Enjoy overland tours to Turkey, home to some of the most important and iconic archaeological sites worldwide. Visit Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple, and uncover the origins of civilization. Discover the enigmatic statue-heads at Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut), and wander the ingenious roof-top streets of Çatalhöyük, the world’s first city. Travel in small group overland tours to explore the best of Turkey.
On this 12-day overland active tour, you will explore Turkey's best historic and natural landscapes. Travel overland in a small group of adventure and eclectic travelers like you to discover the wonders of Turkey. Visit the abandoned underground cities of Cappadocia and journey to Harran, the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham. Paved with a beautiful and varied landscape, a creative culture, and welcoming people, Turkey's timeless allure and peerless history will leave you longing to return for more. This Turkey tour of 12-days will highlight the following: - Enjoy an ethereal sunset at Mount Nemrut - Discover the beginnings of civilization at Göbekli Tepe - Harran, the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham - Beautiful ancient architecture and frescoes - Ancient statues of Göbekli Tepe - Explore the ancient Zeugma Region - Taste Gaziantep's culinary delights - Explore the Underground Cities of Cappadocia - Explore the vast depths of Cappadocia's underground cities - Marvel at the world-famous "fairy chimneys." - The unique city of Çatalhöyük
Fly into Istanbul airport, where our representative will meet you to transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore Istanbul at your leisure. Meet with your small group, and your tour leader will hold an orientation meeting briefing you on your active tour to Turkey. Overnight and dinner will be at your hotel.
After breakfast, you will hop on your van for an overland trip to Mount Nemrut. In the afternoon, take a tour of the area, including a visit to the Roman-era Cendere Bridge, Karakus Tumulus, and Artemia. Then climb Mount Nemrut, exploring the East and West terraces and in time to watch the sunset from the mountain's peak overlooking the Euphrates valley. Overnight and dinner will be in your hotel.
After breakfast, your tour leader will take you on an excursion to Urfa (113km, 2 hours). You will first take a historical walking tour to Göbekli Tepe, then explore the city of Urfa, the Urfa Museum, Balakli Gol, and Gumrukhan. In the afternoon, visit Harran. Overnight and dinner in Urfa
Meet your local guide at your hotel lobby, who will take you on a walking tour of the old city of Ufra. Today you will enjoy a city tour of Urfa and visit the ancient site of Harran. Optional 2nd visit to Gobekli Tepe in the afternoon (entrance not included). Optional evening visit to a traditional music show with dinner
Travel overland with your small group to Halfeti - Rumkale - Zeugma - Gaziantep. On the way to Gaziantep, you will stop to visit Halfeti and Rumkale. If time allows us, we will also visit Zeugma. Continue to Gaziantep for a comfortable overnight and dinner at the hotel.
Visit the Zeugma mosaic museum and explore the city of Gaziantep, enjoying the famous local cuisine. Then trek overland from Gaziantep to Ankara, where you will stay overnight.
Our local guide will take on a small private group to explore the marvels of Ankara and its surrounding. Today you will visit the impressive Ankara Anatolian Civilisation Museum and the famous archaeological site of Gordion. If there is time, we will stop at Ankara fort. Overnight in Ankara
After an early breakfast, we will take you to the World Heritage Site of Hattusa and visit the site. In the afternoon, we will drive overland our small group to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia
Full-day spent exploring the beautiful area of Cappadocia. Visit Ozkonak Underground City, Avanos, Zelve open-air museum, Uchisar castle, and the fairy chimneys of Avcilar Valley. You will be offered a Cappadocia Optional hot-air balloon ride at an extra at additional cost. Dinner and overnight will be in Cappadocia.
Explore Goreme open-air museum, Devrent Valley and go for a 4km walk in the Red Valley to visit some rock-hewn churches and fairy chimneys. Visit the Greek village of Cavusin and a short visit to the Valley of the Pigeons. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Konya After breakfast, drive to Konya (305 km) stopping to visit the 13th-century Seljuk caravanserai of Sultanhan en route. Later visit the ancient site of Çatalhöyük where excavations are ongoing. Take in a Whirling Dervish show in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be in Konya.
After breakfast, visit the holy Sufi site of Rumi's tomb. Later take a flight back to Istanbul and connect to your departure flight
|TOTAL IN USD
Cost per person: $3485 USD
Single supplement: $865 USD
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