Istanbul To Nemrut And Gobekli Tepe Tour 2 Day tour
Istanbul to Mount Nemrut tour offers a look into the ancient and deep history of the southeastern Turkey region. Departing from Istanbul this tour offers a look at ancient ruins that only give us a glimpse of the past and well as the well-preserved building that date back thousands of years. Sanliurfa is a living city with religiously historical significance to both Christians and Muslims. The city of Harran is a f modern city with ancient homes protected throughout. Gobekli Tepe is a wonderful archaeological find, with statues, monuments and icons that date back thousands of years.
Mt. Nemrut tours are available from April to end of November. December to march is not possible due weather/snow conditions.
Minimum 2 people required to open departure for this tour.
Domestic Flight - Istanbul to Adiyaman
Today you will transfer from your accommodation in Istanbul to Istanbul airport where you will take a flight to Mt. Nemrut.
Arrival in Adiyaman, tour begins
When you exit the airport you will be taken to begin your tour of the beautiful and hallowed landscape. As you make your way to Mount Nemrut you will visit the Black Bird Burial Mound, known as ‘Karakus Tumulusu’. You will pass the ancient Roman Bridge at Cendere, this Roman bridge was well built and today can still be used. The pair of castles, one old known as Arsemia and the new castle at Kahta.
Mount Nemrut Sunset
From these sites, you head to the summit of Mount Nemrut. Here you will explore the ancient ruins that are protected by being made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see the Tomb of King Antiochus with dozens of statues surround his final resting place, reliefs depict history including one of the oldest known images of human shaking hands. From this high point, you will watch the sunset across the valleys slowly sinking below the horizon.
Drive to hotel, overnight in Adiyaman or Kahta
Once the sun has finally set you will make your way to Adiyaman or Kahta to check-in and stay overnight.
This day will be full of activitiy so make sure to get enough rest the night before. You will start the day with a visit to Harran, a destination that is famous in both the Bible and Quran. You will then make your way to the infamous and recently renowned historical location of the Gobekli Tepe archeological sight, pertaining to ancient ruins that pre-date the pyramids by 6,000 years! You will visit 4 sites today; Ataturk Dam, Sanliurfa City, Harran City, and Gobekli Tepe:
On your way to Sanliurfa, you will have a quick stop at the monumental Ataturk Dam. You will be able to see an awesome view from here, before continuing your drive to Sanliurfa City
The city is situated in the broader subregion of Sanliurfa province, the beautiful and historic ancient city that you will be visiting is filled with traditions and history dating back generations with their stories being told in religious texts. Nearby is the cave that Abraham was built, today a museum has been erected around for its preservation, visitors still stream to see the simple life his family lived before God sent him out into the world. Additionally the Sanliurfa pool tells the story of God saving Abraham from a jealous king who attempted to throw Abraham into a large fire pit, however, just as he would have started to burn the fire was turned to water and the burning logs turned to fish. Today you can still see fish living in the pool.
This will be the true highlight of the tour, given it's recent climb to glory after being discovered by a team of German archaeologists to be the oldest megalithic religious site in the world. It's name which literally translates to 'Mound with belly', was uncovered after being thought to be an artificially constructed hill atop a natural limestone plateau. The excavations there have found some truly groundbreaking discoveries, including the first signs of religious worship, complex depictions of multi-figure narratives, and the first astronomical alignments. What are confusing experts are its age and especially it's size (dwarfing Stonehenge), as the hunter-gatherers inhabiting that area 12,000 years ago had just seen the end of an Ice-age, and tools were not thought to be invented until a few thousand years later.With ground penetrating radar mapping out dozens of temples still underground, the mysteries of Gobekli Tepe are still unfolding.
Once a prosperous and important city during the era of Mesopotamia with its own history in the Northern part being dated back as far as the 3rd Millennium. As the region passed into the different culture it became a hub for trade routes between the Mediterranean and the Tigris Plains. As time moved on it was a focal point for different battles and wars, which included with being ruled by the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, the Seleucid Empire, Roman Empire, and the Muslim Arabs. The region saw fighting once again during the Crusades and the Mongol invasions of Syria. Today the modern city is a unique blend of an ancient building nestled and protected among current style buildings. The traditional and unique beehive buildings have been protected for their uniqueness across the world for being as tall in this shape with no extra supports.
Flight to Istanbul & Drop off to Istanbul Accommodation
End of your tour, you will take to anliurfa Airport to take a return flight to Istanbul where your tour will end.
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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where
you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of
private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no
extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.
TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.
PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.