The Gateway to Mesopotamia - 5 Days

Discover Diyarbakir, Antakya, Gaziantep, Adiyaman and Mt. Nemrut in 5 days.

Overview

The Gateway to Mesopotamia – 5 days

  • Discover more demands in your limited time
  • Flexibility with and without a tour guide
  • Private and Regular tours, with no hidden costs

Additional activities to do during the tour with extra payment.

  • Hammam
  • Cooking Class

TRIP TYPE:  Private / Group

STARTS: Adana

ENDS: Diyarbakir / Istanbul

DEPARTS: Daily Full Year

GROUP SIZE: Min 2 / Max 24

HOTEL RATING: 4- star BB

TOUR GUIDE / LANGUAGE: Yes – English

MEALS: Breakfast: 4 / Lunch: 3 / Dinner: None

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Please wear comfortable clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and shoes.
  • Take your camera (without professional equipment)

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time.
  • If you cannot find the service you need please contact our dedicated team to advise of your requirements.
  • Please take always a passport

Highlights

  • Diyarbakir, Mardin, Midyat, Urfa , Harran and Mt. Nemrut

Itinerary

Day 1
Adana Arrival

Welcome to Adana. Upon our arrival at Adana Airport, our professional tour guide will meet with you, greeting you by a board with your name on it. We will provide transportation, from where we proceed to Antakya (ancient Antioch), one of the Roman Empire’s foremost commercial and trading centers, and the city where Saint Peter established one of the world’s first Christian communities. After we settle into our hotel and enjoy lunch, our first stop is the Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Caravanserai. We then proceed to the Antakya Archeological Museum, with its near-immaculate Roman mosaics and the cave church of Saint Peter, the monumental facade of which was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century AD. At the end of the tour, we will drive you to your hotel in Antakya.

Day 2
Gaziantep - Adiyamn

After breakfast, we make an early start for Gaziantep, where we tour the Gaziantep Archeological Museum’s collection of Hittite reliefs, gold jewelry, and priceless mosaics recently discovered nearby Zeugma. After visiting the castle, most remnants of which date to the Seljuk period, we lunch on Gaziantep’s distinctive regional dishes, then explore the timeless passages of the historical bazaar, with its rich variety of mother-of-pearl inlaid objects, carpets, kilims, spices, antiques, silver, and hand-embroidered headscarves. Early in the evening, we head northeast to Adiyaman, where we suggest everyone retire early because at 2:00 am you will be awakened and taken to the 2,150-meter (7,500-foot) summit of Nemrut Dagi for the sunrise, one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Overnight in Adiyaman

Day 3
Mt Nemrut - Sanilurfa

By 5:30 in the morning, we will be gathered on Mt. Nemrut waiting for the first rays of the rising sun to illuminate the magnificent tomb built here by Antiochus I Epiphanes (64-38 BC). The massive stone heads, seated statues of Apollo, Fortuna, Zeus, Antiochus, and Hercules, altar, reliefs, and 50-meter-high cairn of small stones covering King Antiochus’s tomb gradually come into view. You’ll have plenty of time to examine these breathtaking works and ask questions about their extraordinary origins.
As we descend to Adiyaman, we visit Arsemeia, the capital of the ancient Commagene kingdom, Cendere Bridge, a Roman structure still in use today, and Karakus tumulus, surrounded by pillars and believed to be the funeral mound of King Antiochus’s wife. After breakfast and a rest back at the hotel, we visit Ataturk Dam, the centerpiece of Turkey’s GAP irrigation project, one of the largest in the world, then enjoy a tea break in an authentic nomadic tent on the shores of the massive man-made lake.

Immediately after arriving at our hotel in Şanliurfa, we have lunch, then set off to explore one of the oldest urban areas in the world, a city that retains its mesmerizing, exotic character. As we visit the medieval houses, narrow market streets, the Cave of Abraham, believed to be the prophet’s birthplace, and Golbasi, the site where legend has it that Assyrian tyrant Nemrut hurled Abraham into a bonfire, you’ll appreciate the Middle Eastern flavor of what is perhaps eastern Turkey’s most compelling city.
After getting a bird’s eye view of Sanliurfa from the Nemrut’s hill-top citadel, we return to the hotel for dinner. Evening entertainment is a Sirra Gecesi, a traditional gathering at which melodic folksongs are sung, çig kofte (spicy steak tartar meatballs) eaten, and mirra (the strong local coffee) drunk. Overnight in Sanliurfa.

Day 4
Harran - Mardin

After breakfast, we drive south to Harran, the last surviving example of Syriac mud-built houses, this town mentioned in Genesis has a history stretching back over 6,000 years. The ruins of a Crusader fortress are visible on what was once an Assyrian temple dedicated to Sin, god of the moon, and the remains of an Arab-built Islamic university, the world’s first, are still evident.
After a tea break in one of the ubiquitous bee-hive-shaped houses, we drive east to Mardin, a picturesque town clinging to a sheer rocky bluff and overlooking the Syrian plains. After lunch in a historic Mardin home, There, we visit Kırklar church, Deyrulzefran, or “Saffran Monastery”, a Syrian Orthodox orphanage founded in 439 AD and for centuries the seat of the Syrian Orthodox patriarch, and Kasimiye medresse. Overnight in Mardin.

Day 5
Diyarbakir - Departure

After breakfast, first we tour nearby Midyat, famed for its ornately carved stone homes and silversmiths. There, we visit Mar Gabriel monastery, a working community of Syrian Orthodox nuns and monks who will be happy to share with you information about the area’s 2,000-year-old Christian past. On the way to Diyarbakir, we visit Hasankeyf, which is one of the most interesting spots of the tour, a now-ruined city built on the banks of the Tigris, exploring its 12th-century palace, mosque, and tombs.
Then continue to Diyarbakir, via Batman, upon arrival visit Ulu Cami, one of Anatolia’s first grand Seljuk mosques, and the black basalt walls enclosing the largest city in Southeast Turkey, a settlement that was ancient thousands of years before it fell to Alexander the Great. After the tour, we drop you off at the Airport where our tour ends.

Included Services

  • • Accommodations
  • • Mentioned National Flights
  • • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary in private
  • • Transfer service during tours
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • • Accommodation included dinner

Excluded Services

  • • Beverage during the tour
  • • Tips to the guide and driver
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Visits and services not mentioned in the itinerary
How Can I Book This Tour ?

Please fill out the booking request form. Our team will get back to you. The tour will be confirmed by the Excursions Finder sales department at the reception of the online booking or online payment. Please provide always all the correct information for easy processing.

Reservations and payments?

For Direct Customers
There are so many adventures waiting for you, by reservation, 50% of the total cost is due once the trip and cost have been approved by both parties. The full amount may also be paid at this time. The remaining balance is due upon arrival/check-in. This applies to any of the seasons and guarantees the trip.

For Travel Agencies
We require full payment of the tour at the time of reservation once the trip and cost have been approved by both Excursions Finder and the Travel Agency. This applies to any of the seasons and guarantees the blocking of the trip.

Cancellation Policy

The deadline for canceling a reservation is as follows:
If payment is made and the customer, due to outside circumstances, cannot make the trip, the reservation can be postponed, without penalty charges, and can be rescheduled at a later date. No changes can be made to the original reservation upon rescheduling.

Deadlines for cancellation with a refund: One (1) week prior to the date of your tour
Last Minute Cancelations
Full payments or deposits will not be reimbursed for last-minute cancellations by either direct customers or travel agencies.
No Show
In the event of a No-Show by either a Direct Customer or Travel Agency, no refund shall be given.
In case of fortuitous events or Acts of God, management will assess the situation and decide upon a course of action. If a reimbursement or discount is agreed upon, the amount will return within the time specified by management. The Direct Customer or Travel Agency is responsible for all/any bank charge that may apply to the transaction.

Methodes of Payment

Reservations will be guaranteed within the down payment for Direct Customers or full payment for Travel Agencies. We accept electronic money transfers, bank deposits, and all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club.

Payment can be made by sending a scanned copy or clear photo of the deposit slip to [email protected] or WhatsApp at +905323959925 along with the following information:
Company Name or Individual holder of the reservation
Names of those in party
NIT or identity card
City of issue of the document
Residence address
Telephone number
E-mail

After verifying the information, our sales staff will book the reservation.
For reservations during High Season, fifteen (15) business days are required to allow for payment processing after the final quote is agreed upon.
For reservations during the Low Season, five (5) business days are required to allow for payment processing after the final quote is agreed upon.
All confirmed reservations with our office, for both Travel Agencies and Direct Customers, will be sent an e-mail containing the trip description, the total cost with the down payment reflected, and a copy of our company policy in regards to cancellation, no show, date changes, etc.

Refunds

The process for refunding a deposit is as follows:
In the event of a refund, the Direct Customer or Travel Agency is responsible for covering any bank charges. 10% of the total payment will be withheld to cover this cost.
The Customer or Travel Agency must submit a written request for a refund along with the reason(s) for the reservation cancellation. Please specify the account number to which the money shall be refunded and the name under which the reservation was made.
Please allow 5 to 8 business days to process the refund request.
If the cancellation of the reserve corresponds to an event, it will be done according to the specifications and conditions agreed by both parties in the contract.

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The Gateway to Mesopotamia