If you're planning to tour around Mesopotamia on the track of a legend and story, we recommend you to go to "thematic routes".
Here are some of our thematic routes...
Grand Mesopotamia Tour
It is a route that takes minimum 9 days in which you can discover Mesopotamia with its history, culture, nature and gastronomy. The route starts with the historical inns, Turkish baths, bazaars and narrow stone streets of Ancient Antep. Then it goes on with Zeugma Archaeological Museum that is the largest mosaic museum of the world after a day that you will make you surprised about what to eat and buy. The last station of the route is riverside of Euphrates. You can visit Zeugma (Belkıs) excavation site where unique mosaics are revealed which you see in the museum. Then, passing through the East part of Euphrates, you arrive Birecik that is famous for its eggplant, kebab and künefe dessert. You can see the last 205 of Hermit Ibises, which became extinct around the world, in Hermit Ibis Reproduction Station in Birecik. Halfeti, whose large part remained under the waters of Birecik Dam Lake in 1998, is our latest station. You can visit Rumkale with vessel tours here, observe birds on the coast of Halfeti and have a dinner. Şanlıurfa is one of the most genuine destinations of Turkey with the largest museum of Turkey, Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum, the oldest monumental temple structure Göbekli Tepe, Harran Excavation Site and Tek Tek National Park, Balıklıgöl, old bazaars and streets. Leaving behind Urfa, you can visit Adıyaman that is the centre of Commagene Civilization. You can see Euphrates River on the drive which is not blocked by dams while watching deep blue and clear flowing of Euphrates. Please do not forget to drink a tea on the observation terrace of Atatürk Dam. Throne of gods, Nemrut presents you a beauty that everyone needs to do once in their lives. The best sunrise and sunset can be watched on the peak of Nemrut Mountain on 2150 of elevation. Karakuş Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, Yeni Kale, Arsemeia City in the National Park tell you lots of things about Commagene Civilization where the East and West are synthesised. You can also pass by Modern Nisibis Bridge in Nemrut that was registered in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1987 and reach Diyarbakır City Walls and Hevsel Gardens that have been registered in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2015. There are city routes in which you can spend at least two days in Diyarbakır city centre after a breakfast in Hasan Paşa Inn. After Diyarbakır, you can reach Mardin that is a Mesopotamia tale, having a multicultural pattern and famous filigree and wines as well as magnificent ancient city centre, mosques, churches, monasteries, Dara Ancient City, very green Savur. Hasankeyf that is expected to remain under waters of Ilısu Dam within a short time, capital city of Artuqids is one of the most important points of the route. You should also visit the museum of Batman, new city of ancient lands, in your tour and see the oldest stone games of the world. This great and long tour ends up in Siirt that is famous for its delicious foods, involving Tillo that is the centre of Islam, astronomy and education, and Botan Valley
On the Track of Wheat
You can visit the most significant points of civilization history during this route that takes approximately 5 days. The route following the tracks of wheat in fertile soils, starts in Göbekli Tepe that is the oldest monumental temple structure of the world which is nearby Şanlıurfa with its 12.00 years of history. It continues across Harran that catches the eye with its conic, domed houses, artefacts from the middle ages and its Arabic culture; following that, across Bazda Caves, Han el Ba’rur, Şuayib City and Soğmatar, where temples of the Sabii who believe in the Moon God Sin can be visited. When you take the road towards Diyarbakır, you can reach the foothills of Karacadağ Mountain at which Siyez (Einkorn) wheat, ancestor of wild wheat still is alive. Çayönü Excavation Site is the next statin in Diyarbakır, Ergani that is an archaeological centre reflecting the sedentary settlement best. Lake Hazar that is known to be the deepest lake of Turkey and secret sea of Turkey, is also nearby Malatya road. The route ends in Aslantepe Excavation Site in Malatya, which was a Hittite settlement and at which the first minimum wage had been paid in return for a bowl of wheat.
Mystery of Monumental Stones
This route comprises Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman provinces. It starts with Göbekli Tepe that is the oldest monumental temple structure of the world, and ends in Nemrut Mountain that is the thrown of gods. Throughout the route, you can visit Şanlıurfa Museum that is the largest museum of Turkey, Balıklıgöl (Pool of Abraham), Urfa Castle, old Urfa bazaars, inns, streets, Harran, Bazda Caves, Eyyübi Caravansary Han-el Ba'rür, the city of Şuayp that was an old Roman settlement Soğmatar in which the Sin (Moon) temples of Sabis, which were mentioned in Quran with Jews and Muslims, in Urfa. This route offers you the opportunity of going to shopping and tasting Mesopotamian flavour. Mysterious route of Huge Stones continues until Adıyaman after passing by Euphrates River. This is one of the unique places at which you can watch Euphrates River flowing in its own riverbed without being blocked by other dams. Euphrates River flows here as very blue and clear. This is also the place where you can submerge your feet into Euphrates River that is the main vein of Mesopotamia where civilization emerged. You can witness the victory of human being against nature in the observation terrace of Atatürk Dam. Atatürk Dam Lake is on one side and Euphrates River is on another side. Perre Ancient City Necropolis is the first station of Adıyaman part of the route. Do not forget to wash your hands and face at the Roman fountain that is in the ancient city and still used in the village. Then, the route continues with Nemrut Mountain National Park. Respectively Karakuş Tumulus, Cendere Bridge that was built by Roman Emperor Septimus Severus (193-211 A.D.), Yeni Kale (Eski Tahta) that is a Middle Age castle and Arsemeia ancient city in which summer palace off Commagene Kingdom exists, are the following stations of the route. It ends on the peak of Nemrut Mountain that is located at 2150 meter of elevation and in which you can watch the best sunrise and sunset best. You need to live this experience at least once in your life that will make you feel very different among huge god sculptures.