian.” The city also has beautiful beaches, a small museum showcasing ancient artifacts, an ancient harbor, and the nearby Manavgat Waterfall. It is a popular destination for history enthusiasts, beach-goers, and those interested in Turkey’s cultural heritage.

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Diana Bowen
Diana Bowen

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore the area, learn more about the history/culture and spend some time in a peaceful park watching the falls. 5 stars!😍

Matteo
Matteo

Excellent trip. Totally worth it. We did everything as stated in the description. Comfortable minibus with 12 seats. Ample time to spend at each location. It was just an unforgettable experience!