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The Gateway to Mesopotamia

Step back in time and explore the Fertile Crescent, the dawn of civilization...

Getaway to Mesopotamia | South East Tour of Turkey | 7 Nights
So spectacular are the ruins and natural beauty of Western Turkey that many travelers neglect to venture out to the exotic and compelling sites of the Southeast. Long before the great Greek and Roman cities rose up along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, civilizations even more ancient flourished in an area lying between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, known as The Fertile Crescent. Much of what was once northern Mesopotamia lies in what is now Southeastern Turkey. It is the land of the Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, and Sumerians, the birthplace of Abraham, the site of the world's first university, and the first Christian communities - a rugged, breath-taking land in which successive cultures mingled with and influenced each other.  

Today, we can only marvel at the awe-inspiring landmarks and relics bearing testament to millennia of continuous habitation in a region that was once the technological, scientific and cultural center of the world. Over the past decade, archeologists have excavated stunning new finds, including the unique Roman mosaics of Zeugma, which have been carefully preserved with the help of UNESCO. 

With coastal Turkey such a magnet for travelers, the Southeast, in particular, is a region where our "insider" knowledge and expertise enable travelers with limited time to concentrate on visiting the sites of greatest interest, without the hassle of arranging for guides, transport, meals, entrance fees and accommodation. What's more, we help you to become acquainted with one of the timeless charms of the region: its people. We arrange for you to enjoy the local hospitality, culture and cuisine - all of which are legendary, even among Turks living in other parts of the country. 

As always, we arrange air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you make the most of your stay in Turkey. Relax, and marvel at the glories of Southeastern Turkey, the Gateway to Mesopotamia. And leave the rest to us.


After picturesque sites of Istanbul then explore 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. 

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
You will be met at the airport by holding a name board then you will be transferred to your hotel. After C/in process then the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul 

Day 2 - Diyarbakir
(Breakfast and dinner included) 
After breakfast and C/Out from the hotel in Istanbul then you will be transferred to the airport for Diyarbakir flight. Today is your arrival day. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Diyarbakir
Day 3 - Diyarbakir - Urfa
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Mardin 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. Overnight in Urfa

Day 4 - Urfa - City Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
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. Overnight in Urfa
Day 5 - Urfa - Mount Nemrut - Kahta
(Breakfast and dinner included)
From Urfa we will drive two hours to Adiyaman-Kahta. 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. Overnight in Kahta

Day 6 - Kahta - Gaziantep
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Drive to Gaziantep, home to the famous Turkish dessert of Baklava. Visit the archaeological museum and explore the old city on foot. Overnight in Gaziantep

Day 7 - Gaziantep - Adana - Tarsus
(Breakfast and dinner included)
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 Yedi Uyurlar Cave. Overnight in Tarsus
Day 8 - Tarsus - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
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 Luxury Istanbul Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.

To customize or get a tailor made mesopotamia tour in Turkey please contact your travel professional mailto (@) luxuryistanbul.com or call us at + 90 535 312 2642
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- Licensed professional guide in English or other preferred language for all -sightseeing
- Domestic Flight from Istanbul to Diyarbakir
- 1 Night stay in Istanbul
- 6 Nights stay in Anatolia
- 1 Guided Mardin Tour
- 1 Guided Urfa Tour
- 1 Guided Adiyaman, Kahta and Nemrut Tour
- 1 Guided Gaziantep Tour
- 1 Guide Adana and Tarsus Tour
- Air-conditioned luxury vehicle with a professional driver 
- Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the above itinerary
- 18% VAT tax
- Lunch & Beverages 
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included 
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities to guide / driver

If however, our wide range of itineraries do not suit your needs, we are flexible to offer tailor-made itineraries to our clients upon request. If you would like to visit any other places not mentioned in this itinerary we are happy to make a tailor-made tour to suit your individual requirements. Just let us know how long you would like to stay and which places you are interested in visiting. Depending on your group size, we can arrange private guided tours in Turkey; vans, coaches or luxury vehicles to suit all needs.  

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