Istanbul and Mardin
- 9 days 8 nights
- Code: 202001
In this tour you will face with many historical and cultural attractions of Turkey.
You will discover three main cities,
Istanbul: Istanbul is an enchanting city in Turkey, which is known for its rich and fascinating past when it used to be the center of history’s famous empires including the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. With the influence of this cultural heritage, Istanbul has become a thriving city that most travelers choose to discover. With its 8,500-year history, Istanbul is so rich that there are too many things to do. there are few places in the world where you can see so many different historic works and Istanbul is one of them. Napoleon reportedly once said, “If the world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital.”
Mardin: With its famous stonework and architecture of glorious mosques, churches, monasteries and madrasahs, Mardin has grown as a point of attraction for many visitors. Built by the Mardin plains, also known as the Mesopotamian Plains, the city is made of handmade houses carved carefully and in incredible detail into the local yellowish stones.
Urfa: One of the oldest settlements in Mesopotamia, Urfa has maintained its strategic importance as a gateway and passage of civilizations due to proximity to water and trade routes. Oldest site of ancient religions for polytheistic and monotheistic civilizations alike, Urfa is unavoidable for our guests interested in religious history.
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Why you choose this package
- Very experienced tour leaders
- High quality tour with reasonable price
- variety of historical sites
- very delicious native foods
- You will face with many different cultures from native people
- Irgotrip managers will support you 24 hours a day during your trip
9 days 8 nights
Day 1: Welcome to Turkey
We meet at Airport and transfer to our hotel and join up for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Discover Istanbul
After a restful night we start our Ayvansaray - Fener - Balat tour at 09:00. The areas of Fener, Balat and Fatih are rich in history and fascinating in their own rights. It feels like you’re travelling in time while making your way through their ancient, narrow streets that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The three districts are located within the old city walls, to the west of Eminönü, overlooking the Golden Horn. We walk through the streets and take photographs while our guide explains to us the interesting and multicultural history of this area. The Chora (Kariye) Museum is our next destination. Its magnificent mosaics and frescoes are no less than those of Hagia Sophia , in fact they are much more elaborate. It is, without a doubt, one of the most important historical monuments of Istanbul, an extraordinary example of Byzantine stylistic perfection. After the museum we see the famous Ayazma Church and we drink “the healing water” of Ayazma. After Balat now it is time to discover “Fener” (historic Greek neigbourhood). It is in the neighborhood of Fener where one of the most important centers of Christianity, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, is situated. We visit the Patriarchate before lunch. We then drive for 30 minutes to the Galata Bridge. We have lunch here so we can continue to take great photographs of the fishermen and the Goldenhorn. After lunch, it is time to go shopping and take photographs of the colorful shops of the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). We then return to our hotel and get ready for a dinner outing.
Day 3: You will fall in love with Istanbul
Departure from hotel is at 9 AM. We take the tram from just in front of our hotel. Our first destination is one of the most visited museums in the world: Hagia Sophia Museum. Changing from church into mosque and finally into a museum it is one of Istanbul's most impressive sights. After taking great photographs of the dome and frescoes we continue to the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı). This underground water cistern was the major water reservoir of Constantinople. The water was transported from the Belgrade Forest by the immense Byzantine aquaducts. After enough time to take photographs it is time for a lunch break. After lunch we visit the Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome) before we say goodbye to the Historic Peninsula. Tonight dinner is at another pleasant restaurant.
Day 4: Last day in Istanbul
Departure from the hotel is at 9 AM and the first destination is the Dolmabahçe Palace. It took 13 years to build and was completed in 1856, and served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire until 1922. After taking photographs of this grand structure we walk to Taksim Square to see street musicians, street food vendors, and the colorful Istiklal Street (Beyoğlu). We walk all the way to the French Street and have lunch there. After lunch we walk down to Karaköy. Galata Tower will be on route back to the hotel. This is our last night in Istanbul and we have a special dinner on the Bosphorus! We will say goodbye to Istanbul from a boat.
Day 5: Mardin - The magic city of beliefs and languages
Today we are going from one magical city to another! Our flight to Mardin is at 10 AM. Mardin lies at the heart of homeland of Syriacs (Süryaniler). It is a historic city in Southeastern Anatolia situated on the top of a hill, overlooking the Mesopotamian Plateau. Mardin is known for its fascinating architecture consisting of heavily decorated stonework cascading from the hilltop. In Mardin we will be introduced to a completely different culture, architecture and cuisine from that of Istanbul. And of course our photographs will be completely different too! We start exploring Mardin with The Monastery of Deyrulzaferan (Mor Hananyo Monastery). The monastery is an important Syriac Orthodox Monastery . Built in 493AD for Syriac Orthodox (Assyrian) Christians, it is also called Mor Hananyo or Saffron monastery and was the patriarch seat for the church until 1932. Deyrulzafaran and Mor Behnam Monestaries and the Kasımiye Madrasah will give us the most interesting architectural views in Mardin. After these important centers we will see the streets and market of Mardin, full of spices, silver and copper handcrafts and various organic products, including soaps. Our dinner is at very authentic restaurant in Mardin. Mesopotamia will enchant you and change all the atmosphere in your photographs!
Day 6: Midyat - Like nowhere
Today we will travel to the east. Midyat is a town in the Province of Mardin with amazing traditional architecture. Our first visit to is to the village of Hah where we visit the Virgin Mary Church. We then return to Midyat for lunch. Mor Gabriel Monastery is on route. After lunch we visit the Ancient City of Dara. In the early Byzantine times, Dara was an important fortress, located in Northern Mesopotamia, near the border with the Persian Sassanid Empire. Because of this strategic location, in the 6th century AD Dara witnessed many military conflicts. After an interesting visit of Dara we drive back to our hotel in Mardin. Dinner is at a restaurant.
Day 7: Urfa - Heart of human civilization
Today we go to the city that changed the history of human civilization: URFA. We first see several ancient cities in Urfa: Viranşehir, Soğmatar, Şuayb, Bazda Caves and El Bar’ur. But there is no market or restaurant at his area. So we plan a packed lunch. The area has a geography tangled in history and the Mesopotamian Plateau is more than fascinating. Harran is on route back to Urfa. Tonight we have an special dinner organization called a “Sıra Gecesi” - a tradition in Urfa. We will taste the local cuisine while listening to the traditional melodies of the region.
Day 8: The World's First Temple
Today is the day. Göbeklitepe is our destination! The World’s First Temple, Göbeklitepe … a prehistoric site, about 15 km away from the city of Sanliurfa. After learning in depth about this mysterious site and taking photographs we return to Urfa for lunch. After lunch we visit Şanlıurfa Museum and Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum. Before we leave Urfa we visit the Pool of Abraham and the streets in the city center. We then begin our drive to Adıyaman. Dinner will be at the hotel in Adıyaman.
Day 9: Last day of Journey in Turkey
Today we depart before breakfast to drive up to Mount Nemrut to see sunrise at an amazing atmosphere. To take our breakfast we are going back to our hotel. On our way we see Cendere Bridge and Karakus Tumulus. We have a 2 hours drive to Gaziantep. After our lunch Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Market and streets of Gaziantep, Coppersmith bazaar are the places to see. After our visit and eating very famous foods (especially baklava) of Gaziantep transfer to airport.
Customize Options - Price:$1690
- Professional guiding services
- Photography education
- Two domestic flights
- All transfers throughout the tour
- All transfers from to/from airports
- All accommodations
- All lunches
- All dinners (including the Bosphorus cruise and “Sıra Gecesi” in Urfa)
- All ancient site and museum entrance fees
- Mandatory TURSAB travel insurance
- “Irgotrip” style professional and high-quality service
- All taxes
- International flights
- Drinks at meals
- Personal expenses
- Any expense not listed under the “what is included” title above
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