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Nemrut Commagene Tour



Nemrut-Commagene Tour | Throne of Gods East Turkey Tour


Nemrut Commagene Tour from Istanbul or Cappadocia | 5 Nights 

After picturesque sites of Istanbul then this amazing whirlwind tour takes in the highlights of South Eastern Turkey. Beginning in Cappadocia or from Istanbul, travelling through the picturesque scenery of Central and Southern Anatolia to the summit of Nemrut and it’s amazing collection of statues to the religiously important highlights of Sanliurfa. This land is full of ancient surprises, ancient culture and history. This tour can be arranged to start in either Istanbul or Cappadocia.

Day 1 - Istanbul
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 - Cappadocia – Kahta
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Pick up from the hotel and early morning flight to Cappadocia, you will be met at the airport then depart for Kahta. We begin heading east and make a short photo stop at Incesu Caravansary. We will also get a magnificent view of Mt. Erciyes near Kayseri. Lunch and tea break. We may stop in Kahramanmaras for a taste of Turkey's most famous ice cream. Arrival in Kahta, near the mountain, check in hotel, dinner and overnight. Overnight in Kahta
   
Day 3 - Kahta - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa
(Breakfast and dinner included)
04:30 Depart from Hotel. Rise early for the drive and the walk up to the summit of Mount Nemrut. See the magnificent relics of the tumulus of the Commagene king Antiochus Epipanes I atop Mt. Nemrut (2150m above sea-level) located near Adiyaman and Malatya. The amazing statues of the Gods on the Nemrut summit make it a very impressive site. View a fantastic sunrise from the East Terrace. Visit the East and West terraces, fire altar, statues of Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Tyche and Antiochus Epipanes I, tumulus, and see the world's first horoscope. Descend down the mountain through small villages and beautiful scenery. Stop in Arsemia to see the old castle and remains of bridge made during the time of Alexander the Great, then cross the Cendere Roman Bridge built by Septimus Severus in the 2nd century AD and still in use! Visit Karakus, which is the tumulus of the royal Commagene women and features columns with eagle and relief. Breakfast and pack up at hotel. Drive to Harran; city of the prophet Abraham. We will walk through the village with its fortress, old Islamic school and beehive shaped adobe houses. Experience the village life. We continue to Sanli Urfa for lunch and then a view of the castle with Roman columns. Visit Mevlid Halil Mosque and the cave of Prophet Abraham. Halil Rahman Mosque and the sacred fish pool. Time permitting a chance to wander in the old Bazaar. Overnight in Sanliurfa
   
Day 4 - Sanliurfa - Cappadocia
(Breakfast and dinner included)
09:00 After Breakfast Depart from Sanli Urfa. We will depart Sanli Urfa after breakfast and continue to Biracik for a view of the fortress, then and cross the Euphrates River. Biracik is known for the nearly extinct Bald Ibis. Return early evening in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 5 - Cappadocia - Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast C/Out from the hotel then transfer to Kayseri Airport for return flight to Istanbul. You will be met at the airport in Istanbul then you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day by your own. Overnight in Istanbul  

Day 6 - Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. After breakfast check out from the hotel. We make your return airport transfer services. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Luxury Istanbul.

To customize or get a tailor made tour in Turkey please contact your travel professional mailto (@) luxuryistanbul.com or call us at + 90 535 312 2642
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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Arrival airport transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel
Licensed professional guide in English or other preferred language for all –sightseeing
Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
Transfers from and to Istanbul and Cappadocia airport
2 nights hotel in Istanbul   including breakfast
1 night hotel in Kahta   including breakfast and dinner
1 night hotel in Sanliurfa including breakfast and dinner
1 night hotel in Cappadocia including breakfast and dinner
Lunches during the tours outside of Istanbul
3 fully guided South East tour
Return transfer Istanbul Ataturk airport
Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the above itinerary
18% VAT tax 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

Lunch & Beverages 
Any items not specifically mentioned as included 
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities to guide / driver 

Mt. Nemrut is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey, notable for the vast statues at a 1st century BC tomb on its summit. The mountain lies 40km north of Kahta, near Adıyaman. In 62 BC, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues (8-9 meters high) of him, two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian and Persian gods. Mt. Nemrut was excavated in 1881 by Karl Sester, an engineer from Germany. Subsequent excavations have failed to reveal the tomb of Antiochus. However, this is still believed to be the site of his burial. In 1987, Mt. Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO.
 
Kahraman Maras Ice-Cream has been made in Maras since 16th century. Maras Ice Cream is a creamy, smooth Turkish ice cream with an elastic texture. You have to chew it; it melts as you chew. It is served with a knife and a fork. Maras Ice Cream is made from milk, sugar and powder from the tubers of wild orchids "Dactylorhiza Osmanica" which the Turks call "Osmaniye orkidesi." These oval tubers grow in pairs. The best ones dry to the colour of alabaster, indicating high mucilage content. The tubers are dried, then ground into a whitish powder called "salep" which is used in the ice cream. The milk used can be goat's, sheep's or cow's.
 
Şanlıurfa (often simply known as Urfa in daily language), formerly cited as Edessa in Aramaic; Riha or Urhāy, is a city in south-eastern Turkey. Urfa is situated on a plain under big open skies, about eighty kilometres east of the Euphrates River. The climate features extremely hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. The urban population of Urfa is mainly Kurdish while the outlying regions are mixed Arabian and Turkish and to a lesser degree Zaza, Yezid, Armenian and Jewish.
 
Harran, also known as Carrhae, is a district of Şanlıurfa Province in the southeast of Turkey. A very ancient city which was a major Mesopotamian commercial, cultural, and religious center, Harran is a valuable archaeological site. It is often identified as Haran, the place in which Abraham lived before he reached Canaan.

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 tours in Turkey; vans, coaches or luxury vehicles to suit all needs.  
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