Tour Code : EN-099

Cradle of Civilizations Mesopotamia Tour - 8 Days/7 Nights

Arrive at Adana Airport, meet the assistant guide, who will be waiting for you, and transfer to the hotel.
Lunch break with delicious local kebabs in Adana.
Adana city tour;  Our first visit is to the Ulu Mosque, which was built in Seljuk and Mamluk architectural style in 1541, and then we visit the Kazanlar bazaar where you can shop from the local delights, sweets, peas, and sweets produced here. 
The Adana Clock Tower, built with cut stones in 1882 during the Ottoman period, is 32 meters high, and its foundation is 35 meters under sweat. The clock was brought from Germany, and it is still working. We visit Sabancı Mosque and Saint Paul Church (Saint Paul Church) with its 6 minarets and a capacity 28.500. 
Stone Bridge B.C. The Romans built it in the 4th century. It is still in use today, with a length of 310 meters, a width of 11 meters, 14 large arches, and 5 evacuation belts. 
Overnight stay in Adana. (Dinner)

Sightseeing moves in Adana centre and Seyhan dam. Drive on to Gaziantep 220 Km. The first stop of our Gaziantep tour will be the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the second-largest mosaic museum in the world. The archaeology museum has Neolithic, Hittite, and Roman artefacts. The Famous Gypsy Girl mosaic is one of these.
Gaziantep was selected as one of the top 10 cities in the world in the field of gastronomy in 2024.
We take a lunch break at a local restaurant to taste delicious food and world-famous Gaziantep Baklava.
Visit Bakırcılar Bazaar, Almacı Bazaar, and Zincirli Bedesten and join the local shopping.  Don’t forget to sample and buy Gaziantep’s famous baklava and pistachios.
Overnight stay in Gaziantep. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, drive to Halfeti. (100 km, 1.5 hours) Halfeti district is also known as the hidden paradise of the Southeast for its historical stone houses, black roses, and natural beauty. We will visit Savaşan Village, a large part of which is underwater and called a "sunken city", on a boat tour. We see the Sunken Mosque, the Roman Castle, and Halfeti Neck, and then we go to Urfa (130 km, 1.5 hours).  
Lunch break in a local restaurant featuring Urfa's famous kebab and other regional dishes.
Sanliurfa is a sacred city known as the city of prophets. According to legend, visit Halil-ur Rahman mosque, Rizvaniye Mosque, Balıklıgöl (fish lake), formed where the Prophet Abraham was thrown into the fire, and Ayn-el Zeliha Lake.
Overnight in Sanliurfa. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

Optional event: Traditional Sira Gecesi with music and dinner.

Şanlıurfa, known as the city of prophets, has changed the history of humanity with the discoveries in the archaeological excavations in Taş Tepeler and Gobeklitepe in recent years. Gobeklitepe, dating back 6,000 years before Stonehenge, with its 12,000-year history, overturns standard views on the development of civilisation.
Visit the Sanliurfa Archeology Museum and Haleplibahçe Museum before visiting Gobeklitepe. Because the historical antique artifacts, objects and sculptures exhibited in museums will help you better understand the archaeological history and narratives.
The city of the prophets, including Halil-ur Rahman and Rızvaniye Mosque, Balıklıgöl (fish lake), according to legend, formed in the place where the Prophet Abraham was thrown into the fire, and Ayn-el Zeliha Lake.

The next stop will be Gobeklitepe temple in the Tas Tepeler region. The oldest open-air temple in the world, built 12,000 years ago and dating back to the Neolithic Age, started a new era in world archaeology and even changed human history. As a result of the information provided by our guide about the Gobeklitepe temple, your humanity history information can change.
40 km away is Karahan Tepe Temple; Since archaeological excavations continue, it can be visited from time to time. 40 km away is Karahan Tepe Temple; Since archaeological excavations continue, it can be visited from time to time. If we have enough time, we can also visit Karahan Tepe.

 Then, we will go to Harran and visit its ancient city. Harran district, which has been continuously inhabited since the 6th millennium BC and was once the capital of the Assyrian and Umayyad civilisations, will welcome us with its conical domed houses and historical sights, Konik Harran Houses, Harran Mound, and El Firdevs Mosque, built by Umayyad Caliph Mervan (Cennet Mosque) will be among the places we will see after our Harran trip.  
Accommodation in Sanliurfa ( Breakfast – Dinner )

 

Early departure from Sanliurfa to Mardin  250 Km Arrive at Dara ancient city, visit Dara ruins, the cave tombs, cave houses, colossal water cistern, and ancient city ruins spread over a wide area in the Dara ancient city, which has a 3500-4000 years history. Next stop in Deyrul Zafaran Monastery, the Patriarchate's centre for over 1,000 years, and see the 4,000-year-old Sun Temple hospital, church, and baptistery. Arrive at Mardin.
Mardin has been the shining city of Mesopotamia for centuries. Mardin, whose architectural heritage adorns the slopes in steps with fairy-tale houses elegantly built of stone structures, guides the rich cultural and religious diversity that spreads to every corner.
We designed the tour program so well that we will experience Mardin like locals. After breakfast, we will visit We will start our tour of Old Mardin with the Kasimiye Madrasah in Mardin, which has a rich cultural mosaic with architectural structures that give a mystical Muslim, Syriac, Turkish, and Arabian atmosphere to this city where religions and languages ​​meet and continue to the Ulu Mosque and minaret. Mosque Kebir, Şehidiye Madrasa, and PTT House are among the places we will see. During our free time in Mardin, don’t forget to buy extra luggage to take home local products, natural soaps (from Sabuncu Mehmet), nuts, almonds, and Mardin-specific almond candies, dried fruits, sweets, rosaries, and similar handmade accessories, and souvenirs.
Dinner and accommodation in Mardin. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

Drives from Mardin to Diyarbakır via Midyat 220 Km.  Midyat, founded in the 9th century BC, is famous for its local craftsmanship, stone buildings, and handcrafted silver filigree jewellery local people.

It is an Assyrian Christian town consisting of Muslims, Assyrian Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants. For many years, it was considered the capital of the Tur Abdin region, which was the centre of Assyrian Christianity.
You will find the best examples of filigree art and all kinds of handcrafted silver jewellery, which Syriac masters created with their centuries of experience while visiting the Syriac-Muslim common neighbourhoods. Drive to Diyarbakir, approximately 2 hr. And a lunch break in a Local restaurant at Diyarbakir.
Diyarbakir is one of the most significant cultural cities in southeastern Anatolia. Arrive and visit the old town, Diyarbakir Castel, the city walls, Urfa Gate, Mardin Gate, and Diyarbakır Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami). Hasan Pasha Inn.  We will complete our day by enjoying coffee on the 10-eyed bridge over the Tigris River and the historical ruins in the city wall.
Dinner and accommodation in Diyarbakir. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, early departure for Nemrut Mountain ( 180 Km) city by crossing the Nissip Bridge on the Atatürk Dam from a beautiful geography panorama (2,5 hours).
We visit the Ancient City of Arsemia, founded in the 3rd century BC and the Commagene civilisation's capital for a while.  Where the tumulus of Antiochos of Commagene King and giant statues are located. This might be the part that will remain in your memories as the most unique place on this tour.
With the narration of our guide, we will admire the rich history. On the way to Mount Nemrut via Kahta, we will see the Karakuş Tumulus and  Roman Cendere Bridge in Arsemia Ancient city and go to the summit by minibus (large buses and minibuses cannot travel this route). After a tiring climb, we will see the Zeus, Apollo, Heracles, I Antiochhos, Commagene, Eagle, and Lion sculptures on the eastern terrace of the Mount Nemrut summit. We will see the tumulus of Antiochos of Commagene King at the top and altars and sculptures on the western terrace. It is impossible not to be impressed by the magnificent view and the beauty of the colossal statues at the top of Mount Nemrut. Sunrise and sunset each have a different beauty. After the Nemrut Mountain tour, drive 80 km to Adiyaman.  
Overnight in Adiyaman. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, free time until departure.  We can visit Perre ancient city depending on the flight time.
Transfer to GAP Sanliurfa Airport for your return flight via connection to Istanbul Airport. ( Breakfast )

Customised Tours
We can create a tour program on your request and offer an itinerary that suits your personal, educational, cultural, and budgetary requirements. Please contact us with your requests.

 

People Per person in
Double
Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
1 Pax 0.00 6608.00 0.00
2 Pax 3374.00 3869.00 3374.00
6 - 11
3126.00
3 - 5
1042.00
3 Pax 2558.00 3054.00 2558.00
6 - 11
2310.00
3 - 5
770.00
4 Pax 2150.00 2646.00 2150.00
6 - 11
1902.00
3 - 5
634.00
5 Pax 1977.00 2472.00 1977.00
6 - 11
1729.00
3 - 5
576.00
6 Pax 1800.00 2295.00 1800.00
6 - 11
1552.00
3 - 5
517.00
7-9 Pax 1634.00 2130.00 1634.00
6 - 11
1387.00
3 - 5
462.00
10-14 Pax 1405.00 1901.00 1405.00
6 - 11
1158.00
3 - 5
386.00
15-19 Pax 1303.00 1798.00 1303.00
6 - 11
1055.00
3 - 5
352.00
20-24 Pax 1239.00 1735.00 1239.00
6 - 11
991.00
3 - 5
330.00
25-29 Pax 1168.00 1664.00 1168.00
6 - 11
920.00
3 - 5
307.00
30-40 Pax 1133.00 1628.00 1133.00
6 - 11
885.00
3 - 5
295.00
People Per person in
Double
Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
1 Pax 0.00 6738.00 0.00
2 Pax 3503.00 3999.00 3503.00
6 - 11
3191.00
3 - 5
1595.00
3 Pax 2688.00 3184.00 2688.00
6 - 11
2375.00
3 - 5
1188.00
4 Pax 2280.00 2775.00 2280.00
6 - 11
1967.00
3 - 5
984.00
5 Pax 2106.00 2602.00 2106.00
6 - 11
1794.00
3 - 5
897.00
6 Pax 1929.00 2425.00 1929.00
6 - 11
1617.00
3 - 5
808.00
7-9 Pax 1764.00 2260.00 1764.00
6 - 11
1451.00
3 - 5
726.00
10-14 Pax 1535.00 2031.00 1535.00
6 - 11
1222.00
3 - 5
611.00
15-19 Pax 1433.00 1928.00 1433.00
6 - 11
1120.00
3 - 5
560.00
20-24 Pax 1369.00 1864.00 1369.00
6 - 11
1056.00
3 - 5
528.00
25-29 Pax 1298.00 1794.00 1298.00
6 - 11
985.00
3 - 5
493.00
30-40 Pax 1263.00 1758.00 1263.00
6 - 11
950.00
3 - 5
475.00

Tour Type    :  Private Tour
Price Policy :  Price changes depending on people's number.

Price includes

Private Airport return transfer.

7 nights accommodation, Daily Breakfast

7 Dinners

All tours as per itinerary

Entrance fees to museums and excavation areas

Professional English Language tour guide duration of the tour

 Air-conditioned, Non-smoking vehicle with an experienced driver

Sira Night Party Dinner in Sanliurfa

VAT – City Tax

Price Excludes

Personal expenses

Beverages during lunch and dinners

Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Meals other than specified

Tips for the guide and driver  

 

Cancellation Policy  
- For cancellations made 45 days before the tour, 100% refund. (Except per person 175 € for register, bank commission, and domestic flight ticket cost)
- For cancellations made 44 - 30 days before the tour, 50% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission)
- For cancellations made 29 - 15 days before the tour, 20 % refund.
- No refunds will be made on reservations made 14 days before the tour. %100 Penalty is applied.

Remarks

- Please note that it is mandatory to have travel health insurance.
- Our team confirms the selected hotels' availability on the booking date. However, we will book similar hotels for your stay if unavailable.
- The guide may change the tour program due to bad weather, traffic jams, or similar situations.
- If any location in the itinerary is closed, we will arrange to visit other places.
- During the tours, you will be walking approximately 2 km every day on uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps.
- You should wear comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen during summer. Please bring a raincoat, warm clothes, winter walking shoes, an umbrella, etc., to stay comfortable in winter.
- When visiting religious places like churches, mosques, and cathedrals, it is recommended to wear plain clothing, including closed and long skirts
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid crowds.
- Please ensure to carry your passport for all domestic flights. Domestic flights are economy class, and the luggage limit is 15 Kg.

HOTELS

Standard  Package  Hotels 
Adana  (1)        - Senbayrak City 4* *
Gaziantep (1)   - Safir Hotel 4*
Urfa (2)            - Grand Gulizar 4*
Mardin ( 2 )     - Yay Grand Hotel 4*
Diyarbakır (1)   - SV Business 4*  
Adiyaman (1)   - White Star 4* Dedeman Park

 

Gold  Package Hotels 
Adana  (1)       - Adana Divan 5*
Gaziantep (1)   - Grand Hotel Gaziantep 5*
Urfa (2)             - Nevali Hotel 5*
Mardin ( 1 )      - Raymar Hotel 5*
Diyarbakır (1)   - Divan Diyarbakır 5*  
Adiyaman (1)   - Ramada Adiyaman 

Note: Sample hotels are confirmed on the booking date in case of availability. Otherwise, similar hotels are booked

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Adana
Gaziantep
Zeugma Mosaic Museum
Halfeti
Adiyaman
Mt. Nemrut
Arsemia Ancient city
Karakus Tumulus
Cendere Roman Bridge
Sanliurfa
Gobeklitepe
Karahantepe
Mardin
Midyat
Dara ancient city
Deyrul Zafaran Monastery
Diyarbakir
Grand Mosque of Diyarbakir
Diyarbakir Castle

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Tour Code
EN-099
Tour Name
Cradle of Civilizations Mesopotamia Tour - 8 Days/7 Nights
Departure Point
Adana, Türkiye
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Southeastern Adana - Mardin Tour 8 days 

A fantastic journey awaits you in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisations such as Mount Nemrut, Perre, Arsemia, Karahantepe, Gobeklitepe, Dara, Midyat and Mardin, located in the mysterious world of Southeastern Anatolia.

Karahantepe and Gobeklitepe temple is the most significant archaeological discovery of recent years. Discover Mount Ararat, which made the gods immortal, Mardin, the birthplace of civilisations, and Sanliurfa, the city of the Prophets, with their facts and stories.
Note: Hatay district.
The February 6, 2023 earthquake caused great destruction in 6 cities in the Southeastern Anatolia region. In the Great Earthquake, there was significant damage in the Maras, Adiyaman and Hatay provinces. Hatay city centre, towns, and villages were destroyed; 80% of the city was destroyed and damaged. For this reason, we have to exclude the Hatay region from our tour programs for a while.

Information
  • Tour Code : EN-099
  • Duration : 8 Days
  • Start : Adana, Türkiye
  • End : Mardin, Türkiye
  • Tour Season : 10 Apr - 15 Nov
  • Transfer : Vehicle
  • Distance : 1.550 Km
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