TR0009   SOUTH EASTERN TURKEY (Tailor Made)

In English - Any Day

Southeastern Turkey , one of the seven geographical regions of Turkey , lays mainly in the plains of “Mesopotamia”, the land between the streams Tigris and Euphrates.

The region enjoys a mixed Mediterranean and mountainous climate.

Come for the sceneries, for the many archeological sites, for the architecture of the old city buildings, and for a look a complete different life style reflected in the cuisine too.

To enjoy the most of this itinerary, we recommend a rental car or a chauffeur driven car.

Please note that due to flight schedules the visit of Istanbul may be at the beginning of the tour or at the end, that the tour may be organized anti-clockwise.

Day 1 : Istanbul or Mardin

Arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel and free time to recover from travel.
Yet, depending your landing time in Istanbul and the flight schedule to Mardin, you may prefer to continue straight to Mardin.

Overnight in Istanbul

Day 2 : Mardin

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mardin… we will shortly step in an unknown world. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and time at leisure.

Overnight in Mardin.

Day 3 : Mardin

To start our tour, we will visit Hasankeyf, a ciff top Roman ruin and the old town of Midyat, an architectural marvel. After lunch, we will Anitli before continuing to Mardin (as opposite to Diyarbakir, called the “White Town”) which overlooks the vast plains of Mesopotamia, the land “between the streams” ie the Tigris and the Euphrates.

Overnight in Mardin.

Day 4 : Mardin

From Mardin we will spend the day in the area visitng the Syriac monasteries of Mar Gabriel, Darulzaferan.

In the afternoon, if time permits, at leisure to stroll the streets of old Mardin.

Overnight in Mardin

Day 5 : Sanliurfa

We will drive through the plains of Mesopotamia with a stop at Gobeklitepe, a 10.000BC temple construction and then continue towards Harran to visit the famous “Beehive” houses and then continue to Urfa, known as birthplace of Abraham which explains the city is also called the “City of Prophets”. We will visit the Abraham’s caves, the Sacred Carps pool and the animated and colorful bazaar.

Overnight in Sanliurfa.

Day 6 : Kahta

In direction of Adiyaman we will cross the Ataturk Dam built on the Euphrates (brief stop). From Kahta, we will visit the Mount Nemrut and the sanctuary of Antiochus I (at sunrise or sunset, depending the season and weather conditions).

Overnight in Kahta.

Day 7 : Gaziantep

As we explore the Euphrates (Rumkale Fortress, the valley submerged by the Birecik dam), we will reach reach the Roman city of Zeugma and tour Gaziantep : the archaeological museum is a treasure chest of superb Roman mosaics from Zeugma saved in extremis from the Birecik dam waters.

Overnight in Gaziantep

Day 8 : Istanbul

For those interested, the day can be spent to visit the Hittite site of Yesemek.

At choice, morning or afternoon flight to Istanbul where you will spend overnight

Day 9 : Istanbul

Full day Istanbul Highlights including :

- The Ayasofya museum (note : closed on mondays)
- The Sultanahmet (Blue) mosque
- The Topkapi Palace - without the Harem (closed on Tuesdays)
- The Hippodrome
- If time avaible, the Yerebatan Cistern and/or the covered bazaar

Day 10 : Going home full of nice souvenirs ?

Time at leisure till transfer to the airport or time to say farewell to Turkey.

Notes

1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, fairs...) prices of the proposed hotels may vary.
2. Due to closure days of some sites and museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program.  We have endeavored to show these in the program.

Possible program alternatives :
1.  Private excursions at any or all destinations (supplement to be added)
2. Higher or lower hotel category (price difference to be reflected)
3. Guide services in other language than English (supplement possible) 
4. Possible connection with other tours you have booked with third parties
5. Chauffeur driven rental car (supplement to be added)
6. This is a program proposal.  We are open to any additions or reductions you may require.  These will be reflected in the new quotation.

The price quoted is based on a party of 2 adults in a double room

Per Person
in Double Room
Starting From (5844 TL) 899 €
The prices in Turkish Liras have been calculated according to the exchange rate of Central Bank. The rates can change depending on the rate of the payment day.
Please contact us for the group prices.
Including

- Airport pick-up as per program
- Rental car from Mardin to Gaziantep
- Accommodation in double room, breakfast included

Excluding

- Entrance fees to the sites
- Petrol and road expenses
- Domestic flights
- Guidance during the tours 
- Meals unless otherwise mentioned under "included"
- Drinks and other personal expenses
- Visa fee to enter Turkey if and when applicable
- Travel insurances (theft, loss of belongings, healthcare...)
- Any other service which is not stated as "included" above
- Tips

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