Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Istanbul.Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 2 Jewels of Istanbul & Bosphorus cruise tour. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 Explore Old City. Fly to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 4 Explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5 Explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 Drive to Nemrut. Overnight in Adiyaman.

Day 7 Diyarbakır & Mardin . Overnight in Mardin.

Day 8 Gobeklitepe & Urfa. Overnight in Urfa.

Day 9 Harran & Halfeti. Overnight Gaziantep.

Day 10 Gaziantep & Fly to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel.

Day 11  Transfer to airport.  End of the service!

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Istanbul Airports
TYPE OF TOUR Private tour for only your party.
FLEXIBLE DEPARTURE TIME Every day, all year around
CUSTOMIZABLE You can change our tours as you like or we can organize your desired tour.
INCLUDED
All accomodation B&B at choise of selected 4-5 star, boutique or cave hotels
All seightseeing tours of the places mentioned in the program
All meals where shown in the itinerary with this legend (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Domestic flight tickets (May be operated by Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, Atlas Jet, Sun Express, Onur Airlines or Pegasus Airlines)
All tours with English speaking guidance licenced by ministry of culture and tourism
All transport with new & AC vehicles
All airport transfer throughout the trip
All parking fees, ferry tools and petrol
All entrance fees and taxes
EXCLUDED
International airfare to Turkey
Drinks, travel insurance, visas, personel expenses, posters, tips

Detailed Itinerary of Mesopotamia Tour  8 Day / 7 Night

B: Breakfast   L: Lunch

Day 1 – Arrive Istanbul  / Airport Transfer

Welcome to Istanbul. Our driver will meet with you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel.

Optional Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Entertainment

We will pick you up from Hotel at approximately 07:45 pm and transfer you to the Istanbul Kabatas Port from where your Dinner Cruise will commense.You are in for a treat with our exciting dinner Cruise that presents you the beauty of Istanbul at night while cruising the Bosphorus. You will dine on a delicious assortment of authentic Turkish Cuisine, PLUS you enjoy an outstanding Turkish Night of entertainment which will feature traditional dances from the seven different regions of Turkey as well as an oriental belly-dance show. Your performance will include Ottoman dancers, Romany Gypsy Girls, belly dancers, and  the Asuk Masuk comedy team, etc. This is a night you will not forget and one loved by ALL our customers who have attended previous cruises. Your dinner cruise ends at about midnight, at which time we will transfer you to the Hotel. ( 50 euro per person )

Overnight Istanbul

Day 2 – Jewels of Istanbul  – Full Day Guided Tour /B,L

DOLMABAHÇE PALACE The Dolmabahçe Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843 – 1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The three –storied palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture and the silk carpets and curtains. Its surpasses all other palaces in the world in wealth and magnificence.

Across to Asia : Have this great experience cross from Eurpe to Asia by bus on Bosphorus Bridge.

ÇAMLICA (Asian) HILL, we climb a Bosphorus side hill by bus for a few which commands a magnificent view that embraces the Bosphorus and old Istanbul. one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of  Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria.

PIERRE LOTI HILL, The hill was named after the French novelist and noval officer Pierre Loti who visited Istanbul several times and stayed many years.

Fly over by Cable Car Enyoy the beautiful view from cable car all the way down to the hill.

CITY WALLS, The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions.

THE RUMELI FORTRESS(FROM THE SEA) (NO INTERIOR VISIT)

Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conquer  took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGES Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE).

BEYLERBEYİ PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.

Overnight Istanbul

Day 3 – Explore the Old City & Fly to Cappadocia – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.

After the tour we will transfer you to Istanbul airport and you will take your flight to Cappadocia.  Upon your arrival we will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight Cappadocia

Day 4 – Explore Cappadocia – Full Day Guided Tour /B,L

Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided  tour of Cappadocia, visiting Devrent Valley to see the unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to paşabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles.Drive to the city of Avanos .In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years.Lastly,before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar. After the tour we will be back to our hotel.

Overnight Cappadocia

Day 5 – Explore Cappadocia –  Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will again depart for a full day Cappadocia tour. Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clegymen.After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley . In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city. Where early christians lived in fear and faith.

Overnight Cappadocia

Day 6 – Drive Nemrut  – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

Today after breakfast drive to Adıyaman. It will take around 4 hours to arrive. After arrival have lunch and than start to visit Mounth Nemrut. You will visit Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge and Arsemia. You will see one of the best Sun set in the world from the top of the Nemrut.. You can have a chance to taste Syrian wine here.  Today you will have an amazing experience in your life.

Overnight Adıyaman

Day 7 – Diyarbakır – Mardin  – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

Today you will visit Diyarbakır, another ancient settlement; at 5000 years old is one of the oldest cities in the world. An overwhelmingly Kurdish city Diyarbakir is famed for its ancient city walls; constructed by the Romans, the current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks is, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world. We will visit also one of the oldest and important mosque in Muslim World. Ulu Camii. You will have a chance top ray in this beautiful mosque. From Diyarbakir we continue to Mardin, located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey.

Overnight Mardin

Day 8 –  Mardin – Gobekli Tepe – Urfa  – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

After breakfast, we will visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (the Saffron Monastery),centre of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy and still an active monastery. The site of the Saffron monastery has been a sacred place for thousands of years. From Mardin proceed to the on-going archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known amongst the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Overnight Urfa

Day 9 –  Harran – Halfeti – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

Today we leave from Urfa and drive to Antep. On the way we will visit Harran. Harran is one of the science center of the world. First University in the world was built here. Harran also famous with house type. Today we will have a boat trip in Halfeti/Birecik and you will have nice panoramic  views here.

Overnight Gaziantep

Day 10 –  Gaziantep & Fly Back to Istanbul – Full Day Guided Tour / B,L

We will visit mosaic museum of Antep. Antep is another ancient roman city and mosaic musem will suprise you. Baklava the world famous Turkish Dessert  is from Antep. Antep get Gazi nick name after independent war. Gazi means War Veteran. You will have good time and good food there.

Afternoon we will take you to airport and you fly back to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul

Day 11 – Departure from TURKEY –  Airport Transfer / B

After the tour we will transfer you to the  Istanbul Airport and take your international flight to back home.

End of the service!!