Some Ideas for Day Trips and Short Excursions
Day Trip to Aspendos and Apollos Temple in Side For those wishing to see some of the area’s greatest treasures in a short space of time this one day tour is ideal, especially if you are only staying in Turkey for a week to 10 days.. First you travel to the truly awesome Aspendos Theatre which is an incredibly well preserved Roman amphitheatre with seating for 1500, still used for operas and ballets today. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica and one of the largest aqueducts in Anatolia. From Aspendos you travel to Manavgat Waterfalls where milky white foaming water rushes powerfully over the rocks and there are shady gardens and restaurants making the falls a very pleasant resting spot. Lastly you visit Side, one of the best known classical sites in Turkey with its magnificent theatre, Temple of Apollo and Roman baths. If you are lucky to have a longer stay in Turkey then you may prefer to book private transport in order to spend more time in each of these locations. Side is worthy of a full day visit.
Day Excursion to Alanya Sea and Dolphin Park Many tour operators offer a day trip to this tropical hideaway is a unique activity park not found anywhere else in Turkey or even Europe. Upon arrival each guest is given a shorty wetsuit, a diving mask and snorkel and shown to the tropical beach with sun loungers and sunshades where they can rest in between taking part in any of the available activities. Activity option include swimming in the coral reef lagoon which is literally teeming with rare and colourful topical marine fish. Walk any time through the “manta” pool with the harmless and friendly stingrays. Ride and relax on the lazy river ride. You also have the opportunity to enter the world of sharks and discover a shark lagoon behind a net – here you can study the sharks up close and take as many photos as you like. Lunch in the parks restaurant is included in the entry price. The entrance fee also covers you for seats at the dolphin shows. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and worth every single penny.
Two or Three Day Short Tour of Cappadocia Everyone should visit Cappadocia at least once. You will visit, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful areas of Turkey if not the world. Most tours takes you through the Taurus mountains with photo stops and coffee served in areas of outstanding beauty. You visit Konya along the way with the mausoleaum of Mevlana and then travel onto Cappadocia for sunset. There is not one photograph which will prepare you for the sights you are about to see. It is truly awe-inspiring and tranquil. Each trip varies in length but you normally spend at least two nights in a hotel and are usually invited to enjoy an authentic Turkish night in a cave restaurant – a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable experience.
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