Sacred Lands & Nemrut

8 days from $3,776 per person*
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Urfa led by expert private guide.
  • Cruise past the Rumkale fortress on a boat trip down the Euphrates.
  • Marvel at the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Embark on this ancient journey of a lifetime by discovering Istanbul, a striking mosaic of east and west. Renowned for it's ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influenced architecture, it is also a city rich in contrasts. Learn more about Byzantine architecture from your expert private guide. Take advantage of your guides knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church, and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue colored tiles and architecture. Continue with a flight to Urfa, the enchanting capital of Sanliurfa province. Explore this city rich in history, also known as the city of Prophecy and Prophets. Visit Harran and discover the unique architecture of beehive-style mud hut dwellings. You may wish to take it all in at a traditional, open-air Turkish cafe with signature kebab, especially popular in Urfa. Your private guide will prove invaluable at your next stop, Mt. Nemrut, one of the most popular UNESCO world cultural heritage sites. As the sun rises, be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities scattered throughout the summit while listening to your private guide recount the rich, captivating history of this ancient royal tomb. Finally, complete your journey to Gaziantep, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Tour this remarkable city with your private guide, visiting the Mosaic Museum only the second of it's kind worldwide. Complete your adventure with a boat ride on the Euphrates River, including a cruise around the Roman fortress of Rumkale. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(3)
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Tour - Private - Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Istanbul to Urfa
    Istanbul to Urfa
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(3)
    • Istanbul - Urfa [Direct, 1 hr 45 mins] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    • Private - Guide & Driver - Vehicle/Guide(7)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Urfa
    Urfa
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Harran (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Urfa
    Urfa
    • Tour - Private - Mount Nemrut (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Urfa to Gaziantep
    Urfa to Gaziantep
    • Urfa - Gaziantep [City Tour and Mosaic Museum (with Lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Gaziantep
    Gaziantep
    • Tour - Private - Cruise (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/Cruise(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Gaziantep
    Gaziantep
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Gaziantep - Istanbul [Direct, 1hr 40 mins] - Economy
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Istanbul

Today you will have an English-speaking guide assistance waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Levni (4*)

The Levni Hotel  is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.

Istanbul
Istanbul
Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel

Day 2: Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.

Accommodation: Levni (4*)
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Day 3: Istanbul - Urfa

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

Flight from Istanbul to Urfa. The flight takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Enjoy a private airport transfer with Assistant or English speaking driver.

A guide & driver will accompany you .

Accommodation: Manici Hotel (3*)

Manici Hotel is located in the city centre of Urfa near Balikligöl and Urfa Castle. The hotel was renovated in a new architectural style and has become one of the most favourite accommodations in the city. All rooms are renewed, two of which are suites and have a view of Balikligöl and Urfa Castle from the balcony. Traditional kebab and the delicious tastes of the Middle East are what you will find in the hotel's restaurant. At restaurant Narli Ev you can enjoy your meal in the special Eastern style rooms that are reserved and be a part of Turkish culture.

Urfa
Urfa
Hotel Facade
Hotel Facade

Day 4: Urfa

Today you will enjoy a tour of Urfa and a visit to the village of Harran with private vehicle and English speaking guide. Sanliurfa, often simply known as Urfa in daily language, is located in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. The history of Sanliurfa is recorded from the 4th century BC, but may date back to 9000 BC, when there is ample evidence for the surrounding site at Harran. Visits Harran, including the Ancient ruins of Harran University adopted as the first university in the World, Soil cone-roofed houses of Harran and the cave where Prophet Abrahama was born, Fish pound. Return to Urfa, where you’ll have time for lunch before exploring its Arab Quarter and Old Town.

Accommodation: Manici Hotel (3*)
Ancient Ruins of Harran University
Ancient Ruins of Harran University

Day 5: Urfa

Drive with a private vehicle and English speaking guide to Mount Nemrut, stopping along the way to visit the controversial Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates. The Atatürk Dam, originally the Karababa Dam, is a zoned rock-fill dam with a central core on the Euphrates River on the border of Adiyaman Province and Sanliurfa Province in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. You will also visit Gobeklitepe. In view of the scholars the Gobeklitepe site is no less than 14 thousand years old, in other words it is 7500 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. According to Schmidt it was once part of the fertile golden crescent but the misuse of mankind resulted in the loss of this heaven on earth. Then the inhabitants, 8000 years ago, buried all these carved stone columns under a pile of earth in a regular sequence. Then you will have lunch before exploring Mount Nemrut —a UNESCO World Heritage Site —where the Armenian king Antiochus ordered huge statues built in honor of himself and the gods. The massive stone heads on the hillside—all that remain of his once-magnificent tribute to Hercules, Zeus and others—have become one of the most recognized symbols of Eastern Turkey. Return to Urfa.

Accommodation: Manici Hotel (3*)
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut

Day 6: Urfa - Gaziantep

In the morning you will enjoy a 2 hour drive to Gaziantep with private vehicle and English speaking guide. Gaziantep previously and still informally called Antep is a city in southeast Turkey and amongst the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. After lunch you’ll visit the Mosaic Museum of Gaziantep, which houses relics from the ancient city of Zeugma. Continue with a tour of the old city and castle district, after you will be transfered to hotel. Entrance fee included.

Accommodation: Sirehan Hotel

The Sirehan Hotel was founded in 1885 and after a major fire in 1994 it had to be restored. Being located in the city center, the hotel opened its doors again in 2013 for the people to enjoy. Now offering120 rooms, this hotel is a relic of the Ottoman period and it provides comfort in the most elegant of ways. Guests can dine in the a la carte restaurant and sip on a cocktail from the lobby bar. The beautiful courtyard is an open environment where guests can sit and relax at any point during their stay.

Gaziantep
Gaziantep
Sirehan Hotel
Sirehan Hotel

Day 7: Gaziantep

Embark upon a boat ride on the Euphrates River, including a cruise around the Roman fortress of Rumkale, where St. John the Apostle is said to have written his Gospel. Following a picnic lunch around Halfeti, you will return to Gaziantep to enjoy time for independent exploration.

Accommodation: Sirehan Hotel
Euphrates River and Romand Fortress
Euphrates River and Romand Fortress

Day 8: Gaziantep

Enjoy a private airport transfer with Assistant or English speaking driver.

Flight from Gaziantep to Istanbul. The flight takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Levni (4*): Istanbul

The Levni Hotel  is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.

Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel

Manici Hotel (3*): Urfa

Manici Hotel is located in the city centre of Urfa near Balikligöl and Urfa Castle. The hotel was renovated in a new architectural style and has become one of the most favourite accommodations in the city. All rooms are renewed, two of which are suites and have a view of Balikligöl and Urfa Castle from the balcony. Traditional kebab and the delicious tastes of the Middle East are what you will find in the hotel's restaurant. At restaurant Narli Ev you can enjoy your meal in the special Eastern style rooms that are reserved and be a part of Turkish culture.

Hotel Facade
Hotel Facade

Sirehan Hotel: Gaziantep

The Sirehan Hotel was founded in 1885 and after a major fire in 1994 it had to be restored. Being located in the city center, the hotel opened its doors again in 2013 for the people to enjoy. Now offering120 rooms, this hotel is a relic of the Ottoman period and it provides comfort in the most elegant of ways. Guests can dine in the a la carte restaurant and sip on a cocktail from the lobby bar. The beautiful courtyard is an open environment where guests can sit and relax at any point during their stay.

Sirehan Hotel
Sirehan Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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