Travel to southeastern Turkey and northern Mesopotamia, an area rich in ancient history, where ongoing archaeological discoveries further substantiate its claim to being a cradle of civilization. Explore an area undiscovered by mass tourism, to uncover such gems of antiquity as the first site of worship in the world. Along the way, experience a traditional society and enjoy its cuisine.
Travel from Diyarbakir and look out across a spectacular view over the plains of Mesopotamia. Follow the Tigris River to Mor Hananyo Monastery and visit Mardin, perched high on a rocky mountain over a vast sunburnt plain. Spend time in Sanliurfa, ancient Urfa and the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. Visit Göbekli Tepe, considered to be the oldest man-made place of worship yet-discovered, and hear of the influence of geography on history and belief.
At Nemrut Dagi, on the summit of a mountain, witness the legacy of a pre-Roman king’s megalomania before continuing to the Silk Roads crossroads of Gaziantep. The tour ends in Cappadocia, a long-standing spiritual centre for Hittites, Persians, Greeks and Jews, and an early Christian centre.
The cost of the tour sharing a room is USD $4,648. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is USD $5,488.