8-Day Wonders of Turkey with Mt. Nemrut
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Trace the life of Ottoman sultans in ancient times at the Topkapi Palace
- Marvel at the massive stone monoliths with their decorated animals and human figurines at the Gobekli Tepe
- Ascend the Gaziantep Castle to savor the fascinating panorama of the city
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Day 2
After breakfast, be transferred to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, which is boundary of Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Later, you will visit the Rumeli Fortress, built in an incredibly short time in 1452. Continue on to explore the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 3
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. Discover the Basilica cistern, was constructed by Justinian in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Later, you will visit the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and others.
- Day 4
After breakfast, drive to the airport for a flight to Sanliurfa. Upon your arrival in Sanliurfa, be met and transferred to the hotel.
- Day 5
Today you will a half day tour to the village of Harran, including the Ancient ruins of Harran University, considered as the first university in the World, unique Soil cone-roofed houses and the cave where Prophet Abrahama was born and the pool of Abraham. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Quarter and Old Town in Sanliurfa.
- Day 6
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour to the Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates and the Gobeklitepe, which is 7500 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. After lunch, you will explore the Mt. Nemrut, where scatters massive stone heads of Hercules, Zeus and other gods. Drive back to Sanliurfa (about 3.5 hours' drive) for overnight.
- Day 7
Today, you will departure for Gaziantep (about 2 hours' drive) in the morning. Gaziantep is a city amongst the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. This afternoon, you will visit the Mosaic Museum of Gaziantep and the old city and castle district, Afterward you will be transferred to hotel.
- Day 8
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport to fly to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for connecting flight.
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