Hidden Secrets of the East
2 Nights / 3 Days
Day 1: Cappadocia – Kahraman Maras - Kahta | Drive to Kayseri to visit the 13th century Seljukian caravanse- rai Karatay. The next stop will be in Pınarbası for a break. Then drive to Tekir Plateau for lunch. After lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras where one can taste worldwide famous ice cream. Then drive to the hotel in Kahta to relax for a while. We will have dinner, and then overnight in the hotel. L D
Day 2: Adiyaman – Mt. Nemrut – Harran - Sanliurfa |Around 03:00 early morning drive up to top of the mountain where we will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal sized statues and head of the king and gods. After the sunrise we will visit the ruins of Mt. Nemrut. Then drive on to visit the ruins of Arsemia, a Roman bridge of Cendere and the tumulus Blackbird (Karakus). Arrive in to Kahta to have breakfast and some relaxation. Then drive to Sanlıurfa through the Ataturk Dam. After lunch in Sanliurfa, visit the Oriental Bazaar, Prophet Abraham’s cave and the pools of holy carp surrounding it. Then drive to Harran, a village of spellbinding mud brick beehive houses where Abraham spent last years of his life as mentioned in the book of Genesis. Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, the oldest Islamic University and the castle dated to 8th century. After free time to walk around in Harran village drive back to hotel, overnight in Sanliurfa city. B L D
Day 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia | Departure from Sanli- urfa after breakfast. Next stop will be in Birecik, which is known for its Bald Ibis (Kelaynak) birds. We will visit the breeding farm and then drive back to Cappadocia. B L
* We will ascend Nemrut Dagi (Mt. Nemrut) from the southern side. The final ascent of 500 meters takes about 15 to 20 minutes from the parking lot. Hiking boots or very good walking shoes are highly recommended.
Accommodation: Zeus Hotel Kahta (or similar) & Dedeman Sanliurfa (or similar)