Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach Alanya

Alanya
Alanya

Alanya is Turkey's hottest resort town—literally. Temperatures here are higher than almost anywhere else in Turkey, averaging 106°F (27°C) in July and August; the waves lapping the long Mediterranean beaches that sweep toward Alanya's great rock citadel are only a degree or two cooler. This makes high summer in Alanya heaven for sun-starved, disco-loving, hard-drinking northern Europeans but rather hellish for anyone seeking a quiet holiday surrounded by nature. View more

That said, Alanya is home to one of Turkey's biggest year-round expatriate communities, and in spring and autumn it's a pleasantly warm and inexpensive place to indulge in a few days of easily accessible swimming, historic sites, and good food. Foreign influence has encouraged this city to clean up its act. Former wastelands of concrete-block apartments are now colorfully painted; Ottoman districts around the harbor are well on the way to being restored; and the eclectic jumble of houses inside the magnificent red-walled citadel contains an increasing number of handsome boutique hotels. Other improvements include the opening of a microbrewery (Red Tower, which serves what may be the best beer in Turkey) and the debut of touch-screen bike rentals around the city center. Alanya is famed for its sandy beaches, within walking distance of most hotels. The best swimming place is known as Cleopatra's Beach—yet another accretion to the fables surrounding Mark Antony's courtship of the Egyptian queen—and its yellow sands extend northwest from the citadel. Boats can be hired from the harbor for relaxing day tours to caves around the citadel and a view of the only surviving Seljuk naval arsenal. Alanya, called Kalanaoros by the Byzantines, was captured by the sultan Alaaddin Keykubad in 1221 and became the Turkish Seljuks' first Mediterranean stronghold in their centuries-long migration westward. Several amusing stories explain the Seljuk sultan's conquest: one says he married the commander's daughter, another that he tied torches to the horns of thousands of goats and drove them up the hill in the dark of night, suggesting a great army was attacking. Most likely, he simply cut a deal. Once settled, he modestly renamed the place Alaiya, after himself, and built defensive walls to ensure he would never be dislodged. The Ottomans arrived in 1471, and gave it its current name, Alanya.

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Exkursionen in Alanya

Side Antique Site & Alanya Museum Tour

Experience the ancient history and the natural beauty surrounding Alanya during this half-day excursion.


Departing the pier for an approximate 45-minute drive will bring you to the ancient ruins of Side.


Side

The town was founded by Aeolians in the 7th century BCE. 'Side' meant 'pomegranate' in the local language. Until the Roman Imperial period, pomegranate was the symbol used on the coins of Side. It is rumored that Anthony and Cleopatra chose the town for a romantic tryst. The ruins are impressive with many examples of Hellenistic and Roman architecture. The old and the new are insolubly merged and intertwined in Side. You will see the theatre, which had a seating capacity of 15,000. It was used in the late Roman Period for gladiator fights as well as theatrical productions. Remains of a monumental gate and a fountain are also located at the entranceway of the ancient theater. Amongst other more prominent ruins are the Agora, the Temple of Athena, the Temple of Apollo and also a Byzantine basilica.


Side Museum and Bath Complex

Continuing your exploration, make a visit to a huge Roman Hamam, transformed into a museum and hosting the most beautiful archeological pieces of art from region. The interior portion of the Side museum contains many well-preserved statues, including a statue of Hercules in its center, and a nearly complete statue of Apollo. There are also Roman amphorae recovered from Side's waters, statue heads of people and gods, reliefs, and ornate sarcophagi recovered from Side's necropolis. There is also a fragment displaying an inscription in the Sidetan language; a language which has never been deciphered, as well as a display of an ancient Roman grave.


Alanya Archaeological Museum

Exhibits span the period from the Bronze Age through Greek and Roman to Ottoman times. the exhibits include a large coin collection and a Bronze sculpture of Herakles from 200 CE that has become a popular symbol for the museum. The Ethnology Room has a fine assortment of woven and embroidered mats, Turkish carpets, wood and copper inlay work, gold and silver, along with beautifully written and illuminated religious books.


After your visit, reboard your coach for the return drive to the pier in Alanya.


Please note: Tour involves moderate to extensive walking over uneven ground (approximately 400m/0.25 miles) with approximately 20 steps at the ruins. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes, seasonal clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Experience the splendid natural beauty of the Sapadere countryside during this panoramic, half-day canyon excursion.


Sapadere Village and Tea

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Sapadere. Your first stop is at this small mountain village, which includes a short walk around the area and tea served in the village. Afterward, proceed on-foot for a guided stroll to the nearby canyon.


Sapadere Canyon Nature Trek

Upon arrival, marvel at the delightful nature scenes, waterfalls, rare plants, butterflies, and small animals and birds. Continue walking along the ladders in the canyon, and take in the refreshing clean air. You can also drink the cool, clean water; a treat on hot summer days, as the water reaches a high of 53.6°F (about 12°C) during the warmest time of the year.


Archaeological Museum

Next, re-board your coach for the drive back to Alanya, and a visit to the Archaeological Museum. The museum consists of two sections devoted to the conservation and display of archaeological and ethnographic artefacts. Exhibited in a separate room is the crowned jewel of Alanya's Archaeological Museum; a very well-preserved bronze statue of Hercules, approximately 20.4 inches (52 centimetres) in height and dating from the 2nd century BCE Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2 km/1.25 miles, at times over uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Side & Manavgat Waterfalls

Explore the natural beauty and ancient history surrounding Alanya during this scenic half-day sightseeing tour. Depart the pier for the approximately 60-minute drive to the ancient ruins of Side.


Side

The town was founded by Aeolians in the 7th century BCE. 'Side' meant 'pomegranate' in the local language. Until the Roman Imperial period, pomegranate was the symbol used on the coins of Side. It is rumored that Anthony and Cleopatra chose the town for a romantic tryst. The ruins are impressive with many examples of Hellenistic and Roman architecture. The old and the new are insolubly merged and intertwined in Side. You will see the theatre, which had a seating capacity of 15,000. It was used in the late Roman Period for gladiator fights as well as theatrical productions. Remains of a monumental gate and a fountain are also located at the entranceway of the ancient theater. Amongst other more prominent ruins are the Agora, the Temple of Athena, the Temple of Apollo and also a Byzantine basilica.


Side Museum and Bath Complex

Continuing your exploration, make a visit to a huge Roman Hamam, transformed into a museum and hosting the most beautiful archeological pieces of art from region. The interior portion of the Side museum contains many well-preserved statues, including a statue of Hercules in its center, and a nearly complete statue of Apollo. There are also Roman amphorae recovered from Side's waters, statue heads of people and gods, reliefs, and ornate sarcophagi recovered from Side's necropolis. There is also a fragment displaying an inscription in the Sidetan language; a language which has never been deciphered, as well as a display of an ancient Roman grave.


Manavgat Waterfall

The Manavgat Waterfall is located on the Manavgat River, which descends from the Toros Mountains. This waterfall is a place of rare beauty for lovers of nature. Though the fall is only a few metres high, the riverbed is wide and the flow high enough to make the falls thundering and white all over. Enjoy some free time and a refreshment at the falls before boarding the coach for the return to the pier.


Please note: Tour involves moderate to extensive walking over uneven ground and several steps at the ruins. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes, seasonal clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Alanya at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Alanya at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.