Phaselis, Mt Tahtali & Yörük Park
If you’d like an insight into Antalya’s past and present, then this full day tour will tick all the boxes. You’ve got history at the ancient ruins of Phaselis, panoramic views with a ride on the Olympos Aerial Tram and local traditions at Yoruk Park, an open air folkloric museum.
After pick-up from your hotel, you’ll travel to the ancient Greek and Roman city of Phaselis, located on the Lycia coastline. Walk among the ruins of shops and the main street while glimpsing into its former life as an important commercial port. From here, you’ll spot the Bey Mountains National Park in the distance – your next destination.
You’ll ride through the clouds to the summit of Tahtali Mountain on one of the longest cable-car rides in the world. At the top – 2,365m above sea level – you’ll have plenty of time to soak up 360-degree panoramas from the viewing platforms. And once you’re back on lower ground, you’ll head to Yoruk Park for a taster of Turkish nomadic culture.
Manavgat Family Adventure Tour
Mountain roads and villages are the stars of this great family-orientated excursion. Start off with a visit to an orange grove. Then grab a bargain in a Turkish textile shop. For lunch there’s a barbecue on a TUI-exclusive island before a cruise down the River Manavgat.
It’s a tangy start to the day at the orange garden, where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Next up is a visit to a textile shop, where you’ll be tempted to grab a bargain. 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 Manavgat River. This off-road and catamaran combination is offered only by TUI.
Perge & Aspendos Tour
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. Among the attractions you’ll discover is perhaps the best-preserved Roman theatre of all.
First on the history hitlist is the classical city of Perga. This once-bustling Roman port was founded around 1300 BC and the first stop for St Paul on his missionary journeys around the Mediterranean. 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. There’s also a 12,000-seater stadium and the remnants of a Bronze Age acropolis.
Next, we go to Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved theatres from antiquity. Built 2,000 years ago into a steep hillside and big enough for 15,000 spectators, its perfect acoustics mean that it’s still used for operas and concerts today.
Pamukkale and Lake Salda
Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish – and you’ll see why as soon as you set eyes upon its magical landscape. Heading deep into the Anatolian countryside, you’ll also visit Hierapolis, Lake Salda and Cleopatra’s Pool. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.
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 wander around and savour the beauty of the location
You’ll then head to Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards, catch a peek of the bright white terraces before exploring the ruins of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then let off steam with a dip in Cleopatra’s Ancient Pool, where you swim among ancient ruins, before dinner in a forest restaurant on the way back.
Monster Off-Road, Jet Boat & Rafting
If there’s ever a trip out that combines all the thrills and spills you’d want, then this is it. You’ll ride through a nature park in a Monster Truck, whizz over Koprulu Canyon in a jet boat and supercharge the afternoon with some white water rafting. Even the transfer from the hotel is ramped up a level.
Calling all adrenaline junkies, this Antalya tour comes with a twist. You’ll travel off-road to the base camp from where the unrelenting action is about to be released. 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 Koprulu 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 white water rafting, when you’ll get to freshen up in the midst of the gentle rapids.
Alanya Evening Safari with Dinner
For a taste of the high life Turkish style, it’s hard to beat this blockbuster evening excursion. It’s a greatest hits of Alanya’s best bits. A cable car ride to Alanya Castle to catch the sunset, a dinner of regional dishes and a bit of off-roading are all on the menu tonight.
You’ll get straight into the action by hopping onto the Alanya Castle cable car. Once at the top, we’ll amble around, taking in the scenery from this vantage point 250 metres above the Med. After a treat from Mother Nature in the form of sunset, we’ll zip down to Meazza gourmet restaurant by way of Alanya harbour. See chefs at work and savour regional delicacies such as kuymak, a cornmeal and melted cheese dish from the Black Sea coast, and halva made from semolina. Delish.
And there’s more. After dinner, we’ll go off-road, heading to the Alanya View Terrace up above the city for a glass of wine. Drink in the views of the city lights shimmering off the Med – a great way to end an amazing evening.
Alanya shopping half-day
Nothing offers an authentic slice of Turkish life like a local market. Soak up the sights and sounds of Alanya’s spice and fish markets, its bustling bazaar and a jewellery centre on this afternoon shopping tour.
First up is a trip to Alanya’s fragrant spice and fish market. Here, you’ll be wowed by the mind-boggling range of spices on offer and by the quality of the seafood – plucked from local waters on the very morning.
Net a bargain in 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 before winding things down a bit with some free time exploring Alanya’s charming Old Town at your own pace.
Pirates of Antalya
Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. But first you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a TUI Pirate.
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 the boat. 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.
Side by night
All Roman ruins and great sea views, the peninsula town of Side is one of the must-sees in this corner of Turkey. What makes it doubly appealing is that its archaeological relics are randomly scattered around the old town.
An evening visit is the ideal way to combine some sightseeing and dinner. By arriving during the early evening you can check out Side’s showpiece – the Temple of Apollo. Perched on the end of the peninsula, it’s said that Antony and Cleopatra held love trysts under its shining white columns. 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.
Check out the other ruins or delve into the old town whose grid-like streets are stuffed with stone houses, shops and bazaars. After this, you’ll end your evening at a harbour-side restaurant where you can tuck into an included two-course dinner.
Blue Cruise Alanya
A boat trip that offers the best of both worlds – a tranquil start with a party atmosphere later on. This cruise along the Alanya coast is the perfect escape from the bustling resorts and when you’re fully recharged, get ready to dance along to your favourite top hits.
As you sail out of the harbour, 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 – bring a snorkel and mask to really make the most of the clear waters. Then 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.