Welcome to Turkey! 7 Days exploring the South eastern region of Turkey. From Diyarbakir to Tarsus including the famed mount Nemrut and the exquisite old-Arabic style city of Mardin and Urfa. Finishing the tour in Tarsus and Adana leaves many options for further travel including heading to Syria and Cyprus via the port of Mersin as well as continuing through Turkey along the Mediterranean coast a great historical and cultural section of Turkey and as different as all the others.
Welcome to Diyarbakir! Today is your arrival day.Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Diyarbakir.
First the breakfast and onto the city of of Diyarbakir that is full of oriental entities and then Mardin which is very unique with lovely old-Arabic style houses. It is a city that played an important role in the early development of Christianity. We will take the time to visit, walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and admire the stonework all around the town. We will also visit the Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan just outside of town, founded in 762 A.D. It was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for almost 800 years. This monastery is built on top of a 4000-year-old temple used by sun worshippers. Dinner and overnight in Urfa.
Upon breakfast, we shall start visiting Urfa, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. Urfa has been occupied since the Babylonians followed by the Hurrites, Hittites, Assyrians, Greeks. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. While in Urfa we will shop at the bustling covered bazaar as well. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. Dinner and overnight in Urfa.
From Urfa, we will drive two hours to Adiyaman-Kahta after breakfast. There, we will organise transfers up the mountain. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiouchus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his "divine ancestry." After watching sunset and exploring the mountain we will make our way to Kahta for the night. Dinner and overnight in Kahta.
Drive to Gaziantep, home to the famous Turkish dessert of Baklava. Visit the archaeological museum and explore the old city on foot. Dinner and overnight in Gaziantep.
We depart for Adana in the morning and start our tour with the museum of Archiology the 16th Century Ulu Mosque and the 19th century Clock Tower then on to Tarsus going through Cleopatra Door and Seven Sleepers Cave. Dinner and overnight in Tarsus.
Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.