Do you dream of seeing real sheer cliffs, standing on the very edge of the abyss and feeling how breathtaking just looking down is? Would you like to enjoy the natural beauty of multi-faceted Turkey and understand the mysteries of world history? Then Side Tazi Canyon and Selge Tour is specially organized for you!
You will visit one of the most beautiful places in the Taurus Mountains – the Köprülü National Park. The landscapes that open up to you are so beautiful that you won’t believe your own eyes: wild nature full of elements and primal forces, majestic cliffs and bright azure rivers, huge pine trees and boulders. You will like the clean and fresh air of these places, you will remember the silence that reigns in the boundless kingdom of mountains.
This tour will give you a different perspective of Turkey. She will stop appearing cheerful, light and carefree to you. You will see villages far from the sea, living ordinary lives full of ordinary and only occasionally extraordinary events. The ancient city of Selge opens its doors to you. You will stroll through the ruins and admire the tenacity and hard work of the people who built these walls at such a height.
Take a trip to Side Tazi Canyon and Selge Tour, contemplate the beautiful, live life to the fullest, enjoy every moment, broaden the horizons of your knowledge.
Side Turkish Bath price is 30 Euro. Child price is 20 Euro ( 6 – 11 Ages ). Under 5 years old free.
Please note that we have ‘no hidden costs’
A comfortable bus will pick you up at the hotel around 8:00 am and you will set off. You need to drive about 2 hours, the road goes uphill and on the way you will discover unusually beautiful landscapes. You will arrive at the canyon, the guide will take a short excursion into history, and then you will have about half an hour of free time to walk around the area and look for suitable angles for a photo.
After the canyon, lunch awaits you. Next, visit the ruins of the ancient city of Selge and learn all the vicissitudes of its development and decline. This ends the tour and you will be returned to your hotel. The bus will take you to your starting point around 6:00 p.m.
The Taurus Mountains are always beautiful, but there are places that exceed the wildest expectations of tourists. Tazi Canyon will be such a place for you. A strikingly beautiful road leading to the canyon leads like a black snake into the mountains, winding between trees and stones. A magnificent forest that spreads like a fabulous thicket is impenetrable and dense. And the Tazy Canyon itself is amazing. The steep cliffs, which are up to 400 meters deep, make the heart sink.
The observation deck is located so that you can get to the very edge and look down into the abyss from above, like an eagle flying high in the sky. At the bottom of the canyon flows a mountainous, swift, icy and sonorous river, throwing a brilliant celestial blue. The air is fresh and clean. Depending on the weather, the gorge looks either menacingly hard or sunny and inviting.
The canyon is 14 km long and the perimeter of this fissure is impressive even for the most demanding. Tazi Canyon is very popular among Turkish youth. Fans of photo shoots come to him. Often in these places you can find the bride and groom in wedding dresses posing for a photographer. Indeed, against the background of these huge rocks, people look very contrasting – small grains of sand in the whirlpool of time. You get an extraordinary aesthetic pleasure when you think about the Tazi Gorge. You have time to find the perfect perspectives for your own shots.
After visiting the canyon, lunch awaits you. As always in Turkey, all dishes offered will be fresh and the cuisine is simple and satisfying. Your lunch doesn’t include drinks, but you can always purchase them for a fee. Especially good in these places are teas from the collections of mountain herbs.
Then drive to one of Turkey ‘s most picturesque ancient cities – Selge, which translates as “deep valley”. According to legend, it was founded after the Trojan War. The soil surrounding the city is incredibly fertile and the harsh terrain made it inaccessible. The history of this city is mysterious. However, it is known to have prospered during the Greek rule. Trade in olives, olive oil, forest gifts, fruits and healing mountain herbs made this place one of the most densely populated in Pisidia. The city’s army then numbered 20,000 people, which means that the population is three or even four times that size.
Many conquerors tried to take this fortress by force, but surrounded by rocks, cliffs, rivers and forests, the city did not even give a reason to interfere with the well-being of its residents. They say that Alexander the Great himself did not see the possibility of conquering territory, made peace with the rulers and retained the right of sovereignty for the city.
Unfortunately, the wonderful places were gradually forgotten and abandoned. And today, on the wreck of civilization, few reminders of its former glory remain. You walk along the grass that has grown over the stone pavements, look at the city’s entrance gates, the statue of Zeus, the beautiful huge amphitheater that is well preserved and go to the bridge that was built over the river the 2nd century AD
Walking through the ruins, you will imagine how athletes’ competitions were held in the amphitheater with loud voices from fans and to the laughter of the audience. Actors set scenes from the lives of famous people. Imagine what life was like in this remote place without the attributes of civilization, what the young and old townspeople had fun with and how they passed their time. And above all, you will be imbued with the spirit of these places, feeling how the beauty and harmony that reign there more than compensate for the heaviness of life in the mountains, bringing the great joy of contemplation every day. And that is why the Altynkai settlement grew up on the site of the former Selge.
Get off the excursion route: Tazy Canyon, Selge ancient city and modern Altinkai, you will leave a piece of this place in your heart forever. You will think of a magnificent canyon that does not see the bottom, of people so stubbornly bordering on the elements, of the freedom of birds flying everywhere. Imperceptibly you will return to the side. But if possible, be sure to do this trip again.
Adult: 30 €
Child: 20 €
The cost of Tazi Canyon and Selge excursion from Side includes a round-trip transfer from your hotel, a visit to Tazi Canyon, lunch and a visit to the ancient city of Selge.
You can book the Tazi Canyon and Selge from Side online with us. No deposits are required with your reservation.
Tazi Canyon and Selge from Side takes from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Total tour time is approximately 9.5 hours.