Get away from Istanbul’s crowds and enjoy a day trip in one of the most important monuments of Turkey. Gobeklitepe Day Tour from Istanbul invites you to discover the history of this impressive archaeological site. Enjoy a comfortable flight there and a private guided tour in order to explore one of the very first settlements and civilizations in human history. This full day excursion at Göbeklitepe will have a positive impact on you and will offer you truly unique images.
Gobeklitepe Day Tour from Istanbul begins early in the morning with your pickup service. Members of our team will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer you towards the airport. After all the necessary procedures, you will enjoy a comfortable flight towards Şanlıurfa Gap Airport. Upon arrival there, you will meet your assigned professional tour guide who will explain everything you need to know about the schedule of this tour.
With a bus, you will be transferred towards the most notable site included in the schedule, the infamous Göbeklitepe. This site will impress you with its imposing size and its long history. In fact, it is one of the oldest monuments in the world, approximately 7500 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Göbeklitepe dates back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period and features impressive structures. More precisely, there are 20 temples, including six that are still covered. It must be noted that the archaeological excavation is still active in the area with impressive results.
The Göbeklitepe Day Tour includes also a visit to the biggest museum in Turkey. The Archaeology and Mosaic Museum in the nearby city of Şanlıurfa attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its impressively enormous collection of exhibits. In fact, the museum hosts 5000 exhibits from Göbeklitepe. One of the most interesting highlights of the museum is the infamous statue “Urfa Man”. This particular statue it is believed to be the first statue in the world.
After visiting the museum, you will be transferred to another interesting monument in Urfa, the Pool of Abraham. This monument features a pool which is 150m long and 30m wide, surrounded by an amazing structure with archways, three domes and a mosque. Inside the pool there are carp fishes which are not eaten by the locals. According to the myth, this pool is the place where Nemrut’s daughter Zeliha jumped to the fire when Prophet Abraham was thrown. Thus, the Pool of Abraham is a very special worship place for Muslims.
Between the stops, you will also enjoy a lunch break at a local restaurant in order to relax and energize yourself with a tasty meal. By the end of your guided tour at the Pool of Abraham, you will be transferred back to Şanlıurfa in order to return back to Istanbul.
Return to Istanbul’s airport is expected late at night. There, a comfortable vehicle will be waiting in order to transfer you back to your hotel. This memorable full day tour finishes when you arrive at your hotel with a sense of sweet tiredness but full of great memories.
If you are passionate about history and sightseeing, this full day excursion to the city of Şanlıurfa, or Urfa as it is also known, is probably the best option for you. Escape from the crowds of Istanbul and get to admire one of the most impressive monuments in Turkey. Göbeklitepe Day Tour from Istanbul offers you the opportunity to visit one of the very first settlements in human history. Enjoy a flight there and explore the area’s most notable monuments.
Pick up: Göbeklitepe Day Tour takes place every day. Early in the morning, before sunrise, you will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul. A comfortable car will drive you towards the airport.
Flight to Şanlıurfa: This excursion includes a flight towards Urfa. The flight will be approximately 2 hours and once you arrive there, you will be welcomed by a professional tour guide. The assigned tour guide will let you know interesting facts about the places of interest.
Göbeklitepe: With a comfortable and fully air conditioned bus you will arrive at the first and most important site of this excursion. Göbeklitepe is one of the oldest monuments in the world. In fact, it is approximately 7,500 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. This archaeological site is still under excavation and its impressive size features various important structures. In total, there are 20 temples dating back at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period. Among them, there are six temples that are still covered. There, you will enjoy an informative guided tour and receive a lot of interesting information.
Archaeology and Mosaic Museum: Then, your excursion continues to the Archaeology and Mosaic Museum of Urfa. This particular museum is listed among the biggest in Turkey and hosts an impressively large collection of items from the archaeological site in Göbeklitepe. Visitors are able to walk around the various rooms and observe a total of 5000 exhibits. One of the most notable exhibits is a statue called “Urfa Man”, the first statue in the world.
Pool of Abraham: Göbeklitepe Day Tour includes also a visit in one of the area’s most important religious monuments, the Pool of Abraham. Located in the city of Urfa, the monument includes imposing archways, domes and a mosque. In the middle, there is a pool 150m long and 30m wide. Inside the pool, there are carp fishes and visitors are encouraged to feed them. According to the legend, this pool is the place where Nemrut’s daughter Zeliha jumped to the fire when Prophet Abraham was thrown.
Lunch: Your full day exploration includes also a lunch break that will take place at a local restaurant. During this break, you can enjoy a tasty meal and relax between the sightseeing.
Flight to Istanbul: During the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Şanlıurfa airport. After passing the necessary checks, you will enjoy a 2-hour flight towards Istanbul.
Upon arrival, a comfortable bus will transfer you back to your hotel in the city centre. This excursion finishes during the night when you return back to your hotel.
A day full of history and important places!!! My wife and I enjoy sightseeing, so we booked this to explore many other places away from Istanbul. The flight was great, and we got a nice treatment during the day. The mosaic museum was incredible. The variety of exhibits is insane, and I think one needs days to tour around. We had a guide with us and explained the basics as were going from one place to the other. Another great site was the pool of Abraham, the design and architecture were phenomenal. Not to mention the aesthetics!! We both fell in love with the area, it’s full of sites and history. I recommend this tour to all of you!
Day tour to Gobeklitepe from Istanbul was one of the best day of our lives. Me and my wife booked this tour online with ExcursionMania and traveled to Sanliurfa in Southeastern Turkey to witness the beginning of human history. This was a private tour organized only for us. We are so thankful to Erkan, who was our tour guide and expert on ancient history, made this day very special. Every detail of the trip was very well arranged and professional. Thank you