On this 5 day tour you will discover southeast Anatolia. Located around the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, this region has been inhabited for thousands of years. This is Mesopotamia where our history began.
- Halfeti, the sunken city of the Euphrates
- The statues of the Commagene Kingdom at Mount Nemrut (UNESCO)
- Şanlıurfa , the city of prophets
- Göbekli tepe, the world’s first temple
- The beehive houses of Harran
- Mor Gabriel monastry
- The historic houses and churches of Midyat
- The old walls of Diyarbakır (UNESCO)
Day 1: Flight to Adana-boattour in Halfeti-Gaziantep mozaik museum- Gaziantep
Early morning flight from Antalya to Adana. After being met at the airport we drive to Halfeti for an unforgettable boat trip on the lake . Halfeti is one of the most unusual sites in Turkey because the old town is mostly submerged into the water after a dam construction. En route we will stop at the breeding station of the Bald Ibis birds (Geronticus ermita), which are in danger of extinction. We then head towards the city of Gaziantep for a visit to Zeugma Mosaic Museum , Gaziantep Castle and coppersmith bazaar.
Dinner and overnight in Gaziantep
Day 2: Adıyaman -Mount Nemrut-Adıyaman
We head towards Adıyaman. After being settled in our hotel change busses and continue to Nemrut Mountain National Park. The summit of Mount Nemrut is home to one of Turkey’s most iconic sights. The fascinating and eerie funerary mound of King Antiochus I of the Kingdom of Commagene sits atop this 2,150-meter peak. Under the 50-meter-high, man-made burial mound, Antiochus’ tomb is said to be concealed (though despite extensive archaeological work here, his tomb has never been found), but on top of the mound is one of eastern Turkey’s prime tourist attractions.The spectacular terraces here are littered with the toppled remnants of giant stone statues that were once majestically lined up to celebrate Antiochus’ own glory and the glory of the gods. After visiting Karakuş burial mound, Cendere Roman bridge and Mount Nemrut at sunset we return to Adiyaman for dinner and night.
Dinner and overnight in Adıyaman
Day 3: Şanlı Urfa city tour-Göbekli tepe-Şanlıurfa
Following breakfast we drive to Şanlıurfa and will visit a number of holy places. The city of the prophets has much to offer. We will visit the cave where Abraham was born, the place where he was thrown into the fire, Balıklı göl, Halil-ül Rahman gölü, Ayn-El Zeliha gölü, Mevlid-İ Halil mosque, Rizvaniye mosque, Covered Bazaar, Kilim Bazaar, Spice Bazaar , the hardware bazaar, the brass bazaar and the gümrük han. We then continue to Göbeklitepe (UNESCO), the place where the history of man is being rewritten. This historic site is the oldest discovered temple in the world and built between 9,000 and 10,500 BC. İt is more than 6,000 years older than Stonehenge in England.
Dinner and overnight in Şanlı Urfa.
Optional: Join us on a traditional Urfa ‘sıra geces ‘ night including dinner, music and dancing.
Day 4: Şanlı Urfa -Harran-Mardin
Following breakfast we head for Harran, one of Turkey’s most exotic corners. Among the imposing ruins of the old city live an Arabic speaking tribal population in beehive-shaped houses built of unbaked mud. The women dress in fantastic colours . The men are imposing in their flowing desert robes. Their lifestyle has changed little since the times of the patriarch Abraham, who lived in Harran with his father Terah, according to an early chapter of the Jewish bible and was here notified of the promised land that awaited his people. Harran’s Temple of Sin was one of the holiest sactuaries of the ancient Near East . It was already old when Shalmanesser III of Assyria renovated it in the 9th century BC… After visiting the main remains of Harran continue to Mardin for a visit to the Kasimiye Medresse , the Ulu mosque the church of Mary and a city walk to the colourful bazaar.
Dinner and overnight in Mardin.
Day 5: Mardin-Midyat Mor Gabriel monastry- Diyarbakır
From Mardin we drive to Midyat. The stone houses of Midyat are built with the processing of limestone, which is obtained around Mardin . The soft limestone is very suitable for shaping. Stone masters have used this very well and built stone houses suitable for climatic conditions in the past. Midyat Houses, which are maintained to the present day, preserve the natural texture and are in a very important place in terms of cultural tourism. After visiting some of the most beautiful examples, and Mor Gabriel, the oldest Christian monastery with a working community we continue to Diyarbakır past Hasankeyf that was submerged under water in 2020 due to the construction of the Ilıca dam. Upon arrival in Diyarbakır, visit to the important Ulu Mosque, which used to be a church, and the black basalt walls of Diyarbakır (UNESCO). After some free time in Diyarbakır transfer to the airport. Onward travel.
- Flights: Antalya-Adana and Diyarbakır-Antalya
- Accommodation in boutique or 4 star hotels
- 4 x breakfast and 3 x dinner
- Boattrip in Halfeti
- English speaking, official licensed Turkish guide
- Breakfast on the first day
- Sıra Night in Şanlıurfa ( dinner, music, dance)
- Personal expenses
*** We are happy to help you with car hire, accommodation and itinerary for your Self Drive holiday in this region***