CAPPADOCIA-NEMRUT-URFA-HARRAN-CAPPADOCIA (3 DAYS)
Departing on Monday & Thursday through April-November
Mt Nemrut; At the junction of the East and West civilisations, Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut) is one of the most astounding sites in Turkey. A collection of colossal statues on a remote mountain 2150m high, adorning the temple and tomb of King Antiochus. Nemrut Dagi has since been a significant attraction, with thousands sunrise and sunset visitors to see the stones in the best possible light. It has been designated a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO, and is one of the most important National Parks in the country. In addition to the statues, the entire site includes art from the Commagene civilisation, the Eskikale (Old Castle), Yenikale (New Castle), Karakus Hill and Cendere Bridge. Most people use the nearby towns of Malatya, Kahta or Adiyaman as a base, and the road to the summit is only open from mid-April to mid-October because of heavy snow the rest of the year.
The region that lies between the Taurus Mountains and the Euphrates was called Commagene during the Greek and Roman periods. Commagene was established originally as an independent kingdom in 162 BC by Mithridates Kalinikos. I. Mithridates brought together Persians and Macedonians and other communities in the area to form this powerful state and named it Commagene, which means "community of genes" in Greek. The kingdom was at the height of its splendor during the period of King Antiochos I (69-36 B.C.), who succeeded Mithridates. Most of the archeological remains which survive to our times, including the tumulus at the peak of Nemrut Dag, which still refuses to reveal all its secrets, are from the time of Antiochos I. At the cone shape summit of this 2,200m elevated mountain one can find statues mythical figures of Apollon, Zeus, Hercules and others. These gigantic heads fallen from the tomb of the obscure Commagene king Antiochus, stare at you silenty for more than 2000 years and were first found in 1881 by Karl Sester, a German archeologist. They are carved around 63 B.C during the reign of Antiochus-I, the emperor of the Commagene King. Here you can wonder around the cone shape, a man made summit, where Antiochus´ tumulus was located which were hidden under the man made limestone dome. In 1987, Nemrut mountain became a member of UNESCO World Heritage list. It is also a National park.
DAY 1: CAPPADOCIA-KAHRAMANMARAS-KAHTA
Meet the guide and driver in the hotel at 08:00am, and depart from Goreme. After passing Kayseri, we visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. We then drive for lunch through the Taurus Mountains, affording us the opportunity to observe the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After lunch we drive to Kahramanmaras for a different experience-tasting best ice-cream in Turkey. We then drive to Kahta and check-in our hotel.
Overnight: Adiyaman Antiochos Hotel 4*.
DAY 2: ADIYAMAN-MT.NEMRUT-HARRAN-SANLIURFA
We depart from hotel very early in the morning up to the Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, we get off the van and walk twenty-five minutes until the summit. Here we watch the memorable sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. We then visit Arsemia which was once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom before continues to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge bridge over the Cendere stream, and the Karakus tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. We keep driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. We visit the Ataturk Dam which is the biggest dam in the Middle East, en route. We check-in the hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. After lunch we visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. We than walk around oriental covered bazaar and Gümrükhan. We drive to Harran a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. We also visit Gobekli Tepe which is one of the earliest temples of the world. Dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa.
Overnight: Sanliurfa Kilim Otel 3*.
DAY 3: SANLIURFA-CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast we depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik which is famous for its bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds. These birds are living only in Birecik in the world and there is a very limited population of them. We visit the breeding farm of Bald Ibis birds. After our lunch, we drive up to the Taurus Mountains. We have a short tea break and drive back to Goreme.
220 Euro pp sharing double/twin room.
Price lnclude :
All transportation with A/C minibus, 2 nights hotels with HB basis, all lunches and entrance fees for Museums, guiding service(English).
We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.