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ISTANBUL (2)-MARDIN (2)-URFA (1)- DIYARBAKIR (1)-GAZIANTEP (1)- ADIYAMAN (1)- CAPPADOCIA (2)

Day 1 Arrival to Istanbul

Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you to Turkey and transfer you to your hotel. Nothing has been organized for today as flight arrival times differ. Relax and enjoy. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 2 Full day tour in Istanbul

An all-day tour of the ancient Byzantine capital. We start at the famous Hippodrome, which was commenced in 203 AD, but was not completed until the foundation of Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 330 AD. Subsequent emperors extended and improved it so that by the time of Justinian it was 530 meters long, with seats for 100,000. As in all Roman Circuses four colors identified charioteers. Our guide will explain its history and the significance of the extant remains. From there we proceed to Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Cathedral consecrated on St. Steven's Day, 26 December 537 AD. Following the fall of Constantinople in 1453 it was converted into a mosque and the magnificent mosaics were plastered over. Since becoming a National Museum in 1933 many of the mosaics have been uncovered and can be admired during the visit. After a short walk we enter Sultanahmet Camii, better known as "The Blue Mosque". It was built in 1619 and is so named due to the interior decoration of 21,043 blue Iznik tiles. After lunch we proceed to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the seat of the Ottoman sultans, which covers a large area overlooking The Golden Horn. See the Treasury with its enormous emerald in the hilt of the sultan's dagger and other precious jewels is an experience not to be missed. Visit the Grand Bazaar before we return to our hotel. Overnight in Istanbul (B)

Day 3 Istanbul to Mardin

An early morning departure for a flight to one of the three airports near Mardin; Diyarbakir, Mardin or Urfa airport depending on the availability. As we arrive in Mardin we will have a walking tour in the open –air museum like city including Kadim Kırklar Monastery and the famous Archelogical and Ethnographical Museum of the city. This city is under the protection of UNESCO. Mardin is a museum city full of twelfth and thirteenth century examples of Turkish Architecture in harmony with nature. The bird's eye view of the Mesopotamian Plain from the historical city, founded on the southern terraces of the hardened oil masses which were active during the geological ages, is very beautiful. The external facades of the houses in the city are ornamented like jewels. Midyat County is known especially for its extremely beautiful historical houses and silversmithing. A special silver processing art which was called "Filigree" spread throughout Turkey from here. Mardin Castle (10th century A.D.), the Grand Mosque (12th century), the Latifiye Mosque (14th century) and the Kasimiye Madrasah (15th century), located in the city which is famous for its citadel, mosques and bridges are worth seeing. Mardinis a unique city where we still have a small community speaking Aramic (Syriacs speaking the mother tongue of Jesus Christ) Dinner and overnight in Mardin (B, D)

Day 4: Mardin-Hasankeyf-Mardin

First, we drive further east to visit the Hasankeyf city where the history goes back as far as 10 .000 B.C and there is still an inhabited village by the locals. The interesting thing about this site is it will be under the waters of a modern dam in couple of years. It is a magnificient ancient – modern settlement with superb view of the Mesopotamia and also very interesting human faces with the Arabs, Kurds and Turks. In the afternoon we make our way a bit west towards the city of Mardin and on our way we visit the Deyrulzaferan Monastery of the Syriacs which is considered to be one of the first Christian Societies of the world. The Deyrulzaferan Monastery is among the interesting places around the city. The monastery, which is the religious center of the Syrian Christians, has a past of 1600 years. There are the Graves of the Syrian Patriarchs at the monastery. Dinner and overnight in Mardin (B, D)

Day 5 Mardin- Diyarbakir

Continue onto Diyarbakir formerly called Amed. Diyarbakir is a cultural capital in Turkey that is located on the banks of the Tigris River in the Southeastern Anatolia. The city, where many civilizations and cultures have lived in its history of nine thousand years, has the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, Diyarbakır Castle, and Hevsel Gardens, as well as the world's second-longest wall. The region, named after a nomadic tribe called Bek Bekir Vail en which settled in the region and called as the land of Bekir, was named as Diyarbakır. visit some of the longest city Walls of the World. These four‐gated walls were restored in 349 AD during the reign of Constantinus III of Rome surrounding the old part of the city. They are also famed for being the second largest walls in the world after the Great Wall of China. Then we will pay avisit to the Grand Mosque of the City, Ulu Camii, which dates back to the pagan period, was later rebuilt as a church by Christians. The place that Muslims converted into a mosque was an ancient place used as a place of worship throughout history. As it is one of the first mosques in Anatolia, it has an important place in Islamic history. The architectural structure and the reliefs on the door are worth seeing. Overnight in Diyarbakir (B,D)

Day 6 Diyabakir to via Gobekli Tepe Urfa and: The World’s first temple

A morning drive to Urfa city visit the Prophet Abraham’s cave and the Pools of holy carp surrounding it then drive to Harran a village of spellbinding mud–brick beehive houses where Abraham spent last years of his life mentioned in the book of Genesis. Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls the oldest Islamic University and the Castle dated to 8th century. Next head out for Gobekli Tepe. What makes Gobekli Tepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10,000 BC. One of the best ways to comprehend just how ancient Göbekli Tepe would had been, is to compare it to other things that are considered incredibly ancient. Göbekli Tepe predates Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric construction feats in human history, by over 6,000 years. The site predates the era of Sumer, considered one of the earliest true civilizations, and the invention of writing, by a similar, 6,000-ish year margin. To really put things in perspective, there was about as much time between the construction of Göbekli Tepe and the construction of Stonehenge as there was between the construction of Stonehenge and today. It was built right around the same time that the last ice age ended. Göbekli Tepe then went on to be an active civilization for nearly three millennia before being abandoned under mysterious circumstances around 9,000 years ago.
We will also pay a visit the Prophet Abraham’s cave and the Pools of holy carp surrounding it then drive to Harran a village of spellbinding mud–brick beehive houses where Abraham spent last years of his life mentioned in the book of Genesis. Next Drive to Harran the ruins of Harran including city walls the oldest Islamic University and the Castle dated to 8th century. The ruins of the ancient city of Harran date back to the 3rd millennium BCE when the area was a cultural, religious, and commercial center. From the Early Bronze Age to the Early Christian period, get to know the fascinating story of this ancient city that continues to stun visitors. Dinner and overnight in Urfa (B,D)

Day 7 Urfa to Gaziantep Adiyaman via Kahta Mt. Nemrut

Today first we will see the splendid collection of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep alone is probably sufficient to attract enthusiasts of history and culture as well as art historians and archaeologists of the world to visit Turkey. In terms of the floor area of the museum, as well as the surface area of the mosaics exhibited, it is the second largest of its kind in the world. (The largest mosaic museum also is in Turkey). The outstanding artistic quality of the main exhibits as well as the collections of Late Antiquity Church Mosaics and Early Chaldean and Christian iconography attracts visitors to the museum. Some of the scenes depicted in the mosaics are related to ancient literary texts which were lost over the time, raising their importance in terms of the cultural history. Amongst the most exciting archaeological finds of our times, the mosaics unearthed in Zeugma ancient settlements cover a total of 2,500 square metres, and reveal the highest level that the arts reached at the time. There is also a collection of sculptures, columns and fountains from the Roman period. In particular the beauty of the bronze statue of Ares the God of War could easily take the limelight away from the mosaics. Overnight in Gaziantep.

Day 8 Gaziantep to Adiyaman via Kahta Mt. Nemrut

After breakfast we will have a scenic drive to Kahta in the afternoon climb up to Mt. Nemrut to see the sunset and colossal statues of Paganistic gods and goddesses from the top of the sacred mountain of Commonage Empire and enjoy the breathtaking sunset. Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus Mountain range in south-east Turkey, Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene (69-34 B.C.) as a monument to himself. The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander's empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic 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. Stone chips cover the forty-nine-meter high by funerary mound that has a one hundred- and fifty-two-meter diameter. The statues stand nearly seven meters tall and some of the blocks here are believed to weigh over nine tones. Five seated limestone statues of gods…four male and one female stand in a row with statues of a lion and an eagle at each end. Inscriptions on the statues identify them as Apollo, the goddess Tyche of Commagene, Zeus, Antiochos himself and Hercules. The statues are well preserved. The heads have fallen to a lower level and now stand upright where they fell. Next drive to our hotel in Adiyaman. Dinner and overnight in Adiyaman (B, D)

Day 9 Adiyaman to Cappadocia via Kayseri

This morning we will drive westward to Kayseri. There we will see the Gevher Nesibe double Medrese (Seljukid higher education institution) and Hospital is one of the few double medreses with a hospital wing. It is open to the public as a museum on Seljukid culture, which was a medieval empire founded by the Turks in Anatolia in the Medieval period, contemporaneous with the first four crusades. It is still fascinating to see the early surgical instruments and wander through the water therapy areas reflecting on how these ancient approaches to mental and physical health. There are some fun interactive displays and clever use of sound and light to evoke the atmosphere of ancient times and the exhibits for the blind accompanied by Braille are innovative and the opportunity to handle these objects is interesting for anyone. The sunny interior courtyards of the museum also add to the pleasure of a visit to this museum the inner structures and purposefulness of thought inside is amazing. There are rooms for musical and water therapy, mock-ups of how the practitioner and patient work together and interact. Common open-air rooms with flowing water and shrubs and flowers, all evidence-based methods of bringing healing to the body, mind and soul, are surrounded by the treatment rooms. Dinner and overnight in Nevsehir (B, D)

Day 10 Kayseri to Cappadocia

Morning departure for Cappadocia. All day we will be traveling through the fairly like beauty of the volcanic Cappadocian landscape. We will visit an ancient underground city, the one-time refuge of early Christians. When Arab armies passed through in the 7th century Christians retreated to the underground cities where they rolled stone wheel doors across the entrances. At Uchisar we will enjoy panoramic views from the Kale, a tall volcanic rock outcrop riddled with tunnels and windows, and a dominant landmark. By way of relaxation, we will see displays of some of the traditional oriental rugs of Turkey. Dinner and overnight in Nevsehir When Christianity came to Cappadocia, cave churches, complete with elaborate decoration, were carved in the rock. Large Christian communities came into being and their rock-hewn churches became a unique art form. During our visit to the open-air museum at Goreme we will visit a selection of churches dating from the 8th century and decorated with murals illustrating biblical scenes. Subject to weather conditions and time of year you will have an opportunity to watch the sunset from the Kizilvadi valley. Today we will arrange a home visit to a traditional Turkish Family’s cave house. Dinner and overnight in Nevsehir (B, D)

Day 11 Cappadocia-Istanbul- Back to USA

Transfer to Kayseri airport as appropriate.

Ancient Cities Babylonia Per Person in a Double or Twin Room Single Supplement
2022 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
May 27-June 6 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
June 24-Jul 4 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Aug 26-Sep 5 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Oct 21-oct 31 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
2023    
May 26-June 5 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
June 23-Jul 3 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Aug 25-Sep 4 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Oct 20-Oct 30 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
2024    
May 24- June 3 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
June 28-Jul 8 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Aug 23- Sep 2 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
Oct 18-oct 28 $ 2495.00 $ 595.00
  • All transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • 17 nights hotel accommodation in 4*-5 * hotels Daily breakfasts and dinners, (no dinners in Istanbul).
  • All domestic Flights (Istanbul-Mardin/ Cappadocia- Istanbul)
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All entrance fees to museums
  • All local taxes and service charges
  • Flo Tours Travel Documentation Kit

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Extra drinks with meals
  • Tips for your tour guide and driver

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