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Day 1 - Cappadocia to Mt Nemrut (L,D)

Departure from Kayseri to Adiyaman by 6:30am. Eat a snack breakfast of pastries and juice on the road. Take lunch in Adiyaman, then travel up towards Mt Nemrut. Visit the Cendere Bridge, also known as Severan Bridge. Also see the Karakus Tumulus and the ancient city of Arsemia. Drive up the mountain and watch the sunset while marveling at the toppled heads, the astounding feat of the tumulus and the views over the surrounding country. Return to Adiyaman and check-in late. Overnight in Adiyaman.


Day 2 - Kurdish Village Homestay (B,L,D)

Drive from Adiyaman to a traditional Kurdish village. (with optional stop at the Ataturk Dam en route. The Dam is the largest in the middle east. It is not without controversy, but is credited with bringing vastly improved economic and social circumstances to the south east.) Take lunch in the village, and hear an introductory talk on traditional Kurdish life and culture. Later, take a 3-4 hour walking tour. Stay overnight in a family home in the village (conditions are basic but comfortable), or drive on to Sanliurfa to stay in a hotel. Overnight in village (or Sanliurfa).


Day 3 - Sanliurfa (B,L,D)

Wake in Yuvacali village. Women may help to milk the sheep or make bread. After breakfast, depart Yuvacali. Visit Gobekli Tepe - recently unearthed and still being excavated. This Neolithic site appears to be the oldest site of human settlement in the world - marking the transition from hunter/gatherer to settled peoples. Puzzle at the meaning of the large stones and their placement. Drive on to Sanliurfa for lunch. Then visit the cave which is the supposed birthplace of the prophet Abraham, and the pool of scared carp. Wander in the surrounding gardens. If you're energetic, climb to the top of the ancient castle. Later, drive down to visit the beehive houses of Harran, and see the ruins of the first Islamic university. Overnight in Sanliurfa.


Day 4 - Mardin (B,L)

Drive towards Mardin. Visit the Deyrul Zeferan Monastery, part of the Assyrian Christian Church. It is situated on the side of a hill, and is a beautiful complex, still operating as a monastery. Mass is said here 3 times a day in a language very close to the Aramaic spoken by Jesus. Continue the Assyrian theme with lunch at the Cercis Murat Konagi, famed for its wonderful mezze, Syrian rice dishes and wine. The terrace offers stunning views across the vast plains of Mesopotamia. In the afternoon, Visit the Kirklar Church (of 40 Martyrs.) With luck, the parish preist will be around to talk to you about the church and answer any questions (in English.) Visit the Bedesten (traditional bazaar), then drive to Midyat in time for a wander around. Overnight in Midyat.


Day 5 - Hasankeyf - Istanbul (B,L)

9am start. Drive one hour to Hasankeyf - a fairy tale town on a river, which is scheduled to be submerged by a coming dam development in the next few years. See it while you can. Clamber to the top of the old castle, and take plenty of photos from the town bridge. Take an early lunch and drive back to Mardin airport for your afternoon flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel on your arrival to Istanbul (flight to Istanbul is included in this tour).


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Go east! Very few visitors go this far, and they are missing out! See beautiful Hasankeyf, scheduled to be submerged by an imminent dam project. Includes an ethical, sustainable home-stay programme in a traditional Kurdish village

Fully private tour with your own tri-lingual guide.

- All accommodation as per the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide (private). Usually also speaks fluent Turkish and Kurdish
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- Private, air-conditioned vehicle throughout (varies according to group size.)
- Airport transfers by private car
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees where necessary
- All Local taxes
- Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

- International airfares
- Drinks with meals
- Travel Insurance, visas or passports
- Tips & Personal Expenses

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Adiyaman Hotel Isias or similar 4 Star Hotel Detail
Midyat Kasr-i-Nehroz Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Yuvacali Yuvacali Home Stay Home Stay Detail

Reviews

John and Rosemary O.

Dear Michael - Rosemary and I would like to thank you and Enver and the rest of your staff for the efficient and friendly way in which you made our travel arrangements for our recent trip to Turkey. The itinerary was interesting, and the guides knowledgeable. Any problems we had were quickly dealt with - in particular I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the correction of our travel from Kusadassi to Pamukaale - a call from a comfort stop en route resulted in a driver and guide waiting for us after lunch at Pamukaale! Thank you also for tracking down and forwarding the carpet that we left in the bus at Sanli Urfa, that was great. The staff at the Sokulla Pasa were great, we appreciated your personal visit, and when we unfortunately were unwell, the hotel staff were helpful and understanding. The doctor they summoned was professional and accurate in his diagnosis, and I think you should keep him on your books.

Moreyfel

Exceptional service!! Satisfaction guaranteed.

Turkey travel centre tailored our needs Explicitly. From the moment we landed in Turkey excellent service started. Everything was organized.Customer service is their main priority which is seldom to see this time. 

Michael Altman and his team made our itinerary very interesting. We're able to tick our bucket list. It was fun filled journey. We're able to chill and relax. Excellent in all aspects.

We met a lot of amazing people who's always ready to help us. The tour guides like Orhan Sahan ( tour guide for Mt Nemrut). His very professional , informative and hospitable. He prioritized our wants. 

Kanan, Mehmet they are very knowledgeable and competent with their roles. For the best driver Sadick thank u.

For TTC travel staffs (Altan , Rezzack , Mahmut) they welcomed us with big smiles. They are pleasant and accommodating. We felt were in a safe place. Thank you!! 

Four weeks Around Turkey was amazing experienced for me. Especially in Cappadocia " my fave place ". It's truly a treasure of Turkey. As if I'm in a different era. The underground city is a must see  very interesting place. You'll be amaze how clever the ancient people are. The hot air ballon was the best , you'll have the best vista for sunrise and fairy chimneys. Memorable experienced for me.

The stone cave hotel was a perfect place to stay, located in the old city and close to everything. Spacious and clean room, they have comfy beds which is important after a busy day. 

TTC provided us with great hotels mostly in the old city, good location , accommodating staffs and Free wifi available. They have safe and reliable drivers. We received exceptional services from everyone.

Rezzack from TTC thank u for being hospitable, friendly and accommodating. Very kind of you to spent your day off with us. 

Thank you very much gracious Ihsan Dincel. Who's always ready to entertain our calls and emails. His was truthful to his words always there for us 24/7. Even last minute request he will do anything just to please us. Big thanks also for lending us your mobile phone for the entire trip. We saved a lot of fortune. You made our trip a lot easier.

To everyone who helped and made our trip a memorable thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Good job everyone!!

Hence, TTC are reliable and trusted agency. They are TRUSTWORTHY!! You'll receive exceptional service from them. At the same time they offer exceptional choices of excursions at affordable rate. They are highly recommended.

Blogs

Sanliurfa – Abraham, Beehive Houses, and Ancient Settlements

Sanliurfa is a large province in the Southeast of Turkey.  Not as well-known as its neighbouring counterpart of Gaziantep but I wanted to visit it for one reason. Also known as Urfa, it is steeped in tales and historical sites related to Abraham and his time spent in ancient Mesopotamia.

Known as father of the Israelites and called Ibrahim in Islam, he is regarded as a prophet and pioneer of the religion. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son and when he saw his willingness to do so, instead placed a sheep at Abraham’s hands, hence the animal sacrifice made by practising Muslims every year.

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Exploring Midyat & Mardin in Southeast Turkey

The towns of Midyat and Mardin are not as popular as other destinations in Turkey yet lately they are attracting certain type of visitors who stay away from sandy beaches and coastal resort nightclubs in favour of cultural and religious tourism.

Thanks to its Arabic influences architecture, Mardin is a contester for the UNESCO World heritage site list while the nearby town of old Midyat is a great opportunity to explore ancient Kurdish and Syriac heritage. If your travel plans involve the southeast of Turkey, you should definitely put both of these towns on your list.

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Sample Village Life at Yuvacali – A Traditional Kurdish Homestay

Homestays – sampling the every day life of a country’s people – have fast become an alternative tourism attraction for travelers.

Experiencing rural life in Turkey is no different and we can provide you with a village homestay with a family in the remarkable village of Yuvacali, a traditional Kurdish village in eastern Turkey.

Yuvacali Village Homestays

Yuvacalı, near Hilvan, close to the vast Atatürk lake, has been inhabited since about 9000 BC and is credited as an important outpost of the Roman Empire.

It has become just as significant in breaking new ground as a homestay for the more adventurous holidaymaker looking to experience rural life firsthand with a local family.

The village, which has about 100 households, exists on the proceeds of farming, but although in opening up to the tourism boom, it has not conceded to outside demands – it is utterly authentic and women visitors are advised to wear long skirts.

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Departure Date

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
01.01.2017 31.12.2018 Every Day Enquire Or Book

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Daily Guaranteed Departure

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
01.01.2017 31.12.2018 4,853.41 AUD 2,831.84 AUD 2,512.64 AUD Enquire Or Book

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