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Arsemia Ancient City The region that lies between the Taurus Mountains and the Euphrates was called Commagene during the Greek and Roman periods. Commagene was established originally as an independent kingdom in 162 BC by Mithridates Kalinikos. I. Mithridates brought together Persians and Macedonians and other communities in the area to form this powerful state and named it Commagene, which means “community of genes” in Greek. The kingdom was at the height of its splendor during the period of King Antiochos I (69-36 B.C.), who succeeded Mithridates. Most of the archeological remains which survive to our times, including the tumulus at the peak of Nemrut Dag, which still refuses to reveal all its secrets, are from the time of Antiochos I.

At the cone shape summit of this 2,200m elevated mountain one can find statues mythical figures of Apollon, Zeus, Hercules and others. These gigantic heads fallen from the tomb of the obscure Commagene king Antiochus, stare at you silenty for more than 2000 years and were first found in 1881 by Karl Sester, a German archeologist. They are carved around 63 B.C during the reign of Antiochus-I, the emperor of the Commagene King. Here you can wonder around the cone shape, a man made summit, where Antiochus’ tumulus was located which were hidden under the man made limestone dome.

In 1987, Nemrut mountain became a member of UNESCO World Heritage list. It is also a National park.

Tours to Mt Nemrut offer a view into the history of this mountain that features one of the best Hellenistic Temples. The ancient temples sit on the Mountain incredible sunset and sunrise views.

Throughout history across different cultures, Mt Nemrut has been a sought-after destination. The temple statues still stand guard for King Antiochus. Nearby is the Roman bridge that still stands strong over a river today, with the traditional pillar decoration standing tall on the ends of the bridge.

Day Tours: Our day tours aim to show the natural beauty of Mt Nemrut as well as the temple, especially during sunset.

Package Tours: The package tours to Mt Nemrut are tailor-made to offer a look at other destinations allowing for an amazing Turkish holiday experience.

NEMRUT TOURS

DAY 1: CAPPADOCIA-KAHRAMANMARAS-KAHTA

Meet the guide and driver in the hotel at 08:00am, and depart from Goreme. After passing Kayseri, we visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. We then drive for lunch through the Taurus Mountains, affording us the opportunity to observe the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After lunch we drive to Kahramanmaras for a different experience-tasting best ice-cream in Turkey. We then drive to Kahta and check-in our hotel.

Overnight: Adıyaman Ünal Hotel 3*.

DAY 2: NEMRUT – CAPPADOCIA

We depart from hotel very early in the morning up to the Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, we get off the van and walk twenty-five minutes until the summit. Here we watch the memorable sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. We then visit Arsemia which was once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom before continues to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge bridge over the Cendere stream, and the Karakus tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. After having your breakfast, we will drop you Adıyaman bus station, Bus to Kayseri.




DAY 1: CAPPADOCIA-KAHRAMANMARAS-KAHTA

Meet the guide and driver in the hotel at 08:00am, and depart from Goreme. After passing Kayseri, we visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. We then drive for lunch through the Taurus Mountains, affording us the opportunity to observe the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After lunch we drive to Kahramanmaras for a different experience-tasting best ice-cream in Turkey. We then drive to Kahta and check-in our hotel.
Overnight:  Adıyaman Antiochos Hotel 4*.

DAY 2: ADIYAMAN-MT.NEMRUT-HARRAN-SANLIURFA

We depart from hotel very early in the morning up to the Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, we get off the van and walk twenty-five minutes until the summit. Here we watch the memorable sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. We then visit Arsemia which was once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom before continues to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge bridge over the Cendere stream, and the Karakus tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. We keep driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. We visit the Ataturk Dam which is the biggest dam in the Middle East, en route. We check-in the hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. After lunch we visit Abraham’s Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. We than walk around oriental covered bazaar and Gümrükhan. We drive to Harran a village of Mud-Brick “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. We also visit Gobekli Tepe which is one of the earliest temples of the world. Dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa.

Overnight: Şanlıurfa Kilim Otel 3*.

DAY 3: SANLIURFA-CAPPADOCIA

After breakfast we depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik which is famous for its bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds. These birds are living only in Birecik in the world and there is a very limited population of them. We visit the breeding farm of Bald Ibis birds. After our lunch, we drive up to the Taurus Mountains. We have a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.