Southeastern Anatolia
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From Istanbul: Gobeklitepe Day Tour

1. From Istanbul: Gobeklitepe Day Tour

Visit the fascinating archeological site of Gobekli Tepe on a full-day private tour from Istanbul. Explore this 11,500-year-old hilltop sanctuary, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your day with an early morning pickup at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for a 2-hour-long flight to Sanliurfa, formerly known as Edessa. Edessa was is noted as one of the most important holy places in the world. Upon arrival at the airport in Sanliurfa, you will meet your guide that will lead to Gobekli Tepe. The discovery of Gobekli Tepe and its architecture has changed the entire known history of advanced civilizations. Archeologists believe it is the oldest religious site in the world. Explore its Neolithic collection of stone circles in this prehistoric site of worship. Learn how people built this structure 12,000 years ago using stone-age tools. Take a walk at the site of the excavation and find out recent findings. Give your feet a well-earned break by going to Sanliurfa and take some time for yourself for lunch at a local restaurant. Savor the delicious flavors of southeast Turkey. You can also spend some time shopping in the local market. After making the most of your free time, transfer to Sanliurfa airport to take a flight back to Istanbul. Be met with a representative upon landing to transfer back to your hotel.

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From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Tour With Flights and Transfers

2. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Tour With Flights and Transfers

Delight in the ancient history and spectacular natural beauty of Pamukkale on a full-day, guided tour with flights and transfers from Istanbul included. Start the day bright and early with a morning flight from Istanbul to Denizli. There you will catch a transfer to meet your professional tour guide who will uncover Pamukkale’s Greco-Roman past. Explore the hot springs in Karahayit, which have taken on an Instagram-worthy shade of red due to mineral deposits. Then head over to the Roman ruins in Hierapolis, a place twinned with Pamukkale to create a single UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring toppled ancient columns and sacred temples, you will have the chance to swim in Cleopatra’s Antique Pool—a majestic spot purportedly frequented by the Egyptian queen for its healing powers. Take an hour for yourself to discover hidden corners of Pamukkale at your own pace before reuniting with your guide and the group for lunch. The next stop is one of the most picturesque spots in Turkey—the travertines of Pamukkale. Take a barefoot walk across these bright, white limestone terraces filled with pools of cascading water. Finally, stop by a local Onyx factory before heading back to Istanbul after an unforgettable day spent in nature and history.

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Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

3. Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

Witness Cappadocia, the center of the first Christian monasteries. Be captivated by the 8-story Kaymakli underground city built thousands of years ago. Travel to the center of faith on Göbekli Tepe, and discover the Sanlıurfa Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Turkey. Visit the view point of Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Imagination Valley, and Pasabag. Enjoy a pottery demonstration, eat a traditional lunch in Avanos, and stay overnight in Cappadocia. Discover the view point of Goreme, Hike in the Red Valley, visit Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City, Pigeon Valley and Onyx Art Center. Venture to Gobekli Tepe and stop at Kahramanmaras on the way for an authentic lunch and the famous Maras ice cream, with overnight stay in Sanliurfa. Explore Abraham's Cave, Holy Lake, Grand Bazaar of Urfa, Sanlıurfa Archeology Museum, Harran and Gobekli Tepe. Fly back to Istanbul and a driven back to your accommodation.

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Istanbul: 10-Day Sightseeing Trip with Accommodation & Meals

4. Istanbul: 10-Day Sightseeing Trip with Accommodation & Meals

Sightsee, shop, and explore on this guided 10-day tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, and Kusadasi. See Göbekli Tepe, Mount Nemrut, Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and other highlights. Enjoy accommodation, meals, and round-trip transportation. Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul Get picked up upon arrival at Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and get a private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Alternatively, you can be picked up to start the tour directly from your hotel in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour (w/ Breakfast) Visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Stop at the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) In the morning, take a flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. After arrival, start exploring Cappadocia. Visit the Three Sisters, the fairy chimneys in Urgüp. Then, descend into the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of 200 others in Cappadocia. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Visit Devrent Valley, Pasabag, and Avanos. In the afternoon, head to the famous Goreme Open-Air Museum. Visit the Uçhisar rock castle and enjoy a panoramic view. Day 5: Cappadocia to Adıyaman (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Drive to Karatay Caravanserai and visit the caravanserai on the way to Adıyaman. Spend your evening at leisure and stay overnight in Adıyaman. Day 6: Mt. Nemrut to Urfa (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Departing at 3:30 AM, hike to the summit of Mt. Nemrut, one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Watch the sunrise. Later, drive to Urfa (Şanlıurfa). On the way, visit the Atatürk Dam and enjoy scenic views. Stay overnight in Urfa. Day 7: Urfa to Gaziantep (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) From Urfa, drive to Göbekli Tepe, one of the world's most important archaeological sites. At 12,000 years old, it is believed to be the world's oldest temple. Later, head to Gaziantep for an overnight stay. Day 8: Gaziantep to Izmir, Ephesus, & Kusadasi (w/ Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) Fly to Izmir. Upon arrival, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then, continue to Ephesus and walk along the marble streets lined with buildings. After Ephesus, enjoy lunch in the garden of a local handicraft center. Then, visit the House of Virgin Mary. Stay overnight in nearby Kusadasi. Day 9: Fly to Istanbul (w/ Breakfast) Drive to Izmir Airport for your flight to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. After landing, get a transfer to your hotel in Istanbul where you will stay overnight. Enjoy a free afternoon. Day 10: Return Home (w/ Breakfast) After breakfast, take a private transfer to Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your return flight home.

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Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

5. Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

Turkey, in antiquity known as Asia, was home to seven wondrous churches. It didn’t refer to an actual building, but rather seven Christian cities in Western Anatolia, which now lie in ruins. Visit these ancient places and walk the same steps that the world’s earliest Christians did. Before that, you’ll see all of Istanbul’s major sites, including the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Then you’ll travel to Izmir and start your tour of ancient Christianity, seeing many Roman ruins along the way. Soak in the thermal baths at Pamukkale, just as tourists have done for centuries – it was founded, after all, as a resort town by the Ancient Romans. Each step along the way, your expert guide will be there to provide you with context and information regarding each of these wonderful cities. Detailed Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival Arrive in Istanbul and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 2: Istanbul Tour Explore Istanbul and visit the historic old town. Then visit the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s first sports stadium, and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). Then visit the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and a traditional bazaar. Day 3: Istanbul - Izmir Visit the Grand Bazaar before touring the port of Istanbul and seeing the Cistern of Istanbul. Flight to Izmir. Day 4: Pergamon – Thyatira – Izmir Explore the Pergamum Acropolis, and visit the Ancient Roman health center of Asklepieion. See the Red Basilica and continue on to Thyatira and back to Izmir. Day 5: Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis Visit the Sardis Church and ruins of the Temple of Artemis, then travel to Philadelphia Church. Then to the Roman resort of Pamukkale with its therapeutic thermal baths and the Cotton Castle. Finally, head to the Gate of Domitian, and the Nymphaion. Day 6: Ephesus – Kusadasi See the Basilica of St. John the Apostle. Then head to the ancient city of Ephesus and its Archeological Museum. Day 7: Izmir to Istanbul Relax in Kusadasi and flight back to Istanbul. Day 8: Departure Airport transfer in time for your flight.

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