*** GOBEKLITEPE ***
– Excavation area that shook the archeologist!
– Zero point of known history.
Mardin and Sanliurfa are cities in the northern end of fertile crescent. Dara Ancient City, Nusaybin, Deyrulzafaran Monastery. Gobeklitepe, Archeology Museum, Pool of Abraham.
A great tour for those who want to see a different side of Turkey in a limited time! An important Mesopotamian border city of Turkey, Sanlıurfa and Mardin and its surroundings will amaze you! Father of Abrahamic religions Prophet Abraham threw fire in this city where fire turns to a beautiful holy pool, which is called Pool of Abraham today. With the discovery of Gobeklitepe, zero point of known history, the significance of the city has been reached to another level. Nusaybin where housed one of the most important churches dedicated to St.Jacob and the first university of mankind.
Gobeklitepe Tour Packages: Lets schedule your travel Turkey with our travel agency with this private Mesopotamia region trip. Visit all must-see places in the southeastern part of country which is also known as north end of fertile crescent with licenced tourist guides. Visit ancient and sacred places in Mesopotamia as Tour includes Mardin, Sanliurfa, Dara Ancient City, Nusaybin, Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Gobeklitepe, Archeology Museum, Pool of Abraham.
Mardin, Gobeklitepe, Urfa Museums, Nusaybin, Dara Ancient City
Day 1: Mardin (L,D)
We will meet you at the airport of Mardin and drive to Mardin city center. After 30 min. drive, we will reach Mardin old city center. Mardin is one of the most important cities in southeastern Turkey. The city has large populations of Kurds, Arabs, and Assyrians. Mardin is an important regional trading center on the east-west trade routes of southern Anatolia. In addition to Turks, the province has large populations of Arabs, Kurds and Assyrians.
We will start our tour with old city center which is founded at the top of the mountain. The historical stone streets of Mardin will fascinate you! By the lunch time we will eat in the most famous restaurant of Mardin. You will have chance to try most delicious Mesopotamian food.
After lunch a little walk-in city center and meet with the driver and drive to Kasimiye Madrasa which was a university in Artuklu period. After all the visit we will transfer you to your hotel.
You will have your dinner here and overnight.
Day 2: Dara-Nusaybin-Midyat (L)
After breakfast you will meet with your guide and start a full day tour around Mardin region.
After a 15 min. drive, you will reach to Deyrulzafaran Monastery. Deyrulzafaran- once the ecumenical seat of the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Congregation dating back to 5th century- is the most important religious center of the Syriac Orthodox Christians. It is still a running monastery, here you have a guided tour to monastery, after visiting here we will drive another important visit, Dara Ancient City. Drive will take around 40 min. and place will amaze you. Dara city founded 500 BC and it was an important Assyrian settlement. Here you will see necropolis area and then water cistern and you can be sure that you haven’t seen a place as interesting as this. After this amazing place, we will have 45 min. journey to Nusaybin city. This was Singapore of 5000 B.C.! Amazing trade city and multicultural population. Here we will visit St. Jacob Church, which is a very important place for the historical development of Christianity. After Nusaybin we will drive through one of most beautiful roads and reach to Beyazsu region. we will have lunch by the river Beyazsu. After lunch about 45 min, we will reach to Midyat city. Midyat has the largest Assyrian population in the region. City is famous with local Assyrian wines, pastries and silversmiths.
After walking around in city center, we will drive back to Mardin and overnight in here.
Day 3: Gobeklitepe- Sanliurfa (L,D)
After breakfast in Mardin, early in the morning we will drive to Gobeklitepe (2 hours). Gobeklitepe which is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Gobeklitepe, Neolithic site near Sanliurfa in southeastern Turkey. The site, believed to have been a sanctuary of ritual significance, is marked by layers of carved megaliths and is estimated to date to the 9th–10th millennium BCE.
At 12,000 years old, it was built before the advent of writing or pottery and is believed to be the world’s oldest temple which is causing archaeologists to rethink their vision of early human history. In excavated site you will see a number of T-Shaped limestone megaliths, some of which surpass 16 feet (5 meters) in height and weigh as much as 50 tons, are arranged in circular formations. After visiting this very important place we will have 30 min. transfer to Sanliurfa city center. We will visit archeology museum and Haleplibahce Mosaic Museum. After museums we will take you to Sanliurfa old city center to Balikligol area. Sanliurfa is a city of huge religious significance, believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Abraham/Ibrahim, and the site of one of the most important events in the Bible and the Quran. Sanliurfa, with its wealth of biblical associations, is known as the “Jerusalem of Anatolia” and regarded as a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. According to the Old Testament, the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), “The Father of Three Monotheistic Religions”, was born in the city of Ur and he, together with his family, migrated to Harran- the “Home of the Patriarchs”. Christianity reached Edessa about 150 CE, and the city became the seat of what was soon the most important bishopric in Syria. A sizable body of early Christian literature in the Syriac language was produced at Edessa. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and try famous kebaps! You will have free time in city center. End of the tour we will transfer you to Sanliurfa GAP airport.
End of our service.
Child Rate Policy :
2-8 %50 of adult rates
ABOVE 8 years FULL Price
|NUMBER OF PAX|
|2 PAX||4 PAX||6 PAX||8 PAX|
|600 $ PP||384 $ PP||312 $ PP||276 $ PP|
- All above rates are in US DOLLAR currency
- Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday
- Grand Bazaar is closed every Sunday
- Hot Air Balloon ride is forbidden for children under 6 y/o and for pregnant woman due to safety.
*Please note that %30 of the payment required on booking, the rest will be received as cash at airport.
PAYMENT ON CREDIT CARD : %3 Transaction fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on CC will be paid by your side.
MONEY TRANSFERS VIA BANKS : 10 $ International Money Transfer Fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on bank transfer. International Money Transfer Fee will be paid by your side.
%18 V.A.T will be charged even in case of refund.
When the trip is canceled by the client 60 or more days prior to the start of the trip, he/she shall be able to request and receive a full refund. When cancellation happens between 59 and 30 days prior to the start of the trip, the client will be able to obtain a refund of 50% of the trip price. When cancellation is requested less than 29 days prior to the start of the trip, he/she will not be able to obtain any refund whatsoever.
Is there any shopping opportunity during the tour?
Yes, you’ll hear the opportunities from your tour guide.
What’s the Duration of the tour?
3 days in total.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
3 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities, sacred places.