Nemrud: The Mountain-monument of Ancient Gods (Private)
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The Nemrud mountain stands in Southeastern Turkey. It is a 7,000 feet tall memorial for Kings and Gods of the ancient world; its summit is decorated with several giant statues erected in 62 BC by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. The statues flank the tomb sanctuary and 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 identical 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 indicate when construction began on this monument. In 1987, Mount Nemrut was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. DAY 1: ISTANBUL • ADIYAMAN 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 Adıyaman Airport and will accompany you during your transfer to the mountain hotel. After transfer, 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 a fantastic display of the setting sun, you will return to the mountain hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. DAY 2: 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 from the time of King Antiochus. You will return to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and Mount Nemrut and depart for the biblical city of Şanlurfa 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, dating from the 8th century. You will spend the night in Urfa and will have an early check-out for the transfer to Şanlıurfa airport for the flight to Istanbul.
Malatya is known as the city of apricots.
A magnificent 3rd-century Roman bridge at Cendere.
Mount Nemrut is a 7,000 feet tall memorial for Kings and Gods of the ancient world; its summit is decorated with several giant statues erected in 62 BC by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene.
Sanliurfa is a biblical city with Sacred Carp Pools of Abraham, a fortress, and Turkey's most traditional covered bazaar.
Harran is known for the ruins of Islam’s first university, dating from the 8th century.
Children between the ages 2 and 10 receive a 50% discount.
Hotels in this city are 3 or 4 stars. If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, please indicate this when purchasing this tour.
The start and end times of this tour depend on flight hours and many variables. Please purchase the tour with this in mind.
Included in the Package
- Professional tour guide experience in various languages
- Transportation from/to your address via proper, comfortable vehicle
- Airport transfers
- Domestic flight tickets
Not Included in the Package
- Personal expenses
- Admission fees
- Drinks and all personal expenses
- Cancellation for tours can be made 36 hours before for full-day excursions outside of İstanbul without paying the penalty. Otherwise, you will be charged the full tour price.