Mount Nemrut Mondays or Thursday Only for Guaranteed Departure Take the early morning flight to Cappadocia Pick up at Kayseri Airport, after passing Kayseri and admiring the beauty of Mount Erciyes, you visit a 13th century Seljuk Caravansaray “Karatayhan”. The next stop is in Pınarbaşı for a short tea break, after that the journey continues to Tekir for lunch. The next stop is in Kahramanmaraş to taste the most famous ice cream in Turkey. In the evening you arrive at your hotel in Adiyaman or Kahta, check-in to the hotel and have dinner.
Day 2: Mount Nemrut
You leave hotel very early in the morning for the 1.5 h drive to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road you have to get off the van and climb up to the summit. Up there you can watch the beautiful sunrise lighting up the colossal size statues and heads of kings and gods. After the sunrise the guide gives you information about the Commagene Kingdom and the statues and you can walk around and take pictures. On the way back to the hotel we visit the ruins of the Arsemia temple, the Roman bridge of Cendere, the Tumulus Tomb of Karakus and the capital of the Commagene Kingdom. After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and continue the journey to Şanlıurfa and Harran. On the way, you visit the Atatürk Dam which is the biggest dam in Middle East. In Şanlıurfa you check in to your hotel. You visit the village of Harran which is famous for its mudbrick “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of genesis, where prophet Abraham spent the last years of his life. You can also see the city walls, the ruins of the oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to 18th century. After lunch in Şanlıurfa you visit Abraham’s cave and the pools of holy carp. You can also walk around in the oriental covered bazaar and and then go back to hotel for dinner.
Day 3: Sanliurfa
Cappadocia After breakfast and checkout from the hotel, you leave Şanlıurfa for Birecik, which is known for its bald-ibis (kelaynak) birds. Birecik is the only place inthe world where these birds live and there is a very limited population of them. You visit the breeding farm of bald -ibis birds. After lunch in Tekir, the journey takes you back to Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia
Optional Balloon Flight Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. Proceed to Avanos (Venessa) the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. Lunch in a Local Restaurant Continue to Göreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme, see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. End your day with Uchisar Castle. This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 5: Cappadocia
Start the day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rock capes, local culture and historical sights. Depending on the season, you may see local people plowing their gardens or harvesting their crops. This walk normally takes 2 – 3 hours. At the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular Rock Castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you. Climbing up on the top of the castle you can see the ruins of Saint John the Baptists, a very large Byzantine church. Walk around the castle and visit some of the homes that were lived in until recently. Lunch. Continue driving to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited Underground Cities in Cappadocia. This city is approximately 40m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) Continue to Pigeon Valley a spectacular view of old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar. End your day with Uchisar Castle . This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region, is a 25-floor beehive of cave rooms forming an underground-type city reaching into the sky. It was used as a citadel during Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk times. The view of the Cappadocian countryside from here is just brilliant. Take the overnight bus to Pamukkale
Day 6: Pamukkale
Pick up from the Bus terminal Hierapolis; which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. Pamukkale; which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish. After your tour continue to Kusadasi Overnight Kusadasi
Day 7: Priene, Miletus and Didyma
which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities. Set dramatically at the foot of a sheer mountain wall, Priene overlooks the aptly named Meander River. This 2500 years old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Miletus; with its magnificent Theatre and the Byzantine fortress on the acropolis. These ancient ruins lie on a hill near the Aegean Sea. Explore the ancient theater, built circa 4th century BC. The theater could accommodate over 15,000 spectators. Visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina, named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius, who ordered their construction. Didyma; In antiquity, Didyma was connected to Miletos by a sacred road. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period. Despite extensive construction, the temple was never fully completed. Didyma is also housing the huge marble head of Medusa. Overnight Kusadasi
Day 8: Kusadasi – Ephesus
Pick up from your Hotel to join the Ephesus Tour During both the Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the most important port and cultural center of the eastern world. The remains of the city are still spellbinding today. Of all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and most visited one and is as popular as it was in ancient times. This is due to the miraculous discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary. The city had splendid buildings and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Main monuments that will be visited during today’s tour are; Ephesus Ancient City; Ones the most important trading City of the Aegean Coast.., walk along the street of Arcadian, visit the majestic Theatre, Marble road, the Celsius Library, Market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, Prytaneion, Odeon. This is the best place in the world to get the feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Basilica of St. John; built in the 5th century. House of Virgin Mary; the Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. Artemis Temple; the temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. After your tour take the early evening flight back to Istanbul
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