11 Days Mesopotamia Tour / per person
- Tour is available every day, all year long.
- You can customize this as you wish.
- You can join our small group tour or we can organise the tour privately only for your party.
- All accomodation B&B at choise of selected 3-4-5 star, boutique or cave hotels
- All seightseeing tours of the places mentioned in the program
- All meals where shown in the itinerary with this legend (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Domestic flight tickets (May be operated by Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, Atlas Jet, Sun Express, Onur Airlines or Pegasus Airlines)
- All tours with English speaking guidance licenced by ministry of culture and tourism
- All transport with new & AC vehicles
- All airport transfer throughout the trip
- All parking fees, ferry tools and petrol
- All entrance fees and taxes
- International airfare to Turkey
- Drinks, travel insurance, visas, personel expenses, posters, tips
Welcome to Istanbul. Our driver will meet you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. You may join our optional Dinner Cruise tour depends on your arrival today.
Today you will visit Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar, and a Boat trip on Bosphorus.
Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. Dolmabahce Palace was built between 1843-1856 and was ordered by Sultan Abdülmecit I. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire. After the Turkish Republic when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk come to Istanbul he stayed and welcomed his foreign guests at Dolmabahce Palace. Also, Ataturk spent his last time here.
The Spice Bazaar is in Eminönü, It is one of the oldest covered bazaars of Istanbul. In this bazaar, which is famous for its herbalists, in addition to products suitable for the old tradition such as natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, rare plant roots, and shells; dried nuts, delicatessen products, various foodstuffs are sold. Spice Bazaar is also open on Sundays.
Boat trip on the Bosphorus. An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palace, wooden villas.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar.
After the tour, we will transfer you to the Istanbul airport and you will take your flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel.
Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Cappadocia, visiting Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. Drive to paşabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open-air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar. After the tour, we will be back at our hotel.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will again depart for a full day Cappadocia tour. Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith.
Today after breakfast drive to Adıyaman. It will take around 4 hours to arrive. After arrival has lunch and then start to visit Mount Nemrut. You will visit Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, and Artemia. You will see one of the best Sunset in the world from the top of the Nemrut. You can have a chance to taste Syrian wine here. Today you will have an amazing experience in your life.
Today you will visit Diyarbakır, another ancient settlement; at 5000 years old is one of the oldest cities in the world. An overwhelmingly Kurdish city Diyarbakir is famed for its ancient city walls; constructed by the Romans, the current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks are, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world. We will visit also one of the oldest and important mosques in the Muslim World. Ulu Camii. You will have a chance top ray in this beautiful mosque. From Diyarbakir, we continue to Mardin, located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey.
After breakfast, we will visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (the Saffron Monastery), the center of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy, and still an active monastery. The site of the Saffron monastery has been a sacred place for thousands of years. From Mardin proceed to the on-going archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known amongst the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Today we leave from Urfa and drive to Antep. On the way, we will visit Harran. Harran is one of the science centers of the world. First University in the world was built here. Harran is also famous for house type. Today we will have a boat trip to Halfeti/Birecik and you will have nice panoramic views here.
We will visit the mosaic museum in Antep. Antep is another ancient Roman city and the mosaic museum will surprise you. Baklava the world-famous Turkish Dessert is from Antep. Antep gets Gazi nick name after the independent war. Gazi means War Veteran. You will have a good time and good food there.
Afternoon we will take you to the airport and you fly back to Istanbul.
After the tour, we will transfer you to the Istanbul Airport and take your international flight to back home.
Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Smart Turkey Tours.
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Entertainment
We will pick you up from Hotel at approximately 07:45 pm and transfer you to the Istanbul Kabatas Port from where your Dinner Cruise will commense.
You are in for a treat with our exciting dinner Cruise that presents you the beauty of Istanbul at night while
cruising the Bosphorus. You will dine on a delicious assortment of authentic Turkish Cuisine, PLUS you enjoy an outstanding Turkish Night of entertainment which will feature traditional dances from the seven different regions of Turkey as well as an oriental belly-dance show. Your performance will include Ottoman dancers, Romany Gypsy Girls, belly dancers, and the Asuk Masuk comedy team, etc. This is a night you will not forget and one loved by ALL our customers who have attended previous cruises. Your dinner cruise ends at about midnight,
at which time we will transfer you to the Hotel. .(50Euro Per Person)
Well, the ritual is simple. You will find yourself in the warm Hamam ,a room filled with the sound of splashing water, the scent of soap, and wafting steam through which daily concerns and worries cannot penetrate. In the gentle moist heat your body relaxes, and your nerves are soothed. You sit down at one of the marble wash basins which line the walls, and adjusting the temperature of the water to a delicious warmth, dip the copper bathing bowl into the basin and tip the water over your head and body. Waves of relaxation seem to pour right through you as the water envelops your body.
Laying on the warm stone in the center of the room, your attendant will pour hot water on you and begin to scrub every square inch of your body. Basically, every millimeter of dead and dirty skin is scrubbed off, even the skin between your fingers and toes.Then you are given fresh towels and again brought to Sogukluk (the cool room) to rest, dry off and marvel at your glowing, soft as a baby’s skin.
Hodja Pasha Dervish Show Istanbul
Near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, Hodjapsha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic. Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), it now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions.
Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage
of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love-a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.
Jeep Safari Cappadocia
Jeep safari is one of best way explore Cappadocia , The daily Jeep Safari tour for you to experience the exciting landscapes.Drive with 4×4 jeeps. We start our adventure in Goreme winding our way through Zemi Valley to Urgup, Mustafapasa and the Uzengi River. We will drive by pigeon houses, orchards and grape vines used for local wine to the village of Ortahisar and the famous Roman Castle. After a short break in Ortahisar we continue off-road to Red Valley where we visit a cave church as well as the local cave depots – traditionally foods such as lemons and potatoes are stored year-round in caves, taking advantage of the perfect conditions of the caves. Mushrooms are also grown in the caves for local consumption. Next on the tour is lunch. We will enjoy lunch in Monks Valley (Pasabag) and continue off-road through Honey Valley to Uchisar. After another picture stop in Uchisar, we will drive off-road back to Goreme through the Pigeon and Babaccik Valleys.
The Turkish Night Show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey, complete with traditional costumes and of course, exhilarating belly dancers. This lively performance is a great way to enjoy traditional Turkish music, dancing and join in the festivities during audience participation.Optional you could book with
dinner Turkish Night Show.
Hot Air Balloon Tour
Today very early in the morning we will depart for our amazing Balloon Tour we will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 04:30 am (depending on the location of your hotel) and transfer you to the balloon site where you will have the opportunity to watch the balloon being prepared for your flight as you enjoy a light breakfast snack; preparation time is generally 15-20 minutes. Your flight will begin at sunrise, where your pilot will climb about 3000 feet above ground level. It is from this elevation that you will marvel at the beauty of Cappadocia below you. During certain segments of the flight our pilots are also capable of flying as low as 1 meter above the rock formations which will allow you perfect photo taking opportunities. The Standard Flight is a total of 60 fascinating minutes. There will be a champagne celebration at end of the flight, and you will be presented with a Flight Certificate, signed by your pilot, as a souvenir reminder of this magnificent experience. You will be returned to your hotel at the end of your tour where you can rest, have breakfast, and then continue your day.
Dervish Show Cappadocia
The Whirling Dervishes is a Turkish experience that many come to Turkey wanting to see, it truly is an amazing performance to witness. This excursion is not like the other Turkish nights on offer in Cappadocia, as it only has
the Whirling Dervishes; no other dances are performed on the night. Dervishes as they share their religious enlightening ceremony with you.“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches you by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly – not one.” – Mevlana Rumi.You finish off the night with a drink called ‘Serbet’ after the ceremony concludes.
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