Thursday: Cappadocia - Adiyaman - Kahta
Early departure from Cappadocia for Adiyaman . After 1.5 hour’s
drive, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the
famous Silk Road. Then drive through the Taurus Mountains,
affording you the opportunity to observe the countryside and
everday life of rural Turkey, which is copletely different from
that in the coastal resorts. After lunch in the Tekir Forest,
tour heads towards Kahramanmaras, which is famous for its ice
cream, arriving in Kahta in the late afternoon. We have dinner
at the Ataturk Dam and stay overnight in Kahta.
Mount Nemrut - Sanliurfa - Harran
An early start to watch the sun rise on spectacular Mount Nemrut, the stunning setting for the huge stone heads, all that remains of the statues in the Commagene Temple.
In this area you
will also visit the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, Arsemia;a tumulus on Karakus Hill and Cendere Bridge, before heading
on to Sanliurfa You arrive at Urfa at noon and have lunch before
visiting Harran, the famed city of Mesapotamia, a mystical and
ancient village of ’bee hive’ houses built of mud bricks which
is mentioned in Genesis as being a place where Abraham lived. At
the same site you will visit the world’s fırst Islamic University.
Also visit the birthplace of the prophet Abraham With it’s
mosques, Abraham’s birth cave and its beatiful gardens. Dinner
at a local restaurant and overnight in Harran
PS-The hike to Mount Nemrut consists of 20-40 minute walk up a
1:3 hill , mostly with steps.
Wednesday or Saturday: Return to Cappadocia Return to Cappadocia via a different route , watching the rare
Hermit Ibis (Kelaynak), which is in immediate danger of
extinction on the way in Birecik. (B,L)