- 11 Days, 10 Nights
- Departure from Istanbul
- Daily Departure Guaranteed
- Breakfast at hotels
- Lunch at restaurants
- Hotel pick up & drop off
- All taxes & museum fees
- Professional tour guide
- No hidden costs
Birth of the Civilization
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport meet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight in Istanbul.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel by the tour guide and start to full day Old City Tour. Istanbul is a city full of famous iconic sites that today you will experience for yourself from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia with their breathtaking silhouettes that make the skyline so unique to the Topkapi Palace, a beautiful Ottoman palace once home to the Ottoman Sultans and the first president of Turkey. Spend some time where the gladiators of ancient Roman Constantinople, entertained the crowds at the site of the Hippodrome today you will see the Obelisks that have stood the test of time and are adorned with beautiful markings, taking us back in time. Our last station is the Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping. You will get the chance to wander through the Grand Bazaar and soak up the atmosphere of this incredible delight.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and start the tour. Our first destination is to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, an extraordinary, colorful and fantastic place to see where you can buy various gifts for your lovers. Our next station is Golden Horn, we will make this journey with an unforgettable cruise along our marvelous bridge, Bosphorus which is known as a cradle linking Europe and Asia. Views like wooded shores, rising mosques along these shores, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest one, and Rumeli Hisari, a historical construction built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to conquer Istanbul, willaccompany to you.
At the end of this perfect day we will transfer you to hotel. Until your pick up time you will be free then we will pick you up for your Hatay flight. When you arrive at Hatay, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Hatay.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will go ahead with our first route, Antakya Archeology Museum. The demonstrated mosaics here are regarded second richest mosaic collections in the world according to their size, count, and quality. Then we arrive at St Pierre Church is considered the first cave church in the world. After visiting the Habib Najjar Mosque, a historical monument dating back to the centuries, we go to Daphne (Harbiye), which is the summer residence of the rich of Antioch and where water is brought to the city by water channels from its cascades. We are having a lunch flavored with different and delicious appetizers of Harbiye Waterfalls and Antioch cuisine. Then we will visit Long Bazaar where is rural products and join colorful shops, narrow streets, known crowd every day. At the end of this tour in historical Long Bazaar, we taste kunefe, one of the most important deserts among Ottoman gastronomy and patented by Antakya, before leaving.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Hatay.
In the early morning, we will go on to Gaziantep. Our first destination is Zeugma Mosaic Museum which is the second-largest mosaic museum in the world. Besides the magnificent Zeugma Mosaic, we will see so many archeological artifacts.
After we will visit the Bakircilar Carsisi where you can experience watching copper processing. The tiny stores are home to metalworkers, shoemakers, spice hawkers, and carpenters. The area includes the restored Zincirli Bedesten, with handicraft stores under its vaulted ceiling. you can find various traditional foods such as Baklava which is a famous and delicious dessert peculiar to Turkey, pistachios that we are sure you had never eaten like these delicious ones before and so many spices that you can’t even count.
We also stop at the Almacı Bazaar which is a 250 years old bazaar. There you can see the Yemeni which is a kind of shoe that made for the Troy Movie.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Gaziantep.
Sanliurfa is a city of huge religious significance, believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, and the site of one of the most important events in the Bible and the Quran. Halfeti will be our first destination of the day. Halfeti, a majority of which lies under the waters of Birecik Dam, used to be called ''Hidden Paradise'' with the orchards at the hillside of the Euphrates and yard-type stone houses. The boat tour will be waiting for us. Because some part of Halfeti was inundated during the construction of the Birecik Dam, the city's full discovery will be by boat.
Then we visit the Archeology and Mosaic Museum, which is the largest museum complex in Turkey. Here you can see life-size replicas of the megaliths from Gobekli Tepe. After the museum, we visit the Pool of Abraham (Fish Lake) and the Halilurrahman Mosque. This is a highly sacred site for Christians and Muslims, as it is thought to be where Abraham was thrown into the fire before God turned the fire to water and turned the burning logs to fish. At the end of our tour, we will take a short break at Gümrük Han where we will taste traditional Turkish coffee.
After the Sanliurfa city tour, get ready for a special night dinner program, Sanliurfa Sira Gecesi. You will be able to taste traditional foods while listening to endemic live music on Urfa Sira Gecesi and then you will be dropped to your hotel. Overnight in Sanliurfa.
In the early morning, we leave Sanliurfa and go to the Mardin. Mardin stands out for being in the middle of the great Silk Road which is one of the historic routes used by the merchants that crossed Asia to reach the Chinese empire, trading not only goods but religion, technology, and philosophy as well. We first visit the Gobeklitepe, the start point of the whole civilization. One of the most fantastic temples in the world keeps saving its mystery along from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. You will see the obelisks in various animal and human shapes in this oldest temple on earth.
Then we will visit the Kasimiye Madrasah which was used as an education center hundreds of years ago. Using the reflection of the stars on its pool, there had been taught astronomy to the students. Syriac Deyrulzafaran Monastery is the key reason to visit Mardin. There is a historical Syriac Bible and holy stone inside and it is said that the first medical school was established here. Mosaics from the period of its foundation still stand today.
Then we will continue to Old City Mardin which is the pearl of the southeastern region of Turkey, a wonderland of traditional stone houses filled with countless cultural and historical jewels. Houses of the Old Mardin are carrying such notable architectural importance that they are not blocking each other’s view. We are going to visit the historical bazaar the Kayseriye Bedesten. Mardin is also famous for its Syriac wine, be the witness to the Telkari art, a type of jewelry design that harnesses intricately thin wires of gold and silver. We will roam around the old mystical Mardin houses using the narrow labyrinth-like narrow streets of Ancient Mardin.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Mardin.
In the morning we will continue to the Adiyaman the city of civilization. Our first stop is the Karakuş Tumulus which is a memorial tomb belonging to the women of the Commagene Kingdom Family located within the boundaries of Adıyaman Kahta District. It was called 'karakuş' by the local people due to the eagle statue on the column erected to the south of the tumulus. Then we will visit the incredible Cendere - The Severan Bridge which is situated within one of the most important national parks in Turkey is a magnificent monumental example of Ancient Roman architecture. The most interesting architectural feature of the bridge, which is 120 meters long, is that it was built without the use of mortar.
We will continue to Mountain Nemrut where someone can experience one of the most incredible sunset views in the world. Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene as a monument to himself. You also see the statue on the way to the summit as Antiochos shaking hands with a deity. At the summit you will see the huge statues and heads are arranged in the same order on each side: from left to right, lion, eagle, Antiochus, the Commagene Tyche (goddess of fortune and fertility), Zeus-Oromasdes, Apollo-Mithras, Heracles-Artagnes, eagle, lion.
At the end of this amazing day, we will go on to Malatya. Overnight in Malatya.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive to Cappadocia. Today our last destination will be one of the widest underground city of Cappadocia region; it was carved out underneath a rock hill. The first three floors were probably carved out by Hittites about 2000 B.C. There were those underground cities where the first Christians hid excaping the persecution of the Roman authorities.
At the end of the tour, we will drive to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and visit the Cappadocia, with its centre in Caesarea, was once the heart of the Hittite Kingdom of the Old Testament. This vast area is one of the most photogenic landscapes in the world. Extraordinary rock formations have become symbolic of this region, where you will enjoy the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys and Goremes breathtaking Open Air Museum. Watch the potters at their craft, in the famous pottery producing town of Avanos. Finally, savor the natural wonders of the Citadel of Uchisar Valley.
At the end of the day, you will be taken to the Cappadocia Airport for your flight to Istanbul. When you arrive at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. You will then be taken to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to airport 4 hours before your flight. You will be able do self check-in. This is the end of our services.
- Breakfast at the hotels & Lunch at the restaurants
- Accommodations at hotels for 10 nights
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- All airport transfers with non-smoking, A/C deluxe vehicle
- Domestic flights (15kg baggage allowance)
- Bus Tickets
- All tours with a professional English speaking tour guide licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees
- Lunch on Tours (Vegetarian and Vegan Options are Available). Please specify when booking your tour
- No hidden or extra cost
- International airfares
- Visa for Turkey
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Beverages during lunch
- Gratuity to the Guide and Driver