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Nat Geo Day Tour: Women of Antalya, Past to Present
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Women of Antalya, Past to Present

Nearly two millennia ago, Plancia Magna blazed a trail by making an impressive impact on the city of Perge despite the usual passive role of women at that time. She was born into a wealthy, powerful family, but instead of an easy life, she used her privilege to benefit her city. Her courage, independence and character was celebrated long after her time, and inspired women through the ages to seek influential roles in society. Your National Geographic-trained guide will reveal the ancient city of Perge with a focus on the life and legacy of Plancia Magna, an inspirational figure even today. Perhaps Plancia was a source of inspiration for Hatice Adıgüzel, whose workshop you will visit next. Discover the skills and artistry involved in creating lamps and garden ornaments from gourds, and learn from Hatice herself what sets her business apart - her leadership in a male-dominated workforce, her commitment to empowering local women and her choice of sustainable materials. During a hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to create your own decorative gourd and learn more about Hatice's work with the local women's community. She pays her success forward by employing women to grow and decorate the gourds from their own homes for the business. They also make the snacks you'll enjoy during the workshop. Hatice's aim is to help women who are unable to work in regular employment due to childcare commitments or similar restrictions by giving them a convenient way to earn.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring Antalya's Nomadic Culture
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring Antalya's Nomadic Culture

The foothills of the Taurus mountains have been a region of travel and trade for millennia. On this National Geographic tour, you'll embrace the region's ancient traditions that are still thriving today and immerse yourself in the nomadic lifestyle by visiting a Yörük family. Head over to the Seljuk bridge at Aspendos with your guide who will reveal alluring facts about the site. Built around the 4th century on the banks of Köprüçay, this architectural marvel is renowned for its distinctive zigzag design, a testament to its intriguing history. Continue your voyage and head over to the 13th-century Kargıhan caravanserai, where much of its original layout remains remarkably intact. Step back in time as you wander through the inn's chambers, guardian's quarters, bathhouse, and prayer hall alongside your guide. This is a place that radiates history, where countless travelers sought refuge and replenishment. The Yörük people have perfected their nomadic lifestyle for centuries. Every spring, communities migrate with their herds from the gentle coastal plains to the mountainous summer pastures. Spend time with a Yörük family and learn about their sustainable ways of life. Tuck into a tasty meal with eye-catching views of the Taurus mountains. Nearby, you'll find a spot to purchase locally-made goods like soaps, teas, oils, and more. Proceeds support communities affected by recent earthquakes or forest fires. Finally, Explore Ormana, an Ottoman village famous for its ingeniously crafted 'button houses'.

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Pirate boat trip from Side
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Pirate boat trip from Side

Experience an unforgettable day for the young and the old on a pirate cruise and jump into crystal clear, turquoise waters of the sea.

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Turkish bath with aloe vera and oil massage
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Turkish bath with aloe vera and oil massage

Experience a traditional Turkish bath by relaxing for a day in a hamam.

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Rafting experience in Koprulu canyon
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Rafting experience in Koprulu canyon

Experience the adrenaline rush of battling against the white water rapids and discover rafting through a scenic national park.

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Buggy and rafting experience at Koprulu canyon
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Buggy and rafting experience at Koprulu canyon

Experience the atmosphere on Koprulu canyon river and b prepared to get wet and wild with this unique buggy and rafting experience.

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Off Road Safari and Rafting at Taurus Mountains and Koprulu canyon
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Off Road Safari and Rafting at Taurus Mountains and Koprulu canyon

Discover a great combination of jeep safari and rafting experience. Be prepared to get wet and wild and discover a tour through a scenic national park.

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Off-road safari experience to Taurus mountains
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Off-road safari experience to Taurus mountains

Experience a day out on an open topped off-road vehicles through the Taurus mountains & rugged terrain.

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Ancient Perge, Aspendos Roman amphitheater and Kursunlu waterfalls
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Ancient Perge, Aspendos Roman amphitheater and Kursunlu waterfalls

Enjoy three famed sites around Antalya on this full-day guided tour. Walk in the footsteps of the bygone civilization through Perge. Then, the Roman theater and Kurşunlu Waterfall.

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Pamukkale thermal waters and Hierapolis full-day guided tour
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Pamukkale thermal waters and Hierapolis full-day guided tour

Observe the Pamukkale natural wonder of the Aegean region. See the white sinter terraces and the cascades of calcium deposits. Hierapolis and dinner is included too with a guide.

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Demre town and Kekova island by boat guided tour and lunch
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Demre town and Kekova island by boat guided tour and lunch

Discover the ancient Lymra, now called Demre, on the banks of the river Myros. See the hometown and burial place of St. Nicholas. Plus, the ancient Greek amphitheater and more.

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Monster truck, rapids and more full-day fun adventure with lunch
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Monster truck, rapids and more full-day fun adventure with lunch

Perfect for a day combining monster truck, buggy, outback action and rafting activities. Don't miss out on this full-day adventure along the Köprülü river and off-road with lunch included.

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Things to do in Antalya

Dipping its toes in the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, Antalya enjoys 300 days of sunshine every year. Tucked up against the Taurus mountains, this lively city boasts sun-drenched beaches, a charming old quarter and plenty to keep you busy. Stand in the footprints of ancient civilisations when you visit the many archaeological sites in the area, some of which date back more than three millennia. If you like to mix your beach time with exciting activities, Antalya is the perfect destination. Take your pick from an inviting range of excursions like rafting, river cruises or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Or keep it local with an exploration of Kaleiçi, the historic part of town, clustered around the postcard-pretty harbour and packed with fine eateries and plenty of atmosphere. Top six things to do in Antalya 1. Explore the Taurus Mountains There’s no shortage of wow factor scenery around Antalya. The lofty peaks of the Taurus mountains rise to the north and west, scattered with lakes, caves and green valleys. For epic views, leave the heat at sea level and ride the cable car up Mount Olympus. Jump out at an altitude of 2,365m after admiring the scenery on the 4km journey up. Turn up the thrills with a visit to the dramatic Köprülü National Park, where the cleft of Köprülü Canyon is 400 metres deep in places, and the river at its base is perfect for whitewater rafting. Birdwatching and hiking are also popular things to do in the mountains around Antalya. 2. Uncover archaeological riches Dotted with ancient wonders that have stood the test of time, the Antalya area is packed with historical headliners. About 2,300 years ago, Termessos was a thriving city built on a plateau under the summit of Mount Güllük at over 1,000 metres. Today, remnants of streets and villas, sturdy stone temples, a bath house and a dramatically sited theatre lie abandoned, surrounded by pine forests giving the whole site a powerful, Indiana Jones atmosphere. Ancient Perga is even older – nearly 3,000 years old – lying just inland from Antalya. It was a walled town which had its heyday under Roman rule. The site is best known for colonnaded streets and elaborate fountains. Nearby Aspendos is home to one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in Europe, still used for opera shows every June. 3. Get Your Fix of Nature If natural marvels are more your thing, a clutch of serene lakes and waterfalls await discovery a short hop from Antalya. Though the waterfall at Manavgat doesn’t drop far, the turquoise water and idyllic surroundings make up for it. River cruises to see the waterfall are a popular option. Tick off one of the most popular things to do in Antalya when you go on foot or by boat to see the Lower Düden falls crashing over the coastal cliffs into the sea. Kurşunlu waterfall is another fairy-tale cascade within easy reach of Antalya, while local beauty spot Lake Karacaören offers boat trips and great swimming spots. 4. Relax on Antalya’s Most Beautiful Beaches Turkey’s crinkle-cut coastline boasts hundreds of beaches, from sleepy coves to lively spans of sand that stretch for kilometres. The best beaches around Antalya are just as varied. Konyaaltı is a vast, showstopper of a beach to the west of town, perfect for beachside dining, strolling through the beach park, or simply sunbathing. Stretching east from the centre of Antalya, Lara beach is a family-friendly beach with acres of sand and good facilities. Small but perfectly formed, the three coves of Phaselis merit a visit if you like wild beaches backed by a fascinating archaeological site. 5. Cruise the Coast on a Boat Trip When the seascapes are so ravishing, who can resist the temptation to get out onto the water? A boat trip is a great way to see the coast around Antalya from a different perspective. Choose from a short trip to see the local shoreline, or head further afield to visit Kekova island and the relics of the sunken ancient town of Simena. Gulet cruises are a popular option for boat trips around Antalya – touring the Turquoise Coast in classic boats adds extra romance and character to your cruise. 6. Savour Local Flavours With so many adventurous things to do on the doorstep, you’ll work up an appetite in no time on holiday in Antalya. Luckily the old town, the resorts and the beaches are bursting with great places to try out tasty Turkish specialities. Fresh fish, Turkish kebabs and kofte meatballs are local favourites, or you could sample a variety of appetisers when you order a selection of meze – lots of small dishes to share. As they say in Turkey, ‘Afiyet olsun’ – Enjoy your meal.
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