Tour Code : EN-083
Mesopotamian Civilizations Tour - 4 Days/3 Nights

The oldest temple built for the Gods, the oldest known trace of humanity GÖBEKLİTEPE

After arriving at Mardin Airport with an early morning flight, our guide will meet you at the exit and we will go to a local restaurant for a rich breakfast consisting of local delicacies.

After breakfast, we will visit the ancient Mesopotamian city of Dara, which consists of structures carved into the rocks. Here, we will see water channels, water cisterns, rock tombs, and many other ruins. Arrival and visit Midyat   Afterwards, we will go to Mardin, the city of tolerance, where people from different religions and sects live together in peace and visit the Mor Behram (Kırklar) Church. Next, we will take a pleasant stroll in the narrow streets, and passages are known as Abbara between the stone buildings of Mardin.

We will then, visit the Mardin Museum, Latifiye Mosque, the Great Mosque of Mardin, and the old Post Office Building, which reflects the best examples of stonework. After visiting the Kasımiye Madrasah (Mosque Kebir), which had extraordinary architecture and provided university-level education in the Seljuk period, you’ll have free time for shopping in the city. You may visit the local market, where you can find the famous almond candy of Mardin, local desserts, and jewelry made of silver, gold, and precious stones.
Afterward, we will go to our hotel and check-in. Accommodation in Mardin hotel.  ( Dinner )

After breakfast, we will drive to Diyarbakır for about an hour. Upon arrival, we will visit the Ulu Camii (Great Mosque of Diyarbakır), considered to be the fifth holiest site in Islam. It offers a great example of good stonework, painting, and architecture. Afterward, we will visit the Dört Ayaklı Minare (Sheikh Matar Mosque), city walls, Mardin Gate, Keçi Burcu (Mardin Gaston), Sülüklü Han, Hasan Paşa Han across the Great Mosque of Mardin, Mesudiye Madrasa, Behram Mosque, one of the works of Sinan the Architect, Atatürk Mansion and the stone bridge on the Tigris river.
Afterward, we will drive to Urfa for 3 hours. We will give a lunch break upon arrival and start our visit to Göbeklitepe Temple, the oldest temple in the world with a history of 12,000 years, dating back to the Stone Age. One of the most important archaeological discoveries of our time, Göbeklitepe is thought to be the first pilgrimage center of the world, as it rewrites history. During our tour here, our guide will answer the following questions surrounding the area: Who built Göbeklitepe 12,000 years ago and why? Why was Göbeklitepe, the oldest temple in the world, was abandoned and was buried with soil on purpose? The technology and mathematical knowledge used to build the Temple with rock megaliths weighing 16 tons is still a mystery.
At the end of the tour, we’ll go to our hotel and check in. Accommodation in Sanliurfa.  ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Traditional Sıra Night: On our Urfa trips, we attend Sıra Nights (Sıra Gecesi), which is a dinnertime entertainment with music and dances that is synonymous with Şanlıurfa.

Today after breakfast, we will visit Halil-Ür Rahman Mosque, Rızvaniye Mosque, Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, Ayn-el Zeliha Lake, and the Balıklıgöl, Halil-Ür Rahman Lake, where Prophet Abraham is said to have been thrown into the fire, and the burning logs turned into fishes, whereas the fire was turned into water. We will also visit the cave where Prophet Abraham was born. Other historical places to visit in Urfa are the Sipahi Bazaar, Kazzaz Market, Hacı Kamil Han, Hüseyiniye Bazaar, Naccar Bazaar, Tarihi Gümrük Inn and Ulucami (Grand Mosque). Afterward, we will visit the Urfa Archeology Museum and the Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum, where many historical artifacts from Anatolian civilizations are exhibited in an indoor area of 29,000 square meters.

We will have lunch at a local restaurant and visit and drive to Halfeti, the only region in the world where black roses are grown, for about 1.5 hours. Many parts of ancient Halfeti have been flooded by the Bilecik dam. During our boat trip on the lake, we will see, Rumkale (Roman Castle) which is thought to be the place where the apostle of Jesus, Johannes, reproduced copies of the Bible. The ruins in Rumkale have Late Roman and Medieval characteristics. Rumkale itself presents a magnificent view with the remains of old water cisterns, St. Nerses Church, and Barşavma Monastery.
At the end of the tour, we will go to Gaziantep and check in at our hotel. Accommodation in Gaziantep .  ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, we will visit the second largest mosaic museum in the world, Zeugma Mosaic Museum, where the mosaics unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma on the Euphrates, the world-famous Gypsy Girl mosaic, and the statue of the god of war, Ares, are exhibited. The ancient city of Zeugma on the Euphrates, which lived its heyday around 256 AD during the Roman period, was destroyed by the Sassanid.
The other historical places we will visit in Gaziantep are the Antep Castle, Zincirli Bedesten, the old Coppersmiths' Bazaar, Gümrük Han, and the oldest coffee house in the region Tahmis, where we’ll give a coffee break. You may shop in the meantime; we recommend that you try the Antep favorite, Baklava with pistachio filling.
At the end of our Gaziantep tour, you’ll be transferred to Gaziantep Airport. (Breakfast.)

Number of people Per person in
Double
Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
Price includes

Private airport transfers

3-night bed and breakfast accommodation

All tours in the itinerary

Professional tour guide for the duration of the tour

Private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver

Domestic flight tickets

Hygiene set

Travel Insurance

Price Excludes

Personal expenses

Breakfast on the arrival day

Sıra Night

Entrance fees to museums and excavation areas

Hotel minibar expenses

Lunches and dinners

Tips for the guide and driver


Cancellation Policy
- For cancellations made 30 days before the tour, 100% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission)
- For cancellations made 29 - 15 days before the tour, 50% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission)
- For cancellations made 14 – 11 days before the tour, 30% refund.
- No refunds will be made on reservations made 10 days before the tour. %100 Penalty is applied.

Remarks
- Travel health insurance is mandatory.
- Sample hotels are confirmed on the booking date in case of availability. Otherwise,
  similar hotels are booked.  
- In the event of bad weather, time scarcity, traffic jams, and similar situations, the Guide may change the tour program. 
- The locations given in the itinerary can be changed with other places if they are closed.  
- During the tours, you will be walking approximately 2 km every day on uneven and
   cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps. 
- You must wear comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen in summer months, and raincoats, warm clothes, winter walking shoes, an umbrella, etc. in winter.  
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid crowds.  
- You will need your passport at check-in for all domestic flights.
- Domestic flights are economy class. Luggage limit 15 Kg.


Gold Package Hotels 

Mardin (1)       -  Ramada Plaza Mardin 5*
Şanlıurfa (1)     - Nevali Hotel 5*
Gaziantep  (1)  - Grand Hotel 5*

Standard Package Hotels 
Mardin (1)       -  Yay Grand Hotel 4*    
Şanlıurfa (1)     - Grand Gulizar Hotel 4*
Gaziantep  (1)  - Sirehan Hotel 5*

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


Sanliurfa
Göbeklitepe
Tastepeler
Karahantepe
Mevlid-i Halil Mosque
Şanlıurfa Museum
Prophet  Abraham Lake
Halil-ul Rahman Mosque
Urfa Castle
Harran
Halfeti
Gaziantep
Zeugma Mosaic Museum
Mardin
Midyat
Dara

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  • Tour Code : EN-083
  • Duration : 4 Days
  • Start : Mardin
  • End : Gaziantep
  • Tour Season : 20 March - 15 November
  • Transfer : Vehicle
  • Distance : 850 Km
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