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From Istanbul: Göbeklitepe and Harran Full-Day Tour

1. From Istanbul: Göbeklitepe and Harran Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the airport.Arrive at the Istanbul airport for your flight from Istanbul to Sanlıurfa. Fly from Istanbul to Sanlıurda. Upon your arrival at Sanlıurfa Airport, you will meet with your guide at the airport and drive to Göbeklitepe, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in human history, dated 12000 years ago, which is thought to be the first pilgrimage center, which deeply shakes the truths of the known written history. Göbeklitepe, one of the oldest temples known as a result of the studies made so far, is located in the Mesopotamia region. Göbeklitepe provides important data on religious belief in hunter-gatherer societies. Göbeklitepe, which we will consider in terms of architecture and socio-economic terms, gives information about how the people of the period can create a sacred space in order to live their groundbreaking beliefs and enlightens us about their religion, religious symbols, technology, and sciences. Then, proceed to Harran, one of the world's oldest cities, was the home of the prophet Abraham/Ibrahim, as referenced several times in the Bible and later an important stop on the Silk Road. Harran has been an important center since Mesopotamian times. Due to the hot climate here, the city has become known for its "beehive homes", which have a high domed roof and thick walls built from mud, specially designed to keep cool inside. Harran is also well known for its blue fabrics. Explore the mystical secrets of this ancient city with Alaturka. We will then visit Harran Castle and explore the city walls. At the Sanliurfa city center, we will visit the famous HALİL-ÜR RAHMAN MOSQUE- AYN ZELİHA (BALIKLI LAKE)- RIZVANİYE MOSQUE and the cave where Prophet Abraham was born, Sipahi Bazaar, Kazzaz market, Hacı Kamil Han, Hüseyiniye Bazaar, Naccar Bazaar, Historical Customs Inn, Ulucami and Kitchen Museum. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.

From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

2. From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

Day 1: Cappadocia - Kahramanmaras – Kahta Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at 8:00 AM and depart from Cappadocia. After passing Kayseri, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. Then, drive through the Taurus Mountains, observing the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After stopping for lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras and try some of the best ice cream in Turkey. Then, drive to Kahta and check into your hotel. Spend the night in Kahta. Day 2: Adiyaman - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa Depart from your hotel early in the morning and head to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, get out of the van and walk twenty-five minutes to the summit. Watch the memorable sunrise between the colossal-sized statues and heads of the kings and Gods. Then, visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge over the Cendere Stream and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried. Continue driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. Visit the Ataturk Dam, the largest dam in the Middle East, en route. Check into your hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. Visit Gobeklitepe, a 11,500 year-old hilltop sanctuary, believed by archaeologists to be the oldest sanctuary in the world. After lunch, visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, walk around an oriental covered bazaar and Gumrukhan. Drive to Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Sanliurfa. DAY 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia After breakfast, depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, famous for its Bald-Ibis birds, which only live in Birecik. Enjoy a visit to the Bald Ibis breeding farm. After lunch, drive up to the Taurus Mountains. Take a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.

Istanbul: Göbekli Tepe & Archaeological Highlights Day Trip

3. Istanbul: Göbekli Tepe & Archaeological Highlights Day Trip

We pick you up from any location you choose in Istanbul. After you transferred to the airport check-in for the domestic flight from Istanbul to Şanlıurfa (Flight Tickets are Included) Flight is one hour and fifteen minutes and after your arrival your professional tour guide and private van will welcome you in Şanlıurfa Airport. Your guide will get you to Göbeklitepe, Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum, after you have lunch in an authentique restaurant you will visit the Holly lake and prophet Abraham's birthplace. Before finishing the tour you will visit Harran beehive houses and see the site of the first university in Mesopotamia. Afterwards your guide will drop you off the airport and you will take a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival we will greet you in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. End of our service.

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