DAY 1 – CAPPADOCIA – KAHTA
Departure at approximately 8.00 from your hotel in Cappadocia. We will drive past Kayseri (view Mt. Erciyes – 3916m) and make a stop at the 13th century Seljuk Caravansary of Karatayhan. Along the way we will also have a tea break in Pinarbasi, and later drive to Tekir for lunch. After lunch we will continue to Kahramanmaras to taste Turkey's most famous ice-cream. Arrival at around 18:30 Overnight in 3* hotel. (Bardakci Hotel or similar). L.D.
DAY 2 – MT. NEMRUT – SANLI URFA - HARRAN
Rise early around 03:00 for the drive and the walk up to the summit of Mount Nemrut (25 minutes). View a fantastic sunrise from the East Terrace. Visit the East and West terraces, fire altar, statues of Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Tyche and Antiochus Epipanes I, tumulus, reliefs and the world's first horoscope. Descend down the mountain through small villages and beautiful scenery. Arsemia -old castle and remains of bridge made during the time of Alexander the Great. Cendere Roman Bridge - built by Septimus Severus in the 2nd century AD and still in use! Karakus - tumulus of the royal Commagene women. Columns with eagle and relief. Breakfast and pack up at hotel around 08:30. We will drive to Sanli Urfa, visiting the Ataturk Dam on the way. Arrival in Sanli Urfa and check in hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we will make a visit to the old oriental covered bazaar, Abraham’s Cave and the pools of the holy carp. After this visit a drive to Harran, city of the prophet Abraham, with its fortress, Islamic school and beehive shaped adobe houses. We will also be able to see Gobeklitepe, thought to be the oldest temple discovered so far. It is 12,000 years old and reminiscent of Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in Sanli Urfa 2* air-conditioned hotel. (Kilim Hotel or Rabis Hotel or similar) B.L.D.
DAY 3 – SANLI URFA - CAPPADOCIA
We will begin our return to Cappadocia in the morning, passing Birecik, which is known to be the home of the nearly extinct Bald Ibis. View the fortress and cross the Euphrates River. Lunch. Return early evening in Cappadocia. B.L. *If you want to end the tour on day 3 you can fly to Istanbul or other destinations from Sanliurfa.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE: 225 EUROS
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 25 EUROS
- Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Main museum entry fees
- Transport in non-smoking vehicle with prof. English speaking
NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature or anything not specifically mentioned.