Ormana village and Golden Cradle Cave

Price: € 35
( $ 37 / € 35 / ₺ 1,043 / £ 30)

Get an in-depth look at the local life of the Taurus Mountains by visiting the most stunning and surprising sights of the Side region on this full-day guided excursion. Visit 3 intriguing historic Taurus villages, and see Turkey's famous button houses unique to this region, and visit the 650-year-old Ottoman-era mosque. You will also enjoy an amazing boat ride on the largest underground lake in the country with its picturesque cave formations. Tours include transportation in an air-conditioned minibus, tour guide and a wonderful lunch in the historic village of Taurus.

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About this activity

  • Departure Location: Side
  • Event days:
    Monday Thursday
  • Tour duration (Approx - including transfers): 9 Hours
  • Guiding & Support: English , Turkish , German , Russian
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Both is accepted.
  • Easy Online Booking: Fast, Easy & SSL Secure Booking
  • Vegetarian & Vegan meal: Available
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Skip the ticket line: Available
  • Tour ID: 81

Highlights | Overview

  • Full-day guided excursion to the best natural, local and cultural attractions in the Taurus Mountains
  • Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy a scenic ride
  • Take an amazing boat tour on Turkey's largest underground lake
  • Join a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in a historic mountain village, and see the local Buttoned houses of the historic village

Full Description

Full day guided tour to Taurus mountains, Ormana village and The Golden Cradle Cave

A great escape from the city to nature!

In the Heart of the Taurus mountains: Ormana Village and the Golden Cradle Cavern from Side. Full day Taurus mountains excursion with Taurus villages and golden cradle cave.

The buttoned houses in Ormana village and the region are original to the region and are made with completely natural materials and techniques, without the use of materials such as iron and nails.

With Altinbesik Cave and Ormana Village Tour, you'll have a visit on Taurus mountains and villages for about 8 hours. You will see the magnificent Altinbesik Cave ( Golden Cradle Cave ) and take a short boat tour in the cave. You will visit village cafe and mosque in the cute Taurus town of Anatolia and a scrumptious lunch at a restaurant in the village. In addition, you will notice Düğmeli Houses (Buttoned houses ) which have conventional architectural fashion of Anatolia.

What on this scenic tour: A full wonderful day at the Taurus Mountains near Side!

You will experience an excellent day at the Taurus mountains with visiting of Golden Cradle cave at the National park and Taurus Hills villages! You will experience a really different side of Side. The view through the journey, as well as the special design village residences will make you very impressed.

For the excursion you will be picked up directly from your resort. Then we will drive to the Taurus Mountains, at about 900 meters high. Our initial visit is the village Avasun, called laurel town. After that we will drive up to 1200 meters high. From there we will stop for a very good panorama view of the environment-friendly Canyon, the Green Lake, Manavgat as well as Side and so on. Then we will go to the second village called Ürünlü.

These villages are renowned for their button houses. We will take a stop at a typical village cafeteria for a while. From there we will drive to the national forest of Ürünlü. There, the Golden cradle cavern is waiting for our visit. There we will make a journey for about 25 minutes through the golden cradle cavern by raft. After that we will go to the richest village of area, called Ormana. There we will get a delicious lunch in an extremely great dining restaurant.

Lunch: chicken fillet, or trout in an earthen pot, or Turkish pizza.

After lunch we will drive to the last village, called the deserted village Sarı Hacılar köyü. We will visit there a 650 years of age mosque. We also we will make a short vicinity walk scenic tour at the village. And we will see the Silk road marks near the village.

And from there we will back to the hotels.

Price included

  • Pick up and drop off from hotels in Side and around Side
  • Professional tour guiding
  • Air-Conditioned tour bus
  • Entrance and boat trip in the cave
  • Lunch at the Mountain
  • Drinks during the excursion
  • Personal expenses

Pick Up Place

All the hotels in Side region. All the hotels in Gündoğdu, Çolaklı, Evrenseki, Kumköy, Side, Tireyengöl, Sorgun.

Pick up Point

Main entrance gate of the Hotels (Not from lobby or Reception).

Details to know

Ormana village and Altınbeşik cave tour in the high mountains surrounding Side

The Golden Cradle Cave is sometimes kept closed due to the water level. There may be changes in the tour program.

The climate at the Taurus Mountains:
At the winter season time it s quite chilly there as well as some parts are snowy.
At springtime it is quite cool
Summer: cool and fresh with generous sun, and no humudity at all

Online reservation is confirmed immediately.
Babies should sit on their parents' lap
Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
Baby food not included
Tour participants must have a moderate level of physical fitness
This tour takes place with a maximum of 25 participants

Additional information

Tour program for Taurus mountains, Ormana village, with button houses, and the Altınbesik cavern tour from Side

Pick up and departure place: All the hotels in Side and around Side.

  • Pick up from Hotels in Side 08:30 / 09:00
  • Bus transfer through the Taurus Mountains with air-conditioned tour bus
  • Visit of Ürünlü village in Taurus mountains
  • Visit of Golden cradle cave in Taurus mountain
  • A short boat trip in the golden cradle cave
  • Visit of Ormana village and Lunch at the village
  • Sightseeing of the unique buttoned houses of the Taurus mountains
  • Visit of a mosque at the village
  • Visit of Sari Hacilar village in Taurus mountain
  • End of the tour and Back to the Hotels in Side 17:00

Period & Price

01 January 2023 / 31 December 2023 - Price

Location Person
11 >
03 > 10
00 > 02
Side € 35.0 € 20.0 € 0

01 January 2024 / 31 December 2024 - Price

Location Person
11 >
03 > 10
00 > 02
Side € 35.0 € 20.0 € 0
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Have a question?

Hello, Thank you very much for contacting us about Ormana village and Golden Cradle Cave tour. Yes, we have availability for 4 people on Thursday, July 21. The pick-up location may be in front of the Çağdaş market on Fatih Sultan Mehmet Boulevard (https://goo.gl/maps/MZX5xivpmkdFmHap8). We kindly ask you to make an online reservation on our website. Early booking is important and highly recommended. Best regards, Vigo Tours

5 Overall Rating


Total: (5 Review)

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Tomasz Bogdal


Sehr sehr schön


Frederick Stocker


Food Tour

Excellence Tour Guide and Driver. Very good lunch during the tour. Enough pauses during the Tour.


Annette Musil


Super organisierte Tour

Super organisierte Tour, sehr kompetenter Reiseleiter, viel gesehen, leckeres Essen


Urs Koerner


Dorf Ormana und Golden Cradle Cave

Hat alles gut funktioniert, Reiseleiter Murat war kompetent und hat alles gut in deutsch erklärt. Kann ich weiter empfehlen.


Andrew Doole


Ormana Village / Altinbesik Cave Lake - recommended

We did this day trip in July 22 and would recommend. Booked online and prompt responses with details as to pick up time & location. Fascinating day, very good lunch at village restaurant included, spectacular views, good value for money. The temperature in the mountains is really pleasant compared to the heat on the coast.


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