TOUR 45: Nemrud: the Mountain-monument of Ancient Gods
3 DAY TOUR

The Nemrud mountain stands in Southeastern Turkey, and it is a 7.000 feet tall memorial for Kings and Gods of the ancient world; for its summit is decorated with a number of large statues that were erected in 62 BC, by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene.

The statues flank the tomb-sanctuary; and they are built after the images, apart from the King himself, lions, eagles and various ancient gods, such as Hercules - Vahagn, Zeus-Aramaz or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche and Apollo-Mithras.

The same statues and ancestors found throughout the site can also be found on the tumulus at the site, which is 49 m (161 ft) tall and 152 m (499 ft) in diameter. The statues appear to have Greek-style facial features, but Persian clothing and hairstyling. Meanwhile, the western terrace contains a large slab with a lion, showing the arrangement of stars and the planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars on 7 July 62 BC; believed to be an indication of when construction began on this monument...

In 1987, Mount Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO.

DAY 1: ISTANBUL • MALATYA > NEMRUD

Your tour will start with a transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Malatya, also known as the city of apricots. Your guide will welcome you at the Malatya airport and will accompany you during your transfer to the mountain hotel.

DAY 2: NEMRUD

After the breakfast, you will visit the 14th century castle at Eski Kale (Arsameia of Nymphaios) and a magnificent 3rd century Roman bridge at Cendere. Pass through the plains of Mesopotamia and the giant Ataturk Dam that tames the Euphrates River and climb up the mountain, see the gigantic funerary sanctuary erected in the first century AD. Following an amazing display of the setting sun, you will return to the mountain hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 3: NEMRUD > URFA • ISTANBUL

You will leave the hotel very early in the morning, to witness the spectacular sunrise over the stone heads and god statues form the time of King Antiochus. You will return to the hotel for breakfast and checkout.

You will leave the hotel and Mount Nemrud after breakfast; and depart for the biblical town of Şanl›urfa to visit the city's Sacred Carp Pools of Abraham, the fortress and Turkey's most traditional covered bazaar. You will then proceed to Harran to visit the ruins of Islam's first university, dated from the 8th century.

You will spend the night in Urfa, and will have an early check-out for the transfer Malatya airport, for the flight to Istanbul. (Or transfer to Urfa airport depending on the flight day and flight time).

PRICES

Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

Number of Guests Prices per person
1 3,320 €
2 2,205 €
3 1,680 €
4 1,355 €
5 1,250 €
6 1,175 €
7 1,135 €
8 1,095 €
9 1,050 €
10 up 1,010 €

INCLUDES

  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees.
  • • H/B Accomodation
  • • Airport transfers
  • EXCLUDES

  • • Drinks and all personal expenses.
  • • Domestic flight tickets.
  • TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • • Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include half board accommodations in a 3+star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.
  • • Cancellation policy for tour out of Istanbul can be done up to 48 hours before the tour to avoid any penalties, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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