Dr RUKNETTIN
TREASURE EVERY MOMENT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN Itinerary 1 / 66



TREASURE EVERY MOMENT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
GAZIANTEP - ADIYAMAN - NEMRUT - ATATÜRK DAM - HARRAN - SANLIURFA - MARDIN - MIDYAT - HASANKEYF - DIYARBAKIR

1st day Wednesday Morning flight to Gaziantep from Istanbul. A panoramic city tour. Paying a visit to the widest Mosaic Museum of the World: Gaziantep Zeugma Museum we will get the chance to see the spectacular mosaics saved from Zeugma Antique Site. In the historical Tepebasi district, fine examples of mid-nineteenth-century southeastern Anatolian architecture may seem an incongruous feature of this once-wealthy trading center in southeastern Turkey, but are only one of many elements in a well-preserved example of cultural and religious integration in the late Ottoman Empire. The missionary hospital and school constructed at the request of Tepebasi's merchants still stand alongside a collection of synagogues, mosques, and Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches in the historical district of Gaziantep. At the center of the district is the Bayaz Han, the largest and grandest of the city's hans, or travel lodges, featuring kitchens, animal stalls, and guestrooms that welcomed both wealthy merchants and refugees.We will visit the City Heritage Museum in the Han. During World War I, Tepebasi was a destination for Armenian refugees, whose craftsmanship is still visible in intricate Ironwork, carved stone arches and columns, basalt ornamentation, and colorfully tiled courtyard fountains. Sightseeing tour and free time for shopping in the Copper and Mother of Pearl Workshop Bazaar. Dinner at a traditional restaurant ( extra cost). A large , rich ,delicious variety of kebaps and deserts will be served. Overnight .

2nd day Thursday After breakfast, depart to Adıyaman. On the way, we will be informed about Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, and Arsemia Antique Settlement. We will visit the Marvelous Mausoleum of Antiochus I, King of Kommagene Kingdom.
This Mausoleum has a very distinguished feature; the sun rises and sets from the foot level of the gigantic sculptures.We will watch the spectacular sunset view. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at the hotel in Kahta /Adıyaman.

3rd day Friday After breakfast, depart to Sanliurfa.. On the way pay a visit to the Atatürk Dam,which is one of the biggest Dam projects in the world. Depart to Sanlıurfa, the ancient city of Ur. In this land lying between the Euprathes and the Tigris rivers, lived Abraham,the patriarch claimed by three world religions. Drive to the ancient city of Harran which is mentioned in the Holy Bible.( The river watering the garden flowed from Eden.The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.( Gen 2 :10 -15 NIV ). Sightseeing tour of the ruins of the oldest Islamic University, Castle of Harran, and authentic Harran houses. Back to Sanliurfa ,paying a visit to the cave where Abraham is believed to have been born,visit the sacred fish pool and the fortress that overlooks both these holy sites. Dinner ( extra) and overnight .

4th day Saturday After breakfast Drive to Mardin.Walking tour on old brick roads of Mardin to see Monastery of Deyr-ul Zaferan, Mardin Marketplace, Kasimiye Teological school, Kirklar Church . You will admire the marvelous stone mansions of Mardin all day long. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at a traditional Mansion.

5th day Sunday After breakfast drive to Midyat, pay a visit to Hasankeyf. Visit marvelous bridge of Hasankeyf, El Rizk Mosque, and the Hasankeyf Castle .Lunch (extra) on the banks of Tigris, drive to Diyarbakir , pay a visit to the gorgious city walls of Diyarbakir , Keldani Church and Ulu mosque. Depart to the airport, end of our tour.


PRICE

Price : Euro 390.- Per person sharing twin.
Euro 95.- Single supplement

Child reductions : 00 - 02 years free of charge, 03 - 11 years pays Euro 170.-

Child reductions are valid only when child shares the room with the parents.


PRICE INCLUDES
  • Transportation by air-conditioned midibus/bus.
  • 4 nights of accomodation in Tugcan Hotel (5 star hotel -Gaziantep), Zeus Hotel (4 star hotel-Adıyaman),Harran Hotel (4 star hotel - Şanlıurfa), Erdoba Houses (Special type butique hotel - Mardin) or the similars.
  • Breakfasts in the program
  • Professional guidance services

PRICE EXCLUDES
  • VAT 18 %
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Tips
  • All the entrance fees to the historical sites and museums.

STARTING DATES FROM GAZIANTEP
  • Every Wednesday