Istanbul - Cappadocia - Nemrut Tour Package

In 1987, Mount Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO. Tourists typically visit Nemrut during April through October. The nearby town of Adıyaman is a popular place for car and bus trips to the site, and one can also travel from there by helicopter. There are also overnight tours running out of Malatya.Sanliurfa is an Anatolian city which has figured in all the religions of the book. Old Testament prophets such as Jethro (Hz. Suayp), Job (Hz. Eyup), Elijah (Hz. Elyasa) and Abraham (Hz. Ibrahim) lived in this city, which in ancient times known as Edessa, and Moses (Hz. Musa) lived in the region for seven years working as a shepherd before returning to Egypt with his staff. It was in Sanliurfa that early Christians were first permitted to worship freely, and where the first churches were constructed openly. Pagan temples were converted to synagogues, synagogues to churches and churches to mosques, resulting in a uniquely eclectic architecture.The city's history, is far more complex than mere legendary myths. Known to the ancient Greeks as Orrhoe or Osrhoe, the famous Seleucus Nicator of Antioch, first established the capital of his eastern Hellenistic realm here, populating it with Macedonian veterans who preferred to call it Edessa, after their native province. Urfa remained an important garrison town into Roman times, and was one of the first centers of the early church, but one given over to the monophysite heresy.Harran was a major ancient city in Upper Mesopotamia whose site is near the modern village of Altınbaşak, Turkey, 24 miles (44 kilometers) southeast of Şanlıurfa. The location is in a district of Şanlıurfa Province that is also named "Harran".

Departure: Istanbul

Duration:7 Days

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Departure Every Thursday – Sunday

1. DAY ISTANBUL
Pick up From Ataturk or Sabiha Gökçen Airport transfer to your hotel . free time overnight

2. DAY ISTANBUL BYZANTIAN & OTTOMAN RELICS
Tour Starts 09:00 am We will visit St. Sophia ,Blue Mosque, Hippodrome ,Grand Cover Baazar,Lunch, Topkapi Palace ,Little Hagia Sophia Mosque at the end of the tour we will make your transportation to hotel ovvernight .(B,L)

3.DAY CAPPADOCIA
Pick up from your hotel at 05:30 am transfer to Airport fly To Kayseri at 07:20 . Arrive Kayseri .Pick up from Kayseri airport and join , Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag's “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos centre of terracotta art. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle, giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. (L, D)

4. DAY CAPPADOCIA
Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the most interesting underground settlement in Cappadocia. Soganli Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the "table top" mountains, are spectacular. Lunch and Visit to Sahin efendi (Sobesos) - Sobessos, newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapasa (Sinassos), an old town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. A visit ceramic &tile center to see how the ceramics are made by hand. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L, D)

5. DAY CAPPADOCIA – NEMRUT MOUNTAIN
Departure in the morning from Goreme visit the 13 th century Caravanserai “Karatayhan “. The Next stop is Pinarbası for a short tea break and then drive to Tekir for lunch . Take a Picture of the beautiful scenery of the Tekir valley . Drive to Kahraman maras to have world famous ice cream ( dondurma) , then drive to Kahta . Tea break , transfer to hotel ,overnight in Adıyaman (L,D)

6. DAY NEMRUT-SANLIURFA – HARRAN
Very early departure up to the ruins ,After get off the minibus twenty five minutes climbing on fot to the top where you will watch the beautiful sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After sun rise time to walk around and taking pictures . Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast . Drive to Kahta ,on the way visit ruins of the arsemia Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Tea break in Kahta. Drive to Sanlıurfa – Harran on the way visit Ataturk Dam that is the biggest dam in Middle East . C/in to hotel in Sanlıurfa, after lunch visit Abrahams Cave the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it, then walk around oriental covered bazaar. . Drive to Harran a village of Spelbinding Nud- Brick “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spends last years of his life . Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls,oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. After the sun set drive back to the hotel ,dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa (B,L,D)

7. DAY SANLIURFA – ISTANBUL
Departure from Sanliurfa to Adana –Birecik which is famous with its bald-ibis (kelaynak)birds.These birds are living only in Bilecik in the world . There is not much left of them .There is a Breeding farm of bald Ibis Birds. Having lunch , Transfer to Airport fly to İstanbul .
Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide throughout tour
Entrance fees to the various sites
Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle
Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, single accommodation is surcharge
Dinner in the hotels are may not include according to the chosen category
• B : Breakfast , L : Lunch , D : Dinner as indicated schedule
Personal Expenses
Drinks with meals
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