1. Day: Nemrut Mountain Tour from Cappadocia
Nemrut Dağı (mountain) is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and the house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochus I of Commagene (69-34 B.C.) as a monument to himself and is among the World Heritage sites listed by UNESCO.
The Hierotheseion of Antiochos I is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. Its complex design and colossal scale combined to create a project unequaled in the ancient world. A highly developed technology was used to build the colossal statues and orthostats (stelae), the equal of which has not been found anywhere else for this period. The syncretism of its pantheon and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom's culture.
Two separate antique processional routes radiate from the east and west terraces. Five giant seated limestone statues, identified by their inscriptions as deities, face outwards from the tumulus on the upper level of the east and west terraces. These are flanked by a pair of guardian animal statues – a lion and eagle – at each end. The heads of the statues have fallen off to the lower level, which accommodates two rows of sandstone stelae, mounted on pedestals with an altar in front of each stele. One row carries relief sculptures of Antiochos’ paternal Persian ancestors, the other of his maternal Macedonian ancestors.
08:00 We will pick you up from your hotel and depart from Goreme for Nemrut Tour from Cappadocia.
After passing Kayseri city, we will visit the 13th century Seljuk Caravansary "Karatayhan." Our next stop will be in Pinarbasi for a short tea break. Then we will keep driving to Tekir for Lunch.
After taking pictures of the gorgeous scenery of the Tekir Valley, we will drive to Kahta and check-in to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Kahta.
Our Mt Nemrut tours are fully guided and cover all needed services during 3 days. The tour guide will be with you from the beginning of the tour. The bus to Nemrut from Cappadocia will have enough stops.
2. Day: Mount Nemrut & Harran Tour
We will depart from the hotel very early in the morning and head up to the ruins on Mt. Nemrut. At the end of the journey, we will walk about twenty-five minutes to the summit of the Mt. Nemrut. Here we will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods.
After sunrise on top of Mt. Nemrut, your guide will give you information about the Commagene Kingdom and the statues, whilst be showing you around, giving you opportunities to take pictures. Then we will drive back to the hotel for breakfast. On the way back to the hotel we will visit the ruins of the Arsemia Roman bridge of Cendereand Tumulus Tomb of Karakus.
After breakfast, we will begin driving to Sanliurfa and Harran and visit the Ataturk Dam, which is the biggest dam in the Middle East. We will check-in to our hotel in Sanliurfa and have our lunch here.
After lunch, we will visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding the cave. We will then walk around the oriental covered bazaar and drive to ’Harran’ a village of Spellbinding Mud-Brick "beehive" houses, as mentioned in the book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. After visiting the ruins of Harran including the city walls, the oldest Islamic university and the castle dated back to 18th century, we will drive back to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa
3. Day: Sanlıurfa Tour & Back to Cappadocia
After breakfast, we will depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, which is known for its bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds.
This is the only place in the world where these birds can be found and there is currently a very limited population remaining. We will also visit a breeding farm for the Bald Ibis birds.
After our lunch, we will drive up to the Taurus Mountains, where we will have a short tea break, before driving back to Goreme.
18:00: Tour ends in Cappadocia.
Private A/C nonsmoking bus, group sizes range from 4 to 15 people
2 nights in 3-star hotel accommodation
Lunches and Dinners
Professional Tour Guide
There is 50% discount for children