Cappadocia To Mt Nemrut, Harran & Gobekli Tepe Tour 3 Day Tour
08:00am - The tour bus will pick you up from your hotel and depart from Goreme.
After passing Kayseri city, we will visit the 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai "Karatayhan". Our next stop will be in Pinarbasi for a short tea break. Then we will keep driving to Tekir for Lunch. After taking pictures of the gorgeous scenery of the Tekir Valley, we will drive to Kahta and check-in to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Kahta.
We will depart from the hotel very early in the morning and head up to the ruins. At the end of the journey, we will walk about twenty five minutes to the summit. Here we will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods.
After sunrise, your guide will give you information about the Commagene Kingdom and the statues, whilst showing you around, giving you opportunities to take pictures. Then we will drive back to the hotel for breakfast. On the way back to the hotel we will visit the ruins of the Arsemia Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus.
After breakfast we will begin driving to Sanliurfa and Harran and visit the Ataturk Dam, which is the biggest dam in the Middle east. We will check-in to our hotel in Sanliurfa and have our lunch here.
After lunch we will visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding the cave. We will than walk around the oriental covered bazaar and drive to ’Harran’ a village of spellbinding mud-brick "beehive" houses, as mentioned in the book of genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. After visiting the ruins of Harran including the city walls, the oldest Islamic university and the castle dated back to 18th century, we will drive back to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa.
After breakfast you will depart your hotel for the first tour of the day at the ancient ruins of Gobeklitepe. This archaic site has baffled scientists and archaeologists since its rediscovery in 1995, and has since been found to be the oldest ruins in the world dating back 12,000 years! Gobeklitepe is today the source of controversial debate as to its origins, due to the advanced architecture, size of pillar stones found there (up to 60 tons) and of the site itself (20 temples uncovered so far). As you explore the ancient ruins you will see statues and objects carved out of stone that have survived the test of the elements for thousands of years, predating the oldest pyramids of Egypt, the Sumerian civilization and Stonehenge by up to 6,000 years.
Following Gobeklitepe, you will go on to visit the town of Birecik, which is known for its bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds. This is the only place in the world where these birds can be found and there is currently a very limited population remaining. You will also visit a breeding farm for the endemic Bald Ibis birds.
After our lunch, we will drive up to the Taurus Mountains, where we will have a short tea break, before driving back to Goreme, Cappadocia.
The tour finishes in Cappadocia in the evening.
Please note pick up and drop off times may vary.
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