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Vision of Voyage Hotels

To lead the dynamics of privileged accommodation and to be the ultimate goal of each customer and personnel in the destinations we operate.

Mission of Voyage Hotels

To keep customer satisfaction at the highest level and to enrich lives with high quality services that we deliver through empathy, value generation, innovation, company spirit and respect for diversity.

Values of Voyage Hotels

  • Innovation
  • Passion
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Care
  • Determination
  • Sustainability

OUR SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

COMMON QUALIFICATIONS WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE THAT THEY MUST HAVE THE TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES REQUIRED BY THEIR ROLE AND THAT THEY HAVE THE PERSONAL FEATURES COMPLYING WITH OUR CORPORATE CULTURE AND VALUES.

  • To establish and retain policies that promote honest, transparent, fair, respectable, and trust based relationships.
  • To select and develop our dynamic and professional human resources from the candidates who fit appropriately with our corporate culture and objectives.
  • To establish, manage, monitor, and improve systems on occupational health and safety, as a group that invests in and values people.
  • To organise training events that will serve our company's goals, improve the personal development of our personnel, and measure their effectiveness.

Here, we respect each other's rights and opinions; we know that we are a whole, without discrimination on the basis of gender, language, religion or race. Our primary responsibility is to treat all of our employees fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation, age, gender, ethnicity, religious belief or ability. In this context, we learn together, become stronger, and have the opportunity to develop economically, personally, and professionally. Our sense of belonging is a reflection of our team, and our commitment to our work.

For this;


  • We adopt a common management approach that is open, equal, transparent, fair, and involving employees,
  • We offer equal, standard, safe working conditions,
  • We allow problems to be heard and solved,
  • We provide monitor work performance and assist with professional career planning,
  • We sustain a fair work and remuneration policy that meets legislations and established standards,
  • We listen to our employees, apply a communication model where ideas can be freely declared, and improve dialogue,
  • We make our employees feel safe and protect their personal information,
  • We prioritise the right to know where we work, to develop ourselves and to be trained,
  • We ensure that all of our employees benefit from the benefits, fringe benefits and awards we offer.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE. RECOGNISING THEM AS INDIVIDUALS, RESPECTING THEIR RIGHTS, OBSERVING AND PROTECTING THEM AGAINST ANY PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, COMMERCIAL ETC. EXPLOITATION IS OUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY.

For this;

  • We offer environments/facilities that contribute to the development of children, where they can easily express their thoughts and wishes, and feel free and comfortable.
  • We congratulate and encourage small achievements at every opportunity, and provide direction to help them understand one other’s feelings and thoughts when communicating with other children.
  • We educate our team about all types of child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect), and provide training on notifying child abuse, and our social obligations in this regard.
  • We try to be aware of the attitude and behaviour of parents towards their children and any signs of physical, verbal, or psychological abuse, violence, or neglect.
  • We ensure that our child guests are under adult supervision during the activities they attend.
  • We make sure to know how to contact parents or other trusted adults in situations where we take custody of our child guests (nursing service, mini club, etc.).
  • We organise training events in order to raise awareness on the protection of children's rights and support related projects,
  • When we witness any suspicious actions towards children, we inform the hotel management first and ask for help from the Social Support Line.

HERE, WE PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, REDUCE POLLUTION, AND AIM TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

For this;

  • We assess the impact of environmental damage and develop methods to minimise this within the framework of legal regulations,
  • We try to prevent accidents that can cause any kind of pollution or damage the environment,
  • We take care to separate our waste in the most efficient way, according to the group and hazard class. With this approach, more waste can be recycled or destroyed without damaging nature. We aim to reduce the amount of waste.
  • We try to use water, energy and all natural resources economically; we share this value with our employees, guests and suppliers.
  • We measure our performance in environmental management and monitor these data with targets to improve our performance,
  • We aim to educate our employees about the environment and increase their awareness,
  • We work to ensure that our guests and employees participate in our environmental protection policy, and we try to make this philosophy a lifestyle.

WE KNOW THE AREA AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WELL, RESPECT THE HISTORICAL VALUES AND TRADITIONS, AND TRY TO CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT.

For this;

  • We support the protection of local resources and facilities, and ensure accessibility to them,
  • We ensure that local culture and traditions are adopted and do not allow discrimination based on opinions, ethnic origin, beliefs, etc.,
  • We have discussions and take into consideration the values, sensitivities and needs of the local people when decisions are made.
  • We support the preservation of historical and archaeological artefacts,
  • Together with the local people, we work for solidarity and the protection of historical and cultural assets, and avoid affecting the natural landscape where possible,
  • We provide local employment and supplies to contribute to the regional economy,
  • We support the promotion of local food, and activities, culture and traditions of the region (religious places, cultural places, natural wealth, etc.), and train employees in this regard.

OUR GROUP SUPPORTS GENDER EQUALITY

For this;

  • We ensure the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees regardless of gender.
  • We support women's participation in the labour force in all our departments
  • We employ an equal wage policy for equal rights without gender discrimination.
  • We distribute duties according to the principle of equality.
  • We provide equal access to career opportunities regardless of gender.
  • We create educational policies, support women's participation and increase awareness.
  • We create work environments and practices that promote a work-family life balance.
  • We support women wishing to pursue managerial roles.

Within the scope of our innovative tourism mentality, we hereby undertake the following to constantly improve and develop the information security management system that we carry out in order to protect all information assets:


 • To determine risk acceptance criteria and the risks, develop and apply controls,
 • To ensure that information security risk assessment process is performed to detect the risks regarding confidentiality, integrity and accessibility within the scope of information security management system,
 • To define a framework regarding evaluation of the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility effects of information within the scope of information security management system,
 • To review the technological expectations in terms of the concept provided and monitor the risks constantly, 
 • To fulfil the information security requirements arising from corporate responsibilities against internal and external stakeholders, meeting the contractual obligations, fulfilling the legal and relevant legislation requirements stipulated in the national or sectoral regulations. 
 • To minimize the impact of information security threats on service continuity and contribute to the sustainability, • To be able to respond quickly to information security incidents that may occur and to minimize the impact of the incident, • To maintain and improve the information security level over time with a cost-effective control infrastructure,
 • To improve the corporate reputation and protect the company from information security borne negative effects,
 • To increase the corporate awareness on sensitive information at different levels in terms of confidentiality within the scope of information security, determine logical, physical and administrative controls proposed to apply for information with different sensitivity levels and define storage and disposal rules for the data in portable devices,
 • To disseminate all these efforts in our relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees and all other stakeholders.

We target digitalization at a rate that will not affect our social communication ability, which is one of the strongest aspects of our sector. We adopt the idea that digital transformation is a tool which will increase the speed, productivity, safety in our infrastructure, and our data and analysis ability, contribute to our corporate development, working culture and support our business continuity, catching the era and developing our service quality.


 For this:

 • We follow new trends and technologies and improve the current data communication infrastructure and technological capacity.
 • We work to create necessary conditions for an open and innovative corporate culture and increase the personnel’s competency in using digital tools.
 • We aim to add value to our institution, guests and business partners by carrying our business models and business practices in different business processes to productive digital platforms.
 • In order to prevent errors and increase efficiency in our business processes; we focus on using more facilities like automation, smart systems, control systems, data analysis - reporting tools.
 • We work to increase our brand awareness and sales and achieve sustainable growth by strengthening our marketing strategies with digital opportunities.

DEVELOPMENT, INNOVATION AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATION POLICY Here, we aim to improve working life and the service we offer every day, ensure sustainability, provide added value to the economy as well and be recognized as a brand that is inspired by competitors and that is in effective communication with all its stakeholders.


 For this:

 • We place innovation at the centre of our management approach and we proceed with our stakeholders in innovative processes.
 • We expand our activities in different regions and geographies with new investments. • We ensure modernization at our properties with new architectural projects.
 • We constantly develop our Service concept in line with demands of our guests, sectoral innovations, technological developments, trends and top-class service mentality in order to create high economic value and be a genuine product of hospitality industry. We adopt an ‘’Innovative and Creative’’ philosophy for competition.
 • We identify our corporate risks in advance and take measures and thus we manage our business continuity and growth in the healthiest way.
 • We review and develop our internal processes with our innovative approach and continuous improvement culture.
 • We improve our infrastructure and service quality with new equipment, tools, materials, products and software supplies.
 • In order to be a preferred workplace, we improve our working environments and opportunities and our communication capabilities with our employees.
 • We pay strict attention to establish a transparent, interactive communication based on mutual trust with our stakeholders in all our activities.
 • We evaluate our social, environmental and economic impacts with sustainability approach and we make ensure that our all stakeholders adopt this mentality as well. 
• We diversify our contributions to social life with our social responsibility activities.

ECOSYSTEM AND BIODIVERSITY

Ecology

Ecology is a discipline which studies the interactions among organisms and their environment. In this definition; organisms mean the communities that consist of human beings, animals and plants. The suitable setting for an organism to live and continue its lineage is called environment. Factors like air, water, light and earth create the environment. Ecosystem is the entire community of living organisms and non-living components.

Ecology is closely related with disciplines like botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, plant nutrition, anatomy, morphology, pathology, pedology, geology, geomorphology, mineralogy, physics, chemistry, meteorology and climatology. However, ecology differs from other natural sciences at some points in terms of research subject, methods and purposes. Dealing with basic topics that are common for all living organisms and that can have an effect on those living creatures, ecology studies the habitat of the living organisms and their interactions with other living organisms, not specific organs belonging to a living organism and vital activities of those organs.

Ecology is related with all kinds of biodiversity. Topics of interest also include the place of a small microorganism in the conversion of a food and impact of rain forests on the atmosphere. All living organisms need to establish a relationship with their surroundings. Therefore, ecology is significant for the sustainability of both environment and life.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity means the variety and variability of life on earth and ecological process accordingly. Living organisms need clean water, fertile lands, foods and other substances to maintain their lives. All fungi, plants, animals and other living organism that ensure all these constitute the biodiversity.

As biodiversity in a certain region increases, ecological services increase as well. Since a balanced and correct interaction should be formed between the species to ensure the increase, when biodiversity increases, substance cycle and energy flow in ecosystems will be more effective. In contrary, if the variety in ecosystem decrease, ecosystem services decrease as well.

At this point, ecosystem diversity, variability of species and genetic variability stand as three components that complete each other, ensure the complexity and variety of the life on earth and play an efficient role in the continuity of the nature. Components of biodiversity can be defined as follows:

Ecosystem Diversity: The name of the continuous system formed by the interactions of living and non-living organisms in a certain region. Ecosystem constitutes the mechanism of basic ecological processes needed by human beings like oxygen, water circulation, energy flow, soil production.

Variability of Species: The difference of the species in a region, area, habitat or the entire world is called variability of species. It’s the number of existing species. Species can be classified by their common traits. It’s estimated that there are 10 – 80 million species on earth; however, the number of species that are identified and designated by the scientists is only 1.6 million.

Genetic Variability: Each species consists of its own genetic components. Therefore, member of a species can have different genetic components and can be in different populations. To sustain the genetic variability in a healthy way, it’s required to maintain the different populations of a species.

Benefits of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is significant to maintain the sustainability of the existing level in agriculture and animal husbandry, even in technology as well as continuation of the human life. Abundance of plant and animal species ensures economic gain and leads the way for the development in fields like clean water, clean air, forestry and agriculture. Balance of the ecosystems, habitable condition of the world and health of human beings are ensured thanks to the biodiversity.

Benefits of Plant Diversity

Plants prevent the erosion, give organic matters to the soil and play an important role in the continuation of ecosystem by ensuring the nutrition and sheltering of other living organisms. Vegetables and fruits like silverberry, pistacia terebinthus, alfalfa, sorbus, common hawtorn, wild pear, jujube are used in medicine and efficient in production of drugs and healthy life. On the other hand, cottonwood, juniper, oak, pine and acorn are grown in Turkey and make great contribution to the forestry.

Benefits of Animal Diversity

Animals have been used as food source since being domesticated by early man. Some of the insects ensures the pollination of plants and decomposition of organic substances to dissolve into the soil. Fishes like trout, bass and gray mullet that are specific to the country ensure the continuity of fishery and animals like sheep, goat and cow ensure the continuity of animal husbandry.

Benefits of Ecosystem Diversity

People relieves their stress and concerns in their daily lives by going somewhere in touch with the nature and rest their heads in this way. Tourism based on nature is called ecotourism and it has a huge importance recently. The number of people who want to run away from negative factors like the effect of technology on our daily lives, pressures and concerns in business world and noise, crowd and traffic in big cities, and to relax in the heart of nature has increased especially in the recent period.
Sustainability of the ecosystems depends on the variety and health of the species in it. First rule of the continuation of life of human beings is not spoiling the ecosystems. Beside the benefits of biodiversity and ecosystems for the human beings, they also possess their own values and rights to exist. We must protect them not only for our needs and requirements but also for their own values and rights to exist just as all living organisms.

What is an Endemic Plant?

Derived from the Greek word “endomos”, endemic means local or something belonging to that region. If any plant spreads over an area with certain borders, it’s an endemic plant. Plant species or types that spread over only certain regions on earth are called endemic. Antalya chamomile or Pyrus serikensis are examples for endemic plants to these regions.

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Belek

As a neighbourhood in district Serik of Antalya, Belek is one of the tourist destinations that turns your dreams into reality with its world-class golf courses and its unique atmosphere bringing together the nature and sports, history and holiday, sea and delicious tastes. Located about 40 km to Antalya, Belek stands out with its historical structures and unique natural beauties.

There are many natural beauties and historical assets in Belek and the surrounding, the meeting point for golf lovers since the region hosts international golf tournaments.

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Holiday Recommendations for Belek

Belek also stands out as the centre of golf in Turkey as well as its natural beauties and historical richness! The town features fields for golf lovers like Montgomerie Maxx Royal, bearing the signature of Colin Montgomerie. Welcoming golf lovers from all around the world thanks to its golf facilities that are not important only in Turkey but also in international field, Belek hosts many important tournaments within the year. If you’re also into golf, the world-class fields established against the stunning view of Belek will surely please you.

Belek and its surrounding allows many outdoor sports thanks to its climate conditions and natural conditions. Along with many water sports, especially rafting is preferred in the region. Guests can enjoy adrenalin-filled adventures by attending rafting tours. Besides, outdoor sports like sailing, parasailing, water skiing and diving are frequently preferred in Belek and the surrounding.

Since Belek is popular for its entertainment facilities as well, you can go to concerts and festivals held in the region, especially in Aspendos. Don’t forget to try bergamot and bitter orange jams at the breakfast and enjoy fabulous tables where fish plays the lead role at the dinner. You can taste kulak (ear) soup prepared with chickpeas, meat and yoghurt and ‘hibes’, spread of tahini, cumin, red pepper flakes and lemon juice, as well as the specific Antalya piyaz. Be sure to eat plenty of bitter orange, bergamot, orange and lemon and taste fabulous jams made of citrus fruits and bitter orange in Belek, famous for its citrus fruits and even you should consider taking them with you on your way back home.

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Kemer

One of the most important tourist destinations in Turkey, Kemer is a unique place visited by many domestic and foreign tourists with its blue-flag beaches, fascinating nature, all-day-long activities, deep-rooted history, endless entertainment facilities and colourful night life. Within Olympus-Beydaglari Coastal National Park, Kemer mesmerizes with its spectacular view of the harmony of fragrant pine trees and deep blue sea.

With its 54 km long coastline, Kemer is also preferred with its rich activity options like mountain climbing, trekking, diving, jeep safari and paragliding as well as sea and cultural tourism.

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Holiday Recommendations for Kemer

Be sure to add going to the summit of Tahtali Mountain with Olympus Aerial Tramway to your to-do-list in Kemer. If you want to spice up your holiday, you can try paragliding after enjoying the stunning view from there.

If you are asking yourself “What should I eat in Kemer”, you should try local tastes like fried foods with yoghurt, olive oil mezes, kabak çintmesi (a meal made with zucchini), stuffed squash blossoms, zerde (saffron and rice dessert), cive with eggplant and tahini piyaz. Besides, you can embellish your holiday at the tables with various mezes and fabulous salads along fresh seasonal fishes against sea view.

If holiday means fun for you, Kemer that is one of the most popular holiday destinations with its colourful night life in Antalya will please you as it hosts all-night-long events and music until the first lights in the morning.

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Aspendos / Aspendos Theatre

A Roman Era theatre that has reached today in its best condition, Aspendos is located in district Serik. Built in 2nd century BC and in huge sizes compared to the similars in ancient periods, Aspendos Theatre has a capacity of 15 thousand people. As one of the first places preferred to be visited by many domestic and foreign tourists, it hosts various festivals every year. You should include Aspendos to your where-to-visit list, since it offers the opportunity to see important historical structures like Agora and basilica as well as the longest aqueducts of Anatolia.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Perge Ancient City

Located near the borders of district Aksu, Perge Ancient City has become famous as the richest and most beautiful city of the world in Hellenistic period. There are many prehistoric caves (Karin Cave, Okuzini Cave, Beldibi rock shelters etc.) and settlements in Ancient Pamphylia, where Perge was the capital city. The acropolis in the city is thought to be established during Bronze Age.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Silyon Ancient City

Among the historical assets you can see in Belek and the surrounding where historical and natural beauties are conserved with great care, there is Silyon Ancient City. Between Perge and Aspendos, the city is located 15 km to district Serik. One of the richest cities during the ancient era, Silyon is thought to be established after Trojan War just like other Pamphylia cities. Minting its own coin in 3rd century BC, the city is known to have reflected the Hellenistic defence in the best manner since it was constructed on the top of steeps. If you want to visit Silyon Ancient City, get ready for a tough climbing; even you get tired to reach the city, the view you will witness is definitely worth.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Kursunlu Waterfall and Natural Park

Among the nature’s wonders that Belek offers, there are Kursunlu Waterfalls and Natural Park. The waterfall falling from about 18 m high both spreads a soothing chill and offers bewitching views. The connection point of 7 separate ponds, the waterfall is located within a 2 km long canyon. Turned into a park in 1986 and covering a 33-hectare area along with the waterfall and picnic site, the region is a natural habitat as well. Surrounded largely by calabrian pines, the area features laurel, locust, willow, fig trees, gumwoods, oriental planes and wild olive trees. There are aquatic plants like water lilies, water mint, buckthorn, water yucca and green algae as well as forest flora like thyme, mint, common ivy, spruce, oleander, wild rose, hawthorn, sword fern, spurges, blackberry and tamarix. Featuring a unique natural landscape with its rich vegetation cover, most of the area is reserved as National Park.

Feasting your eyes on green with its plant diversity and your soul with its peace, the region hosts fox, squirrel, lizard, turtle dove, woodpecker, wild boar, carp, terrapin, bat, rabbit, hoopoe, snake and hundreds of bird species.

Picnic area features a playground for kids to have fun, restaurants that deliver delicious tastes, parking lot for those who are travelling with their private cars, walking trails for the ones enjoying taking walks and observation terraces to witness the stunning views. Welcoming numerous domestic and foreign tourists every year with its woodland convenient for picnic, Kursunlu Waterfall and National Park must be included in your list.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Duden Waterfall

One of the nature’s wonders in Antalya, Duden Waterfall takes its source from Kepez Hydroelectric Plant. Separated into two as Lower Duden and Upper Duden, the waterfalls mesmerize with the view of water falling from 40 m high.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Phaselis Ancient City

Situated amid fragrant pine and cedar forests, the city Phaselis stands out with beaches and picnic areas as well as historical texture. You can access the city by sea, located 15 km away from Kemer. Founded by Rhodians in 7th century BC, the city features only a part of the walls from Hellenistic Period at the southwest. There is a large street passing through the middle of the city to the southern end featuring Hadrian Waterway Gate. The street features shops where you can have pleasant times and public structures like Turkish bathes, theatres, agora that date back to 1st century BC.

With a unique beach and sea within the borders of Olympus Beydaglari National Park, the bay has a shallow and sandy structure and is among the most beautiful beaches in Antalya. If they wish, guests can access Phaselis with boat tours.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Yuruks and Yuruk Park

Used to define the people who prefer nomadic life, the name Yuruk is derived from a word that means walking. Making their livings from animal husbandry, Yuruks were the majority in Anatolia. Today living especially in Taurus Mountains, Yuruk people continues their customs and habits even they’re settling down. Retaining their customs like making rugs, tents, fairs, mats, saddlebags and carpets that are trimmed carefully with dyes obtained from plant roots, the Yuruks continue to display their traditions also in agriculture and greenhouse cultivation in Fethiye and district Kumluca of Antalya.

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Olympus Ancient City

The second important coastal town after Phaselis in the region, Olympus is located near the borders of district Kumluca. Offering the opportunity to witness the traces of many civilizations with its deep-rooted history dating back to Hellenistic Period, the city is famous with its loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta Carettas). Established in 2nd BC, the ancient city stands out with its stunning nature with its 3200 m long beach. You can take a peaceful walk in the trekking tracks in Olympus, you can see the burning flame of Olympus, Yanartas (Flaming Stone) closely or you can enjoy sun and sea at Olympus Beach. You can also experience joyful moments thanks to its nature and climate that allow various activities like boat tour, paragliding etc. during your holiday. As a first degree Protected Area since loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs down there, Olympus Bay’s surrounding is pristine. Welcoming visitors with its mesmerizing.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Tahtali Mountain

Located at the southwest of Kemer, Tahtali Mountain is located within the borders of Olympus Beydaglari National Park. It’s the farthest point close to the sea in this region with its height of 2365 metres. One of the first spots visited in Kemer by the tourists, Tahtali Mountain is reached through aerial tramways from Olympus. Be prepared for outstanding views from the summit; you will reach a unique point within 10 minutes using the second longest aerial tramway in the world and the longest one in Europe. After enjoying the view to the full, you can try paragliding to get fill of adventure.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Kesmebogazi Canyon

Within Beydaglari National Park, Kesmebogazi Canyon is located only 5 km to Kemer. Standing out with its both calming atmosphere and impressive view at the meeting point of three rivers, the canyon also features an old Roman bridge. After driving for about 20 minutes from the centre of Kemer, you can reach the canyon where endemic plats species can be found like Olympus Saffron and Kemer Orchid thanks to its floristic structure. Renting a bicycle cam be a better alternative to enjoy the nature to the fullest.

A passage point in ancient ages for armies and Turkmen Yuruks, Kesmebogazi Canyon today hosts jeep safari tours and trekking.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Adrasan

One of the first places that comes to minds of those who want to spend their days at the seaside is Adrasan Beach which offers an ideal environment for divers as well with its 2 km long sandy beach and deep blue sea in Kemer. One of the popular stops of blue cruises thanks to its bewitching nature, peaceful atmosphere, ambiance convenient for water sports and naturally protected harbour, Adrasan is a real centre of attraction. Nature walk lovers can walk towards right side of Adrasan Bay and reach Gelidonya Lighthouse. Since Adrasan is ideal for diving lovers, it allows scuba diving and snorkelling.

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Side Ancient City

The most important coastal town of Pamphylia, Side hosted many civilizations from Lydians to Persians, from Alexander the Great to Romans with its history dating back to 8th century BC. Bearing the traces of all these civilizations, the town also features one of the largest ancient theatres in Anatolia.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Temple of Apollo and Temple of Athena

Used to be natural harbour of Ancient Pamphylia, Side features very special spots like Temple of Apollo and Temple of Athena among the historical ruins. Be sure to visit these two structures that were once the most important temples of their era.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Sorgun Forest

With a large area of about 3120-decare, Sorgun Pine Forest is located near Titreyengol (Shaking Lake), one of the most important touristic destinations in the country where Manavgat River meets Mediterranean. Taking its name from slight waves occurring due to the birds’ flapping in the myths, Titreyengol is covered with pine trees and features walking tracks where you can soak in its fragrant clean air. You can walk through Manavgat Dam by breathing in the peaceful atmosphere of the forest and witness the area where brook falls to the sea on about 4-km long path. Sorgun Forest was put under conservation as 1st Degree Natural Protected Area on June 14, 2007 by Antalya Regional Natural Assets Protection Board of Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Manavgat Waterfall

Over Manavgat River, the waterfall is great to cool off on blistering summer days! You can whether do rafting or enjoy fabulous tastes in the restaurants around the waterfall in Manavgat Waterfall, an ideal spot for those who like being in touch with the nature.

Visiting Hours

We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Side Museum

Established upon the renovation of the bath complex constructed during Roman period, Side Museum displays findings from the region dating back to ancient ages. You can see countless historical artefacts like sarcophagus, epigraph, pedestal, columns etc. in Side Museum.

Visiting Hours

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Kaleici

If you will start exploring Antalya from the centre, Kaleici must be the first place to see. One of the important historical places in Antalya that features remains from Ancient Age, Kaleici bears the traces of a history that reaches today from Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods. You can go on a historical journey with the walls surrounding the region from the inside out and architectural structures of the buildings as well as the life styles, customs and traditions of the people used to live here. You can watch the city over cliffs with boats departing from the historical marina after wandering around the narrow streets amid Kaleici houses with bay windows. You can see the Clock Tower with a height of 14 m constructed during the era of Abdulhamid II or you can be amazed by the unique marina view from the observation platform with glass balcony on a cliff.

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Hadrian’s Gate

Uc kapilar (The Three Gates) /Hadiranus Gate Built in the honor of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited the city in the year 130. It is the entrance gate of Ancient Antalya and it was constructed on the city walls. The gate is situated currently on Ataturk Street and deemed as the landmark of the city.

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Clock Tower

Built by the Grand Vizier Kucuk Sait Pasha in memory of 25th year of accession of Abdulhamid II in 1901, Clock Tower 14 m from floor to top and 8 m from bastion. One of the landmarks of Antalya, Clock Tower was completed during Byzantine period in 9th century AC.

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Hidirlik Tower

The cylindrical tower located in Karaalioglu Park over Kaleici walls, the tower was built in 2nd century and has a height of 14 metres. 2-storey tower is estimated to be built both for communication and defensive purposes. There are also rumours that it used to be a lighthouse or observation tower. Frescoes on the walls of the room on the ground floor are about to fall into disappearance due to the ongoing water leakage for centuries. Considering these frescoes, Hidirlik Tower is also thought to be a tomb of a hero.

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Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum

Opened to public in 1996 following a delicate renovation carried out between 1993 and 1995 after being purchased by Suna and Inan Kirac as two registered buildings which are deemed also as cultural assets that need to be protected in Kaleici, the centre of Ancient Antalya.

The museum is under the within the body of Suna- Inan Kirac Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute (AKMED) connected to Vehbi Koc Foundation.

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Antalya Archaeology Museum

One of the largest museums in Turkey, Antalya Archaeology Museum was established to protect our assets and artefacts from the plunder of occupying forces after World War 1. Founded by the teacher Suleyman Fikri Erten in 1922, the museum has started to provide service in its current building since 1972. Providing important information about the history of Antalya to its visitors with its 14 exhibition halls, the museum has an area of 30000 square meters. Displaying important pieces from Lycia, Pamphylia and Pisidia, the museum also carries out the rescue excavation and archaeological site landscaping studies. It’s one of the most important museums in the world with the recently-found pieces during rescue excavations and pieces from Roman Period in Perge.

Visiting Hours

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Karaalioglu Park

Located at the South of Kaleici, Karaalioglu Park is at a central point that is easy to access by walking or with tramway. Outline of the park that was constructed on an area of 70000 m2 in 1940s, years of World War II, was drawn based on Perge Ancient City. You can enjoy the mesmerizing views of Antalya Gulf and Beydaglari Mountain in the park where there are about 120 plant species.

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Ataturk’s House Museum

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk visited Antalya three times and put his admiration into those words; “There is no doubt that Antalya is the most beautiful place in the world.” Allocated to Ataturk during his visits, the mansion was turned into museum to honour his memory. Providing service as Ataturk’s House Museum since 1986, the mansion’s ground floor features a dining room and another room where you can see pictures of Ataturk during his visits and watch documentaries about Ataturk and Antalya. On the upper floor, there are a room where personal stuff of Ataturk is displayed, workrooms, a bedroom and a special section where commemorative coins and notes are exhibited.

Visiting Hours

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Antalya Aquarium

Located in district Konyaalti of Antalya, Antalya Aquarium consists of aquarium and snow world spaces. Ranked among top 5 of the most visited places by tourists in Turkey, the aquarium features 68 tanks and 6800 cubic meters. Being the 5th largest aquarium with its 5 million litres of main tank capacity, the structure offers exhibition area, cafeteria and playground for kids.

Among the largest aquariums of the world, Antalya Aquarium has a length of 131 meters and width of 3 meters. The tunnel aquarium features full-size aircraft, ship and submarine wreck. At the same time, it’s the biggest tunnel aquarium in the world. As well as the aquarium that will make everybody from all ages have fun, you can also enjoy your time in the cinema and indoor space of 1500 square meters called Snow World where it really snows at night.

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Termessos Ancient City

One of the best protected ancient cities in Turkey, Termessos Ancient City is the meeting point of nature and history. Differentiating from other ancient cities with its pristine appearance, the city was put within the scope of national parks both with its natural beauties and historical artefacts. Alexander the Great wanted to occupy the city in 333 BC but he pulled his army back when he had understood that he would fail. Founded in recent years, 2300-year road that was used by Alexander the Great still maintains its original texture.

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Karain Cave

Among the largest natural caves in Turkey, Karain Cave features Lower, Middle and Upper, layers contrary to the caves that reflect only one era on the earth, and bears traces many civilizations and periods. Bringing light to 500.000 years ago, the region is located 27 km to Antalya. It stands out as the largest cave where men used to live inside among the other caves in Turkey. As well as being important for the history of Anatolia and Near East, the traces of people who witnessed Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Old Bronze and Classic Age and the ruins from those periods are the known oldest findings of Anatolia. Portable artistic pieces found in the cave are also deemed as the first products of Anatolian art.

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Saklikent Ski Centre

You can visit Antalya that is famous for its sea, sand, sun and hot weather also for a great ski holiday. Situated on Beydaglari Mountain, Saklikent Ski Centre is 50 km away from Antalya. One of the ski centres that is closest to the equator, Saklikent Ski Centres offers two seasons in one day thanks to its location. You can ski in the daytime and swim in the afternoon. Offering entertaining moments with its tracks appealing both to amateurs and professionals, the ski centre features 1400 m long chair lift, 2 ski lifts, 1 baby lift and snow tubing lift.

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Tubitak Observatory

Located 7 km to Saklikent Ski Centre, Tubitak Observatory is situated on one of the highest summits of Beydaglari, 2500 m above the sea. After a long ridgeway, you can reach Bakirlitepe that is seemed as one of the most convenient places to observe the sky in the world.

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Bridge Canyon

Becoming famous with its natural beauties in district Manavgat of Antalya, Bridge Canyon is among the most popular rafting centres. World-famous rafting river Koprucay, lush green nature views and peaceful moments await you. Located on the karstic line of Middle Taurus, the canyon’s most important features are Man Rocks and Devil Rocks that are formed morphologically within the National Park.

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Kekova

Kekova is an island with a width of 500 m across the villages Ucagiz and Kale near the district Demre of Antalya. With an increasing popularity recently, the island’s and the surrounding’s region archaeological and natural areas are put under protection and thus Kekova Archaeological Site has been formed. Featuring the ruins of Dolkisthe Ancient City that was destroyed due to the earthquakes in 2nd century BC, Kekova is just a paradise with its nature and peaceful atmosphere. One of the intriguing spots for blue cruises, the island is the most pristine area of Mediterranean thanks to the lack of urbanization. Don’t forget to visit Tersane Bay where you can enjoy swimming in Kekova that is accessible from Demre, Kas and Ucagiz.

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Patara Ancient City

Located near town Kalkan of district Kas, Patara Ancient City is the capital city of Lycian Union. One of the oldest cities in Lycia, Patara is also significant since it’s among the rare coastlines where Loggerhead sea turtles, also known as caretta carettas, lay their eggs as well as its archaeological and historical values. Easy to access with Patara minibuses departing from Kas and Kalkan, the city is known to be one of the cities surrounded by Alexander the Great. Also famous for its 12 km vast beach as well as the ancient city, Patara features one of the largest beaches in the region.

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Traditional Handicrafts and Artisanship in Antalya

Handicrafts can be defined as turning raw materials to processed products with hand skill and simple hand tools. For hobby or commercial purposes, handicrafts are based on the centuries-old traditions. You can support both the region’s economy and local people who endeavour to maintain traditional handicrafts by purchasing the ones you like among the products you may encounter with in various spots in Antalya. Here are some of the handicrafts that are the products of a deep-rooted history based on traditional accumulation of knowledge and that are among the most important elements of our culture:

Bladesmith: Antalya is one of those places where traditional methods are still used to produce blades and knives. Performed in districts Elmali, Kumluca and Serik of Antalya, bladesmithing sets forth essential tools of our daily routines to life like bread knife, butcher knife and fruit knife.

Weaving: Rugs (kilim) embroidered with patterns specific to the region in Bodrum are usually woven with a technique called “weft pile open-textured light rug”. Since yarns with same thickness and colour are used on the surface and a thicker yarn is used when creating the pattern, an embossed look is achieved. Woven with marrowed rug weaving from outside, light prayer rugs are among the most beautiful examples of this technique… Beside the light rugs produced with traditional weaving methods, other products required to be thicker are also made with this weaving method like rug pillow, bag, saddlebag, gunny sack, pouch.In some regions of Antalya, a type of ‘kirkit’ weaving, rug weaving still exists. ‘Afaradin Kilim (Rug)’ in Kucukkoy and Buyukkoy, the districts of Korkuteli and ‘Barak Kilim (Rug)’ in Kas are among the most famous rug weaving examples woven with wools timber looms. Still existing in Ormana, Gilamik (a local saying for silk cocoon) Weaving is carried out on timber looms that are called ‘dezgah’. Gilamik weaving is preferred to make sheet, headscarf and slip covers for furniture.Silk weaving also stands out as one of the most important handicrafts in Antalya, a very developed city in field of weaving. Beside silkworm-breeding in Alanya and the surrounding, silk weaving is significant as well. Silks taken out from cocoons are turned into many types of fabrics, especially ‘Alanya Belt’, on weaving looms. You can buy handicrafted products whichever you like to support both art of weaving and local people and contribute to the economy in the regions you pass by.

Blacksmithing: A traditional art based on heating shaping and forming the wrought iron with hand tools. To witness the art of blacksmithing within the arts, raw material of which is metal, and support the local people by buying the products you like, don’t forget to stop by Demirciler (Blacksmiths’) Bazaar in district Muratpasa of Antalya. Besides, district centre of Kokuteli, district centre of Elmali, Ormana Neighbourhood in district Ibradi are places where blacksmithing is still maintained with traditional methods in the city.

Tinsmithing: An occupation of craftsmen who covers copper objects with tin to prolong their lifetime. To prevent copper intoxication, tin coating is applied. Copper pots used without tinning are oxidized very quickly and causes intoxication that is also called contamination with verdigris. Cannot be separated from art of coppersmithing, tinsmithing today is facing extinction since plastic, steel and teflon objects have taken the place of copper products. You can see this tradition in district centre of Elmali and Demirciler (Blacksmiths’) Bazaar in district Muratpasa thanks to the traveling tinsmiths.

Gourd Art: Even gourds vary in shapes and sizes, generally the ones with wider base and narrower top are preferred. A one-year plant, gourd is grown in many places of Anatolia. With a wide area of usage from making music instrument to baby rattles, to pitchers and decorative objects, gourd is also used as vase and chandelier. Gourd art is especially very common in Alanya.

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Points to Consider When Travelling

  • You can receive information about visiting hours of the historical and touristic spots, special rules to follow inside, photo taking etc. from the information desks at these places or your hotel.

  • Avoid damaging, polluting, deteriorating the areas like forests, beaches, caves etc. under protection.

  • Be sure to use any equipment and outfit recommended for your safety during the activities to be made (rafting, paragliding etc.).

  • There are some rules like covering the head, not entering with shoes, not speaking loudly. For example, women are required to cover their head and their entire body and men are required to wear as to cover to their patella. No shoes allowed inside of the mosques.

  • Watch out your actions in public places like shopping malls, markets, streets, bus stops etc., do not speak loudly and do not disturb the people around.

  • Protect wild life, vegetation cover, animals and biodiversity that form the basis of balance and sustainability in nature.

  • Avoid any actions and activities that may damage natural life.

  • We recommend that you confirm the opening hours of the museum and archaeological sites you want to visit and whether they are in service etc. from the hotel where you’re staying, and visit www.muze.gov.tr for MUSEUM PASS and more detailed information.

  • With a museum pass, you can discover the cultural and natural beauties of our country and at the same time contribute to the protection of cultural assets.

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Public Transportation Alternatives for Touristic Trips

Antalya
You can use Antalya minibuses departing from bus stops every 20 minutes for trips to Kaleici, Marina, Downtown.
Town Serik
You can wander around with the minibuses departing every 30 minutes to Town Serik, Bogazkent, Aspendos.
Belek
You can take a panoramic tour around Belek with open-top shuttle services that separately provide service to Iskele, Acisu and Ileribasi from bus stops every 20 minutes. You can access the neighbouring provinces with buses departing from Serik Bus Terminal. It’s possible to reach wherever you want to see in the district with bus and mini buses. Side-Manavgat
If you want to see Side Ancient City and Manavgat Waterfalls, all you need to do is to reach Belek Bus Terminal from the hotel to reach the mini buses.
Kemer
You can easily access wherever you want to see using the mini buses and visit ancient cities like Olympus in the vicinity. You can also reach the famous beaches via mini buses. You can get detailed information from your hotel about the public transport vehicle hours.