5. From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour
Day 1: Cappadocia - Kahramanmaras – Kahta
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at 8:00 AM and depart from Cappadocia. After passing Kayseri, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. Then, drive through the Taurus Mountains, observing the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After stopping for lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras and try some of the best ice cream in Turkey. Then, drive to Kahta and check into your hotel. Spend the night in Kahta.
Day 2: Adiyaman - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa
Depart from your hotel early in the morning and head to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, get out of the van and walk twenty-five minutes to the summit. Watch the memorable sunrise between the colossal-sized statues and heads of the kings and Gods. Then, visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge over the Cendere Stream and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried.
Continue driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. Visit the Ataturk Dam, the largest dam in the Middle East, en route. Check into your hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. Visit Gobeklitepe, a 11,500 year-old hilltop sanctuary, believed by archaeologists to be the oldest sanctuary in the world. After lunch, visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, walk around an oriental covered bazaar and Gumrukhan. 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. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Sanliurfa.
DAY 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia
After breakfast, depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, famous for its Bald-Ibis birds, which only live in Birecik. Enjoy a visit to the Bald Ibis breeding farm. After lunch, drive up to the Taurus Mountains. Take a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.