ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA – NEMRUT – CAPAPDOCIA – ISTANBUL
DAY 1 CAPPADOCIA – NEMRUT MOUNTAIN
Early morning transfer to Atatürk Airport, and plane to Kayseri / Nevşehir.
Meeting assistance and transfer to Kayseri, visit the 13 th century Seljuk Caravansarai “Karatayhan”.The next stop is Pinarbasi for a short tea break and then drive to Tekir for lunch.Take a picture of the beautiful scenery of the Tekir Valley. Drive to Kahraman Maras to have world famous icecream(dondurma), then drive to Kahta. Tea break,transfer to hotel and overnight.
DAY 2 NEMRUT – SANLIURFA – HARRAN
Very early departure up to the ruins.
After get off the minibus, twenty five minutes climbing on foot to the top where you will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After the sunrise, time to walk around and taking pictures. Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast.
Drive to Kahta, on the way visit the ruins of the arsemia Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakuş. Tea break in Kahta. Drive to Sanli Urfa-Harran on the way visit Ataturk Dam which is the biggest dam in Middle east. C/in to hotel in Sanli Urfa, after lunch visit Abrahams Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it, then walk around oriental covered bazaar.
Drive to Harran a village of Spellbinding Mud-Birck “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life.Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, oldest islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. After the sun set drive back to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa ( B-L-D )
DAY 3 SANLIURFA – GOREME
Departure from Sanliurfa to Adana-Birecik which is famous for its bald-ibis ( Kel aynak ) birds. There is a breeding farm of Bald İbis birds in the area. Northern Bald Ibis is in the Red List of Threatened Species published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). These birds are almost being extinct as very few of them left in the world, in Turkey for example it can be seen only in the Birecik district of Sanliurfa. Having lunch en route, drive up through Taurus Mountains and start the return journey to Cappadocia.
DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA -İSTANBUL
Pick up from your hotel at 9:30 am. Walking in Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon and a “star wars” like landscape. Transfer to airport to take the evening flight from Kayseri to Istanbul and leave Cappadocia.