DIYARBAKIR MARDIN NEMRUT URFA GAZIANTEP CAPADOCCIA TOUR 6 NIGHTS 7 DAYS
Day 1 : Tour guide pick you up from Diyarbakır Airport. At least 5000 years old, Diyarbekir is one of the oldest cities in the world, encircled by a massive parapet built of jet-black blocks of basalt. It is a city based on a Roman plan with four Gates. A walking tour takes us to the fortification walls, the ancient walls of Diyarbekir. There will also be time to visit Ulu the (Great) Mosque from the Seljuk period, and the 3rd century Aramaic Church of the Virgin Mary. Drive to Hasankeyf, with its history that spans nine civilizations, the archaeological and religious. The history of Hasankeyf goes back 10,000 years. This is three times longer than the Giza pyramids, 10 times longer than Stonehenge some of the city’s historical treasures will be inundated if construction of the Ilısu Dam is completed. These include ornate mosques, Islamic tombs and cave churches. drive to Midyat we drive to Hasankeyf, with stop at the beautiful little town of Midyat to see the Monastery and ancient houses on the way overnight in Mardin
Days 2 After breakfast Mardin is very unique with lovely old-Arabic style houses. The houses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading center with people coming from surrounding villages to buy and sell. We will have a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia. It is a city that played an important role in the early development of Christianity. We will also visit the Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan just outside of town, founded in 762 A.D. It was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for almost 800 years, We will take the time to visit, walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and admire the stonework all around the town. Overnight in Mardin
Days 3 Our would take way into Kahta definitely take time to visit the old castle, Arsemeia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge ) dating all the way back to the 3rd century and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Hike to the summit of the mount Nemrut (one of the most popular UNESCO world cultural heritage sites), watching the sunrise, be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities, as you step into mythology. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiochus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his divine ancestry. Watching sunset go back to hotel Dinner and overnight.
Days 4 After breakfast on our way to Urfa we will stop to see the Ataturk Dam. This is part of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) a massive hydro-electric and irrigation project on the upper reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In Urfa we will have lunch and then enjoy some sightseeing. Urfa called the city of prophets for its biblical connections. After a stop off at the castle with Roman columns we will visit the “Pool of Sacred Carp” and then on to the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham. In the late afternoon we will visit Harran, a town of the region of Urfa. Harran is a famous city from ancient Mesopotamian times: a mystical and ancient place of “bee hive” houses built of mud brick. Genesis speaks of this town as the place where Abraham and his family lived. It is also the site of the first Islamic University of the world. Overnight in Sanlı Urfa
Days 5 Continue on to visit the world famous Gaziantep Mosaic Museum. This museum becomes after the discoveries from Zeugma. We will also visit the old city castle, copper bazaar and the famous baklava shop (Baklava is originally from Gaziantep). Drive to Cappadocia check in hotel.
Days 6 After breakfast we go to Devrent Valley and Zelve Open Air Museum which was once home to one of the largest communities in the region. An amazing cave town honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers. We continue with Monk’s valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch and then explore the Goreme Open Air Museum a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Depart for a panoramic view of Goreme from Esentepe and then on to Uchisar, a natural rock castle. Goback to hotel.
Days 7 Depart from your hotel for a tour to visit the famous Derinkuyu Underground City which is the biggest and deepest underground city in Cappadocia. There are eight floors that extend at a depth of approximately 45 metres. Afterwards, hike through the green Ihlara Valley along the stream visiting some of the churches along the way. It is believed that the valley housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around eighty thousand people once lived in the Ihlara Valley. Stop in Belisirma for lunch and then on to Selime for a panoramic view of the area then drive to Airport.
Hotels 3* (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Museum Fee + Transfer ( A/C )
NOT INCLUDING SERVICE
Beverages during the meals