Turkey South East Anglais

8 Days / 7 Nights

For sure South East is the part of turkey which is the less known and visited but one of the most beautiful in terms of landscape and History.

From the dry landscapes of the plains of the South to the top of Nemrut dag and the famous “head statues” discover an amazing landscape.

This is an country rich of 2000 years of History and conquest from different civilizations, you will see Harran where has been founded the first University, Mardin and the inseparable village of Hassankeyif built in the rock, Gaziantep and the archeological and mosaic museum. Crossing the south East of Turkey is also a real gastronomic journey which combines the cuisine of all civilizations.

Day 1: Paris – İstanbul – Diyarbakir – Mardin
Morning, Departure from Paris for Diyarbakir via Istanbul: Welcome in the airport in Istanbul and flight to Diyarbakir. Arrival to Diyarbakir and start of the visit program from Ulu Camii and and Les Hans in which trade by the caravaneer has been developping since XIIe Century. Following the city visit in Diyarbakır, we will depart for Mardin.

Day 2: Mardin – Urfa
Mardin is situated on an immense hill. Has been called Marida in Hellenistic and Roman times. Its name issued by arameen, means « fortress ». Morning departure towards Hasankeyf.

Situated on the right bank of Tigris, an important city placement of Medieval Age, Excavations done in the 1920s discovered ruins and remains in the area dates back to 5000 years, Hasankeyf is one of the most remarkable places of ancient Mésopotamia in terms of habitations troglodytes.

Day 3: Urfa
Sanliurfa, or Urfa, ancient city named Uhraï by the Hurrians. And after Edesse biblique, was baptised differently many times as was conquered repeatedly throughout history, and has been dominated by many civilizations. This town is considered as the birth place of Abraham (Job). Today, named as the “City of Prophets”.

Day 4: Urfa – Antep – Adiyaman
Early departure for Gaziantep, Capital of Pistachio. You can find all the qualities in the Bazaar, with all sort of fruits et vegetables dried. Morning; discovery of old neighborhoods of Gaziantep, then visit of new Museum of Archéology where the superbes Mosaïques of Zeugma are exposed the site now invaded by the water of a Dam.

Day 5: Adiyaman – Kahramanmaras – Kayseri – Cappadocia
On the way to Cappadocia, across the beautiful Anatolian scenes, we will arrive to the city center of Kahramanmaras.

Towards Kayseri, ancient Cesarée and the capital of Cappadoce which lies in the foot of Mont Argée (Erciyes Dagi 3 916m). Birth city of St.

Day 6: Cappadocia
A sumptuous landscape, we will discover Cappadocia with its multiple Byzantine church within the caves volcanic and decorated with the paintings iconographic. The day will start in the old Greek town of Ortahisar, spectacular with the decorated of the ancient Greek habitations.

Day 7: Cappadocia
Avanos, a town famous for being center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop. You will have another vision of the region. Then a short road for the complex monocle of Keslik, named “Archanges”, one of the oldest in Cappadocia, occupied until XIXe century.

Day 8: Kayseri – Paris
Depending on the flight time, we will complete the program of Cappadocia by the discovery of Cavusin and its habitations troglodytes.

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