Göbekli Tepe Tour - May 25th-30th 2015

 25 May
 Şanlıurfa Province
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Explore Göbekli Tepe and the Mysteries of Turkey with special guests Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS: Göbekli Tepe - Harran - Karahan Tepe - Sanliurfa & More - Start the Tour either at Istanbul or Sanliurfa PLEASE NOTE: A new permanent roof will be built over Göbekli Tepe in 2016, so this is the last chance to see it before that happens. Visit the magnificent Göbekli Tepe, the oldest stone temple complex in the world - the ancient city of Harran, with a history spanning almost 8,000 years - Sanliurfa, the birthplace of Abraham and the site of Turkey's most modern museum of the archaeology of prehistory - Göbekli Tepe sister site Karahan Tepe, which dates back almost 11,000 years Hosts for the tour will be Andrew Collins, historical writer and author of the world acclaimed book Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, and also Hugh Newman, explorer and author of international bestseller Earth Grids. TOUR ITINERARY DAY ONE/: Arrival in Istanbul, the ancient city of Constantnople. Be met at the Airport and transfer to a very nice boutique hotel in Sultan Ahmed within walking distance to all major historical sites. Dinner. Introduction from the tour guest speakers. or DAY TWO/: Breakfast in the hotel and the transfer to AHL Airport to take Turkish Airlines flight to Urfa at lunchtime. Check into the Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Dinner in the evening. Orientation for guests. (Guests going directly to Sanliurfa should arrive on this day) DAY THREE/: In the morning make the short journey out to the Göbekli Tepe, the world's oldest temple complex, built by the founders of civilization nearly 12,000 years ago. Lunch in Sanliurfa. In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Harran, home of the Sabians and Chaldeans. See the ruins of the ancient university, the site of the temple of the moon god Sin, along with the city's prehistoric mound, its Seljuk castle and beehive hut village. Visit the local shop and café in the nearby village. DAY FOUR/: After breakfast visit Sanliurfa's brand new museum of archaeology, with its breath-taking display of objects and pillars from Göbekli Tepe and other early Neolithic sites in the region (due to open early 2015). Lunch. In the afternoon visit Göbekli Tepe for a second time, on this occasion without guidance to experience the site on a more personal level. Be at the site as the setting sun illuminates the interior of the main enclosures, providing a perfect opportunity for photographs and contemplation. DAY FIVE/: In the morning visit the Tektek Mountains to see Göbekli Tepe's sister site, Karahan Tepe. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Sanliurfa's Nimrod's Castle, the Pools of Abraham, and the cave said to be the birthplace of the great prophet. Experience the city's famous suq market. Stay final night in hotel. DAY SIX/: Departure from Sanliurfa airport. Lunchtime flight to Istanbul, with arrival in Istanbul with plenty of time to catch connecting flights. Prices start at £750 (starting at Sanliurfa) Tour Includes: - Quality Hotels - Buffet Breakfasts - Most Meals - Entrance to sites & Museums - Local Flights - Ground Transport - English Speaking Guides Does NOT Include: - International Flights - Trip Insurance - Drinks &Tips More info at: info@megalithomania.co.uk www.megalithomania.co.uk/tours.html www.andrewcollins.com/page/events/Gobekli_break_0515.htm

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